Apr 02 2012

Visit Rosetta Stones, My New Scientific American Blog

At long last, I can reveal my super-sekrit project: I’ve become a part of the Scientific American blog network. Notice it’s no longer April Fool’s Day, the pony avatar is down, and you can click over to see Rosetta Stones. This is real, my darlings.

Rosetta Stones on Scientific American screenshot

I have got a lot of words, but I haven’t got the proper ones for telling you what an honor it is to be representing my beloved geology on Scientific American.

When Bora asked me if I’d be interested in doing this about a month ago, I had to read the message several times before I could believe what it said. Of all the things I expected when I began ETEV, this wasn’t one of them. It never would have happened without my friends in the geoblogosphere, especially Anne Jefferson and Chris Rowan. Wouldn’t have had a chance without PZ Myers, who got me started on this whole science blogging gig to begin with. Never a possibility without Stephanie Zvan, who pitched me for FreethoughtBlogs and told me to get the fuck over my impostor syndrome, and my fellow FreethoughtBloggers, who decided to take a chance on bringing me in.

And I can tell you for a fact that even with all of them, there would be no Rosetta Stones on the Scientific American blog network if it hadn’t been for you.

Yes, you. Don’t sit there looking so humble. You read my posts, you comment, you put in requests, and you are the reason for everything I do. I blog for you. No you, no blog, no possibility I’d ever join the amazing lineups at FtB and Scientific American.

Thank you. I owe you a drink; don’t let me forget next time we meet in meatspace.

The thought may have flittered through your mind: What about ETEV? Well, it’s not going anywhere. It won’t even change too much. Rosetta Stones is a fantastic chance to bring geology to a wider audience, and I’m going to love every moment I spend there (with you, right?), but this is home. This is where we do our UFDs and Mystery Flora and songs and road trips and whatever else catches our fancy, and I love being part of this amazing network of unapologetic atheists, and even though it’s not grammatically-correct Spanish, I love En Tequila Es Verdad. Our cantina isn’t closing. It’s just that we have a posh new spot to spend a day or two every week at, with new people to meet, and new things to see and do.

Go have a look round the new place. Not all the furniture’s in yet, but it’ll get there. Let me know if you have questions, suggestions, or requests for topics. Let’s make this fantastic. Together.

(Rosetta Stones is launching during my bedtime, so I’ve pre-scheduled this post. If the link doesn’t work, try again in a bit – it may go live later than we anticipated.)


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  1. 1
    Ed Brayton

    Congratulations, Dana. Very happy for you.

    By the way, I was thinking about you on Saturday morning when I woke up early at the hotel in North Carolina for Rock Beyond Belief. I had to call the front desk and cancel my wake up call — and I’m sure you can guess exactly what song that popped into my head.

    1. 1.1
      Dana Hunter

      Hee. I know precisely which one that was! And now it’s in my head also, which, together with a launch on SciAm, has not been a bad way to start the day. Not bad at all! ;-)

  2. 2

    Hi Dana,
    Bookmarked. Congratulations.

    OT, I’ve been having a lot of trouble accessing ftb for a couple of weeks, the site kept collapsing when I tried to enter the blogs. Has anyone else had problems? It seems to be the zedo pop-up that causes it.

    1. 2.1
      Dana Hunter

      Thanks, Adrian!

      I’ll pass your comment along to our webmaster and see if he can get that fixed. If you’re having that issue, I’m sure there are others, and that won’t do!

  3. 3
    Anne Jefferson

    Hooray! More Dana! (and thanks for the shout-out…just wish I had some time to blog geology myself every once in a while)

    1. 3.1
      Dana Hunter

      Thank you thank you! *hugs* I wish you had more time, too. Loves me my Anne!

  4. 4
    Stephanie Zvan

    Yay! Now I can finally tell people about it. I’ve been wanting to shout this one from the rooftops. :)

    So is the impostor syndrome dead yet?

    1. 4.1
      Dana Hunter

      So that’s why the hills are alive with the sound of music. ;-) Thank you!

      (It’s still twitching, but I think that may just be residual nervous activity. People keep thumping it with hammers every time it moves. Stubborn bugger, but it can’t hold out much longer.)

  5. 5

    Congratulations! This is a well-deserved opportunity, and though I’m not as into rocks as you, I’m really looking forward to learning and supporting you over at Scientific American!

    1. 5.1
      Dana Hunter

      Thank you, heart sister! Hopefully I’ll keep you entertained. ;-)

  6. 6

    Woo, congratulations! I rarely comment, but it’s awesome that you’re getting some recognition and another outlet. :D

    1. 6.1
      Dana Hunter

      Thank you! I just have to say, my readers here at FtB were all the recognition I needed. Love you guys!

  7. 7
    Brian Romans

    Super awesome, I look forward to the posts!

    1. 7.1
      Dana Hunter

      I hold you partially responsible for this, so I’m glad you’re excited! Thank you for all your support these last two years!

  8. 8

    Congratulations on finally getting ‘er launched. Terrific introductory article. Loved the pictures, too. ;)

    1. 8.1
      Dana Hunter

      So relieved it’s live, lemme tell ya. Glad I can make the pics a bit bigger, too. ;-) Thanks for all your help with those, and for helping me stay sane on the way to launch!

  9. 9

    I’m not going to register with SciAm to comment (actually, I’m pretty sure I’m already registered, but have no idea what my password is, which is why I won’t register to comment), but awesome post and intro! Congratulations are definitely in order. And thanks for the shout-out.

    1. 9.1
      Dana Hunter

      Feel free to comment over here – I’ll post links for those who can’t comment on SciAm. And thank you for being my teacher! I’m happy I get to show you off on SciAm. ;-)

  10. 10

    woohoo! i’ve been struggling with not spilling the beans and am so glad that its announced!!! *snoopy one legged happy dance* i’m so happy that your talent has been recognized by SA and that your wise words will be read by even more people over there.

    congrats and woohoo! i’ve always known that you were gonna be someone that i could say say ‘i knew her back when….’

    1. 10.1
      Dana Hunter

      Oh, my Suzanne! I hope to keep you dancing forever! On two legs soon, with any luck! *hugs*

  11. 11
    'Tis Himself

    Congratulations. Now I’ll have to register with SciAm so I can get more of your writing.

    1. 11.1
      Dana Hunter

      It’ll be wonderful to see you there! I love having my favorite commenters around.

  12. 12
    F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

    Ooooh! Not just a guest author, now you have a permanent blog at SciAm? Well fookin w00t!

    1. 12.1
      Dana Hunter

      Right?! Whodathunk an obsession with rocks would blossom into this?

  13. 13
    Crudely Wrott

    How wonderful for you, Dana.

    Geeze, SciAm. Nice digs. Yet you will still be here! Have you been cloned?

    Honestly, as much as you post here it’s hard to imagine you blogging elsewhere at the same time.

    To the delight of many, you will two places at once. Double fun.

    Thank you for your enthusiasm and your knowledge. That you share them both so happily is the best part.

    1. 13.1
      Dana Hunter

      *blush* *hugs* Of all the sweet things people have said, that’s one of the sweetest!

      No cloning yet. I wish! SciAm only requires four posts per month, so I’ve plenty of time for ETEV. Not that I’m likely to only write 4/month there… Good thing I like spending all my free time babbling on blogs, lol.

  14. 14

    There does not seem to be an RSS feed on your SciAm blog, or am I missing something?

    1. 14.1

      Yes, there is one. If you are using Firefox, it should be denoted by a little orange square with white lines on it that’s right near the name of the blog. The address of that RSS feed is here. Be careful, though, there’s another feed right near it, and I think that’s for something else.

      1. Cujo359

        Yes, I was right. That other RSS symbol is for all the SciAm blogs. BTW, those little RSS symbols appear in the screenshot at that top of this page.

        1. Dana Hunter

          What Cujo said. Also, I’m working on email subscriptions for them as wants ‘em. Thanks for subscribing!

  15. 15

    Its a good thing that PZ posts links to other blogs on occasion. I would have missed yours. I’m kinda a noob on the FtB thang. And congrats on the SciAm gig. I read the stuff there regularly.

    But rocks… I used to have collection myself, crystals, sandstone clam fossils, cool little round ones that looked like that had worms in them. Think I gave them to my nephew and he re-buried them with a Tonka.

    I do love rocks, well, because I’m a climber. They’re fun to play on. I’m in central Ca and I know all about earthquakes! And Yosemite, and the coastal mountains. I once had geology at a JC, visited Mount St. Helens and saved some ash (silica?)too.
    Ahh, but all those sciency things I used to know. I’ll hang around more, maybe figure out why limestone doesn’t taste like lime in my cerveza.

    1. 15.1
      Dana Hunter

      My dear, I think you just gave me an idea for a post. I used to wonder why it was called “limestone” when it didn’t taste a bit like lime. Glad I’m not the only one!

      Hope to see you round regularly! Yosemite. You have no idea how much I envy you right now….

  16. 16

    Congratulations on the new blog! Heard about you from PZ. I don’t know much about geology (cue Sam Cooke) but now that I’ve found your blogs perhaps you can get me more excited about it.

    1. 16.1
      Dana Hunter

      I’ve hooked a few so far. If you’re not careful, you may end up with a rock hammer and earthly obsessions. Thanks for being here, and hope to see ye in the future!

  17. 17

    Yay! I’m sooo excited Dana! Your first post was excellent. I can’t wait to see what’s the come on Rosetta Stones in the future!

    1. 17.1
      Dana Hunter

      My Evelyn! You’re one of the people who brought me this far, and I can’t wait to see where we go next! *hugs*

  18. 18


    I’ve enjoyed your articles in the past when I’ve been linked.

    1. 18.1
      Dana Hunter

      Here’s to many more rocky encounters, my dear!

  19. 19
    Silver Fox

    Great! And I love your first post. :)

  20. 20
    John Pieret

    Many congrats!

  21. 21

    That is so cool.


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