Being on vacation, I haven't had a chance to post much, mainly because (1) I'm having fun and it's a good thing to recharge Orac's power source for more blogging goodness to come and (2) there have been days where I quite simply have no Internet access or only have dialup. Having tried to use dialup to check my e-mail a couple of times this week, I can no longer imagine how I ever
managed without high speed Internet access for so many years. Just checking my e-mail was so painfully slow, never mind trying to post to or update my blog, that I barely managed to respond to a few comments. Then, my cousin sent me an e-mail with a bunch of photos attached, and it took seemingly forever for the message to download. Ouch. In retrospect, maybe I should have posted Kristjan's piece on the Danish autism studies
before I left, given the amount of commentary it's attracted. On the other hand, I thought it would be really nice to be able to post at least one or two substantive pieces while I was gone for two weeks, so that you don't all start thinking that Orac's disappeared from the blogosphere.
All of this is a roundabout way to come to one of my favorite topics, the Skeptics' Circle
. Austin at Atheism Guide
has posted the Fifteenth Meeting
of the Skeptics' Circle
, and it's a great example of the straight-up, no-nonsense style of carnival hosting, with a number of high quality submissions. I'm amazed at how much effort he put into the commentary on each article. Maybe I'll try his method the next time I host, whenever that is.
In any case, check it out, and hopefully it will whet your appetite for more of the same when I get back from vacation late next week. And keep those submissions coming, because in two weeks Red State Rabble
will host the Sixteenth Meeting of the Skeptics' Circle
! Finally, I'm still looking for hosts. If you're interested in hosting an edition of the Skeptics' Circle, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The archives and upcoming schedule are here
, and the sorts of articles and hosting I'm looking for are described here