Thursday, February 5, 2009

Blogroll Amnesty Day, 2 days late

Monday was Blogroll Amnesty Day. Blogroll Amnesty Day is a day where bloggers link to 5 other blogs with low traffic that they think deserve more attention. In theory, these blogs should have lower traffic than your own blog. I intended to post an entry on Monday but was too busy. However, this delay is fortuitous since I was recently linked to by Pharyngula, which has caused my traffic to jump. Thus, I have a much larger set of blogs I can plausibly include for my late Blogroll Amnesty Day if I look at the short-term traffic numbers.

I'm adding two criteria I've added to make my choices easier: I'm not including any blogs that are already on my blogroll or that I am following. That means that this entry will not include plugs for No. Rice. for You. which is a blog by a friend of mine about her time spent in China. Similarly, I will not put in a plug for Treehouses although Kurt's thoughts are often fascinating. Also, I will not be including any blogs that are primarily devoted to the author's daily activities. Thus for example, I will not plug The Chronicles of Harry even though Harry also has many entries on interesting mathematics.

So given these restrictions, here are the five I've chosen:

Prerogative of Harlots is a new blog by Chris Norris who runs the vertebrate collection at the Peabody Museum in New Haven. He only started blogging a few days ago and so far the results look fascinating.

Ted's blog on evolution and creationism is a good read. If you aren't getting enough of this already, then add this to your reading list.

Exploring Our Matrix is the blog of James McGrath who is a professor of religion at Butler University. The blog focuses on issues of Biblical exegesis, source criticism of Biblical texts, related topics and whatever comes to McGrath's mind today. He may well be the only person on the planet who still watches Lost.

Liquid Thinker is a blog about religion and politics with science and technology posts thrown in to keep you on your toes. The writer has a PhD in physics, but now works in software. This is reflected in the political and science coverage.

Life Before Death is by a biology student in Sweden discussing both biology and politics. I disagree with many of Felicia's opinions, but they are frequently worth reading.


Anonymous said...

Too bad I missed Blogroll Amnesty Day. How did you hear about it? Thanks for the un-plug, by the way.

Anonymous said...

Ah, yes, you're not going to mention any of them... :P On that note, did you see the paradox attempt I posted recently?

This is funny, it looks like you could not do much of this if not for Pharyngula's link to you (where do you get these traffic numbers, anyway?).

Joshua said...

Kurt, I don't know where I saw it first. It was mentioned on a few different blogs including Greg Laden's.

Harry, you mean the post about the apparent paradox in ZFC? Yes I saw that and wasted about a half hour before giving in and clicking on the solution.

As to where I get traffice numbers- I have Sitemeter installed (you can see the little logo at the bottom of every page). Sitemeter counts hits and recover some basic data about visitors. It is easy to install and very convenient.

James F. McGrath said...

Thanks for the mention. I know at least a couple of other people who watch LOST, so I'm not alone. Or to put it another way, there are OTHERS! :)

Ted H Ohio said...

I noticed an upswing in hits, now I know why. Thanks for the note!


Erica said...

Thanks for the mention that you weren't plugging me.

Anonymous said...

Here's another one who's missed Blogroll Amnesty Day, and who is now playing catch up on various links. Thanks for the plug!

I like what I've seen here and will have to look around.

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