Friday, May 8, 2009

Lurkers

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.

6 comments:

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.

-Best,

-S

Peter Armitage said...

Hi Steve.

Peter Armitage from JHU.

Steve said...

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