When I started this site, I intended to go for the funny a lot more, and to get much more closely in touch with my inner asshole. Turns out that isn’t good for me, and “malice aforethought” doesn’t describe me or what I want to do here very well. It wasn’t a great choice of name: I am not a malicious person, nor do I want to play one on the internets. So, after due consideration, I’ve changed the name of my blog. (If you link me, I’d appreciate it if you’d update. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
Most of my posts here concern science or politics, so I was going to call the site “The Art of the Soluble” after Peter Medawar‘s remark that “If politics is the art of the possible, research is surely the art of the soluble. Both are immensely practical-minded affairs.” Unfortunately, Sir Peter used that title for a famous essay, so I consider it taken. (Comparisons are invidious, particularly when I suffer by them.) Thus thwarted, I settled on another horrible pun (an open reading frame is, basically, a stretch of nucleic acid that can be translated into protein), and unless someone is already using it here I will stay.
Other changes: I am no longer anonymous, in English or Esperanto. (I still think my original idea for a website would have been interesting if I’d stuck to it, but I didn’t, so.) I am becoming very interested in the role of blogs and other online communications tools in professional scientific research, and it’s simply easier to use my “real” name with my colleagues. I also plan to add a links feed from my Furl account (update: I’m using Simpy and Feed2JS now, and posting linklogs every so often instead of a feed so that I can have comments and trackbacks) and update the blogroll and the categories. Let me know if there’s anything else you think I should do (comments are back on, muchas gracias to the spousal unit for the various upgrades).

4 thoughts on “ch-ch-changes

  1. Yay! Clever boy, comments are back. I am so happy, I’ve updated my link to use your new title. I like it better than the old, anyway.
    (um, you’ve buggered the css for your comment preview page. Where’s spousal unit? Tell her it’s still looking for “” and that doc ain’t there no more.)

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