27.2.07

LECTOR, SI COGITANDUM REQUIRIS, CIRCUMSPICE. The dean at Anonymous Community has included Cold Spring Shops among his five "thinking bloggers" (model railroad coverage, of which you ain't seen nothin' yet, notwithstanding.) Apparently, the category originated here, and propagated from here to here to wherever Anonymous Community is.

The rules for further propagation appear simple.
  1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think,
  2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme,
  3. Optional: Proudly display the 'Thinking Blogger Award' with a link to the post that you wrote (here is an alternative silver version if gold doesn't fit your blog).
The mathematician in me sees a problem with that "if, and only if." Being tagged appears to be sufficient for writing a post, but not necessary. (One would have to track more track backs back than I have time to track tracks back to locate the counterexamples. And it appears as if the tagger who tagged the dean didn't link back to the Mother of All Awards.) I have, however, a more Difficult Problem in passing the honor along. Specifically, along the left side of this page is a long list of weblogs that make me think. Narrowing that field (or some sites that I read that are neither properly Company Mail nor providing reciprocal switching privileges) may take a few days of study of the outgoing links. Case in point: right now I'm working on some posts that will play off the dean's position on higher education's problems (simple version: yeah, there are problems, but some of the reforms would bring greater problems) against the position at College Affordability (simple version: it might be necessary to destroy higher education in order to save it) in order to generate a few theses of my own. And a few other candidates occur to me. But to narrow them to five?

For tonight, a cordial "thanks" for the nomination, and welcome visitors.

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