A new blogging collective: Occam’s Typewriter

December 9, 2010

A bunch of refugees from the Nature Network blogging outfit have set up shop as Occam’s Typewriter. Very nice. Been waiting to hear about this since the mutterings over at Nature Network turned ugly a few months back. Okay, maybe it was several months back. Anyway, we can consider this part of the great 2010 science-blog-collective asplosion.
First look–
The lineup includes our good blog friend Cath who brought VWXYNot? aboard. Also Stephen Curry (Reciprocal Space) who I’ve usually found to not only be readable but a decent conversationalist on blog, you know, as a relative matter. Of course they also have spittle boy, but whatevs. whatevs.
Overall I think you will find that this collective contains most of the chatty in-crowd from the glory days of Nature Network so if that’s your kind of thing, you will find yourself quickly at home over there.
Other notes…
Powered by WordPress- Brilliant, as the British types would have it. Should allow them to act like a real blog community and view their stats and referrals and stuff. Big ups there.
They seem to have brought over some of the more conversation-stifling aspects of Nature Network (see community guidelines) which seem to boil down to “no sockin’ and no swearin'”. Can’t say I think that’s positive but given the lineup I’m unsurprised.
At least they have ditched the registration-to-comment millstone. So a bit of a win there.
The Irregulars will be a guest column type of blog, pretty good idea. In fact such a good idea that one wonders where they came up with it? Hmm. Well, since another one of their community guidelines is “No stealin’ (without attribution)” I’m sure that isn’t anything like what it looks to be…
One stylistic element that is unusual for a collective is that once off in the sub-blogs there is not a lot of navigational help in getting to the other ones. There’s a small text link at the top to get back to the collective main page but otherwise we’ll be left up individual sidebar choices, I guess.
Latest comments feed is a good idea and will help with cross-blog integration and navigation if you make use of it. Always a tricky thing because if you have a firehose of too many comments it gets unwieldy. But they should stay small and focused for a good while I would think.

4 Responses to “A new blogging collective: Occam’s Typewriter

  1. Blogs are meant to be conversational, so please dive right in. Especially if you’re new—it’s great to have different voices.

    Yeah, “different voices”, so long as they all sound like crucifer-nibbling british douchebagges clenching their sphincters so hard their fucken eyes are buggin’ out.


  2. DrugMonkey Says:

    Be nice, PP. They haven’t even cut the crusts off the watercress sammiches yet!


  3. It seems everyone is jumping ship these days to start up their own clubs. Good for those guys, and I can’t think of anything positive to say about NN, so I’ll just say rot in hell assholes.


  4. Funnily enough I did suggest a picture of a sandwich as the collective logo. Possibly with the caption:

    “Watercress or cucumber? Just how spicy do you want it?”


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