Short Takes. . . .

1.  In a recent interview, Derek Gordon, a VP at Technorati, observes that there are roughly 109.2 million blogs currently being maintained out in cyberspace right now, or roughly one blog for every 23 persons with internet access, or one blog for every 151 people alive on this planet, assuming the planet’s population to be around 6.6 billion.  Of course, according to Gordon, many active bloggers maintain more than one blog, and the “vast majority of blogs exist in a state of total or near-total obscurity.”  I don’t know what to think about this, but I do know that it’ll be an awfully long time before anyone responds to this post.

2.  The Community College Dean and Dr. Crazy have a civil and productive exchange about unbridled, out of control, positively unhinged faculty hatred: senior faculty hatred of students, junior faculty hatred of senior faculty, universal hatred of administrators.  What can I say?  Administrators win hands down.

3.  Profgrrrrl needs help organizing her notes, pdfs, etc.  It’s an interesting question, now that most of us routinely spend our days moving from one medium to another, without any single medium or repository to hold our thoughts.  It used to be xeroxes, or yellow pads, or manila folders, hanging files, and filing cabinets.  What is it now? 

4.  Two of the reasons why I haven’t posted so much lately: this and this.  I’m looking forward to Thanksgiving.



2 responses to “Short Takes. . . .

  1. How funny (in a strange kind of way) that I should come back to the blog with this post. 1. Dave, I read, I just don’t post much. Though I’m no stranger to technology, I have to say that blogs seem so very labor intensive, both to read and to write, that I can never seem to catch up. Add research, kids, spouses, teaching to the mix, and it results in a visit, and maybe a post or two every couple of months.

    4. WOW! Your class (and by extension your monograph) looks amazing. It’s already global, but think about the things you could do with this by exploring other cities that _would_ be part of the British network by the early nineteenth century. I wish I could take this class.

  2. Thanks, Sharlene, for the kind comments. As for 4, yeah, I never realize how much I’m trying to do in any one semester until I take stock at moments like this.

    The `71 course should be a lot of fun, but I’ll need to stay on my toes, because much of this material is new to me. I just wanted to make a clean break from the last book, and a topic like this seemed to give me the right combination of breadth and depth. We’ll see.