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Tuesday, May 13, 2003

The ontology of blogging.

It's a banner day for Philocrites: This little site has somehow crept into the blogging ecosystem! Okay, we're ranked 2,247 out of 2,250 — an "insignificant microbe" in the ecosystem — but that's a whole lot better than nonexistent. We gotta keep things in perspective, you know.

If there are only 2,250 places in the blogosphere, one wonders, is it the blogging equivalent of salvation? ("O Lord, I want to be in that number. . .") Like the Jehovah's Witnesses' 144,000? Or the Calvinists' limited elect? (Of course, I have a denominational obligation to put it in a good word for universal salvation.)

At any rate, I'm willing to celebrate my new microbial status. Folks, we're watching evolution in action. You've just seen a blog emerge from the primordial ooze!

Science writers at breakfast! And while we're talking about evolution, let's drift to other scientific topics and peek in on George Johnson and Robert Wright, chatting about quantum computing over at Slate. Johnson is the author of Fire in the Mind: Science, Religion, and the Search for Order, which I highly recommend, and he has just written A Shortcut Through Time: The Path to the Quantum Computer. I have no idea what a quantum computer is, so I'll be eager for the short version.

Copyright © 2003 by Philocrites | Posted 13 May 2003 at 5:55 PM

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