Content Roundup for September 2012

September finally gave us some time to breathe after the twin excitement of TAM in July and Dragon*Con Skeptrack in August.

It also saw the issuance of my third patent: U.S. Patent #8,266,700 titled “Secure web application development environment“. It belongs to Hewlett Packard, so I don’t get anything from it other than an interesting footnote for my resume.

An unfortunate milestone this month was the return of David Mabus to bothering people using email and Twitter. (He had been posting on YouTube, forums and blogs for a couple of months). That was the reason I posted a how-to on reporting threatening emails this month.

So if you missed any of that, here’s a way to catch up. Below are links to the content I’ve been involved with in the last month. It includes this blog as well as the material I post on other blogs, my podcasting activities, my best posts on Twitter as well as key shout-outs or mentions elsewhere.

In an effort to practice what I preach, I’m also trying to document on a monthly basis what my contributions are to several skeptic-relevant crowdsourcing projects.

Read on to see what you might have missed…



Here were my blog posts this month.

Mentions and links on other blogs:


Podcasting & Video

I contributed segments to these episodes of Skepticality and Virtual Skeptics:

  • September 5: Virtual Skeptics: Episode #4 – I demo smartphone apps that are skeptical of political ads.
  • September 11: Skepticality #190: Stealth Skepticism – I talk about lawsuits and website reputation vandalism.
  • September 12: Virtual Skeptics: Episode #5 – I talk more about website reputation vandalism and Truth Market
  • September 18: Skepticality #191: Attracting a Mix: Skeptics and Believers – Audio from the panel I was on at Dragon*Con Skeptrack; no history segment.
  • September 19: Virtual Skeptics: Episode #6 – I talk about and follow up on WoT
  • September 26: Virtual Skeptics: Episode #7 – Crowdfunding update, FourMatch and Fishbarrel’s status.
On other podcasts or videos:


Social Media

I posted on Twitter:

  • 222 regular tweets, including:
    • 22 “What’s the harm in…?” stories
    • 31 daily skeptic history facts
    • 51 retweets of other people
  • Plus 170 replies to other Twitter posts for a total of 392 tweets

Here are highlights, the tweets that were retweeted the most.


(25 retweets, 3 favorites)

And this one got the Phil Plait Bump bigtime:

(73 retweets, 24 favorites)

That video, a new captioned copy I put up, got over 13,000 views about two weeks. Not too bad for 10 year old content that’s been seen many times before.


My Sept. 17 blog post got the Ben Goldacre bump:

(24 retweets, 24 favorites)

(30 retweets, 7 favorites)

An unfortunate historic moment noted:



To get these as I post them, you should follow me on Twitter here.


Crowdsourcing Contributions

Here were my contributions to various projects this month:

I contributed 6 edits to Wikipedia.

I rated 24 sites on Web of Trust but left no new site scorecard comments.

I made 6 edits to the Skeptic History database. It still has 1,423 items, same as last month. (I have a number of edits queued up to be put in).

I added no new rebuttals to RBUTR (Sorry, Shane – I’ll jump back in).

I added 83 items to Lanyrd – some coverage of recent 2012 events as well as pages for 2013 events just announced.

And now for October, which brings Halloween and CSICON!

4 thoughts on “Content Roundup for September 2012

  1. Geek Goddess

    Even if HP owns the patent, you should at least order a patent plaque, assuming its your name on the patent. I have plaques for the two that I am co-inventor on.

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