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An all time high

October was a very good month for Respectful Insolence, a very good month indeed. In fact, traffic for this blog reached an all-time high, edging out the previous best month (May 2006) by about 1,000 visits on Sitemeter. It just goes to show that, although traffic has more or less leveled off and is fluctuating around a mean, there’s still room for bringing that Respectful Insolence to more of the blogosphere.

It’s not as though I’m ever likely to catch PZ or Ed in traffic. (I’d need my traffic to go up nearly an order of magnitude ever to catch PZ; even I’m not deluded enough to see that happening.) Still, I like to think that as the (distant) number three most popular ScienceBlogger (well, much of the time, anyway, given that, with increasing frequency, either Mark, Tim, or a couple of others seem to be passing me as a result of the big boys linking to them, something that almost never seems to happen with my blog), I try harder.

Thanks to all my readers, and don’t forget to spread the word. In fact, our mascot was so pumped at the news that he decided to take to the skies:

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That EneMan, he’s everywhere. I wonder how he does it.

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

To contact Orac: [email protected]mail.com

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