Less than 2000 to go!

When we reach 50,000 I will be a happy man, for I had no idea this site (not a blog!) would grow this large. If you haven’t subscribed, swell the ranks and make Professor Ceiling Cat (Emeritus) less dolorous than usual.

33 Comments

  1. Reggie Cormack
    Posted May 23, 2017 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    … and all without adverts popping up. Keep up the good work, PCC(E)

    • Posted May 23, 2017 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

      I have to PAY to keep the adverts off the page. Think about that (and then subscribe)!

      • Reggie Cormack
        Posted May 23, 2017 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

        Subscribed ages ago and still enjoying all your thoughtful posts.

      • Posted May 23, 2017 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

        I read the blog every day, but never subscribed. Now that I know this, I am subscribing. Thanks!

        • Posted May 23, 2017 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

          Oy vay! It is NOT a blog; it is a website.

    • Posted May 23, 2017 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

      There’s a good point. I’m sure that PCC would not accept direct donations to defray his expenses but maybe a charitable organization that he’d offer as a proxy?

      • Posted May 23, 2017 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

        No, I’m not poor and I won’t ask readers to contribute anything. Occasionally I’ll suggest charities, but I would recommend that readers join the Freedom from Religion Foundation, which costs only $40 a year and really DOES STUFF to keep the First Amendment strong. You also get a swell fat paper newspaper every month, chock full of good stuff.

        • Randall Schenck
          Posted May 23, 2017 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

          If you join for a lifetime they will send you a little pin you can wear and people will ask you, what’s that.

        • nicky
          Posted May 23, 2017 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

          I also appear to remember you were sympathetic to ‘medecins sans frontieres’?

          • gravelinspector-Aidan
            Posted May 23, 2017 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

            I was going to make the same point – phrased as a question – for those of us living outside the jurisdiction of the USA.

          • Posted May 23, 2017 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

            I am holding off on MsF until I found more about it, as I heard they refuse to use Israeli doctors, which is unconscionable.

            • nwalsh
              Posted May 23, 2017 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

              I hope that is not true, but if it were would it not be because of the area they mostly work? then the workers would have targets on their back.

        • Posted May 23, 2017 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

          I believe you have said as much (about not accepting payments yourself) but based on the fact that FFRF tags their posts as having 23,000 members, surely a few people from this site, at least the US based folks, could join to swell their ranks as well. I know that I joined because of your writing about them.

  2. Posted May 23, 2017 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    Is there a place with regular stats that we can see like page views and so forth or is that reserved to the owner?

  3. Posted May 23, 2017 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    Hurrah for PCC(E)!

  4. Gamall
    Posted May 23, 2017 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    “FEWER than 2000 to go!”

    Are those pitchforks?

    Why are you pointing them in my general direction?

    • Posted May 23, 2017 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

      I knew somebody would say “fewer” but I made a judgment call.

      • Jim Tomlin
        Posted May 23, 2017 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

        Hrrmph. I subscribed to WEIT *just now* and also then happened to notice the misplaced “less” right after. Bummer.

        LOL. Go “fewer”. Obviously.

        🙂

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted May 23, 2017 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

      [Prods with burning torch.]

  5. dabertini
    Posted May 23, 2017 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    Go, PCC(E), go!! We’re rootn for ya!!

  6. Peter
    Posted May 23, 2017 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    Long-time reader here. I did subscribe now. Of course, I had no choice in this matter since I lack free will. But may I offer a post-fact rationalization?: I did it because I believe PCC(E) deserves the bragging rights that come with having 50,000 registered readers.

    • HBB
      Posted May 23, 2017 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

      Funny, the exact same thing just happened to me.

  7. E.A. Blair
    Posted May 23, 2017 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    Shouldn’t that be “Fewer than 2000 to go!”?

    Yes, I was an English* major and I am a grammar nerd too.

    *And Linguistics.

    • Peter
      Posted May 23, 2017 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

      Check this out: from an article by Steven Pinker:

      you may have “less gravel”, but most writers agree that you can only have “fewer pebbles”, not “less pebbles”. This is a reasonable distinction, but purists have extended it with a vengeance. The sign over supermarket express checkout lanes, “Ten Items or Less”, is a grammatical error, they say, and as a result of their carping upscale supermarkets have replaced the signs with “Ten Items or Fewer”. By this logic, off licences should refuse to sell beer to customers who are “fewer than 21 years old” and law-abiding motorists should drive at “fewer than 70 miles an hour”. And once you master this distinction, well, that’s one fewer thing for you to worry about.

      10 ‘grammar rules’ it’s OK to break (sometimes)

      • Posted May 23, 2017 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

        Yes!!!!

      • infiniteimprobabilit
        Posted May 23, 2017 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

        ‘By this logic, off licences should refuse to sell beer to customers who are “fewer than 21 years old” and law-abiding motorists should drive at “fewer than 70 miles an hour”.’

        Umm, no. Because ’21 years’ is a measurement of time (and the years are not individual items) so it takes ‘less’. And in fact ’21’ is a specific point on your personal timescale, which is continuous.

        Similarly 70mph is a point on the ‘speed’ scale, which is continuous. (Between 69.9 mph and 70.1 mph in fact). Each individual mile an hour is not a distinct entity (and it makes no sense to try and conceive it as an identity).

        The supermarket items, on the other hand, are distinct. You can’t have 11.5 items.

        So it all makes sense.

        See the ref PCC linked to –
        https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/usage/less-or-fewer

        cr

      • Bob Barber
        Posted May 24, 2017 at 6:43 am | Permalink

        I would drive “under” 70 miles an hour.

  8. nicky
    Posted May 23, 2017 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    There, I suscribed right now. Just hope my mailbox won’t be inundated.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted May 23, 2017 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

      I’m set up for 1 email per thread posted by PCC (and substitutes), but I believe there is an option for “digests” of “all threads for today.” When on the (global) clock that counter ticks, I don’t know.

  9. Posted May 23, 2017 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    After faithfully reading nearly every say since you started writing here, I have decided to subscribe… Now if my memory fails completely I will still have a daily email link to click to read my favorite blog website.

  10. alexandra Moffat
    Posted May 23, 2017 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    Your daily words of wisdom and wit are exceedingly important to thousands of us, plus all the photographs – take care of yourself-
    with great gratitude and salutes!


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