Monday, December 21, 2015

10th Blogiversary!

Ten years ago, this blog, Recursivity, was born.

I've had a lot of fun with it, even though I never really had very much time to devote to it. A thousand posts in ten years sounds like a lot, but I wish I could have written a thousand more.

Generally speaking, my readers have been great. In ten years, I think I only had to ban two or three commenters, including one Holocaust denier. Thank you to everyone who read what I had to say, and even more thanks to those who took the time to comment.

Here are 25 of my favorite posts from the last ten years:

  1. Why We Never Lied to Our Kids About Santa: my absolute favorite, and still appropriate. You can criticize atheism and religion, but if you really want to get a reaction, just criticize the myth of Santa Claus.
  2. Robert J. Marks II refuses to answer a simple question: still waiting, more than a year later.
  3. Hell would be having to listen to Francis Spufford: Damn, he was boring.
  4. By the Usual Compactness Argument: for mathematicians only.
  5. Ten Common LaTeX Errors
  6. I defend a conservative politician's right to speak on campus
  7. Science books have errata. Holy books don't
  8. No Formula for the Prime Numbers?: Debunking a common assertion.
  9. In Memory of Sheng Yu (1950-2012): my colleague - I still miss him.
  10. Another Fake Magnet Man Scams AP
  11. William Lane Craig Does Mathematics
  12. Why Do William Lane Craig's Views Merit Respect?: Nobody gave a good answer, by the way!
  13. Stephen Meyer's Bogus Information Theory
  14. Religion Makes Smart People Stupid
  15. Test Your Knowledge of Information Theory
  16. David Berlinski, King of Poseurs
  17. Graeme MacQueen at the 9/11 Denier Evening
  18. Mathematics in a Jack Reacher novel
  19. The Prime Game: This appeared in my 2008 textbook, too.
  20. Debunking Crystal Healing
  21. Nancy Pearcey, The Creationists' Miss Information
  22. Academic Vanity Scams
  23. Time Travel: my second favorite, which nobody seemed to like that much.
  24. Janis Ian Demo Tape: the best part was that Janis Ian herself stopped by to comment!
  25. The Subversive Skepticism of Scooby Doo: my third favorite.
Happy Holidays to everyone, and may 2016 be a great year for you.


Unknown said...

From myth to truth may be a giant leap for a reindeer, but it's only a small step for a moose (especially if he can eat it).

Steve Watson said...

....and I think I've been reading (and occasionally cluttering up the comments) for all of those 10 years. Here's to the next 10 (or 20, or whatever).

Jeffo said...

Congrats, on this and the 1000 citations.

Paul C. Anagnostopoulos said...

Happy Blogiversary, Jeffrey! I've enjoyed reading your blog for lo these ten years. I've enjoyed commenting when I had something to say.

I'm looking forward to more blogification over the next ten years.

~~ Paul

jwaltos said...

Congrats and thank you on your 10th year!
Who and what do you think you will tangle with in the new year?

The whole truth said...

Happy new year, Jeffrey, and I hope that you stick around for at least another ten.

aljones909 said...

Thanks for compiling the list. I'm working my way through them (I had read some before). "David Berlinski, King Of Poseurs" was a great take down of one of the creationist stars.