Thinking and Blogging

Dude, I’ve been, like, totally nom­in­ated by Debra Hamel — cyber-puzzlo-uber-maven, and book review­er — for the Thinking Blogger Awards, which is a brainchild (God, I love that word) of the Thinking Blog. Yes, really. Anyway, the first rule of nom­in­a­tion is this: YOU DO NOT TALK ABOUT NOMINATION. No, hang on, I’ve got that wrong. The first rule is: Nominate five more blogs.


Hang tough while I fire up the ol’ Newsfire. Bearing in mind that Debra’s already been nom­in­ated (and I don’t want her to have to pro­duce five more) and I’m leav­ing her out, the nom­in­a­tions, in no par­tic­u­lar order, are:

Quantum Storytelling: The Probabilities of Storytelling: This is a great little blog run by Eric von Rothkirch that rely gets into the nitty gritty of the writ­ing pro­cess. Sampler entry: What’s your favour­ite writ­ing music? Hocking’s ha’penny worth: Totally sweet blog.

Neurophilosophy blog: This blog is run by a London-based neur­os­cient­ist and sci­ence writer. It com­prises entries on many aspects of neur­os­cience, from neur­o­eth­o­logy, cog­nit­ive evol­u­tion, philo­sophy of mind and the applic­a­tion of nan­o­tech­no­logy to the bio­med­ic­al sci­ences. You don’t have to be a brain geek to enjoy this. Sampler entry: Is this a sen­tient machine? (Part 2) — which I dis­agree with, but I reck­on the world is big enough for the both of us. Hocking’s ha’penny worth: May blow your mind.

Petrona: Thinking and link­ing about books, read­ing, writ­ing, pub­lish­ing, the web and more: Does this woman ever stop? She’s a one-woman blog­ging machine, and, what’s more, her entries are thought­ful and care­fully selec­ted. Sampler: Check out this meta snip­pet on Nature’s X-Files — the truth, like the rhythm, is going to get you. Hocking’s ha’penny worth: I still don’t know what Petrona means.

Me and My Big Mouth: Step right this way for magic­al mys­tery tour that is Scott Pack’s life — a heady mix­ture of bizarre Czech car­toons, troubles with his ivy (appar­ently, it’s cleared up, but that’s the trouble), and his reg­u­lar fea­ture, ‘Is it just me or are all journ­al­ists shit?’ Mr Pack is the Commercial Director of The Friday Project, a pub­lish­er spe­cial­ising in bring­ing prom­ising fic­tion from the web, through the com­puter screen, drip­ping and squeal­ing all over the key­board. I inter­viewed Scott here, by the way. Sampler entry: It’s offi­cial. Nick Cohen gives people night­mares. Hocking’s ha’penny worth: “A bull-necked, shaven-headed former pop music sales­man,” avers the New Statesman. What are you wait­ing for?

Language Blog: Once upon a time, I was con­sidered some­what expert on lin­guist­ics. I hope I’ve dis­pelled that idi­ot notion via this blog. However, I like to keep up with my dangling mod­i­fi­ers, cent­ral-embed­ded con­struc­tions, and the very real need to bludgeon people who can’t tell the dif­fer­ence between restrict­ive and non-restrict­ive rel­at­ive pro­nouns. I mean, wake up people. Away, do check out the Language Log. Sampler: Gendered gen­er­ics: A NYTBR art­icle that [not which, damn you all!] con­tained a sin­gu­lar gen­er­ic pro­noun. I couldn’t believe it either. Hocking’s ha’penny worth: Eats, shoots, leaves a death’s-head moth in the corpse’s mouth.

Author: Ian Hocking

Writer and psychologist.

14 thoughts on “Thinking and Blogging”

  1. Oh, by the way: I can tell you what Petrona means. But do you want to know or to main­tain the mys­tery of it?

  2. Thanks for the plug. “Thinking and Blogging” is pretty apt, for me they’re one in the same.

    Thinking out loud?

  3. Eric, it’s cer­tainly true that the thought­ful blogs are the most inter­est­ing to read…

  4. Thanks, Debra — mys­tery solved! Although that explan­a­tion does sound famil­i­ar. I won­der if I’ve read about it and the know­ledge just fell out of my head…

  5. Hello, I’ve been out of action for a couple of days — thank you so much, Ian, for the lovely com­pli­ment. As I always say when asked, my “oth­er” blogs are just archives rather than blogs with thoughts in them — there because my memory has failed, mainly. But although I do love the blog­ging medi­um, I am a sad per­son with no social life — that accounts for the time I have to blog (about an hour a night). Thanks to Debra for sup­ply­ing the info about the name, which is embar­rass­ing, so I don’t have to do it again.

    I like your pig­tails by the way 😉

  6. Belated thanks for your com­ment, Maxine. Keep up the good blog­ging work. As for the pig­tails, they offi­cially belong to Cris…and I’ve got a sus­pi­cion he liked them…

  7. Great blog and thanks! Did you know your top link is broken — as I was inter­ested to see the insights:-) Thought you’d want to know. Thanks for the post!

  8. Sorry — this is the broken link — ” What’s your favour­ite writ­ing music? ” It’s not the top one as pre­vi­ously stated. I do lots of work with how music changes brain waves and alter oppor­tun­it­ies — so was inter­ested to read the link? Hope that’s not con­fus­ing — thought you’d want to fix:-) Again, thanks

  9. Thanks for your com­ment, Ellen. Looks as though Erik’s blog is down. I’ve emailed him…hopefully it will pop up again soon.

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