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March 27, 2011

Posted by Abi Sutherland at 04:13 PM * 23 comments

It’s with great pride, and a certain amount of trepidation, that I announce that I’ve just started a blog of my own:, heretofore to be referred to as Noise2Signal, or perhaps just N2S.

Now, it may seem odd to you that I’ve done this, when there’s a perfectly good blog right here where I do a heck of a lot of writing. On off days, it seems kinda odd to me, too. But I’m kind of like a teenager grown restless in her parents’ house. It’s been time, for a while now, to have my own place, where I can put my posters up and play my music real loud.

No, seriously. The real reason I’ve created the place is that I’m doing a bunch of writing—the Babylon 5 rewatch series—that isn’t a really good fit for Making Light, in content or in format. And I’ve got more such stuff planned. I want to put it somewhere I own, where it’s visibly mine and in a structure I’ve set up to hold that kind of serial posting. So although I’m putting the writeups for the rest of Season 1 on Making Light, I’m hosting comments to them over on N2S. And from Season 2 onward, the Bab 5 posts will be entirely over there. I’ll mention it here when they go up, though of course N2S is fully equipped with RSS feeds and everything.

I may, of course, write other stuff as well. I’m looking at getting some guest posters and, in time, other bloggers. I suspect N2S will end up with its own distinct voice, and that the things I do will fall more and more naturally into the two camps.

One thing it’s important to emphasize: I am not leaving Making Light. Really really not.

I just need someplace of my own too, is all.

Come on by. Have a look around. Make some comments so it feels lived-in.

Comments on Noise2Signal:
#1 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: March 27, 2011, 04:33 PM:

Clicking on the link gets a 'page not found' message.

#2 ::: abi ::: (view all by) ::: March 27, 2011, 04:34 PM:

Fragano @1:

Because I was so nervous I munged the HTML. Try again now.

#3 ::: Xopher ::: (view all by) ::: March 27, 2011, 04:57 PM:

You better not leave ML! Or...I shall be Very Put Out.

#4 ::: abi ::: (view all by) ::: March 27, 2011, 05:00 PM:

Xopher @3:

I pinky swear I'm not leaving! Srsly!

#5 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: March 27, 2011, 05:08 PM:

Now I really have a strong incentive to watch B5 all over again.

#6 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: March 27, 2011, 05:11 PM:

Will puns be acceptable, provided they don't cause too much more noise than signal?

#7 ::: Xopher ::: (view all by) ::: March 27, 2011, 05:14 PM:

abi 4: *glares suspiciously (picture Abby Sciuto) but subsides*

#8 ::: Tom Whitmore ::: (view all by) ::: March 27, 2011, 05:15 PM:

One assumes poetry and puns are permitted....

#9 ::: abi ::: (view all by) ::: March 27, 2011, 05:17 PM:

Puns, being double-meaning, are more signal than unlayered commentary. And poetry is a veritable onion* of meaning, layer on layer on layer. Of course both are welcome.

* Or parfait. Everybody likes parfait.

#10 ::: Avram ::: (view all by) ::: March 27, 2011, 05:32 PM:

Parfait? Why, Shards and Splinters, it is an hour since we have spoken of anything else!

#11 ::: praisegod barebones ::: (view all by) ::: March 27, 2011, 05:40 PM:

Can I just say that if you hadn't been posting the Babylon 5 Rewatch posts here, it would never have occurred to me to start watching Babylon 5. Which would have been a bad thing: I have enjoyed it almost as much as reading the posts and discussion.

OK, over to add your new blog to my RSS feed...

#12 ::: David Goldfarb ::: (view all by) ::: March 27, 2011, 07:23 PM:

Added to my RSS feeds.

#13 ::: Bill Stewart ::: (view all by) ::: March 28, 2011, 12:38 AM:

Onions. Sometimes you get one that looks like parfait, but the core is rotten. Other times, you can see a bad spot on it, but if you cut that out, the rest is fine. [...] I could go on, but what’s the point? In the House Jhereg, we don’t care teckla droppings about bad spots. We’re just here to sell poems.

#14 ::: Earl Cooley III ::: (view all by) ::: March 28, 2011, 01:18 AM:

Evilrooster Crows is going to stay dormant, then?

#15 ::: Sandy B. ::: (view all by) ::: March 28, 2011, 12:09 PM:

Enjoy it! I'm not a Babylon 5 person [random sales resistance strikes at inopportune times] but I will try to remember to check in on it and see what else is on the menu.

#16 ::: Elliott Mason ::: (view all by) ::: March 28, 2011, 12:39 PM:

Bug report: I used the post-feed link to attempt to subscribe via Firefox Live Bookmarks, but it continually 'fails to load' and won't show me the list of posts.

#17 ::: Stephen Frug ::: (view all by) ::: March 28, 2011, 02:04 PM:

"One thing it’s important to emphasize: I am not leaving Making Light. Really really not."

Waaaaaaaah!! You're leaving Making Light!! Waaaaaaaah!!!!

[/first reaction]

#18 ::: abi ::: (view all by) ::: March 28, 2011, 04:42 PM:

Earl @14:

For the moment, Evilrooster Crows is best described as dormant. If it revives, it will probably be a personal blog (ie, about my kids and the like).

#19 ::: Bill Stewart ::: (view all by) ::: March 29, 2011, 08:28 PM:

By the way, that's a nice picture of Ivanova... Good luck on the new blog site.

#20 ::: Jules ::: (view all by) ::: March 31, 2011, 09:22 PM:

Just a suggestion, but it would probably make things easier if you put a link to your comment thread somewhere near the top of the text you post here, so we can all get there without having to click through to the full text here...

#21 ::: abi ::: (view all by) ::: April 01, 2011, 12:41 AM:

Jules @20:

Done. I've also changed the link at the bottom of the entry to lead straight to the comments thread on N2S.

#22 ::: Lee ::: (view all by) ::: April 04, 2011, 02:48 AM:

Is there an N2S feed on LJ?

#23 ::: abi ::: (view all by) ::: April 04, 2011, 08:20 AM:

Lee @22:

Courtesy of Q Pheevr, who set it up before I had time to figure out how to do it:

All hail Q Pheevr!

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