Turning out the lights and moving on: Goodbye, old ScienceBlogs blog, hello new blog

Today is the last day that ScienceBlogs will exist. Sometime today the site will go into read-only mode. A few days later, it will disappear completely from the Internet. It's a sad thing to contemplate after all these years. Whatever happened later, I will always be grateful for the start in blogging I got there.

But that's the past. The future is here:


Some work remains to be done with the site, and I am not ready to produce new posts for it yet while these odds and ends remain to be taken care of. Due to a confluence of events in addition to still having to tweak the blog to my satisfaction, I am not sure if I will be able to manage to produce new material until Monday or Tuesday. (I'd rather that things be nailed down before I start writing again.) However, don't let that stop you from exploring, kicking the tires, commenting, etc. That'll help me figure out what the problems are and how things are working.

I will try to make sure that comments from the last couple of weeks transfer over, but I can't guarantee it given the tight timeline here. Either way, I don't recommend commenting here any more. it is also possible that some comments could get lost over at the new blog.

Of course, if something happens that so gets under my skin (or amuses me) before then, I might not be able to restrain myself, WordPress be damned.

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Here's a brief update on the move, announced last week. Things are progressing, and most of my old material has been transferred to the new blog, which is located at respectfulinsolence.com. Of course, there are still some things to tweak and fix, which is why, given how insanely busy this week is…
Well, QEDCon is over, and this box of blinky lights is on its way back across the pond to its home in the US, having had an excellent time imbibing skepticism from its (mostly) British and European partners in skepticism. Before I left, I made a somewhat cryptic remark about "major changes" to this…
...the long-awaited migration to WordPress, promised ever since NatGeo took over: Notice: ScienceBlogs.com will be migrating to a new publishing platform starting on the evening of Monday, May 21 at 7 PM Eastern Standard Time. Please do not add any comments or posts between then and Tuesday…
So far, our vacation has been going quite well. We've hit two European cities, with today and tomorrow left where I am now and then on to the last one on Tuesday. Obviously, I haven't been paying nearly as much attention to this blog (or political news out of the US) as I normally do. It has been…

See you on the other side.

By Julian Frost (not verified) on 31 Oct 2017 #permalink

I have to post something about food. Just because it feels like the appropriate way to end it here.


By ScienceMonkey (not verified) on 31 Oct 2017 #permalink

You do realize, though, that the comments from this post will probably not make it over to the new blog... :-(

Turn out the lights
The party's over
They say that all
Good things must end
Call it a night
The party's over
And tomorrow starts
The same old thing again

Thank you, I’ll be here all night, don’t forget to tip your server, and try the roast beef.

I think it is very useful to have a place to comment where whatever you say, no matter how foolish, is guaranteed to vanish from the intertubez forever within hours.


Yeah, well unless you mess up at a place that won’t vanish anytime soon.

Q. Why is the Scienceblogs Respectful Insolence like a leaky faucet.

A. Sometimes its better to move than to fix it, especially with lead piping.

Drip, drip, drip...

By Michael J. Dochniak (not verified) on 31 Oct 2017 #permalink

In that case there are many more short alphabetic sequences left unclaimed as nyms. I can be a shape shifter! But I'm not entirely anonymous since my email address is real.

Safari on the iBook won't let me connect to the new site. You probably have either an invalid certificate or you've enabled an unsupported security protocol. It is possible to have an https site that I can see. This one, for example:


That one works just fine with Safari on the iBook.

By Mark Thorson (not verified) on 31 Oct 2017 #permalink

You probably have either an invalid certificate or you’ve enabled an unsupported security protocol.

The two sites have the same certificate issuer.

^ Here; it's not my field of expertise. If you're using Safari on an iBook, though, I'm guessing it's pretty ancient (v3?).

Farewell old blog!

^^ For a G4, you could try TenFourFox; there's an analogous build for G3's. I'll warn you in advance, though, that it's going to tax your machine. I have the luxury of being very near a university campus, so I've gotten four Intel MacBooks out of the junk heap in just the last year, but moving up to OS X 10.6.8 would probably make your life a lot easier, and it still has Rosetta, so you can keep using PPC-only applications.

Just walk forward into the light and we'll meet again on the other side.

By herr doktor bimler (not verified) on 31 Oct 2017 #permalink