It is time to stop quivering in our boots in pointless fear of the future and just roll up our sleeves and build it.
- Ray Pierrehumbert

Monday, September 12, 2016

Vanishing Blogs

Updating the blogroll (how old-fashioned!)

I would like to call attention to blogs which are not merely inactive but have also vanished.

People who allow their materials to vanish from the internet are not real bloggers, as they don't understand the purpose of the internet. In fact, my paid blogging for KCET has vanished from the internet, and nobody seems interested in taking my calls. I imagine I have raw text for this somewhere. I'm in the porcess of reorganizing all my old files from my old computers. We'll see if I can recover that material.

Collide-A-Scape's early stuff is gone; this rankles me especially as I participated actively there.

And of course, Facebook keeps everything you've ever written for them, but doesn't really let you find it.

Others from the Hall of Shame:

atmo.sphere
Climate Post
Climate Safety
Salsa Verde

If you comment extensively on a site you don't control or contribute to an aggregator, particularly one run by an institution or a big media outlet, make backups.

The following blogs are off the roll. When I last checked, these were inactive but still live on the internet:


Also, I would like to apologize for having linked to Curry's "Climate Etc." which is emphatically part of the problem.

4 comments:

bluegrue said...

With regard to KCET, <a href="https://web.archive.org/web/*/https://www.kcet.org/>you might have luck at archive.org</a>

citizenschallenge said...

What about What's Up With That Watts? It's still alive and plugging along.
http://whatsupwiththatwatts.blogspot.com

The blog that's not shy about going toe to toe with contrarians
and that provides the link to further sources of information.

; - )

citizenschallenge said...

Also just today a new Climate Science discussion forum was brought online by Sou.
Bet you'll like it.

https://chat.hotwhopper.com/discussions

Sou
5:47AM
We've launched! A big thank you to everyone who helped in the early stages. A warm welcome to everyone who visits.
I hope you stay a while and make this the friendliest place on the Internet to talk climate. Aiming high : )

Don't be shy about asking questions or starting a discussion. There are some links in the sidebar to get you started.

The genesis of this is that i've been thinking for some time (as I wrote on the blog and Facebook) that there are oodles of weather discussion boards, and lots of climate blogs, and some people like Facebook and Twitter. However there aren't too many options for people who aren't bloggers but who occasionally want to write something about climate change at the time they think of it, and chat about it with other people.

HotWhopper Chat was conceived as a place where people with a common interest in climate change can develop a real sense of community - a climate community, that they can own. A place where everyone can feel welcome, from scientist to complete climate newbie.

Enjoy the forum.

Kevin O'Neill said...

One of my biggest regrets is having lost all of the BBS and internet service material from the pre-WWW days; especially posts and discussions in GEnie's SFRT 'Dueling Modems' topic from the late 80s to early 90s. Some archives exist,but they're far from complete.

I'd love to go back and look again at the run-up to the 1st gulf war and the ensuing coverage as it unfolded in Dueling Modems. It was the first time I really understood Goering's statement: "Why, of course the people don't want war...But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship...Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to do the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger."

I had never seen a group of people whom I considered to be very intelligent (mostly SF&F authors) practically genuflect at appeals to authority often in direct contradiction to visual evidence.