Tuesday July 5, 2005

Recent Linkers

As I've mentioned before, I check Technorati regularly to see who's linking to this blog.  After the jump is a list of some recent links from interesting sites.

  • Morfablog linked to my recent post about space ship sizes.  I can't tell you whether the author loved it or hated it, though, because it's in Welsh.  That must be worth a few linguistics coolness points, though.
  • Baronger's Scribblings seems to be primarily about the law, with a bunch of posts about the recent Supreme Court Kelo decision (a.k.a. All Your House Are Belong To Us).  If you scroll down a bit, you can read Baronger's language-related post taking Best of the Web to task for referring to "Kyrgyzstan" as "vowel-deprived" (hint: "...and sometimes Y").
  • Translate This! is the blog of a professional translator who has also written about Kelo, software localization, and the use of emoticons in writing.
  • Kybernetica, a linker-blog about "Artificial Life Science, Cybernetics, AI and Robotics", linked to my Earthless post of a few months ago.  Check out this post about BLEEX, the Berkeley Lower Extremities Exoskeleton.  I want one!
  • Tembaku is the recently-started eponymous blog of a self-described "Linguist of Very Little Brain".  Keep writing, Tembaku, and we'll be the judge of that...
  • Hypersonic Beams is written by Alistair, a British blogger living in Brazil.  Check out his recent post containing links to interesting comics-related sites.
  • Jabal al-Lughat is the blog of Lameen Souag, a linguist particularly interested in the languages of northwest Africa.  His home page contains links to all sorts of interesting pages, including articles about the writing system of Berber and the grammar of Darja (Algerian Arabic).
  • Deep Space Bombardment is a blog dedicated to, I kid you not, "...why we should build a modern version of the Deep Space Bombardment Force."  If the DSBF doesn't ring a bell, it was the Cold War-era proposal to construct a fleet of space-based nuclear bombers using the Project Orion design—that's the spaceship that would have been propelled by a series of nuclear explosions.  The author of the blog, Norden (like the bombsight?), recently posted a link to some neat artist's renderings of an Orion ship in flight.  An Orion launch would be a hell of a thing to see, I think.  From about 50 miles away.  Upwind.

I'm always happy to get links, both from other language-bloggers and from outside the linguistiblogosphere.  It's also nice to see that I've been receiving links from both lefty and righty bloggers (can't we all just get along?)—I've generally avoided writing about politics here, because there's plenty of that already on the Web.  The result of these links is that I've recently graduated (or should I say "evolved"?) from Slithering Reptile to Flappy Bird in the TTLB Blogosphere Ecosystem.  Actually, I think that was a result of some recent database changes and cleanup that N.Z. Bear did, but I'll take it any way I can get it!  Adorable Rodent, here I come.

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You're just like me always checking for links. I also regularly check my technocrati links. Anyhow I don't know how it happened but I moved up to Large Mammal in the ecosystem - current rank #419

I'll be sure to check out the links you provided - I only know hypersonic beams so the rest should be a pleasant distraction.

Posted by: EFL Geek at Jul 6, 2005 1:20:19 AM

Wow, #419 is high...suspiciously high. I'm looking at the links listed, and it looks like the Ecosystem may be counting every link from blinger.org, which is a mirror of eflgeek.com, right? Dude, that's totally cheating...and I wish I'd thought of it. :)

Posted by: The Tensor at Jul 6, 2005 4:31:45 AM

Congratulations on your new wings. I'm envious....

Posted by: Pious Agnostic at Jul 7, 2005 8:43:54 AM

Thanks for the mention. Though I teach EFL I try and avoid it in my blog ( too much work etc.). There should be a few more comic links going up in the next week or so. And I'm trying to work on a whole beer related database of links that can be accessed from my blog, once I really sort out how I can expand the blogger format.

Posted by: Alistair at Jul 7, 2005 3:28:58 PM

I hadn't looked at where the links came from. I had no idea... when the domain expires in February I'm sure my ranking will drop...

NO intentional cheating.

Posted by: EFL Geek at Jul 8, 2005 4:18:12 PM

I obviously don't check my Technoriti links often enough, but I did like the thing about spaceships ;-)

Posted by: Nic Dafis at Aug 28, 2005 7:00:22 AM