Friday, July 12, 2013

Catch-all Thread for comments: 2013/07/12

Okay, trying to keep up with a tenured professor with grown children, money and time to burn, with a retired spouse is pretty damned hard. It shouldn't come as a surprise that law professors have a good niche in the blogosphere: They're well positioned to have the time and resources to blog a lot.

So, since I won't be able to comment on everything in as timely a manner as I would like, here is a thread for people to comment on until something better gets posted by me. Enjoy!

Note: I did do better yesterday. But a lot of the posts at Althouse just aren't much fun without comments. The metaphor I keep seeing is that Althouse is now like an empty room. I think it's more like a big,old house, with high ceilings and no closets in the bedroom, just old armoires. And Althouse is now the last member of the family, walking from room to room, talking to ghosts only she can hear (those "emailers" such as Freeman Hunt), discussing topics from long ago (Bob Dylan, the Scott Walker recall). It's got a big, sad, lonely feel to it now.

10 comments:

deborah said...

Harsh, yet apt!

Today she said something inspiring:

"...the semi-high-readership that I built up. It was, I said, time to run free of the semi-comfy home here at Althouse... time to travel... and never get there. I'm not there. I'm still traveling, and this next stretch of the road is narrow and rocky, and it's just me and Meade here in our little 2-seater. We can't drive a big busload over the terrain ahead."

The comment section had become an albatross around her neck, but she seems to be going by half measures in encouraging people to to tricks to curry favor. Here's some Scooby snacks, guys.

Icepick said...

Yeah, it's weird to see what is essentially the encourement of non-comment comments.

Also, commenting on a post or article is a different form of expression than blogging. Betamax3000 or Chip Ahoy's schticks might not work well as blogs unto themselves, but they're brilliant commenters.

Icepick said...

It's at least as different as writing essays for a paper versus a blog post about whatever. Or, more apt, the difference between giving a speech and having a conversation.

Icepick said...

Also, thanks for stopping by. Don't forget to check out Lem's site if you haven't already.

deborah said...

y/w :) Yes, been to Lem's; it was fun to see such a wide assortment of regulars. Have you been to Chip Ahoy's? http://althouseslookingglass.blogspot.com/

creeley23 said...

Hi Icepick. I enjoy your writing and will watch this blog, for a while anyway.

But...boy, this is awful hard on the eyes -- small font, light text, dark background. Please consider something easier.

Icepick said...

Got a suggestion on the template? DO you like Lem's template, or would you prefer something else?

Sorry if this sounds abrupt, I'm in a hurry, but I am interested in what you've got to say about the format. I liked this one for one reason: I could see the hyperlinks more easily.

Icepick said...

Haven't had a chance to look at it yet.

creeley23 said...

That's much better on the eyes! Thanks.

Icepick said...

You're welcome.