This is the result of an invitation I received yesterday to become a member of an informal group of bloggers.
As described by Bill Sticker:
This blog has been invited to, and accepted, membership of the Scriblerus coalition of blogs, which is an apolitical, loosely-based association for blogs of a certain quality, for a given value of ‘quality’. It’s also named after the enlightenment age Martin Scriblerus club, whose members included Johnathan Swift (Gullivers Travels), John Gay (Beggars Opera), and Alexander Pope.
Which simply means;
1. The blog is posted on more or less regularly or at least conveys the idea it is alive and kicking;
2. It’s varied, not just a single issue rant;
3. Though it might be political, the wing or shade doesn’t matter – only the quality of the blog matters;
4. It’s been around for a while and has a readership, no matter how small and dedicated;
5. The blogger can string more than two words together in a roughly articulate manner.
It already has a dozen members or so, including Leg-iron and Dick Puddlecote. So it seems to be fairly well represented by blogs that I read. And it now even has its own members-only discussion forum.
It sort of makes sense to create a coalition of readable blogs. If nothing else, if they’re all linked to each other, they’ll gain traffic from each other.
They’re looking for additional members, and I’ve been sent a list of candidates, and given a week to say Yea or Nay. And asked to make my own suggestions.. I’ve thought of one or two blogs.
Which has me wondering what it is I like in blogs. And I think that one thing that I like in a blog is someone with a distinct personality and history. The more I know about a blogger, the more they become real people. Like Leg-iron with his miniature railways, and Dick Puddlecote with his trucking business. I think that to the extent they’re real people, who are saying what they think (rather than what they think they ought to think), such bloggers are more influential than paid columnists in newspapers – a bit like the comments under a blog are also frequently more real and informative than the blog itself.
I stick to a fairly narrow range of blogs to read. But some of my readers may have a few blogs that they regularly read and enjoy that they would recommend. I shall be casting my eyes around for new ones.
Meanwhile today I’ve added 21 rocks from Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 to my 3D orbital simulation model. Some readers may remember this comet’s fragments crashing into Jupiter in line astern in July 1994. It passed close to Jupiter 2 years earlier, and I wondered if my model would be able replicate the 2 year orbit, right down to the collisions.
And I was successful, although my impacts came a few hours earlier than they actually did. Below is a view of Jupiter, with latitude and longitude lines as well as terminator on it, seen from the last rock in the line, just after the impacts had started (they went on for 6 days). Jupiter’s southern hemisphere is in view, and the numbered line of rocks extends all the way to it, with 15 nearest to it, and 30 furthest away. The constellation Lyra is in the top left. The Sun is off-screen to the left.
Four of the rock fragments have already struck Jupiter, and there’s a faint reddish dot on the bottom edge of it that marks the spot. All the 16 rocks in the line heading towards it will impact at the same spot. And finally, as Jupiter looms larger and larger, the rock from which the view is shown swoops under Jupiter’s south pole, and plunges into its far side at the same spot.