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December 11, 2003

“…Basis for a system of governance.” Dwight Meredith and Mary Beth of Wampum are now taking nominations for their “Koufax Awards,” i.e., various categories of left-leaning blogitude. Dwight and Mary Beth seem to be running this in an admirably informal way, prodding people’s memories with a few categories and asking them to suggest other categories as well. Skimming over the zillions of comments I can see that there are more than a few popular sites I’ve been overlooking. My own nominations, which no doubt omit at least a half-dozen essential weblogs written by close personal friends because I’m senile and at work and that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it, are well down the thread; search on “December 11, 2003 06:21 PM” if you’re curious.

(As an irrevelant side note, I don’t understand why Movable Type’s default templates put the name of a comment’s author after the comment, and I don’t understand why so few MT users fix this. Particularly when people write longer comments, I want to know whose words I’m reading before I get into the comment, without having to scroll down a screen or three.) [06:52 PM]

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Comments on "...Basis for a system of governance.":

Claude Muncey ::: (view all by) ::: December 11, 2003, 07:40 PM:

(irrelevant side comment)

Be nice, Parick -- without that default comment some of us might never get read . . .

Mike Kozlowski ::: (view all by) ::: December 11, 2003, 08:28 PM:

Do you know, every time I read Electrolite in Lynx (where there are no borders to make it obvious which comments belong to which posters), I always have to look twice to figure out who wrote what. Convention is a powerful force.

Avram ::: (view all by) ::: December 11, 2003, 08:49 PM:

Lynx? There are people who haven92t moved on to Links?

Nix ::: (view all by) ::: December 12, 2003, 02:50 AM:

That's a very dead links link. links 2.1-to-be is substantially better (javascript support, better text-mode rendering and a wonderfully pleasant-looking graphics mode).

Bill Higgins-- Beam Jockey ::: (view all by) ::: December 12, 2003, 10:52 AM:

Avram writes:

"Lynx? There are people who haven92t moved on to
Links?"

Is there a version that will run on my Vax?

Chuck Nolan ::: (view all by) ::: December 12, 2003, 12:16 PM:

Is there a version that will run on the Vax emulator on my PDP-8?

Kathryn Cramer ::: (view all by) ::: December 13, 2003, 03:46 PM:

I skimmed down the nominations. Somehow, the discussion seemed to me disappointingly winner-take-all, which is to say there were not many great undiscovered blogs to be found from reading it.

Kathryn Cramer ::: (view all by) ::: December 14, 2003, 08:28 AM:

I don92t understand why so few MT users fix this.

I'd never particularly noticed this. But you're right. And so I fixed it.

julia ::: (view all by) ::: December 14, 2003, 02:14 PM:

Dwight did suggest that people nominate themselves, which I think is a great idea, because people do click through those links - and there's a new category for most underappreciated weblog which I think would be perfect for that.

Fred Boness ::: (view all by) ::: December 14, 2003, 08:26 PM:

Is there a version that will run on the VAX emulator on my PDP-8 that is in human readable form? Paper tape reader is broke; I have to toggle stuff in by hand from the front panel.

Xopher ::: (view all by) ::: December 14, 2003, 08:41 PM:

Wow, Fred. I remember doing that. Not the whole thing, just enough to start the hand-threaded reel-to-reel tape.

Is there a version that will run on the PDP-8 simulator I coded for my abacus?

Zizka ::: (view all by) ::: December 14, 2003, 10:06 PM:

Ethel the Blog. Not new, but not well known enough.

Bill Higgins-- Beam Jockey ::: (view all by) ::: December 15, 2003, 01:33 PM:

Kathryn Cramer writes:

"I skimmed down the nominations. Somehow, the discussion seemed to me disappointingly winner-take-all, which is to say there were not many great undiscovered blogs to be found from reading it."

Robert K. Merton, studying the sociology of science, identified what he called the Matthew Effect, from the Gospel passage: "Unto him that hath, even more shall be given."

Prizes and honors tend to be awarded to scientists who already have prizes and honors. Your prize-giving committee is making a safe bet if you give your prize to someone who's already a Nobel Laureate.

Ghugle tells me that Merton's 1968 paper is a PDF.

Sadly, it also indicates that he died this year, aged 92.

He wrote one of the most peculiar and wonderful books I ever read, On the Shoulders of Giants. It's a highly-digressive romp through space, time, and literature, questing for the source of Newton's aphorism.

(Speaking of prizes, I hadn't known that R. K. Merton was the father of Robert C. Merton, who won a Nobel Prize in economics.)