Blog history


Mumpsimus BlogI began writing my Mumpsimus blog in early 2005, using a plugin for the IPB forum system. This proved an awkward system, so I moved to the WordPress platform in late 2011 and began this Scripturient blog. By early 2021, I had posted more than 1,200 entries with more than 2 million words. I had more than 1,100 comments, too. I can’t seem to stop writing, even with my recent bout of cancer occupying my time and energy.

Since I began blogging, I have written about Collingwood Council, science, morality, faith, politics, history, human rights, Darwin, egregious stupidity, skepticism, language, grammar, the environment, computer games, technology and software, my family, SUVs, book and film reviews, music, ukuleles, Tibet, Quebec, motorcycles, taxes, chess, elections, media, leadership, Mexico, tequila, bad drivers, local media, other bloggers, urban design, social media, debentures, pets, prostate cancer, critical thinking, mortality, Machiavelli, Chinese philosophy, Trump, Harper, Scheer, Trudeau, retirement, baking bread and making pasta, lichens, Jordan Peterson, and philosophy. I debunked creationism, homeopathy, flat earth, angels, fad diets, and other pseudoscience nonsense. And of course, there was more.

My older, Mumpsimus posts from 2005-2011 — another million words — are currently offline. Most are outdated now, especially those about local politics, so they aren’t relevant anymore.  A few I have resurrected here because they are not time or event-sensitive.

My old site also contained the database of many personal posts, about family and genealogy. I am slowly restoring some of these older posts to this site.

The Blue Agave Forum remained active for those wanting a calm place to discuss tequila until the spring of 2018. I decided that the tequila community was better served by the many new and more informed aficionados online, and my site was less connected to social media as some are, so I shut it down after 15 years of operation.

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