Category Archives: website-related items

A question for women readers

Reader Neil Wolfe (yes, a male), sent me an email, and gave me permission to post it here and to use his name. I don’t want to put up a poll, or compile statistics, but I have noticed that fewer women seem to chime in on gender-related posts, though I’m not sure about “controversial” posts. […]

Science posts go unread. . .

I’ve kvetched before about how readers seem to ignore science posts, which started out as the heart of this website and are still dear to my own heart. In response, readers often say that they do read them but simply can’t comment because they don’t have the expertise. That’s fair enough and isn’t a problem for […]

Note to readers

I’ll be traveling in India from tomorrow through January 5, and will probably have only sporadic access to internet. I’ll do my best to post from time to time, and of course will take plenty of photos (I’m promised lots of good local meals, so stay tuned). In the meantime, please refrain from emailing me […]

Website matters: comment glitch

All of a sudden I find myself approving a lot of comment from readers who haven’t been put on moderation (“moderation” means that I must approve every comment they make). I’m not sure why this has happened, and it may be a glitch in WordPress. All I can say for now is make sure you […]

Note to readers about emails

I am finding it increasingly difficult to keep up with the volume of email from readers, and this will become even more difficult as I travel during the rest of this year. Therefore, I ask readers to follow this protocol until informed otherwise: please do not email me more than once every three or four […]

Set your clocks back tonight!

We get an extra hour of sleep tonight (or, if you’re a workaholic, an extra hour of work tomorrow). Daylight Saving Time ends tomorrow in the U.S. (at 2 a.m. to be precise), so set your clocks back an hour before you go to sleep:

I get spam

Every day I get dozens and dozens of spam comments, which, fortunately, WordPress has an algorithm for dumping. Virtually all of them are made by people trying to comment simply as a way tout their website—usually one that sells something. I pulled out this comment, by “Stefani”, to show you how devious but funny their […]

We did it!!! 50K subscribers!

I can’t believe it, but a few minutes ago I got a subscription notice, and, checking the figures since we were close to the Magic Number, saw this: Three things: I’m amazed and delighted. I’m going to watch that figure for a while, for occasionally the numbers drop a wee bit because of either unsubscribing […]

99 to go

I noticed this figure when I woke up. OMG OMG maybe we’ll get to 50,000 before I leave for Poland. (Humor me on this countdown; this will be the last post until we hit the magic number.)

Two hundred to go

It’s getting close and now I’m beginning to think we’ll see 50,000. And then I will be happy complacent.