I would like to introduce Skepfeeds, a new blog I have started here at WordPress, which will replace both Skepdude and Video Skepdude.
The idea behind Skepfeeds is simple. I realized that, although quite satisfying to myself, I wasn’t saying anything on Skepdude that someone else had not said better somewhere else. I mean what do I have to say on the antivaccinationists that Steven Novella hasn’t already said? Or what do I have to say on the whole Evolution vs. Creationism/ID that PZ Meyers hasn’t already said? Honestly, not much.
As such I figured that my time may be better spent in creating a feed which will collect and present in one place all of the best skeptical minded blog entries from around the web. Now, I understand that one person cannot possibly do that, so when I say “from around the web” I mean that portion of the web that I look at, blogs such as Pharyngula, Skepchick, Neurologica, Rationally Speaking, Denialism etc etc etc. I don’t really have time to put in the links here but you can Google each one and you’ll find them.
So far I have received permission by 4 blogs to re-post entries, Skepchick, Stuff God Hates, Rationally Speaking and Muslims Against Sharia. I started 2 days ago, so I hope that within a short time I will be able to get more permissions so that Skepfeeds can start to become what I really envision.
This does not mean that Skepdude will not chime in with an entry here and there, or that Skepdude will stop posting interesting videos. I will however be scaling down my writing. I don’t hold any illusions about my writing style and expertise, and given the quality of work of the bloggers that have already granted me permission to re-post their work, I do not intend to cheapen the quality of Skepfeeds by posting too much of my amateurish stuff. This is not about my ego and I hope this project actually works the way I intend it and grows quickly.
So thank you very much to all of you who have been comming here and reading my humble ramblings. I appreciate all your comments, and please do udpate your RSS feeds to point to Skepfeeds. Skepdude lives on, he just has a different job description now.
Brian Dunning, of the fabulous podcast Skeptoid, has produced a 40 min video which is titled “Here be Dragons“. It is an introductory course on skepticism, and while I haven’t had time to watch the whole think yet, I trust Brian’s abilities unconditionally (even though he’s always reminding his readers to question everything he says, that’s just how awesome this guy is) to plug it here in my humble blog. Go see it.
And speaking of Skeptoid you must check out episode #105 When People Talk Backwards. It is deliciously awesome.
Oh, well the Skepdude and Skepfamily need a break, so we’re heading off to sunny Miami Beach for a full week away from work, blogging and that kind of stuff. No doubt I’ll be missing some nice news and chances to call someone an ignoramus, but hey I need my rest too.
So I’ll see you next Sunday my loyal flock (all 2 of you!). Enjoy the week!
I would like to try something new. If anyone is intersted in submitting an entry to be posted at Skepdude as a guest post you may feel free to send it to me as a word file at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a reader of Skepdude you prety much know what sort of entry would be accepted. Please send along instructions of what kind of information about yourself you may want to be posted with the entry, such as nickname, website, e-mail etc. If nothing accompanies the entry it will simply be posted as “Guest Entry #”.
Thanks for your participation. This should be interesting.
George Carlin has died at the age of 71. I did not know much about the guy until I saw some videos in YouTube. I am sorry I did not learn about him sooner. I had previously posted a couple of favorites on my Video Skepdude blog here and here.
George, thanks for the laughs. Too bad you can’t properly receive these thanks now, as you yourself knew. And even though this sort of talk makes no sense, somehow it seems the right thing to say: Rest in Peace!