Martin Scriblerus

scriblerus_200Readers may have noticed that a new picture appeared in the margin of my blog today – Martin Scriblerus.

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.

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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.

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11 Responses to Martin Scriblerus

  1. Lepercolonist says:

    Congratulations on your membership with Martin Scriblerus.

  2. jameshigham says:

    Shall link to at MSHQ.

    • jameshigham says:

      “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.”

      Stealing this if you don’t mind.

  3. Clicky says:

  4. Joe L. says:

    Congrats on the Martin Scriblerus membership, Frank!

    OT: The U.N. released a report in May in which an ‘expert’ recommends taxes be raised on meat in order to deter its consumption for the sake of the environment and public health. I don’t recall seeing it mentioned here, and now a new article has brought it back into the spotlight, so I figured I’d mention it. Any carnivores who thought the never-ending tobacco tax hikes were acceptable might want to think again.

    Tax meat until it’s too expensive to eat, new UN report suggests

    UN expert calls for tax on meat production

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      House GOP Wants To Keep EPA From Regulating Cow Farts | The …

      dailycaller.com/…/house-gop-wants-to-keep-epa-from-regulating-co…

      The Daily Caller

      May 24, 2016 – In other words, lawmakers don’t want EPA to regulate cow farts. … Obama has made it a priority to push regulations aimed at curbing …

      EPA’s Air Pollution Target: Flatulent Cows – CBS News

      http://www.cbsnews.com/news/epas-air-pollution-target-flatulent-cows/

      CBS News

      Dec 5, 2008 – It would require farms or ranches with more than 25 dairy cows, 50 beef … gases emitted by belching and flatulence amounts to air pollution. … The EPA briefly mentions “raising livestock” in its report on ways to regulate greehnouse gases under the … Did Melania Trump plagiarize from Michelle Obama?

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        You can imagine how stupid Obama looks when the Headline reads PRESIDENT OF US REGULATES COW FARTING!

  5. waltc says:

    H/T Velvet Glove. Read his blog today and then I urge you to submit the comment form. Doesn’t require giving personal ID. BUT NOTE THE TWO “When did you stop beating your wife?” questions about the extent of the borders and the placement of signage. You can’t submit w/o checking one of their biased answers but I pointed that out to them in a comment slot.

    The form is here.
    http://www.bch.nhs.uk/smokefree-consultation

    • petesquiz says:

      Thanks for this. I actually live in Birmingham so I feel fully justified in rejecting their stupid idea, so I’ve filled in the form (biased questions and all!)

      It is interesting to note how many cars are within their proposed no smoking zone – how much more polluting is a car compared to a cigarette? (I don’t know the actual answer, but I did try to point out the folly of stopping people from smoking as cars drive by!)

  6. harleyrider1978 says:

  7. Pingback: The UN Wants Red Meat to be Taxed | Bolton Smokers Club

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