We made it :)

By skepticlawyer

Well, thank the Flying Spaghetti Monster that’s over. The BCL that is. I walked out of my criminology exam yesterday afternoon after 3.5 hours (no hand mishaps this time) and thought seriously about just stretching out on the cobbles behind the Exam Schools. Sub-fusc and all. I didn’t, but it was tempting. Some people doing the BCL still have exams today (Saturday morning) but it’s all over for all of us by this afternoon. Whereupon some serious celebrating can begin. With that in mind, I thought this Busta Rhymes/Linkin Park collaboration was worth posting in our collective honour. Considering the Oxford weather, the amount of rain featured in this clip is entirely appropriate:

In other news, Temujin over at Thoughts on Freedom is running one of his occasional polls. He’s very good at this, in large part because he doesn’t overdo it. Last year’s ALS poll was for best solo libertarian blogger. This year’s is more general.

Temujin’s poll got me thinking about favourite blogs and bloggers – not just libertarian blogs, but all kinds of blogs. I’ve long been an inveterate lister (those of you who’ve read Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity will know what I mean), although I’m very bad at rank ordering my lists. My favourite song/band/movie/blog/book/whatever changes on a daily basis, and is increasingly less accurately reflected by our blogroll. Not that I’ve stopped liking any of the blogs on those lists, but simply because so many people with blogs we haven’t looked at before have turned up to comment here since we started – particularly on Legal Eagle’s epic ‘Women & Sci-Fi‘ thread.

For mine, I still really like Club Troppo. I’ve tried pinning down why this is, and I think it boils down to two things. First, Ken Parish is a very clear writer. Having a really good central writer really helps – people will come back just to read that person’s stuff. Second, there are a range of different political views expressed in the one place. This is not just confined to the comments, either. It’s among the posters. That seems genuinely hard to do – and also pretty rare. It certainly inspired me when I suggested to LE that we set up this blog, and has already created one memorable bit of confusion for those from a jurisdiction where blogging is more tribal. That said, I was also inspired by Hoyden-about-Town – two very different blogging women sharing a well designed site (if you refresh their page, the rotating header of famous femmes keeps changing. I don’t think I’ve got through them all yet. Unless, of course, they’ve been surreptitiously added to over time).

I’m curious as to what our readers think. What makes a good blog? And which blogs do you like?


  1. Sinclair Davidson
    Posted July 5, 2008 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations. Onto the M.Phil?

    Humphrey’s poll is very annoying. I can’t recall how I cheated last year – so far I’ve only voted once 🙁

  2. Posted July 5, 2008 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    Onto the MPhil, but not until September 29. In the meantime, I’ll be doing my best to find my life. I’m sure it’s around here somewhere…

    And yes, John has got the anti-cheat thingy going nicely, I see.

  3. Posted July 6, 2008 at 6:25 am | Permalink

    A good blog has to have some light and shade and not be too full of arrogance and it has to be updated regularly.

  4. Sinclair Davidson
    Posted July 6, 2008 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    A good blog is challenging and updated a lot. Single person blogs should update at least once per day and multiple person blogs should update more often. Thoughts on Freedom doesn’t update often enough to be the best libertarian blog. (sorry).

  5. Posted July 6, 2008 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    Hint taken, Sinkers – we’ll get our writing fingers out and ensure something appears here on a daily basis!

  6. Jacques Chester
    Posted July 7, 2008 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    Unfortunately Club Troppo’s name server is kerput at the moment, and consequently it’s inaccessible. Distressing for yours truly.

  7. Posted July 7, 2008 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    Aye es gute lassie

    Congrrajulashnns. Na gae op ta Glagee ‘n drunk a bottla whuskee ‘r two. I’s grit I’s grit.

  8. Jacques Chester
    Posted July 7, 2008 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    Troppo is back FWIW 🙂

  9. John Greenfield
    Posted July 13, 2008 at 3:07 pm | Permalink


    congratulations girlfriend. Now it’s time to rage until you puke!

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