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August 11th, 2010

Hi. Why are you looking at us?

Published on August 11th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

As has become the annual tradition around some of the science blogs, we wonder at times what brings you here. So the brief questionnaire below is offered for your consideration because we like to know a little about our readers.

Yes, yes, we know this presents a conundrum. Most of you have absolutely no desire to leave a comment  – ever. But now we are going to kindly ask you to sit down, pop open a cold one and tell something about yourself in the comments section.

(You don’t have to answer all of them. Mix and match the questions as you please. However, we are especially fond of the first one.)

Who are you? (Scientist, philosopher, other? Student, parent, working stiff, blissful retiree? Given that personal identity is a matter of deep philosophical import, we are going to let you decide the right way to deal with this question.)

Have we met in real life? Before or after you first read the blog?

What brings you to this blog?

What’s likely to bring you back? What would be likely to drive you away? (Not that I want to drive any of you away!)

If you just read this blog, a.k.a. “lurk” (not meant pejoratively) rather than commenting, are you content with that? Are there conditions that you think might suck you into commenting?

What do you like reading around here?

Have you found any really dumb stories that still stick in your craw?

What topics would you like to see more of?

Is our current pace of a few posts a day adequate for your needs? Or would you be happier if we delivered more? Less?

Why does NASA keep getting the credit for aerogel?

Who deserves more credit for attracting attention away from the LeBron James brouhaha? Lindsay Lohan or Mel Gibson?

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5 Responses to Hi. Why are you looking at us?

  1. Jenny Poulsen says:

    I am a PhD student working on laser based surface engineering of ceramics. I did my masters degree on high temperature superconductors (my major was inorganic chemistry), so I am fairly new to the ceramics research and industry. For me, the blog is really useful because the information is already edited, and as Kaia says, presenter smorgasbord style. The posts I especially like are related to the industry, as I mostly read scientific literature. And I also liked the post musing about improving the poster-sessions at conferences.

    My professor forwarded this blog to me due to a post concerning my research topic, and I subscribed it my self. The current pace of a few posts a day is good, more would take too much time from the real work :)

  2. Kaia David says:

    I am an engineer with long roots in aerospace who is new to ceramics and working to develop ceramics for new applications. I love the breadth of information and the fact that the the topics are presented smorgasbord style, so we can peruse the topics of more interest in more depth if desired. I particularly enjoy the demonstration videos. Your blog is a good tool to expand my understanding of the possibilities of ceramics. You poke around the literature, so I don’t have to (quite as much).

  3. Don Denison says:

    I guess my best excuse for readying your blog is I’m an older ceramic engineer, one of a vanishing breed. I enjoy reading about new things in ceramics although so many discussions now-a-days are well over my head! I don’t think we’ve met. I was on the Board of ACerS for about 10 years, I run a small engineering company that upgrades and sells tunnel kilns for the most basic of all ceramic industries, brick. Did you know the brick industry actually started ACerS? Now most ceramic and/or materials engineers are too smart for the basic ceramic industries. Too bad, unlike Universities they actually make money (although maybe not in this economy). And finally, I could care less about Lindsey, LeBron or Mel for that matter.

  4. Philippe Daviet says:

    I am a ceramist, in the traditional meaning of the term (i.e. I take clay in various shapes and forms and heat it up), but also a scientist as per my studies. I seek anything that can open horizons to new ceramic processes, glazes, physical properties, etc. Articles do not need to pertain exclusively to this aspect of ceramics, as I’m pretty curious by nature (a trait useful to any experimentalist).


  5. Casey Crandall says:

    I love this new format and look forward to every issue! As an ACerS member since 1971, I have seen the good times and recent not so good times the Society has gone thru. Adding the new digital format and this newsletter going 21st century, I am sure has added new vitality and hope new growth and look forward to another century of success. Keep up the good work!

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