Hello, hello, is this thing on?


You know that feeling when you arrive alone at a party where you don’t really know anyone, and you sort of hang around in the kitchen for a while pretending to talk on your phone until you see someone who might be willing to talk to you? Yeah, me too.

Well just this once I’ll try to be the guy who marches straight into the middle of the living room with a crate of beer and a bong, ejects the Goldfrapp CD that had been beiging up the ambience, and replaces it with Ace of Spades, turned up to 11.

So, hello Freethought Blogs! I’m Ally, the newest member of the FTB family, and it is very, very nice to be here.

In a day or two I will post my first proper blog, which will get into the meat and potatoes (not to mention meat and two veg) of my politics, particularly my gender politics. There will be plenty of opportunities to argue about all those kinds of things in the weeks, months and (hopefully) years to come. But it is a bank holiday weekend here in the UK, and it seems appropriate to begin with a bit of a housewarming party.

Being desperately ancient and chronically unhip, I have yet to get into the whole Ask FM wotchamagoogle. But I am told it is all the rage among borderline narcissists and troll-baiters (hello world, you called?) So in the spirit of the times, I open myself here to your questions and impertinent queries. I might edit a few answers into the post here, at least until it starts to get unwieldy.

I’ll give you a few to get you started:

Ally? Isn’t that a girl’s name?

Don’t you oppress me with your binary gender conformity. And no, I’m not a woman, I’m Scottish, (long settled in Manchester)

Why does your blog have such a ridiculous name?

It started as a photoshop joke and spiralled horribly out of control. But when you’re a straight, white, middle-aged, middle-class man explaining gender issues to the world, it helps to be upfront about these things.

What do you call a man with four planks on his head?

I dunno, but Edward Woodward would.

(From Thil) What do you mean when you call yourself middle-class?

Here in Britland, class is something we are incredibly attuned to and it plays out with all sorts of intricate dynamics. I’m very much lower middle-class. Dad was a teacher, mum a home-maker. So I grew up in a family with more books on the shelves than quids in the bank. I went to a mediocre comprehensive school then a mediocre university. I’ve continued to live my life with more books on the shelves than quids in the bank. I live in a ramshackle house in a very poor inner-city area, and my own kids are growing up in the same kind of cash-poor, love-rich household that I did.

The labour I sell is my brain, not my brawn, and that is primarily what makes me think of myself as middle-class. But I have little or nothing in common with the upper-middle classes with their inheritances, trust funds, private schooling & health insurance and useful old-school tie connections. I’ve never been more than a paycheque away from destitution. So in comparison with most people in the national media in the UK, I’m pretty much a filthy pleb with a big ol’ fuck off chip on my shoulder as a consequence.

 (From Artor) Just curious- What’s Ally short for? Are you an Aleister? Albert? Alicorn? Ally-ally-oxen-free?

I’m an Alistair. Or at least I am to my mum when I’ve been naughty.

(From oolon) do you have a comment policy?

Yes, see here. I have no hard and fast rules. There are no specific rules on what words or ideas are or are not acceptable, but that doesn’t mean anything goes. As the great philosophers once said: “Be excellent to each other”

(from Kamaka) Are you an atheist?

Yes. It’s something that feels so natural and obvious to me that it barely warrants mentioning. I tend not to write about it because I never really know what to say. It always strikes me as an odd thing to get passionate about. I’m a rationalist, but I’ve long resigned myself to accepting that people believe in weird and whacky things, like god existing or homeopathy working or Coldplay making interesting music. So long as they don’t attempt to impose such weird beliefs on me, I see it as none of my business.

So I’m not a passionate atheist, but I am a passionate secularist and a passionate believer in human rights. When religious people claim dominion over women’s wombs, little boys’ foreskins, children’s schooling or political decision-making, then I will fight them tooth and nail.

But it is not really the religion / rationalism thing that brings me to FTB. I’m here because I try to apply the same principles of free thinking – ie questioning everything, accepting nothing on faith, demanding evidence etc – to gender politics. Political dogma can be just as irrational and damaging as religious dogma, IMO.

(From Stubby) 1) Which Shameless character do you most resemble

Start of the weekend – James McAvoy’s character (Steve?) in the first series. Although he’s younger and obviously I’m much better looking. We have a similar Scottish/Manc hybrid accent.  By the end of the weekend it’s more like Frank.

(From Stubby) 2) Better insult: tosser or wanker?

Wanker is more for day-to-day usage, like the mild white cheddar, whereas tosser is more like a mature stilton, to be brought out and savoured as you roll it around your mouth for special occasions.

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I hope you feel you know me a little better now. Thanks for all the comments and questions, keep them coming, but it’s past bedtime on this side of the Atlantic. Oh look, there are still a few beers in the crate. Help yourself and let yourselves out. I’ll be back to check on the debris in the morning.

 

EDIT – THE MORNING AFTER THE NIGHT BEFORE

Thanks everyone for your continuing comments and welcomes. I feel as if this blog is now well and truly warmed.

I’ve struck a compromise on the threaded / nested comments thing, trying to take on board people’s problems (especially reading on phones) when the responses get narrower and narrower, but also other people’s preference to be able to react to a comment immediately underneath. So I’ve set it so that it will only nest one comment deep. After that you’ll have to begin again with a new comment, identifying who it is you are talking to manually. I’m sure you’ll work it out.

If this is a compromise that pleases nobody but me, let me know and I’ll switch it off altogether.

Just as a little note to let you know my plans, over the next few weeks I’ll re-post a few highlights from my archive from my previous home as new blogs (with original publication dates etc made clear), as I hope these will be pieces you’d be interested in discussing all over again (or for the first time, for many of you). Then once I’ve done that, I’ll transfer my full archive for you to peruse at your leisure.

Thanks again. New post on its way.

 

Comments

  1. chippanfire says

    Hello Ally. Having lurked occasionally at hetpat, it’s nice to see you handily parked here at FtB. I hope you find it enjoyable, annoying and stimulating.

  2. Ally Fogg says

    Enjoyable, annoying and stimulating is pretty much what I aspire to, so hopefully I’ll feel right at home.

  3. says

    Whatever you do change to non-theaded now not later…. If you want to that is. Otherwise all the old threaded posts comments get borked n are unreadable.

  4. Ally Fogg says

    Yes, I just found Yemmy’s blog. We shall form a faction and initiate the masterplan.

  5. Johnny Vector says

    Nope. Motörhead still does nothing for me. I eject your disc and replace it with Tool.

    So there.

  6. Jason Failes says

    Oi! Time for some anarchy in the FTB: unplug CD player, turn on cheap guitar, and start belting out loud 3-chord ear-ringers.

  7. says

    Hello Ally!

    I lived in Manchester for a couple of years and strangely, I miss it. :-) Welcome to FtB, looking forward to reading you.

    I will forever associate Ace of Spades with The Young Ones because seeing Motorhead play it in their living room was my first exposure to the song. Not sure I’ve heard anything else they’ve done, actually…

  8. Johnny Vector says

    Well, Jason Failes, if that is your real name, fine. Call out the chords and I’ll join in on cheap bass. Who’s got some drums?

  9. Artor says

    Just curious- What’s Ally short for? Are you an Aleister? Albert? Alicorn? Ally-ally-oxen-free?

  10. Ally Fogg says

    Hi Gretchen. Not surprised you miss it, Manchester kind of gets in your blood. Like hepatitis.

    Not sure I’ve heard anything else they’ve done, actually…

    Not sure you need to. Imagine the same song with some of the notes in a different order.

  11. Ally Fogg says

    Hooray, my first actual question!

    I’m an Alistair. Or at least I am to my mum when I’ve been naughty.

  12. Camomile Lox says

    At first I thought the ad was some strange strange new perfume… what wars?

    Anywho, I quite like the name Ally on you, sometimes “girls” nicknames can do well on guys.

    I just realized what hetpat means. WOW. xD

    Here’s your house warming gift -(pretend that you are being handed a baby monkey)-

  13. Ally Fogg says

    Ooh, this is like a hardcore arms race. Should probably play some Slayer next, out of respect.

    (We’ll be on to Black Flag by midnight.)

  14. Ally Fogg says

    OK, serious point. What’s the consensus on threaded comments? Yay or nay?

    I’m tempted to leave them on, because that’s how I had it on my previous blog and I’m a creature of habit, but not especially fussed either way.

    Does everyone hate them here?

  15. Camomile Lox says

    Okay, I just read *something* (won’t say what :P) and you seem actually cool! I was worried you’d get social justice “wrong”… HIGH FIVE. And good luck though. Don’t push it :/ esp not right away.

  16. Ally Fogg says

    what wars?

    You’re new around these parts, intcha?

    BUT YOU BROUGHT A BABY MONKEY! BEST GIFT EVER!

    I think I’ll call it Susan. (It is a boy monkey, isn’t it?)

  17. Ally Fogg says

    Urm, err, thanks.

    I’ll talk about that thing but I won’t talk about the (shhh) other thing just yet. That’ll be our little secret, OK?

  18. Ally Fogg says

    Oi! Time for some anarchy in the FTB

    It’s like you’ve been reading my mind.

  19. FelixBC says

    Hate threaded comments, as they bork when reading on my phone, which I do often.
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    Also makes it very difficult to read latest comments on long threads. I sense yours may be long.

  20. zbeeblebrox says

    I hitched in the UK in 1968. I found the people of Manchester to be absolute gems. I was treated exceedingly well, notwithstanding the fact that I was a yank. Welcome aboard!

  21. A. Noyd says

    Think an automatic filter ate my reply, so trying this again w/out the link:

    Welcome, welcome!

    About threaded comments. Threading works better with 20 or fewer comments or on blogs where most readers only bother to read and reply to the top few comments. SIWOTI syndrome being something of an epidemic around here, commenters tend to read entire comment threads (even if they reach 1000+).

    With a blog on the topic of gender, depending on how forgiving your moderation is, you’re no doubt going to have 100+ replies per thread. Some might top 500, depending on who you piss off and whether you’re linked to Reddit, the Slymepit, or the MRA hate sites. For your soon-to-be regulars who enjoy futile arguments with intractable idiot trolls, it really helps them keep track of new comments if you disable threading. FtB regulars are used to blockquoting and noting who they’re replying to in the absence of threading.

    Also, just FYI, Camomile Lox is one of the aliases of a very disturbed young woman who got banned even from FtB’s pro-misogyny anti-fanclub, the Slymepit. I seriously suggest you ask folks on the backchannel about the disturbing shit she’s gotten up to and what the aliases are that they’ve banned her under. I can’t remember if she’s still underage, but there’s possibly that, too. (Not that you shouldn’t welcome underage readers, but she’s known for being extremely inappropriate.)

  22. CaitieCat says

    Oh, this oughta be good. Scots-English transplant to Canada, me, and I’ve always found those of us who straddle that particular divide do acid-sweetness-comedy very well. Welcome, Ally, I’m really looking forward to your work.

    Mind the fitba at all?

  23. Ally Fogg says

    Hi A. Noyd

    Yes, just found your other post in the spam file. It’s a one link per post limit.

    I’ll take on board what you and others say about threading. Makes sense. Will leave this thread as it is and then switch nesting off before the first blog proper.

    As for your other point, I’m glad you’ve said this because it gives me opportunity to say something I’ve wanted to say.

    I appreciate that a lot of blogs here have a lot of history with critics, feuds, enemies, trolls or whatever you want to call them. I know something of the history of FTB and its place in ongoing debates around skepticism, atheism, feminism etc.

    As far as I’m concerned, everyone starts on this blog with a clean slate. I’m really not interested in anyone’s ongoing disputes and arguments. For my own sanity and sense of justice, I’d really like to be able to assume that everyone commenting here is doing so in good faith and with honest intentions, and will continue to assume that is the case until they present me with overwhelming evidence to the contrary. If I end up banning people or moderating their comments, it will be because of what they have said and done on this blog, and nowhere else. For the record, this blog ran as an independent wordpress blog for about 11 months and collected about 2,000 comments on topics touching misogyny and misandry, rape and sexual abuse, domestic violence, the sex industry and various other hot button topics. My commenters were pretty evenly split between men and women, feminists and men’s activists, liberals, radicals, conservatives, socialists, Christians and atheists. It might have been expected to be a bloodbath.

    But In all that time I never banned a single user and I think I only ever needed to moderate one or two comments (excepting spam). People from across the spectrum ended up having very constructive and civil debates. I was really proud of that, and if I can continue in that vein here I would be deliriously happy.

    I’ll be brutally honest, I’m really not interested in people’s squabbles. There are another 30+ blogs here, many of which are directly involved in the historic arguments and feuds. I will be trying hard to stay out of those arguments, and I’d be really grateful of people could respect that and avoid trying to drag me in to them.

    I’m not suggesting that was what you were trying to do here, and I understand your words of warning were perfectly well intentioned, but this gives me a chance to get this off my chest..

    There were people who I welcomed as commenters at my previous home who have ‘history’ with some of the other bloggers here at FTB. I’ve assured them they will continue to be welcome on this blog at least. I also made my feelings on this known to the FTB team before I joined, and was assured that all moderation, any bannings etc, would be entirely my responsibility. I fully intend to assert that kind of independence whenever the issue arises.

    So to everyone reading, I’d ask that you don’t attempt to referee the match for me. Everyone is welcome here. As a great philosopher once said. “Be nice. Until it is time to not be nice.”

    thanks all.

  24. Ally Fogg says

    Thanks CaitieCat

    As they say in my hometown…

    d’ye like the fitba?

    Naw, Ah’m a St Johnstone fan.

  25. Ally Fogg says

    All you need to know about Manchester… we call our prison “Strangeways”

  26. CaitieCat says

    Oh, nice one. LOL in the most literal sense.

    I know how you feel. My mainline is Spurs, with a side in family-ordained Celtic (but little taste for the tribalism), so I know all about Not Winning When It Matters. :)

  27. Ally Fogg says

    OK, I’m convinced.

    Will let this thread run its course then switch off threading before the first proper piece. Thanks for the input.

  28. says

    Welcome.

    I should probably apologize in advance for the times I’m going to write your name as Alley Frog, as that’s my friend’s band. Take comfort in knowing that while they are all a bunch of godless, hard-drinking, irreverent, sarcastic, loveable buttheads, at least they know more than three chords.

  29. Ally Fogg says

    Put it this way, if Nicholas fucking Cage turns up here, he’s well banned.

  30. Ally Fogg says

    Seriously? Your friend has a band called Alley Frog? That’s brilliant. I need to hear them NOW!

    I sometimes get junk mail addressed to Alley Frog. I should get an address and forward it to them.

  31. Ally Fogg says

    If you mean the name of the blog, I prefer to describe it as a self-referential raillery.

    But only in print, I’m not trying to say that out loud.

  32. Ally Fogg says

    JEMIMA! Where have you been? The party is offically ON!

    And yes. When I was negotiating my transfer, I did explain I’d be bringing my Christian BDSM./ submissive sex worker friends with me. the folks here have been just DYING to meet you

    :D

  33. Edward Gemmer says

    Sounds pretty awesome! A lot of those feuds seem to be due to the internet’s natural use to insult each other then never speak again, so light on moderation will hopefully lead to some really good stuff.

  34. tigzy says

    Welcome Ally

    Speaking of Edward Woodward jokes – which actor sounds like a fart in the bath?

    Edward Woo – well, you get the picture.

    Anyways, hope you enjoy your time at FTB.

  35. leni says

    As a female with a commonly mistaken for male nickname, welcome! When I was a kid I hated it, but now I love it because I will know immediately when I introduce myself whether I will want to know someone or not. I sort of learned to love that moment of confusion where you can almost hear the cogs turning while they try to process it.

    And if they ask if it’s “real” name, I just say yes because I also enjoy that moment where their world loses a tiny bit of order.

    Anyway I look forward to reading your posts, though you had me at free beer, Motorhead and Black Flag.

  36. says

    That’s a nice offer and all, but by the time UK beer gets here to the USA it’s beat to crap. They did finally get around to making decent beer in these parts 20-some years ago. Brewers here have become quite adept, so we’re good. This IPA is strong and tasty, a nice American brew.

    Welcome aboard. Grist for the mill…check out the shiny new abortion laws in my home state of North Dakota.

    P.S. My link is not positioned correctly in the preview. I will leave it as is.

  37. says

    In regard to no bans, do you have a comment policy? Ironically the anti-FTB crowd are big on “civility”, unless it impinges on their right to call feminist women cunts. I and many here tend to be rude without the slurs…. Which is apparently much worse. But is any of either likely to get you into that exclusive ban club? [Anyone wants to lay bets on how long Ally lasts before the ban hammer is used ;-)]

  38. Metalogic42 says

    “As far as I’m concerned, everyone starts on this blog with a clean slate.”

    Excellent way to do things, IMO. (Hi, I’m a “slymepitter”!)

    “I’ll be brutally honest, I’m really not interested in people’s squabbles. There are another 30+ blogs here, many of which are directly involved in the historic arguments and feuds. I will be trying hard to stay out of those arguments, and I’d be really grateful of people could respect that and avoid trying to drag me in to them. ”

    Ok, that’s fair. I’ll keep all comments here as on-topic as possible. Cheers!

  39. Ally Fogg says

    Oh HAI Montana, I wondered who it was who took off the heavy metal and put The Specials on the CD!

    Don’t do Cake kids, it’s a made up drug.

    And talking of which, don’t touch the chocolate brownies, by the way, I don’t know who brought them but I had one half an hour ago and can’t feel my legs any more.

  40. Ally Fogg says

    I also enjoy that moment where their world loses a tiny bit of order.

    I think you and I are going to be the best of friends.

  41. A. Noyd says

    Hmm, I only had the one link, so it must have been something else in addition to number. Unless you set that right after I tried to post?

    I forgot to mention another benefit to non-theaded comments, which is how it allows your readers to use browser scripts to killfile commenters they don’t want to deal with. With threaded comments, one has to either killfile the main comment and everything nested below it, including replies one might want to read, or leave them all expanded.

    And I respect that you want to start everyone with a clean slate and don’t want to moderate based on other people’s feuds and squabbles. I don’t actually have any history with Camomile Lox, nor do I have ill will against her. I’m not suggesting you should deal with her unfavorably because she does have history with some FtB bloggers. This is about her inappropriate behavior rather than her opinions. I believe her case, particularly given her possible minor status, is special enough that it warrants knowing what (and who, given her habit of morphing) you’re dealing with ahead of time. That’s all. (If you’re chummy with any of the mods at the Slymepit, I’d even suggest asking them about her, too.) Anyway, it’s ultimately your call, so I won’t press it further.

    Looking forward to your “first blog proper.”

  42. johngreg says

    Another screeching howler monkey checking in to say hello. I am looking forward to the dialogue.
    .
    By-the-by, Ally, will you be posting a specific Commenting Rules post at some time in the near future? I like to know beforehand what it is I can and cannot say in my comments.
    .
    Lastly, I have not been able to figure out how to place a space between paragraphs on these blogs. Could someone please show an example of the code that does this? Thanks.

  43. Ally Fogg says

    Hi Oolon,

    Yes, I’ll be carrying my comments policy over from my previous blog.

    I’ll do an edit specifically for this site, but for now, you can read the previous version here I’ve added it at the top of the page

    I have no hard and fast rules. There are no specific rules on what words or ideas are or are not acceptable, but that doesn’t mean anything goes. It basically boils down to (to quote another couple of great philosophers) “Be excellent to each other”

  44. Ally Fogg says

    Yes. I took your post as an opportunity to say something I was keen to get off my chest, it really wasn’t about what you said or who you said it about. Appreciate your input, thanks.

    And I’m convinced on the threading thing. Consider it done. (although I’ll leave it on tonight, since we’ve started this way. I appreciate this thread will be completely unreadable once I switch, but too late now!

  45. Ally Fogg says

    By-the-by, Ally, will you be posting a specific Commenting Rules post at some time in the near future? I like to know beforehand what it is I can and cannot say in my comments.

    Done. See top of page, “Comments on comments”

  46. says

    One of the flange founders here and ready to howl.

    First wife came from Heald Green, so I spent a lot of time in Manc. Now based in the Seattle area.

    Welcome, Ally.

  47. Skep tickle says

    Hello Ally! I would say “welcome” but I’m just an interloper who slipped in the back door, enticed by the change in music. I’ll be interested to see what you serve up as a main course, even if I don’t join in to the meal.

    John Greg @34, it’s just an odd feature of the preview.

  48. johngreg says

    I don’t think so, skep. If I do not place a period between my paragraphs, they always bunch up.

    Like this.

    There should be three paragraphs, with spaces between, in this post, bu that ain’t how it turns out.

  49. says

    OK. I’ve been thinking about jumping in on this one, but I can’t do nested threads. I’m guessing you are going to be seeing long threads.

    Perhaps I will come out of the lurkers fog and post some comments. I care about these issues.

    Are you an atheist?

  50. Ally Fogg says

    Ooh, good question.

    Here in Britland, class is something we are incredibly attuned to and it plays out with all sorts of intricate dynamics. I’m very much lower middle-class. Dad was a teacher, mum a home-maker. So I grew up in a family with more books on the shelves than quids in the bank. I went to a mediocre comprehensive school then a mediocre university. I’ve continued to live my life with more books on the shelves than quids in the bank. I live in a ramshackle house in a very poor inner-city area, and my own kids are growing up in the same kind of cash-poor, love-rich household that I did.

    The labour I sell is my brain, not my brawn, and that is primarily what makes me think of myself as middle-class. But I have little or nothing in common with the upper-middle classes with inheritances, trust funds, private schooling & health insurance and useful old-school tie connections. Never more than a paycheque away from destitution. So in comparison with most people in the national media in the UK, I’m pretty much a filthy pleb with a big ol’ fuck off chip on my shoulder as a consequence.

    Answer your question?

  51. Ally Fogg says

    Not sure what (if anything) CL thinks it means. To me it means that “HETeronormative PATriarchy for Men” is a bit unwieldy to type every time.

  52. Ally Fogg says

    Mwahahaha.

    I was aiming for sophisticated, classy and intellectual, but consider supervillain a result.

  53. stubby says

    Welcome to FTB, Ally Fogg. I have two questions.

    1) Which Shameless character do you most resemble.

    2) Better insult: tosser or wanker?

  54. says

    Yah, I did a link above that was all wrong in preview. I left it as is for the benefit of the blogger, or so I thought. It posted correctly.

  55. Ally Fogg says

    @Kamaka

    “Are you an atheist”

    Yes. It’s something that feels so natural and obvious to me that it barely warrants mentioning. I tend not to write about it because I never really know what to say. It always strikes me as an odd thing to get passionate about. I’m a rationalist, but I’ve long resigned myself to accepting that people believe in weird and whacky things, like god existing or homeopathy working or Coldplay making interesting music. So long as they don’t attempt to impose such weird beliefs on me, I see it as none of my business.

    So I’m not a passionate atheist, but I am a passionate secularist and a passionate believer in human rights. When religious people claim dominion over women’s wombs or little boys’ foreskins or children’s schooling or political decision-making, then I will fight them tooth and nail.

    But it is not really the religion / rationalism thing that brings me to FTB. I’m here because I try to apply the same principles of free thinking – ie questioning everything, accepting nothing on faith, demanding evidence etc – to gender politics. Political dogma can be just as irrational and damaging as religious dogma, IMO.

  56. BaguleyRob says

    Hi Ally,
    Good show so far. Look forward to what you do with the new space.
    I’ve brought some Old Tom and some Old Peculiar and a bottle of Chardonnay that
    someone left at the last do.

  57. says

    oh hai,

    Nice to see you have some time to be active in the comments.

    Leaves everyone to their booze and goes back to lurking.

  58. Thil says

    oh, I always thought hetpat sounded a bit like something an elderly working class women would call people

    “come in out rain hetpat, I’l put tea on”

  59. Ally Fogg says

    1) Which Shameless character do you most resemble

    Start of the weekend – James McAvoy’s character (Steve?) in the first series. Although he’s younger and obviously I’m much better looking. By the end of the weekend it’s more like Frank.

    2) Better insult: tosser or wanker?

    Wanker is more for day-to-day usage, like the mild white cheddar, whereas tosser is more like a mature stilton, to be brought out and savoured as you roll it around your mouth for special occasions.

  60. Ally Fogg says

    Thanks.

    I’m doing my best to be sociable tonight!

    My usual policy is to engage with the first couple of dozen comments, get a sense of what people say, then wrap a pillow around my head and leave people to punch themselves out until it’s safe to return.

    Works for me.

  61. Thil says

    you see I would I called that “being normal”, but then I grew up in house with a spare bedroom

  62. says

    I asked the atheist question because I wanted to know how seriously to take you. I’m an old guy who has been fucked with by the irrational religionists for a long time. I just can’t take god-botherers seriously in intellectual discourse, particularly on human-rights and equality issues.

    The boogy-man types have voluntarily scambled their own eggs.

  63. Aliasalpha says

    Sweet, another new blogger!

    Do you plan to include metal in every blog post you do? If so, I may have just found a new homepage!

  64. Rob says

    I’ll just plonk myself down here for a bit. I have a selection of Scotch to add to the party – what’s your favourite?

  65. IanD says

    Threaded comments make for much better discussion because it’s clear who is replying to what. If you look at other discussions on FTB you’ll see lots of “Fred @239″ and so forth, very messy.

    Non threaded makes it impossible to have any continuity to the discussion as the 15 comments that might make up a “conversation” are spread over 223 comments in posted order.

  66. SubMan USN says

    The reactor is critical, prepare to cast off lines. Part time slymepitter reporting for duty sir.

  67. Robert B. says

    Sorry if this is a silly question… but what all do you like to blog about?

  68. John Morales says

    Had you read the sidebar, you’d have noted “This blog is dedicated to exploring gender issues from a male perspective, unshackled from any dogmatic ideology.” and thus not needed to pre-emptively apologise for your possibly silly question.

    (It would be odd if it were not from a male perspective, given the author presents as male)

  69. FossilFishy(Anti-Vulcanist) says

    ZZZZZZZzz….guh, whuzzat?

    [sits up, wipes drool from beard]

    Oh, Motorhead. Right.

    [contemplates nodding off again, reconsiders]

    How’s about some real heavy metal huh?

    [ejects cd, puts on Wolff and Tuba]

    [lurches around in vague time to the music, cadging drinks and generally getting loopy]

    Welcome Ally. I’ll clean up after myself in the morning.

  70. km says

    Hey! I just spent some time in Scotland visiting some family friends who are teachers. Was really surprised that over there it’s a lower middle-class kind of job–here in Canada it’s definitely upper middle-class (good pay, full benefits, excellent pension, etc.).

    Welcome, but I think the Canadians staged a take-over long before you UK folks. :)

  71. carlie says

    I see I’m late to the party, but welcome! Looking forward to reading your stuff.

  72. says

    Don’t you mean leave with some booze to take back to lurking?

    I’m looking forward to a bit of lurking myself, if the host doesn’t chuck me out.

  73. pitchguest says

    Unrelated: John, any chance you might once and for all explain why in blazes you preface your posts with meta all the time?

  74. pitchguest says

    Now now, John. Don’t get all passive aggressive on us. That’s no way to greet the newcomers! ;-)

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  76. John Morales says

    pitchguest, to what newcomers do you refer, and what makes you imagine I would get “all passive aggressive”?

  77. ragdish says

    No point here. Just saying howdy. I think Ally Fogg is such a cool name. I hope you take this as a compliment but sounds like it came straight from a Charles Dickens novel.

  78. Suido says

    I’m late to the party, but I brought copious quantities of breakfast foods. I also don’t mind stepping over people, sitting on sticky couches and polishing off the leftover booze. Cheers!

    Scanned your latest post, then decided to start from the beginning. Looking forward to reading.

    Welcome!

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