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April 01, 2008


A quick break from the usual to call visitors' attention to the fact that I've done a little maintenance on our blogroll -- the long list of recommended blogs that's in the left-hand column.

Broke 'em up into categories that I hope are easy to use ... Prioritized the categories by order of importance (notice where I put Politics) ... Weeded out some blogs that have shut down ... Listed 'em alphabetically ...

Speaking of which, I did my alphabetical listing by first name, since that seems to be the new Accepted Thing. Weird, isn't it, that we now inhabit a world where most alphabetical lists of names are organized by first name?

Please let me know if you spot any goofs. And please take a moment to click on one or two blogs that you've never tried before. There's a lot of good-quality blogsurfing to be enjoyed out there.

posted by Michael at April 1, 2008


"Weird, isn't it, that we now inhabit a world where most alphabetical lists of names are organized by first name?" It's daft. In Britain (except in Wales, perhaps) we have far more surnames than christian names (to use the old styles) so it's just more useful to list by surname; presumably the new habit is even dafter in the US with your huge variety of exotic surnames. Among the young the variety of surnames is even vaster because so many carry the stamp of feminism by having a double-barreled surname. In another generation's time, there will presumably be some poor wee mites who will be quadruple-barreled. Could it be that what we see is a consequence of the decline in education - that anyone can spell "Dave" but may not be confident that he can spell Beiderbecke-Davenport? Tell me; does a firm need a policy as to whether it should be Dave Beiderbecke-Davenport or David Beiderbecke-Davenport? And what about people with titles; you know, the sort of colleague whom everone calls "that arse Dave wotsisname"?

Posted by: dearieme on April 1, 2008 11:57 AM


I'd prefer to be listed under "Personalities" (or even "Split Personalities") instead of "Immigration." While I do write at Reflecting Light about immigration from time to time, my blog is all over the map, and sometimes off it. Thanks.

Posted by: Rick Darby on April 1, 2008 12:29 PM

The Jane Galt blog is largely dormant since Megan McArdle started working for the Atlantic Monthly. Her new blog, hosted by the Atlantic, is here.

Speaking of Megans, you really should add the Other Megan, as she is widely known, under the Personality character. Her blog is a joy to read and just about everyone loves her.

Heh - I see that Roissy is under the Sex category.

Posted by: Peter on April 1, 2008 1:32 PM

Dearieme -- It's a world gone topsy-turvy, that's for sure.

Rick -- Done.

Peter -- Thanks, done.

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on April 1, 2008 3:32 PM

A Personality, huh? I think of Ed McMahon. At least I get to stay inebriated for most of my appearances.

Posted by: Scott on April 1, 2008 9:08 PM

Using first names makes sense because many of the blogs have blognames (i.e. not the author). Some of the "author names" are really blognames, like "Jane Galt".

You might consider replacing some of the author names with blog names: "About Last Night" instead of Terry Teachout, "In the Pipeline" instead of Derek Lowe.

Posted by: Rich Rostrom on April 2, 2008 3:47 AM

> I did my alphabetical listing by first name

Eek. I'm going to have to get back to posting a bit more regularly then.

Posted by: Alan Little on April 9, 2008 6:36 PM

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