Category Archives: Blog announcements

November 25, 2008, 8:38 am

Thanksgiving break and thoughts

thanksgivingI’ll be taking a hiatus from blogging from today through Sunday as the Casting Out Nines crew travels to Tennessee to visit the grandparents for Thanksgiving. We normally make our long road trip  to the Volunteer State at Christmas, but this year that’s way too close to Harrison’s arrival to be traveling.

I love Thanksgiving because it’s the holiday that Christmas really should be — a time to relax, enjoy family and food and down time, and be thankful for all the ways you have been blessed in your life. I am pleased to say that I have much to think about in that respect: my wife, my two girls, my son on the way in a few weeks, steady employment in these tough economic times, and simply the ability to think and reflect and write like this. I think our culture would be a lot better off if we could discipline ourselves to be thankful. And our haste to skip right over Thanksgiving and go …

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October 18, 2008, 12:51 pm

Another new venture; well, actually two.

Back in May, my wife and I found out that our lives were about to get a whole lot more interesting. Everybody, meet Harrison Lewis Talbert, our “surprise” baby and third child overall.

He may not look so big, but he’s having a huge impact on our lives. We’re very happy! But we are also definitely entering some uncharted, and unplanned-for, adventures starting in January, when little Harry is due. To chronicle all this, and since my wife and I are unapologetic nerds who will use any excuse to do something technological, we’ve started up a new family blog: The Talbert Five. We had a family blog twice before, and we tried to make them pseudonymous or password-only, and it was just either too much work (in the former case) or no fun and kind of stagnant (in the latter). So we’re making this blog wide-open and hoping not too many creepy internet people show up. (That doesn’t apply to the a…

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October 17, 2008, 12:20 pm

New venture: Young Mathematicians' Network

I’m happy to announce the start of a new blogging project that has been percolating for about a month now. I will be joining a team of bloggers who will be contributing posts on a more-or-less weekly basis to the website of the Young Mathematicians’ Network. The YMN is an organization devoted to giving support to graduate students and new faculty in the mathematical sciences and raising awareness of issues to that group of people and others who share their interests.

My co-bloggers and I will be putting up articles about all kinds of topics. Some of the other bloggers are blogging anonymously because they’ll be writing about their own job searches or their activities on search committees. Me, I’ve always found anonymous blogging to be too much work, so I will be sticking to posts of particular interest to young math faculty and to grad students — posts that might be a little out of…

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October 11, 2008, 10:05 pm

Taking a break

I’m going to take a blogging hiatus until the latter half of this coming week. It’s midterm season, somehow, and I’ve been swamped at work — leaving me with little time to blog and no energy/brainpower left to find anything interesting enough to blog about, even if I did have the time.  But Fall Break is coming up on Thursday, so I hope to cram through enough remaining tasks to have the last half of the week to recharge. Until then, you can enjoy some older posts or some of the other fine blogs out there in the ‘sphere.

Come to think of it, it was about this time last year than I ran the retrospective series, probably because I was similarly wiped out at work.

August 13, 2008, 11:31 pm


By popular demand, the Snap previews have been turned off. If I get a groundswell of counter-protest to have them turned back on, I will.

August 2, 2008, 10:13 am

New web site (a.k.a. shameless self-promotion)

In case you’re interested, I have created a new personal website which you can find at This isn’t a blog, although there is a small blog contained in the website for announcing additions and updates, but rather a “portal” for professional information about me as well as a one-stop shop for all my activities on the web. Right now it just contains a freshly-updated CV; the aforementioned blog; a page with links to my blogs, social bookmarks, and other aspects of my “web presence”; and a contact form. I’m working on (as readers know) an updated teaching statement as well as a scholarship statement, and once those are in a shape I’m happy with, they’ll be up there as well. And that’s probably all I’ll put there.

I conceived of something like this while revamping my CV, which is supposed to be an annual thing for me but which I had not done since 2005; I wanted to put …

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July 18, 2008, 7:24 pm

Which domain name are you using?

Just a public service announcement/question: This blog can be accessed, for the moment, on the web through one of two domain names: or The latter is a holdover from when I used to self-host this blog, and I have it mapped to the domain. The thing is, I pay $8 a year to map the domain to this blog, and my one-year period is up in a few weeks. Does anybody use the domain to come here? Would it be a lot of trouble to switch to using the RSS feed or using instead?

If you do, and it would be, then I’d like to hear you say so in the comments. Otherwise I’ll probably let the domain name mapping lapse to save the $8.

July 8, 2008, 7:57 am

One kilopost!

Blogging is light right now because I’m on sick kid duty at home. But I wanted to check in to mention that this post is the 1000th post I have made here at Casting Out Nines. I’ve been thinking I need to say something stupendously wise for such a milestone, but I think that’s putting too much pressure on me, as I am accustomed to neither stupendousness nor wisdom. So instead, I just wanted to note some cool stats about the blog:

  • As I said, this is the 1000th post since the blog’s inception on December 3, 2005. That was 949 days ago, so I’ve averaged right at one post per day for 2.5 years. That’s been pretty much my goal for posting and will remain so.
  • This blog has had a total of 9,568 approved comments. That’s an average of about 10 comments per post, which is stat I am particularly pleased with, as it indicates that CO9s is not an echo chamber, as so many blogs are. The median…

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July 7, 2008, 9:41 am

Important reiteration of a policy at this blog

Due to circumstances surrounding this article from last week, which you can read about in an update there, I need to be clear about something very important here:

Casting Out Nines is a private blog operated by me as a private citizen. This blog is not, in any way, affiliated with my employer. Opinions, statements, and comments here are not to be construed as me speaking for my employer. Those statements are my own, and nothing that occurs here should be implicitly or explicitly connected with my employer.

That’s all for now.

July 3, 2008, 5:50 am

Top 100

This modest weblog has been named one of the Top 100 Liberal Arts Professor Blogs by Online University Review. I’m pleased to be put in such company as Greg Mankiw, Erin O’Connor, and Daniel Drezner. In fact, I’d encourage everyone to go to that article and browse the other 99 blogs listed, just so you can fatten up your RSS feeds a little and get plugged into some good academic blogging you might be missing.

Sadly, no cash prize accompanied this recognition.