This blog is only one of the places I post content online regularly. Another is Twitter, which you see at the right. But I also post things at other blogs, on Wikipedia and elsewhere.
I’ve decided to do a monthly wrap-up post with links to the main things I’ve posted or created online in the previous month. If for some reason you haven’t gotten your fill of my nonsense lately, it’s a handy way to catch up with what I have been up to in the last 30 days or so.
Three posts this month, a little less than normal, but one of them is now by far the most red article on this blog:
- August 9: Skeptools: An inexpensive skeptical tool everyone should have
- August 17: Skeptools: Case Study: How a notorious spammer was brought down via Twitter
Within hours became the most popular post on this blog, and within a few days it represented 50% of all the page views on this blog, ever.
- August 28: Skeptools: Digital Guide to Dragon*Con 2011
I contributed Skeptic History segments to three episodes of Skepticality this month:
- August 2: #162: Bill Nye, The Planetary Guy
- August 16: #163: Extreme Fear
- August 30: #164: Can YOU see the Gorilla?
I was interviewed on this podcast:
It is rare that I get news coverage but the Mabus story got my name in the paper a few times this month:
- August 11: Menaces de mort sur internet: «Mourez, athées, mourez» (La Presse) (English translation here)
- August 11: Montreal cops probe Internet death threats (Toronto Sun)
- August 12: Montreal police start probe of Twitter threats (Montreal Gazette)
- August 12: Montreal police finally investigating online threats (Vancouver Sun)
- August 12: Montreal police spammed into submission (Montreal Gazette)
- August 12: Montreal police goaded into investigating cyber-crank (Montreal Gazette) Modified version of previous article.
- August 17: Have we seen the last tweet from “David Mabus”? (Bad Astronomy)
- August 18: Prolific Web Troll Arrested, With Help From Atheists on Twitter (New York Times, The Lede Blog)
- August 18: EXCLU! Menaces de mort sur Internet: d’autres victimes + réactions du principal plaignant (Branchez-Vous.com) (English translation here)
- August 19: La comparution de Markuze reportée (TVA Nouvelles) (English translation here) Doesn’t mention me, but is one of few articles about the final hearing.
- August 22: The RCMP and Montreal police ignored cybercrime while demanding new powers to fight cybercrime (Macleans)
There were many, many other blog posts which mentioned the Mabus affair and linked to my post. Thanks to everyone for the link love. You can see pingbacks for most of them on the Mabus post itself in the comments.
I posted on Twitter:
- 135 regular tweets, including:
- 16 “What’s the harm in…?” stories
- 31 Skeptic History facts
- 191 replies to other Twitter posts
Here are highlights, the tweets that were retweeted the most. (Not surprisingly, many revolve around Mabus)
Above got approximately 32 retweets.
Above got approximately 26 retweets.
Above got approximately 17 retweets.
Above got approximately 42 retweets.
Above got approximately 27 retweets.
I wasn’t able to contribute much to crowdsourcing projects in August, a consequence of Dragon*Con preparation and the Mabus affair taking up much of my time.
I only made 14 edits on Wikipedia, mostly to my user pages.
I rated 3 sites on Web of Trust.
I edited the Skeptic History database 13 times, those edits will be visible in the JREF Today in Skeptic History iPhone App sometime soon.
I uploaded 4 Atlanta Skeptics videos to Vimeo (Skeptical Trivia Contest, Allergies: Why Your Body Is Trying To Kill You, Internet Reviews and My Year of Critical Mothering) and updated the Skepticamp Wiki to link to them.
And that’s it for August. I’ve got some good things planned for September so keep your eyes on this blog.