Happy eighth blogiversary! 
Today marks the end of this blog's year eight.

Last year, I forgot to mark the blog-year until late November. This year, I wrote the blogiversary post ahead of time in June and dated it to appear today.

I did remember it in time, however, and so updated the post to say that the blog stands at 319 entries and 143,210 words just before this entry.

46 of those entries and 16,448 of those words were from the eighth year, which is quite an increase over the previous year. Many of the recent entries have been about the length of my papers and the size of the blog, and I refuse to guess what percentage of the words are on the topic word counts.

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More about brevity, this time with pictures 
Because the last entry wasn't trivial enough, I've rendered the data as a chart.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, what is the worth of a picture where the y-axis is thousands of words?
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Brevity update 
My inclination, I like to think, is to write shorter papers rather than longer ones. Several times in the past, reflecting on this has led me to tabulate my papers by length.

It has become a biennial tradition; cf. 2007, 2009, and 2011. So it is about time for an update.
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The accumulation of blog bits 
Statistics indicate that, before I wrote this, all the blog entries I had written tallied up to 881,485 bytes of data.

Some contemporary file systems wouldn't even allow a file to be that small. The campus network drive seems to be structured so that the minimum file size is 1 megabyte.

However, these blog entries would nearly fill four double-sided Apple ][ floppy disks.

They would fill three-and-a-half boxes of punch cards; cf. Munroe 2013.

By the standards of a bygone age, my output is prolific.



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A vignette on a scrap of paper 
"Look at this," the Professor says.

He presses a button on his great machine, which begins to sputter and shake. Sparks jump from wire to wire. Two or three colors of smoke come from different parts of it. Something that looks like it might be a capacitor explodes, making you jump.

The professor looks at you expectantly.

"Convinced?" he asks. "You were surprised, but I was not. So we can conclude that your theory was false and mine was true."

Just then, the fire alarm begins, and the sprinklers drench you both.

I was looking through some old files recently. In a folder of documents about the No-Miracles Argument for scientific realism, old notes were tucked in among marked-up photocopies. I found this scribbled item, which might have been written in June 2003.

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