There are 9990 roads to heaven
Posted by metaphorical on 4 April 2007
Calvin: Yesterday dad went out to buy a hardcover novel. He said he wanted to read something long, rich, and thought-provoking for a change… Then he said he was going to buy the book with cash, so nobody could trace the purchase to him and exploit his interests for commercial purposes.
Hobbes: Your dad’s going into the future kicking and screaming, isn’t he?
Calvin: What if he’s turning into some kind of subversive?
Exponential change means everything up to now doesn’t count.
— Rick Rashid
I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and democracy – but that could change.
— Vice President Dan Quayle, 5/22/89
Sometime today, this blog will have been viewed for the 10,000 time, according to the limited statistics that WordPress maintains. That’s not a lot in blog terms, but it’s only been around for five months (and with its current frequency of posting, four). That’s still not a lot in terms of being one of the big kids, but the big kids aren’t entirely distinguishable from the knee-jerk polarized opinion-machines that were the reason some people leave the cable news channels and enter the blogverse to escape. (Chris over at Creek Running North had a very nice post earlier this week that explored the idea that when it comes to blogging, “If you’re a thoughtful writer who tends to write longer essays then you’re at a disadvantage.”)
This blog’s best days are also its high-comment days; there’s no escaping the conclusion that, like all written work, it’s a cooperative venture between writers and readers.
In that spirit, I’m going to try something new. My nephew, who has been commenting under the name digglahhh (he needs to figure out if he’s keeping that name for the long haul, and if so, at some point he has to explain it to me and the other old fogies) and wrote one post (“Hip hop just died this morning”) will become a contributing editor, as we would say in publishing, blogging once a week on the weekend. Among other things, he can make up for some serious deficiencies I have on the sports and entertainment front, looking that them through the lenses of politics, technology, and, especially, language.
As Alfred North Whitehead once said, “The art of progress is to preserve order amid change
and to preserve change amid order.” (The quote that heads this post, by the way, is from the movie Red Sorghum.)
So, once again, thanks in advance for the 10,000th birthday, especially Claire, Mambo/Swanny, Athena, Hannah, Kevin, Andrew, Tigtog, CMD, David, and other regular readers in places like Shanghai; Palo Alto; Piscataway, N.J.; Nashua, N.H.; and Kbenhavn, Staden Kobenhavn, Denmark; who I don’t know except as locations in SiteMeter.