Who are you people?

By Daniel Holz | July 5, 2010 10:19 pm

iLurkA bunch of blogs are inviting their commenters (and, especially, lurkers) to out themselves. As it has been a couple of years since our previous de-lurking, we figured we’d join in on the fun.

We know that Cosmic Variance readers are all strong, good looking, and better than average. Why don’t you say hello? Maybe tell us a little about yourself, and what you like/dislike about our blog? Are there events we should know about? Important blogs we haven’t advertised? Should we start a petition to bring Sean back out of retirement? Should we post more about puppies?

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  • hanfordgrad

    More about Puppies!

  • Julie

    hello all, here i am outing myself. i’ve never felt so vulnerable as i feel now.

    this is my favorite blog out of the ones here.

    bring back Sean! and puppies :]

  • http://backreaction.blogspot.com/ Bee

    Hello!

    I’m Sabine from Backreaction, loyal (though not overly attentive) CV reader through 4+ years. I’m neither strong nor good looking, but you should definitely know about this great upcoming workshop on Experimental Search for Quantum Gravity because, hey, that’s where the future lies. Workshop starts Monday, talks will all be recorded and should be online at some point. Lots of interesting topics to be discussed, check abstracts for details.

    I very much dislike the ads on your blog. It’s just ugly. I’m more into kittens than puppies, but there’s enough of them in my feeds already.

  • http://www.goodbadandbogus.com Michael

    Hi! I’m Michael. I almost never comment here but I’ve been reading it pretty regularly for 3 years or so. Yes, bring back sean!!!

    I’m a kind of ex-philosophy of science student starting out a career in science journalism. But then again, I might be a science journalist considering starting a career in philosophy. I’m not totally sure.

    And I blog at Good, Bad, and Bogus.

  • http://doctorcrankenstein.wordpress.com/ Doctor Crankenstein

    I’m a 20 year-old university student from Australia doing a dual-degree In Science (Physics/Computer/Math) and Secondary Education. I’m currently a student teacher at a school with a large proportion of ESL students where I teach basic math and reading. I came across one of the Discover blogs a few weeks ago through Google Blog Search and subscribed to all of them with google reader immediately. They are both Interesting and Informative and in my opinion some of the best science blogs on the internet. I also have a blog myself where I talk about all sorts of things but mostly relating to Science, Education and Religion (I’m an Atheist).

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  • http://sps.nus.edu.sg/~limyenkh Kevin

    Hi, I’ve been reading CV for more than two years. I’m a grad student from Singapore, and I knew about CV through Sean’s GR textbook (that’s how I learned GR), and lately Sean’s papers are relevant to my research as well.

    Why do I like CV? I love reading latest updates/news from the frontiers of research, and especially about science and society, skepticism, religion, etc…(keep those coming!)

    And yes…bring back Sean. Puppies can do no harm, either ;) Keep up the good work…

  • http://three-sigma.blogspot.com Miss Outlier

    I’m a PhD in MechE, I blog as Miss Outlier. I haven’t commented before, but I’m an avid reader – keep it up! Cheers.

  • http://iitomonippon.com/448 マッコリ

    マッコリとは、韓国の大衆向け醸造酒の一つ。日本のどぶろくに相当する。仮名表記では、
    マッカリ、マッコルリとも書くマッコリには強い甘味がある。これは麹により糖化された米の甘味である。
    微かな酸味と炭酸発泡の味がする。醗酵の進み過ぎたマッコリは酸味と炭酸が強烈になる。アルコール度数は6~8%(ビール程度)である。

  • Noble P Abraham

    I am a new reader of CV(reading since early June 2010). I find it much useful in understanding everyday science/how scientists respond to the society. This helps improving my language as well.

    Please don’t stop this or dilute the content. Hope Sean will be back soon.

    I am a Ph. D student in Cosmology from India.

  • http://thezproject.wordpress.com/ destop

    Hi I am 33, from Germany. I have regularly come here for two years although I almost never comment. I have an engineering degree in astronautics but I work now in plasma physics and fusion research where I also try to get my PhD.
    The frontiers of science have always fascinated me and CV is a fascinating blog bringing this frontier at my door. I particularly enjoyed the FETH book Club!

  • David W. Miller

    Hi there! I am a UChicago alumnus from back when more than one of the authors here were…there…now at Stanford/SLAC where some other of the authors are :) . I live at CERN now….perhaps more literally than I might want.

    I almost never post anything, but always read, it’s really quite excellent. I must say I am not much of a blog-reader otherwise.

    As for likes and dislikes, I very much appreciate the philosophical conversations that take place here and the posts like “Copernicus” where a single important yet not often discussed plot is analyzed in detail. I feel like I look at far too many plots and don’t always take the time to sit down and consider one of them closely and discussed at length with colleagues.

    On the other side, I also don’t like the ads, now that Bee mentioned it….but I didn’t notice them until then ;) Looks like I am not the ideal interweb consumer.

    Take care and keep it up!
    David

  • http://teapartiesandunicorns.blogspot.com Greg Black

    Been reading CV for some years as a result of reading something of Sean’s in print. Was banned from science and math classes in high school because of my unfortunate habit of asking questions that my poorly-educated Catholic teachers could not answer. Have spent much of the last 50 years reading books and now the web to catch up on the schooling I missed out on. CV is a great source for me. I’d love Sean to return. I don’t care if somebody kills all the dogs. But keep the science coming.

  • http://home.iitk.ac.in/~ishdhand/ Ish Dhand

    Hi!

    As an Under-graduate student passionate interest in physics, I very regularly follow CV and some other Science Blogs and online magazines:
    http://physics.about.com/
    http://www.scientificamerican.com/blog/observations/
    http://www.scientificamerican.com/blog/solar-at-home/
    http://www.scientificamerican.com/blog/guest-blog/
    http://www.newscientist.com/
    among others.

    I, personally, respect Sean’s decision and would like to thank him for the effort he’s put into CV.

    Kudos to CV and the others for bringing the bringing the fascination of science to everyone!

    Ish

  • http://choultry.blogspot.com Ludwig

    34 M, Chennai, India. B. Tech. (Civil Engineering, IIT, Madras), M.S. (Civil Engineering, UMass, Amherst), entrepreneur, deeply interested in science, horrible inferiority complex about not being clever enough to understand even the most basic stuff (and about not being clever enough to do calculus). Love Cosmic Variance, link to it and tom-tom it whenever I can, and do keep rocking.

  • http://www.iansample.com Ian Sample

    Hi CV,
    I’m the Guardian’s science correspondent across the pond in London. I’ve been reading CV for a good few years now. Some of the content goes over my head, but that’s fine: I’m very happy to feel stretched and encouraged to go and look something up. I’m certainly more likely to learn than get bored that way. What do I like about CV? To my mind, you and your guest posters are doing some of the most interesting work there is to do, and I love that you are willing to share it with those of us who are interested non-experts. I do think there’s an obligation on publicly-funded scientists to do things like this: we all pay for scientific research, so we should all get to hear about it from scientists directly and share the excitment/frustration. Your fine blog and some of the events described on it appear in my book, Massive, which tells the story of the hunt for the Higgs particle. It’s published in the US in November. Keep up the good work: it’s very much appreciated!

  • Tim

    Hi, I also hardly ever comment. I started reading this blog shortly after running across Quantum Diaries during the World Year of Physics in 2005…I was a junior physics undergrad. I am now a physics PhD student studying computational astrophysics. This is the only blog I read regularly…I can’t get enough of Sean’s sense of humor and I like Daniel’s passion.

    Other than the background noise of the E!Channel that my girlfriend always has on, I live in a shell and this is actually my main news outlet for everything that doesn’t make major headlines. And I agree with D. Miller- excellent philosophical discussions take place here and Sean has a knack for expressing the viewpoints that would be born out of a physics education. He deserves a break- I will be content to reread his posts on religion and morality…those arguments were logically sound and skilfully articulated.

    I wouldn’t mind less compelling posts from the other bloggers if that’s what holding them back…ten minutes to mention whatever day to day stuff they do that they don’t deem blog-worthy might just be interesting. How about just posting some pictures of their offices, departments, break rooms, etc.

    I was also curious about whatever happened with Daniel’s brother and Lindsay Lohan…

  • http://www.savory.de/blog.htm Eunoia

    Yclept Eunoia. Scot, B.Sc (Hons) Physics, MS Maths (statistics, actually) and Ph.D computer science, retired, living in Germany. Irregular reader. Blogging regularly, occasionally about Maths, Science, Crypto etc. The wife blogs too , about Bulldogs :-)

  • Ram

    Hi, Am 35 year old entrepreneur from India. My formal education in physics ended in high school & maths in under grad, then did an MBA & got into financial services, before striking out on my own. I’m very curious about the world around me & that drives my fascination for science. Sometimes I regret not pursuing a career in science. I dont understand everything that is written here, but try my best to keep up. Have been reading CV for few years now, have never commented till now.

    Ram

  • http://www.surprisesaplenty.wordpress.com surprisesaplenty

    I’m an ESL Professor in Busan, South Korea. Although I studied Biology at university, I am by no means a scientist now, just an enthusiast who likes to see what the scientists are doing.

  • Bjoern

    35, PhD in Physics, teacher for math and physics in Germany (at about college level)

  • Tom

    I am an IT geek in Chicago IL. Math and Physics have always been my first love, and if I believed in re-incarnation, could imagine a different life where I was a physicist. Been reading CV for over 2 years now. Puppies are ok. Sean would be better.

  • geekGirlND

    Hi! I’m an American girl pursuing a PhD in mechanical engineering. I’ve been reading for a while (since college I think; before you guys moved to Discover) but I never comment because I’m shy. Similarly to some previous commenters, I find that some of the more technical posts go over my head, but I enjoy the mental challenge. I like the non-technical posts as well…the intersection of science and religion, random physics jokes, puppies, etc.

  • greg

    26, Bachelors in Physics but I work as a website manager for a political non-profit in DC. Pretty sure I’ve been reading CV since I was in college, but I can’t say for sure. I used to blog, and I comment here rather irregularly.

    I don’t want to give any suggestions or such. For one, I already quite enjoy CV for the quality and breadth of the topics y’all post on, and for two, if we all start listing things we’d like to see more of on the blog, it’ll begin to feel more like something you guys are obligated to do, which blogging isn’t.

    So let me just say, thank you to all of you guys and gals for creating a place I enjoy spending time

  • http://avianarchitect.tumblr.com alex

    i’m grad student in poetry (a sentence thief) and read a number of science blogs regularly, CV for a few months now.

    http://avianarchitect.tumblr.com

  • threeasterisks

    23-year-old ER nurse with a secret passion for astronomy!

  • http://www.nicky510.com Crow

    Mild mannered professor by day, heroic cartoonist by night. Read write and lecture on mathematics, toon on biology, puns, evolution, and, well, anything. Been into science since forever and art just about as long. Fun times.

  • Will Lurk For Science

    I’m here for the science (physics moreso than straight astronomy or cosmology). I wouldn’t mind seeing Sean return to post on science, but I can do without all the atheism-related and political rants/posts. daniel, your posts are always good! :) (Where are the rest of you guys and gals?)

    I’m with Bee – the ads are ugly, and they have cut down on the number of times I’ll look at this site in a week. I tried to feed it, but still got ads in the feed.

  • pxilated

    Hi there. I’m a biological scientist at the University of Florida in Gainesville. I’ve been reading your blog for maybe a year now. I read it through Google reader, so the ads aren’t a problem (there is just one at the end of the post which is fine with me). I do like that the full post comes through on the reader and that I don’t have to click through to the actual website to finish the article, so thanks for that.

  • http://twitter.com/mahlersoboes mahlersoboes

    Hi there! I think I’ve been following you guys for a bit over a year…I’m not sure. I’m in my fourth year of being a college freshman (dammit if I don’ t keep switching majors) — was a music performance major (oboe), then English, then French, then back to music performance, and now…? I’d consider myself more a skeptic than a science enthusiast, but who can resist reading about cosmology and the LHC and strange particles named after words that were made up by James Joyce?!

    Yes, I actually miss Sean and his atheistic “rants,” but I think you’re doing just fine without him – I love you guys!

    Now, if you’ll excuse me, my country needs me. (Top Secret, actually–nothing to see here; move along, please!)

  • http://faculty.swosu.edu/frederic.murray/ Frederic

    I am an Academic Librarian in Oklahoma who had the good fortune of coming across Sean’s book: Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species. I gulped the book down during Spring Break found my way to Cosmic Variance.

    There is a lot of good work being done on this blog and I’ll share and promote this site as often as possible.

    I’m feeding the blog to my iGoogle news page and so far no problems.

  • Smith Powell

    I am a retired physics and astronomy professor who has enjoyed the variety and quality of the blogs for a year or so. Keep up the good work. ..And I do look forward to blogs from Sean from time to time.

  • elena

    I’m an anthropologist turned design researcher and I’ve been reading CV off and on for about 4 years. I never took a ton of earth science or physics in school, but I like to stretch my mind around subjects that I don’t totally understand – CV forces me to pay attention and read carefully if it’s not going to all go over my head.

  • Mike

    I’m a mathematics professor at a good, Midwestern public liberal arts university and I’ve been reading CV for about five years. I especially enjoy the posts/discussions at the intersection of science, education, and public policy and I completely tune out the ads.

    By the way, Amazon just informed me that the copy of “From Eternity to Here” that I ordered was shipped yesterday. Yay!

  • Ian

    I’m a mere mortal among most of you. My degree is in the humanities and I work in TV/film as a camera operator, but have always maintained a laymen’s love of science, particularly physics, and have become an avid amateur astronomer in recent years. Because of my career I am lucky to live near CalTech where my daughter and I saw (and met) Sean at the Origins conference a couple years back and started I reading CV after seeing his post about choosing an undergrad school. Said daughter is about to start college (at a SLAC, small liberal arts college) with sights set on going into astrophysics/cosmology and becoming an academic, leading me to question the belief that I have to die before being reincarnated, ;-) . Tell Sean to take as much time as he needs and the occasional puppy is fine, but I appreciate more of the science and public policy discussions.

  • http://ghostwood.org/nick/religion.html Nick Howes

    I’m an engineer who designs industrial control products (http://driveweb.com/ has been my work for quite a few years now). I miss Sean’s posts because he posted often and his stuff was usually interesting (I happen to share many of his views). The other posters are also interesting but don’t post very often.

  • CoffeeCupContrails

    Puppies? D’uh!

    Am an Electrical (controls) engineer with (past) research interests in microfluidics and micro-robotics (the Math AND the engineering); current non-professional fascination with Chaos theory, emergent phenomena, lol-cats. Own an MS. Started working on my PhD with hands in multiple research pies, but that love affair broken up due to a certain something I did at my second date with the Qualifiers. She kicked me out of the house.

    Am now a free, confused, unemployed youth approaching 27, nervously looking at his visa, with strong research hang-over, who spends his free time analyzing his voice samples on Matlab everyday, re-tuning his guitar using Audacity (because I can!), trying to render 3-d images of polished rocks I collected at Lake Erie using images of them from my cheap webcam, changing his OS language from English to French to English (Je parle peu le français!), reading Physics papers and Reddit, while supporting Wikileaks. I’m a multitasking addict. That’s why she left me. Trying to find a good use for my math, statistics and presentation skills

    Been following CV since your post announcing J. Wheeler’s passing. Continue to remain fascinated at your great work.

    As an engineer, would love to see you, along with Zimmer and others, do an extremely comprehensive poll once, of your readers’ backgrounds that other bloggers at Discovery could use. (And have you put up the data for the likes of me)

  • SteveB

    I am a 50+ nuclear engineer. I found CV less than a year ago. Best blog so far is the reporting from the Stellar Population astronomy conference by Julianne. Sean’s are great too, mind expanding, funny, controversial and well written. But, I am also glad he is wanting to concentrate on some science for a while. Good for you!

    I love reading science and theoretical physics for the educated non-expert. I got hooked on Asimov’s non-fiction as a kid. I find that I am quite skeptical on string theory and dark energy but enjoy reading Sean and watching his Teaching Company course. Loved the books by Glashow (aut0biography), Wheeler (autobiography), and Woit. Dark matter is probably more likely than MOND. We’ll see. I also like LQG — it seems to be on the right track, but I have not read many of the criticisms, yet. I find the multi-verse hilariously stupid.

    As a nuclear engineer where you have to be rather convincing to get a reactor licensed, I find conclusions made from assumptions on top of assumptions on top of assumptions that theoretical physicists and astronomers sometimes make, shall we say, not completely believable. “Assume a linear peturbation of a non-linear process, throw away some inconvenient infinites that result, and drop all terms after 2nd order even though I cannot show that the higher order terms are decreasing and then you have to believe my result because it’s pretty and you are really an idiot if you don’t like it.”

    Well, not too many people add those last two phrases.

  • Chris Woerz

    My name is Chris and i am.. A Lurker. I hardly ever post anywhere, even in threads like this. I have been a CV reader for at least 2 years and it is one of my favorite science blogs along with RealClimate and ‘Life, Unbounded’.

    oh and I am a 28 year old Web Developer from Idaho. Keep up the good work!

  • http://rocksteg.blogspot.com Rocket Stegosaurus

    Long-time reader (something like five years now), few-time commenter.

    I read the blog primarily for Sean and absolutely love posts like “What Questions Can Science Answer?” No need to rush him out of blogging retirement, though.

  • Aleatha

    I’m a PhD student in Computer Science who can’t seem to get enough of math and science. I’ve been reading CV for about two years, and love reading content from all of you guys. I enjoyed Sean’s writing, but was more interested in the science than the atheist essays. I can get plenty of those locally, but there’s never enough physics writing in the world.

    I am neutral on the subject of puppies. Maybe if they serve as examples in lectures on coherence.

  • http://lighthouseinthesky.blogspot.com/ Anne

    I’m a Canadian PhD student in astronomy; I like that CV posts interesting science articles without falling into the press-release-science trap.

  • http://fixerdave.blogspot.com Fixerdave

    Well, for some reason I don’t remember, I added your feed to my reader (Google’s as a gadget on my iGoogle homepage). So, when some interesting title rolls by, I click through and read it.

    I have more interests than time, everything from cosmology to dirtbiking, but am an IT geek by profession. I’m not much of a lurker though, being the worst kind of know-it-all. I have, according to me, well-formed opinions on just about everything. No remembered facts, just opinions. Further, I’m the kind of person that thinks by writing things down – I like to write, and do it a lot. Thus, I blog, might as well do something with all those words. Yes, I have my own blog(s) but I don’t particularly care if anyone reads them. I write for me, not an audience, and my blogs are more a “gift to the world” assuming something I write actually turns out to be worth reading. Maybe someday. Mostly, though, I tend to waste my time writing useless comments on other people’s blogs… like now for instance.

  • Liam

    I’m 19 year old Dickinson College student, which might make me the youngest commenter so far. I’m pursuing degrees in physics and neuroscience. I’ve been an avid reader for approximately 3 years. I don’t think we should rush Sean but I would like to see his posts again.

  • Steve

    I’m an active epi-tox researcher in his late 60′s and as a teenager was a physics phanatic. Along the way I was somehow seduced into the neurosciences, from there into pharmacology as a way to manipulate the brain, and finally the natural step to toxicology and epidemiological research (I’ve had my fill of wet-brain lab research). I love mathematical and statistical modeling. I found Cosmic Variance about 5 years ago, from a Google search on cosmology. I contributed one exchange of comments with Sean on an early 2006 post about Evolving Dark Energy (is it still evolving?), but mostly read to absorb the physics, astronomy, and cosmology.

    Puppies, kittens, little duckies, it really doesn’t matter. Please keep the technical stuff flowing and keep showing us data!

  • http://www.illuminatingreality.com Brando

    I rarely comment but have been lurking for close to 3 years now. I’m a visual effects artist in Hollywood as well as a 12 year Army combat veteran with a passion for science. My professional background has helped drive an interest in physics and blogs like CV have sparked an interest in cosmology. This unfortunately has led me to the dilemma of figuring out how to use my GI Bill: learn how to fly helicopters or study physics and cosmology.

  • Dana’s Bananas

    “Hi, I’m Dana, and I’m a chronic lurker.” all: “Hi Dana.”

    I never got over the “Why? How?” phase of my childhood. Since my father finally threw up his hands and told me to go ask someone else, I look to the internet’s vast resources from which to fill my brain. Thanks for knowing more than I do! (so far!)

  • http://blueollie.wordpress.com ollie

    Ollie, a mathematics professor at a small university in the Midwest (Bradley). Associate Professor, modest publication record, likes science and the shout outs that mathematics gets around here (my Ph. D. was in geometric topology; in particular knot theory)

    I am neither good looking nor “better than average”, at least at p =.05 :)

  • SteveN

    I stumbled across Sean’s GR notes on the web (eventually expanded into his book) which he wrote while still at MIT, before Chicago and before CalTech. From his website I found Cosmic Variance and have been a regular reader long before Discover took over. I’m a physicist working in the field of nanomedicine at a university in North Carolina (the one with a very good basketball team). I’ve always been impressed by the quantity and quality of Sean’s blogging output and don’t blame him for wanting to take a break. However, Sean — it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. How about, one blog every week or two? Anyway, all you other bloggers are great too.

  • Dave Cowdrick

    I am a 59 year old Mechanical Engineer in the Electric Utility business. I also have an MBA. I have been reading CV and other Discuvery blogs for several years, along with MSNBC and Scientific American Feeds. I enoy reading about ground breaking science, especially physics and cosmology. I have read many of the popular texts as well as (tried) to read some of the Graduate level ones. I like the way the blogs get me thinking about subjects, which usually results in my following up with other readings. I like that most of the contributors are (relatively) non-judgemental, which lets me make up my own mind.

  • Jerry

    Just an interested and curious lurker who stops by regularly ….

    another place I stop by… does anyone know what is going on today?

    http://lhc.web.cern.ch/lhc/

  • http://skepticsplay.blogspot.com miller

    Hi, I’m miller. I’m a soon to be graduate student in (theoretical?) physics. I usually lurk, simply because I read to many blogs to comment on them all. I have a blog too… sometimes I talk about physics? But usually, it’s skepticism and other stuff.

    I guess the only other physics blogs I read besides Cosmic Variance are Uncertain Principles and Built on Facts. I recommend both.

  • rmu

    Studied physics some 20 years ago, pursued an IT carreer, doing something completely different now. Found some blogs that keep me updated what’s en vogue in the physics world. Reading CV since before discover. Now back to lurking ;-)

  • http://www.physics.ucsb.edu/~brewer/ Brendon J. Brewer

    Hi everyone. I’m 26 and an astronomer working at UCSB. I got my PhD in my hometown of Sydney, Australia, under the supervision of ‘Cusp’.

  • Brandon

    I started with a degree in physics and somehow ended up in IT (5 years now). In the balance between sacrificing my passion (physics) to pay the bills (software development) I don’t feel too guilty about peaking at blogs like this during the work day.

    I’m 28 and I’ve been a lurker for the last few of those years… pre-Discovery at least

  • DB

    CV is one of my favorite blogs, and I’ll sorely miss Sean. I’m a former physicist (including a postdoc position at Caltech with Mark Wise) now in the hedge fund business, and I rely on several blogs (via Google Reader) to keep me up-to-date on physics news.

  • Andrew

    Hey,
    I’ve only been reading CV for a couple of weeks, since I cam across it on fliptomato’s wordpress blog (www.fliptomato.wordpress.com). I’m 16 and hoping to enroll to an undergraduate science program at one of the UK’s better universities.
    I’ve been self-studying parts of the phys/math undergrad curriculum (currently finishing E&M and starting on quantum mechanics). I’m aiming for a career in the academia and research.
    I enjoy Sean’s blog posts – even if I don’t always agree with some of the rants on science/religion etc. So yeah, bring him back! :)

  • Lonely Flower

    Hi,
    I am PhD garduate student in particle physics and Cosmology.
    I am from Egypt. I like various topics which are discussed here and I would like also to read to more scientists who belong to cosmic varience but rarley blog , it has been only you Dr.Daniel and Dr.Sean and sometimes Dr. Julliane who are active and now Dr.Sean stopped:(

    We will not need peptition, if Dr.Sean really like his commenters and readers, he would come back soon.

    Dr.Sean,
    if you love us, then come back, that is the only proof for your love!

  • Steve Turrentine

    I’ve been reading this blog since late last yr. when I first became acquainted with Sean thru his Dark Matter/Energy lectures for The Teaching Co. This is the only one I read. I’m a Japanese document translator & have been for about 19 yrs. now. Mostly I work at home. My first yr. in college I majored in physics, but that lasted only one yr. as I started flunking out. I then changed my major to math (BIG mistake!) & lasted a couple more yrs. until I started getting C’s & D’s, but meanwhile I’d discovered that I seemed to have a talent for languages so I changed my major again, this time to German, & got my B.A. in that. I now have a Ph.D. in East Asian Langs. from UC/B, specializing in Japanese linguistics, & an M.A. in same from UH/Manoa. I’ve always been very interested in cosmology, theoretical physics, etc. but from a layman’s perspective. I’ve read a lot of books on these subjects.

    Oh, & if anybody’s interested, I can translate Makkoli’s comment above (#9). It has nothing to do with this blog or his background, BTW.

  • Harold

    Bring back one of the greatest thing to Internet blogging! (read: come back Sean!!)

  • http://rumblingsfromthespeaker.blogspot.com SpeakerToManagers

    I’m a recent lurker (∼6 months), retired software engineer, and dabbler in math (geometry especially) and physics. Also interested in biology; I spent 4 years as a staff engineer in a graduate Human Physiology department. I follow several science blogs, both to keep myself informed of what’s new and changing, and to find out what the general level of knowledge is out there. I’m worried that, bad as the average knowledge of science was when I went to school, it’s even worse now, and the average level of anti-science is higher as well. A very troubling symptom is the dumbing down of magazines like Scientific American; I finally cancelled the subscription I had had for 30 years because there just wasn’t much information left in its articles. I keep hoping that the internet will help educate people past that.

    In the last couple of decades I’ve become very interested in quantum theory, as progress has been made in understanding the more subtle manifestations like entanglement, and more scientists are studying the nature of quantum reality rather than just accepting it as a bunch of magical equations that just work.

  • Hieu Nguyen

    Hi there,

    I’m physics undergraduate student (freshman) at De Anza, interested in cosmology and quantum mechanics (but obviously, I’m not that smart).

    I’ve just been reading CV for a while for a months. Thanks to SPS website, I could find CV blog, which I already bookmarked in my Firefox Toolbar. It was like something I would follow for a while, the first I read was ‘Live octopus lollipop’ by Dr. Daniel (yummy!).

    Nevertheless, if Dr. Sean is gone, so why don’t we have another enthusiastic blogger going for the new job? Although that’s a big loss, we can still keep moving.

    Best luck,

  • Raymundo Arroyave

    Hi, I am also a lurker (mostly). I have been reading CV for quite a while (almost since the beginning). I’m an Assistant Prof. of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science. This is definitely one of the best science blogs out there. I have always been fascinated by the fundamental questions that physics tries to address and have found the posts here highly informative. What I like the most about this blog is that the topics are not only about physics but about how physicists think about all kinds of things, from philosophy to puppies!

    I would like for Sean to come back but I would not mind it if the rest of the CV-bloggers step up to the plate and post more!!! I know, I know, research, teaching, service take so much time (I’m on the same boat) but you guys are my go-to place when I get depressed about the ( increasing) stupidity that dominates the internet. This along with other science-blogs are like islands in a sea of stupidity.

    cheers,

    RA

  • Rory Kent

    *Peeks out of cave*
    *Hiss*
    *Returns to cave*

  • Maurice

    Maurice.
    Lurker.
    Development aid and renewable energy consultant/entrepreneur.
    Have been reading this blog for about 6 months to feed my inner geek.

  • http://www.soulphysics.org Bryan

    I’m Bryan Roberts — I’ve been reading CV since 2007 when I first joined the blogosphere. I get quite a lot out of the posts on physics, although I’m most interested in philosophical perspectives. I run a blog on professional philosophy of physics topics called Soul Physics.

  • http://danielholz.com daniel

    Thank you to everyone for saying hello! It’s great that we have such a diverse, interesting audience. I feel we have some of the best commenters (and lurkers too, of course) in the entire blogosphere! The conversation is almost always interesting and surprising.

  • Charlie

    I’m Charlie and I’ve been reading CV for a little over a year, along with most of the other discover blogs. I just got my bachelor’s degree in physics and I’m taking some time to try to figure out if I want to go back to the lab, teach high school, or try my hand at science writing. Right now I’m teaching high school in South Korea and loving it, so I’m leaning towards a career in education. CV blog posts make for great classroom reading to make physics seem a bit more alive than just doing problems about pendulums and projectiles all day!

  • http://Capitalistimperialistpig.blogspot.com capitalistimperialistpig

    An old, non-academic physicist, blogging at: http://capitalistimperialistpig.blogspot.com/

    A reader since Preposterous Universe days – the second blog I read I think.

  • hwm

    Hey, I’m very much a lurker. I’ve been stopping by CV for a couple of years now. I’m currently an upper-level physics undergrad, formerly a small-time musician.

  • Michael

    Hi! Three years ago, while working in the IT department of an investment bank I developed an interest in physics largely because of a book by Bill Bryson and a blog called Cosmic Variance. Before this I was a terrible student and I was into a lot of bad things. I did not think it would be possible for me to be a physicist. But a number of things (including this blog) inspired me to chase my dreams and I am now starting my second year as a PhD student with the high energy theory group at Rutgers. So thank you Cosmic Variance!

  • David

    I’m a physics and music undergrad in Gainesville, Florida. Sean’s great, but more specifically — bring up some nitty-gritty science! It’s nice to see new ideas expressed freely and nearly up to paper quality without being subjected to the rigors of a published paper. Bore me with your research!

  • Elizabeth

    I’m a physics PhD and currently a stay-at-home mom. I took Sean’s GR class at Chicago quite a few years ago but just found the blog recently when someone I knew from grad school linked to it.

  • http://twitter.com/ChrisLindsay9 CW

    Hello. I was hoping that you’d start a “who are you” thread here. I’ve posted in the others, but Cosmic Variance is my favorite physics/cosmology blogs (and tied with Phil if you include astronomy and other space-related topics). I’m in sales & operations for an Audio/Video installation firm in Michigan. I’ve become an enthusiast of science these past 4-5 years after discovering science debates on youtube, a podcast called Skeptics Guide to the Universe, and Phil Plait. I really enjoy science blogs that can discuss current topics/studies/research in easily understandable language, as well as connecting it to core principles of that particular field of science. I look forward to reading Cosmic Variance contributors’ comments regarding the latest and greatest news that comes from the particle accelerators and space telescopes.

  • Luke

    I’m Luke, a 30ish physics teacher at a catholic high school. I teach mostly freshman, but do have a section of college-level AP Physics. Great blog, occasionally serves as fodder for my classes (it’s fun to ponder the edge – especially for inquisitive and creative students). Enjoy the technical stuff (didn’t say understand, working on Sean’s book now) and also enjoy the philosophical and religious stuff too. Very interesting to see Sean’s (and others) arguments in support of atheism. I never feel diminished by his arguments — just an honest expression of his views. Keep it up!
    Back to my lair….

  • Brian Mingus

    PhD student in the Computational Cognitive Neuroscience Lab at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Reading for some time, even had a couple of posts inspired by my comments! See:

    http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/cosmicvariance/2009/12/31/art-meet-science/
    http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/cosmicvariance/2009/09/18/well-that-was-fast/

  • Brian Mingus

    Frederic, I believe you have the wrong Sean Carroll. You are referring to Sean B. Carroll of the Carroll Lab: http://www.molbio.wisc.edu/carroll/ I hope that doesn’t dissuade you from reading this blog ;-)

  • Zathras

    Zathras used to being beast of burden to other people’s needs….
    Very sad life…probably have very sad death……
    But at least there is symmetry.

  • http://liveeverything.wordpress.com Meredith

    Astronomy grad student here, finishing a MS at one school and beginning a PhD at another this fall. Got my undergrad degree in physics at Harvey Mudd. I love to see anything related to astronomy, or science education, or explaining complicated physics to laypersons! I’m sometimes irked by the atheism lectures as I’m a progressive Episcopalian and see no inherent contradiction or conflict between science and religion. But hearing others’ opinions is always a constructive and mind-opening pursuit. Thanks for frequent (but not too frequent) posts and consistent (but not too consistent) topic coverage!

  • Boo

    I admit, I am a lurker! I’m not a PhD like most of the posters. I am a housewife living in the Midwest. I was lucky to have a father that shared his passion for Science with me. Growing up in Texas, the Superconducting Super Collider was big news in our household. I was just starting my first Physics class when the project was terminated. My two favorite interests are Quantum Physics and Cosmology! I have no idea why more people are not completely fascinated by these. I am addicted. I am planning my trip to Europe around when I can take a tour of the LHC. I follow Sean on Twitter and I would love for him to start blogging again.

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  • David

    Physics/math undergrad at UChicago. Going to be taking the GR class that Sean used to teach in fall. Blew my mind when I realized he used to teach here.

  • Donatas

    Hi :)
    I’m a 20yo undergrad in astrophysics (stellar astrophysics, atmosphere models) at Vilnius University, Lithuania. Been reading CV for about two years now. Those long kind of philosophical posts by Sean were really good. And, as someone already said, you’re a great and fun to read science news source. Thank you very much :)

  • http://www.writingdownthewords.blogspot.com pauline

    I work with 2nd graders who are always asking why and how. This site is a great source for answers. Thanks for making me sound a whole lot smarter in science than I am.

  • http://www.tevong.com/adlib.php Tevong

    Hi, I’m currently a masters student, also quit my graduate job in technology at an investment bank to return to physics. I wasn’t a very focused student as an undergrad, drawing comics in class if I even made it to them, but a bit of time away to think things through for myself and not for passing exams does wonders for the mind! It’s incredibly rewarding to build up this deep and intricate structure that is a personal understanding of how the world works, and blogs like this help with the time its authors put into explaining things.

  • http://gmcdavid.livejournal.com/ Glenn

    I dropped out of grad school not long after getting my M.S. in Applied Physics (Stanford, 1974) and have been working in IT since 1977. I now live in the Twin Cities (Minnesota) area. Married with two autistic sons and one foster daughter. I have never lost my interest in physics.

    I enjoy Sean’s writing, but I cannot fairly ask him to return until I finish reading his book!

  • pj – rd’s evil twin

    Introduce Naes [and cats]…

  • Kevin

    I am a 23-year-old Physics and Computer Science undergrad at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, and intend to go to grad school to study cosmology (or something similarly interesting) upon graduation.

    I have been following the blog for about two years, without commenting, but it’s one of the few that I keep up with consistently. I obviously enjoy the science stuff, and it’s always fairly accessible, but the opinion pieces are always interesting!

    Bring Sean back!

  • E

    I’m a perpetual grad student with a career in industry. I’m currently completing my PhD in Physics. I’ve been reading you guys for a few years now. I’m mainly in it for the physics discussions. I ignore all the puppies, religion and fluffy stuff. :)

  • A

    I’m a former Physics major (switched majors when I was 3 classes from a degree) now working at a cubicle in Mpls and doing theater in the evenings. Just started reading this site.

  • Michael C.

    22 year old Environmental Studies Student at VCU in Virginia. I’ve been following CV for almost a year now. I’ve never been very good at Physics, but I do love it; And I don’t care who you are, you know you love Astronomy and Cosmology like I do. I use Google’s Reader to follow this and other science blogs (as well as webcomics) and this is probably the only science blog I stop and read regularly (this and the webcomics). Thank you for always giving new and changing science and physics topics to contemplate over. Like a few others on here, I may not always understand it, but I do love to learn about it.

  • Josh Neal

    31 year old MBA student at the University of Washington, financial analyst at a local bank, and I’ve been reading for 3+ years with only 2 or 3 comments. Enjoy walks on the beach.

    I love all things science, philosophy, and especially philosophy of science – so IMO most of the blog posts are great. Sean’s apologia of rational humanism is articulate and much appreciated.

    Reading this blog lets me feel like I’m a part of the scientific community. Thanks for that.

  • Clayton

    37-year-0ld financial risk manager with physics envy. Been reading CV for about a year.

  • http://justinsolinsky.com Justin

    23 year old student here. Just recently recieved degrees in aerospace engineering and applied physics. Attending grad school in the fall for physics and astronomy.

    I am extremely interested in all things gravity and most of cosmology. Where ever the big unanswered questions appear usually leads to a breakthrough in the fundamental science. Been reading CV for about 3 years now and still loving it. Keep up the great work guys…and gals,

  • Alan

    Yet another physicist here, re-treaded as an engineer working in high-tech ceramics. I keep coming back to CV for the well-written explanations of new stuff happening in physics and for the simple pleasure of reading rational thinking about facts.

  • Cusp

    41 yr old professor of astrophysics at a large antipodean university. Published in cosmology, gravitational lensing, galactic cannibalism and galactic archaeology. Academic father of Brendon Brewer (up there).

  • N

    Im a postdoc in Theoretical Physics. I’m not much of a poster, but I like to read the blogs. I’d be very interested if someone could write a commentary on this article:
    http://www.miller-mccune.com/science/the-real-science-gap-16191/
    As a postdoc, this hits very close to home, and unfortunately it seems to be bang on. I’d be interested in peoples comments on it, and most importantly what the readers think can be done about the problem.

  • marc

    Particle theorist, focusing on phenomenology. Enjoy watching the LHC luminosity creep up week by week. Occasionally comment here, but certainly read it every day. CV is bookmarked on my toolbar, of course. Am one of the 1000+ friends of Mrs. Sean.

  • http://cosmodynamics.blogspot.com/ Vanessa

    Hi CV!
    Yes, I miss Sean and yes, you should definitely write more about puppies. I’ve been reading CV for about a year now, although I rarely comment. In terms of blogs to advertise or at least check out, I’m an aspiring science journalist with a bachelor’s in astrophysics and I’ve recently started my own blog called Cosmodynamics (sorry if I’m inadvertently being spammy). I’d say it’s pretty cool, but then again I’m biased. Of course, CV is way cooler and I generally find time to lurk a couple of times a day, hoping against hope for a new post. Keep up the great work, guys!

  • Paul BK

    Hi all, Paul here (age 62). Nuclear engineer (started as crew member nuclear submarine). Science geek since birth. Can’t get enough. Some people count sheep, I run double slit experiments. CV is a fav, one of many science stops around the net. Keep the good stuff coming. And thanks for all your hard work. There really are a lot of folks out here that just love it.

  • http://what. Loki

    De-Lurking now. 22 Year old male nursing student. I love me some particle physics, cosmology, biology, and all around sciency stuff. Keep blogging man.

  • Stephanie

    Lurker, female, 30-something, lacking a science/engineering degree (I’m jealous of those with that formal education). I work in communications in the aerospace industry. I’ve been reading since before you moved to Discover. I keep reading because I love the insights — you make me think more deeply about things than I otherwise would. Thank you.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    I am Ironman

  • Scott

    I’m a philosophy student from Florida. Bring back Sean. (I hope that suffices.)

  • Jason Silkey

    Lurker, 32, male. I have a BFA and am currently pursuing a BS in Biology, with the long term goal of medical school, though it is fast becoming a short term goal. I primarily read this site to explore physics which I won’t encounter in my bio-heavy classes. I especially love the posts about the relationship between science and religion, since I am an atheist who often feels alone in a very religious world.

    Thanks for the reading!

  • Dylan

    My name’s Dylan, I’m beginning my first year in grad school in physics. I’ve read the blog since, oh I don’t know, three years ago maybe, when I still wanted to be a philosopher.

    I love this blog–it was really the first blog I started reading (if you don’t count slashdot). Now I “spend” far too much time reading all sorts of sciencey blogs. Bring back Sean!

  • Tony

    Lurker. Physics graduate student at Hahvahd working between the redshifts of 6 and 1000. Been reading CV for 4 years. Sean come back we miss you!

  • Jeff

    Frequent reader, infrequent poster, have hung out with former CV blogger Clifford on occasion and have passed Sean at the Ath at Caltech but never quite met yet. Astrophysics, space, recovering physicists, aerospace engineering — and some contemporary fiction are my favorite blog topics. Keep up the good work folks. As much as I enjoy Sean’s comments, I’m looking forward to some of the diversity of posts from the other folks as well.

  • alf

    Been simi lurking for several years.

    Worked at NASA Huntsville. Always wanted to see a star, other than the sun. Have degrees in math and computer science. Got interested in space after reading EE Doc Smith’s Valerone Series years ago. Interested in the beginnings of this cycle of the Unverse. Prefer Big Crunch to Big Bang.

    Understand Sean’s need for a break.

  • Rich

    Lurk, lurk. Ex-physicist, now software developer. Enjoy the blog. Bring back Sean. Prefer kittens ;-)

  • http://moleseyhill.com mat roberts

    Hi,
    Lurker. Ex-physicist, now software developer.

    I like the posts describing current research results, for example last year there were some about recent CDM experiments. I think that describing current and past experimental results is very valuable. In discussions about science there’s a real tendency to skip over evidence and start pontificating about theory. To the wider public this creates a distorted view of what science is about, redressing that balance with greater discussion of evidence is important.
    Cheers
    Mat

  • Amp

    lurking, too. 28, Germany, graduated in comp.sci. but interested in nearly everything around the natural sciences.

  • http://www.rohanmedia.co.uk Rohan Mehra
  • http://www2.gsu.edu/~neubmc/Bradley_Cooke/Home.html Bradley Cooke

    Neuroscientist working on social behavior, sex differences, synapses, and stress. Love this blog, and everything about astrophysics and cosmology. Keep up the good work, all.

  • Gammaburst

    ER Physician (MD) with a BA in Physics, and a BE in Engineering. I live in the midwest and love cosmology. I enjoyed Sean’s course on Dark Matter/Dark Energy from The Teaching Co. I would prefer less atheism/religion discussions. I’m just sayin…

  • Sleeth

    On staff at Vanderbilt doing physics, astrophysics, cosmology, and astronomy.

  • Cody

    Hello!
    Late 20s, Somerville MA, near Boston, BS Physics degree, interested in quantum computation and theoretical physics, considering both graduate school and teaching high school. I like the science on the blog, but enjoy other commentary as well. John’s post on the “integrated luminosity” of the LHC, and Sean’s puppy analogy are some of my favorite posts. Not sure there is anything I really dislike about the blog. My favorite blogs are B and Stefan at Backreaction, Scott Aaronson, PZ Myers, Brian Hayes at bit-player.org, RJ Lipton at Gödel’s Lost Letter and P=NP, Michael Niesen’s blog, Jeffery Shallit at recursed.blogspot.com, the arxivblog, startswithabang, and Krugman. Sean should do what he enjoys. If he wants to post, then I’m sure I will enjoy that as well. And puppies are always nice, though I prefer science typically.

  • Hari Parameswaran

    Lurker – working in the area of Electronic Design Automation. MS in Electrical Communication after Bachelors in Physics and Mathematics. Live in India. Dislike nothing about the blog, have almost always learnt something (even if it only that there’s a heck of lot out there that I don’t know/understand)

    Hari

  • Gabby

    Hi there
    Male, 42 as of yesterday. I’m a Cancer who likes long walks on the beach while holding hands and sunsets.
    I suppose I’ve become more of a lurker lately, but I used to comment more often. Frankly, I think I was using a different screen name but can’t remember what it was.
    As a matter of fact, I am strong and good looking but the better than average part is questionable. ;) I own a couple coffee shops here in Cincinnati and occasionally find a little spare time to do illustration.
    I follow several science blogs as it is a childhood interest that has resurfaced in my adulthood. I very much enjoy the religion/atheism discussions (sorry Gammaburst), it’s what led me to start studying science further (long story involving many creationists).
    Sadly, that’s all that can be considered interesting about me that I’m willing to reveal.
    Hello everyone!

  • http://mirror2image.wordpress.com/2010/01/23/technology-behind-project-natal/ Serge

    Another semi-lurker here. Making computer vision apps for mobile devices. Want less politics/religion/atheism staff (just don’t see the point – everything pretty obvious there). Want more Science!!! staff – strings, n-categories, higgs, dark matter-energy-holes etc. Not necessarily physic -math, bio, brain, chemistry. Limited amount of puppies is acceptable.

  • JimV

    I’m a mechanical engineer, semi-retired now, interested in math and physics but not qualified to understand half of the good stuff here. I usually only comment on the religion/atheist topics because I feel I am as qualified as most in that arena, having spent a lot of time thinking about it; that’s also why they are among my favorite topics. I like the fact that there is some moderation of commenters here, as opposed to scienceblogs where anything goes, and usually does. Definitely you should force Sean out of retirement because he was your most prolific poster. If the rest of you would post more I wouldn’t have to insist on this.

  • Kevin

    Hi, there. Male lurker (the worst kind!). High school chemistry teacher. I peruse this blog for interesting odds and ends with which I then relentlessly pummel my semi-witted students (“OK, you think chemistry sucks, but check out the LHC! Look at these pics from the Hubble! Here’s what REAL scientists are arguing about!”). Some, if not most of it, is admittedly over their heads but there are always one or two who are intrigued and want to know more. When a student professes that she/he wants to know more, we (you folks and I) have done our jobs.

    Keep up the good work teaching!

  • CTReader

    I’m 70, fully retired (at last), BS in EE (’78), MS in Computer Science (’81). I spent 40+ years as an IT geek in various companies. I have a deep interest in science and astronomy; when observing conditions are good or better here in CT, I use my 10″ Newtonian to investigate our environs here in the Solar System. Came to this blog by way of Sean’s spousal unit about 2 years ago. I visit CV on a daily basis and read almost every post but seldom comment. I loved the posts about the LHC. These were a conversation that is difficult to find anywhere else. Puppies would be sort of nice, Sean would be much better.

  • Gabby

    Rohan
    Just wanted to say that I love the origami. Well done.

  • Tom

    I’ve been lurking around for a few years now – since the days when this blog was not affiliated with Discover. (As Sean promised back then the transition changed nothing on our end.) Thanks for all of the hard work guys, please keep it up.

    Also, I am a math major – soon to be PhD student at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

  • Roman

    That’s my second de-luring already.
    Structural engineer. Hard science, soft religion (or other way around) is what I like here.

  • Baby Bones

    Discovered CV about the time it hooked up with Discover.

    I did well in undergraduate physics, got a degree in it, but I failed to do well enough to get funding to put me through to a PHd in graduate school. Since my studies were occupying 70 hours a week, I had no opportunity to work part-time. Now I’m stuck doing something I hate.

    I’m not smart enough to understand much about String theory, but that won’t stop me from saying that physicists should be thinking smaller and going through more painstaking efforts to account for all the new mysterious developments, especially in Astronomy, within the confines of what we know to be true. Adding new dimensions (Einstein didn’t) simply because the mathematical formalism lets you does not make much of a physical theory. It’s more like a leap of faith than one of insight, especially when it makes predictions that have implications that so far exceed the scope of the visible universe. I doubt that dark matter exists, and I take a dim view of the many worlds hypothesis.

    But none of this skepticism on my parts means that we shouldn’t be trying to think outside the box and thinking in broad terms; that is why CV is valuable. Keep up the good work!

  • Odani of The Faith

    Still out here, still recording names…

  • Earl Flask

    I’m a lurker. Perhaps I’m a bit unusual, I’m a Calvinist, Google Westminster Confession of Faith and you’ll see my beliefs — except the part that says God to created “in the space of six days” — the universe is obviously billions of years old (as well as the earth). This puts me at odds with some Christians (I’m already at odds being a Calvinist — that’s not a popular position these days). I love CV. I love the atheistic rants. I enjoy reading the perspectives here. I love the science discussions, I love the philosophy discussions. My science background is limited. B.S. Mathematics. I’m a software engineer by day.

    I’m returning to lurking. You all are doing a great job!

  • RHill

    Old, ugly, weak and uneducated, 57 yr old lurker … Service Manager at a small Marine Electronics shop. Books, mags and now Internet have nourished my lifelong interest in all things “scientific” particularly cosmology, astronomy, planetary science, evolution, aviation, aerospace, ancient civilizations, SETI, origin of life, etc. My trade has taken me all over this planet where I have seen with mine own eyes that which many merely dream or scarsely imagine. I enjoy CV’a human touch, where I can perceive a bit of the “magic” that must accompany real discovery and understanding by active and enthusiastic scientists. Thank you all for your hard work and sharing the joy!

  • Dr Bob

    I lurk, therefore I am.

    High energy physicist working on the same experiment as John, albeit at completely different ends: John works on the smallest sub-detector, I work on the largest…

    I have made the occasional post, but I mostly lurk…

  • http://pantheon.yale.edu/~rs639 Richard Scalzo

    Hi all. I was a grad student in physics at Chicago while Sean was there, and have since passed through Berkeley (LBL) and New Haven (Yale) on the somewhat winding road towards academic advancement. Next post which I start this fall is at Mt. Stromlo (in Canberra, Australia), as a Skymapper Fellow, shifting from the culture of big physics to the culture of astronomy, working on all things transient and explosive but mostly supernovae.

    I find everyone’s posts interesting, particularly the insider’s commentary on noteworthy results (e.g. CDMS) and those dealing with academic career issues and science policy. But I confess it is mostly Sean’s philosophical posts (a superset of his “atheist rants”) that I pass on and recommend to others, mostly to my friend Chris who is active in the Rhode Island Atheist Society (and has funded an annual essay scholarship out of his own pocket!). As long as we’re disclosing here, intellectually I subscribe to a sort of agnostic Buddhism (taking at face value Gautama’s advice to “know for yourselves” to the Kalamans, and the story of the poisoned arrow, as well as its emphasis on the truths of human suffering and an attentive, compassionate way of life), but I confess my own Buddhist practice has been limited so far… While I don’t always agree with Sean, I think his spirited defense of his views is valuable for all, as it gets us all to think harder about what’s important. In any case I can respect Sean’s desire to focus on publishing papers, so will simply look forward to future posts of his.

    Keep it up and I’ll feel free to comment whenever I have something to say that hasn’t already been said by commenters before me. :)

  • http://quantumtantra.blogspot.com nick herbert

    Phd in physics, experience in industrial, academic and literary physics (wrote “Quantum Reality” and other popular physics books), was fringe science editor at Mondo 2000, director of physics programs at Esalen Institute, recently developed “Quantum No-Wedding Theorem”–a variant on the No-Cloning Theorem and “Nick’s Proof” that uses physics to set limits on psychic powers. Consider Sean’s demonstration of non-disturbing quantum measurements using a sleeping puppy one of the most beautiful examples of good science writing around–and no cats had to be killed. Main influences in my life are Catholicism, quantum physics and LSD. I live in the redwood forest north of Santa Cruz, CA with my cat Onyx and publish the Quantum Tantra blog.

  • Gary

    Retired ~25-year professor of Astronomy.

    The aroma of leftie political ideology gets way too thick around here at times.

    I read CV for the science, not for the Charlie-Foxtrot re-education.

  • http://bookflog.blogspot.com David Kordahl

    Ph.D. Physics student at the University of Kansas. I’ve been a lurker for a few years now. Thanks for the great blogs!

  • Susan Clark

    Undergrad going for a BS in Physics at UNC. I check this blog every day, it’s great! Traveling the world this summer researching for a team that’s trying to win the Google Lunar X Prize, blogging at moonstruck2010.wordpress.com : )

  • http://weasner.com Laurraine

    I’m just someone who has been interested in science all her life, though I ultimately didn’t actually get into real science as a career. I’m now retired.

  • citrine

    Lone Physics faculty member at a small community college, nestled in the Rocky Mountains. In my 40′s, friendly face, just strong enough to lift modest lab equipment. CV reader for 6+ years, have posted a few times. Appreciate reading thought provoking posts and keeping up with new discoveries. Prefer kittens and the grown versions to their canine counterparts.

    If cats own people (as is commonly presumed), wouldn’t a certain famous Physicist be “The Cat’s Schrodinger”?

  • citrine

    Part 2:

    Yes, and please bring back Sean from his self-imposed exile, even if it means shorter posts (for a while, at least).

  • http://afcsoac.blogspot.com/ lisleman

    I don’t follow the blog that often. The post title needs to get my attention, such as “Puppies”.

  • Shane J

    I’m a longtime lurker, never commented as far as I recall.
    I don’t comment as my brain-fu is not as refined or powerful as your people’s, however, I do enjoy the occasional linkage during my coffee and lunch breaks.

    I do not, however, like puppies.

    What? No they’re not cute, they’re smelly and dangerous. Ban them all, get off my lawn, etc.

  • Barbara

    Hi – I’ve followed CV since well before you guys “sold out to the Man”. I’m a middle-aged, child-free woman living in the Midwest with an abiding interest in cosmology and particle physics/quantum field theory. My dad got me started on this jag when I was about 12. He was reading a book about general and special relativity and I questioned him relentlessly until he just gave me the book so I could read it myself. Terrified of math, I got my hands on every book written by kind physicists who wrote for those of us who can’t do the math (special thanks to the late(s) Heinz Pagels and Richard Feynman (for QED)). I also own every Teaching Company video that focuses on physics and cosmology, including a fine one that Sean did about dark M&E. I’m currently reading Leonard Susskind’s “The Cosmic Landscape”, one of the finest pieces of non-technical reading I’ve found on my favorite subjects. Bring back Sean! I bought his book but haven’t finished it yet. Got distracted by Susskind’s lectures on You Tube. It’s so great to have a blog by you guys/gals – you got cred! Thanks.
    PS – I’m such a geek, I stopped by Frank Wilczek’s office when I was visiting MIT (a trip unrelated to physics, of course). He talked with me for about 20 minutes – a very nice guy – it was such a thrill.

  • http://thesidney.wordpress.com Stevie

    Hi there,

    This is the blog that got me into blogs. I’ve been reading CV for about four years now, since my second year of undergrad, and still adore it. It even inspired me to start my own — http://thesidney.wordpress.com — called These Vibes are too Cosmic, where I mainly aggregate links, articles, and videos on different physics topics and events for intelligent non-physicists to peruse and learn more. No PhD as yet, so I mainly direct people to experts that can explain physics well (needless to say, I often link to CV). I also post a little bit about music and Washington, DC, where I currently live. I wish I could do this full-time, or at least a lot more.

    Thanks for being awesome.

  • Rob Marine

    Been lurking for 3 or 4 years…so probably more years than comments. I´ll let you divine my first career. Now I´m a Peace Corps Volunteer working in an advanced technology center, (probably didn´t know we do that, did you?) I´ve got a couple of masters degrees, which I tell people means I`m right.

    The frequency of my visits to CV seems to correlate with the frequency of Sean´s posts. The rest of you are merely awesome, while Sean is something even more. Science, religion, politics, all good. Puppies? But of course!

    You have a great thing going here, keep up the good work. And know that all us mortal lurkers are aware of how hard it is to do what you do. Otherwise we´d be blogstars like you.

  • Jennifer Angela

    I have graduated recently. I finished a five year Bachelor of Education Sciences. Wrote two dissertations at the end. Jobbed in the teaching industry. So you folks want to see more kittens and/or puppies…? Okay, I don´t mind. Personally I like cats, kittens, Border Collies, Beagles, Golden Retrievers, Dalmatians, Cocker Spaniels, Greyhounds (yes, those that run, except that I would prefer them all to have a loving home and a family), I like puppies too. Frankly, I enjoy the sight of affectionate and confident grown animals (cats and dogs) more than that of kittens and puppies. They carry hope in themselves and you can see it in their eyes. Kittens and puppies are still a bit too scared to be like that, which makes them a tad less interesting – to me. I appreciate the beauty of adult animals…. I am like that. Anyway… I have been reading all about scientific news in here and commenting on it since the 19th of October 2009 (I looked it up in my e-mails). I love this place! Feels like home! Lots of smart people in here, sometimes folks disagree on matters, but there is no emotional violence in here, while at the same time you can have your own opinion, even if it might be strongly diverse to that of the majority. Being raised in Australia, I am very much into democracy and this place IS obviously like-minded! Discover is one of those really fantastic american free online websites, that educate and entertain at the same time – a true gift! Okay, I will stop it now, before you people get bored of my compliments! I guess I am the only one in here who is NOT aware of who exactly Sean is. I just know I relish articles written by Eliza Strickland (I remember that name, as the first article I read here on discover was by Ms. Strickland) and recently I have read one by Joseph Calamia on Google Wave – loved that one too! P.S. If anybody in here wants to provide me with some feedback on my comments, feel fry to e-mail me: missymails10@gmail.com (sounds funny, I know, but I guess I was in a funny mood when I set up that one)

  • Jennifer Angela

    I would just like to add something about my age: I was born in the early 80s, so I am sure you folks can figure out in no time what age group I belong to. I am neither young, as in my opinion so called “youths” are young, that´s why they are called “youths” – these people might stay at “youth hostels” too (I assume that you would have to be 25 or younger to fit into that age group) – nor old. I can certainly call myself a “young woman” (but then again I think most women qualify for that category as long as they are younger than… where´s the limit? – 45, 50 or 55? I wouldn´t know)… but certainly not a “young girl” (I think you must be younger than 25 to call yourself a “young girl” without ridiculing yourself). But I am not middle-aged either (I guess you would have to be at least 45/50/55 to qualify for that age group). I am just an adult belonging to a certain age group: I have read on “google”, that I am a member of a generation referred to as “Y” (I can live with that). I guess I am commenting a tad too much today, so I will say goodbye for now.

  • sandycharm

    I got recently into Sean’s books but had read his online posts way before that.
    A physics undergrad who didn’t care for GR but ended up doing it anyway, funnily enough! (The course is notoriously hard-to-score so many enthusiasts choose not to. You become disillusioned by third year)

  • joulesm

    Hi!! I’m a frequent reader and occasionally commenter. I did my undergrad at Caltech, although I didn’t know any of these bloggers there. I did 4 years in the Air Force and now I’m doing grad school at MIT’s Media Lab (seriously one of the coolest places on earth!!). Love reading the posts, puppies are also welcome :)

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