Tuesday, 17 April 2007

A reluctant blog

I never was an early adopter. After 13 years or more on the web, I still write my HTML by hand, and until this moment I haven't had a blog --- until six months ago, I had never even posted to one. In the nineties I was the web responsible for my university department, and since then I've written up popular lectures and film reviews for my home page; and the web is something I use extensively for work. But something in me has resisted its more popular forms.

Maybe it's particle-physicist snobbery: we invented the thing, and now it's completely out of our hands, and often contrary to our values. Or maybe it's that, being an opinionated person, I've been afraid of ending up as one more ranting guy at a keyboard. But in any case, I started posting to some friends' blogs a while back, and the sky did not fall in. So it seems like it's time to give this a try for myself.

As for the title, taking things seriously is what physicists do, and taking things seriously is something I've been doing, to the occasional dismay of my friends, all my life. I hope it doesn't exclude having a sense of humour, but that's for others to judge.


Eb said...

Congratulations. I put a link to your blog from mine.

Heather said...

Great! I look forward to reading more.

Moffitt the Prophet said...

Hi Bruce (it's Matt from church and parish council). Nice to see you have entered the land of blogs.

One day I'll ask you to explain me your SIFT paper.

Bruce Yabsley said...

Hey Matt. I'd actually seen your moniker somewhere else a while back, and not realised it was you. Thanks for the welcome.

One day I'll ask you to explain me your SIFT paper.

It'd be my pleasure.

BTW, I'm planning to show at the 7pm on Sunday --- it's about time I lived up to some of my new responsibilities. But I'm guessing that's not the time or the place for a conversation on God and the New Physics ...