Friday, May 8, 2009


I know I’m being watched.

I know there are internet lurkers out there who read this blog, but leave no sign that they have been here. (Yes, I know they are reading this now too). That’s OK though. The whole idea of a blog is to be read, so I am happy to have the lurkers watching me.

But if you want to come out of the shadows and confess that you have been reading this blog, please feel free -- I won't bite. You can leave a comment in the comment section, or you can send me email (my oxford email address is posted in the oxford physics department – just google steve simon oxford).

On the other hand, I understand that some readers may want to stay anonymous. You can also leave comments in the comment section under assumed names, like the recent postings from T and L and Anonymous (I think I know who T is, I have no idea who L is or who Anonymous is).

And some people like to just drop hints that they have been reading my blog. An example of this occurred last week, the day after I put up my post “Rubbish Collections” . In this post I complained that my students did not prepare for their exams. Anyway, on the morning after this posting I was walking to work and I saw one of my students going the other way. Trying to be friendly I said, “Hey, how’s it going?” and I got a one word answer “Rubbish!”

It could be a coincidence I suppose. Probably not though. Probably he has been reading my blog. So if you are reading this now --- welcome aboard -- NOW GO BACK TO STUDYING FOR YOUR EXAMS! :-)

PS: Congratulations to my collaborator, Mara Baraban, who just became a mother.


T said...

No comment.

Steve said...

More evidence backing up my hypothesis!

Anonymous said...

If you mean the proctor Anonymous (but I guess even if you don't), then I'm a graduate student at Cambridge. I went to your talk here (it was very good) but that was before I found your blog.

Steve said...

Thanks for coming out of the shadows! I'm glad you enjoyed the talk and I'm glad you are enjoying the blog.



Peter Armitage said...

Hi Steve.

Peter Armitage from JHU.

Steve said...

Hi Peter.. Glad to have more readers coming out of the woodwork!