About this blog

“Finally, it was stated at the outset, that this system would not be here, and at once, perfected. You cannot but plainly see that I have
kept my word. But I now leave my cetological System standing thus
unfinished, even as the great Cathedral of Cologne was left, with the
crane still standing upon the top of the uncompleted tower. For small
erections may be finished by their first architects; grand ones, true
ones, ever leave the copestone to posterity. God keep me from ever
completing anything. This whole book is but a draught—nay, the draught
of a draught. Oh, Time, Strength, Cash, and Patience.”

Herman Melville, Moby Dick, ch. XXXII


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This blog is my personal scratchpad for non-academic writing.

By “non-academic” I mean that my ongoing research is not rehearsed here. This blog is not affiliated with OU, nor is anything posted here endorsed by OU or made available in direct support of my responsibilities at OU. For my academic work see oulynx.org and my professional blog for the History of Science Collections. History of science won’t be a leading category here.

By “personal” I mean that I write here not to create a dialogue with the world, but for family and personal friends and most of all for me. I do not seek “followers,” although you are welcome to eavesdrop if you like. Many posts will interest no one but myself. Most are written for some family members or a few close friends, more often than not related to conversations we are sharing over coffee. This is why every post is invariably autobiographical and the blog as a whole is idiosyncratic.

By “scratchpad” I mean that any given post is a work in progress. Most posts on this blog are motivated by my desire to clarify my own thinking or to share an experience or idea with one or two specific friends in mind. In both cases, I typically come back and revise any given post over several days after writing the original draft. So if a recent post interests you, stop by again after about a week and see if it has changed. Some bloggers compare themselves to news reporters. Many assume that once a post is made, it should not be revised. However, I heed Somerset Maugham:

“There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”

This whole blog is but a draught – nay, the draught of a draught!

No post is ever finished. God will keep me from ever completing any of it.

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