It’s time for another update on the state of the blog.
1. Thank you again
As always, thank you so much for reading, sharing, and commenting – either on this site, on the accompanying Facebook page, or via the Twitter feed. Particular thanks to the people who have shared interesting topics with me! I have so many great posts coming up thanks to the time and generosity of readers like you.
I also wanted to thank the websites, podcasts, and mailing lists that have shared some of the posts on this site. Thank you to
- Samuel Arbesman, for his most complimentary words in the fantastic newsletter Samuel Arbesman’s Cabinet of Wonders.
- Patrick Tanguay, for linking to second-fastest animal while guest-hosting on Kottke. Check out his newsletter!
- Filthy Light Thief, for featuring the website on Metafilter.
- Jessamyn West and Josh Millard, for mentioning the website on the Metafilter podcast.
- The Snakes and Ladders newsletter, for linking to my post on the sinking of the Vasa
- Margaret McGaffey Fisk, for linking to the site a couple of times in her blog.
- Jon Bell, for mentioning the site in his list of people having fun on the Internet. I am having fun.
I’m sure that I’ve missed some names here, or messed up some pronouns – apologies, if either is the case.
2. Updates on previous topics
As is my tradition (twice is a tradition, right?), here are some updates on topics previously covered on the Generalist Academy.
Surprising eponyms – David S. observes that macadamia nuts and tarmac are both named for John MacAdam, although it’s two different John MacAdams.
Parahawking – a friend of mine, after reading the blog post, reported that he had actually been flying with Adam Hill in Nepal. Crazy coincidence.
Today’s post was on simultaneous discovery. It’s one of my biggest fears for this website, that I’ll write a post in advance and then someone else will coincidentally write about the same topic before mine is published. Well, it finally happened. Except in reverse.
In both cases, I assume that it’s just a coincidence, that we have both picked up on the same topic at roughly the same time independently. Which is great! No-one owns these – or any – topics, I’m always delighted to see interesting things get a wide audience.
I live in Auckland, New Zealand, and am curious about most things.