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Apparently, it takes 10 years to recruit a guest blogger. But don’t give up.

August 29, 2019

Despite the fact that the total audience of this blog is about ten cosmogenic-nuclide geochemists, one reasonable criticism of the project is that it does not do a great job of representing the diversity of opinion among these ten people — because I am the only author so far. Although, of course, many of the blog entries here make reference to work or publications by other people, so far it has been difficult to tell from the blog alone whether these are real, live, cosmogenic-nuclide geochemists, or purely characters introduced for rhetorical purposes, kind of like the obscure Greek philosophers who lob questions at Socrates, or the opponents of the Harlem Globetrotters — because none of them have ever posted blog entries themselves. A handful of readers (although a surprisingly small handful) have left comments, but all my attempts so far to recruit guest bloggers to contribute their own postings have resulted in the subject of the request immediately remembering another really important commitment and abruptly ending the conversation. I can’t imagine why.

Thus, it is with great pleasure that I can report that Perry Spector, a BGC postdoctoral researcher and specialist in cosmogenic-nuclide applications to Antarctic ice sheet change, has agreed to author at least one post — and made it sound like he meant it. Expect to see it soon. This represents major progress, and an opportunity to point out that, at least for the other nine readers, this blog is potentially a really useful forum for comments and opinions on obscure technical bits of cosmogenic-nuclide geochemistry that are not fully-baked enough, or not important or useful enough, to be worth the effort of an actual publication. I find writing blog postings to be largely painless, sometimes entertaining, a time-saver when the subject of the post is something I would otherwise have to answer a lot of emails about, and often helpful in organizing ideas. So, if you have something to say that you want to say here, let me know.

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