Observations and inanities by a second-shift assistant supervisor in the Puppy-Grinding division of the Evil Atheist Conspiracy® (our motto: "Sure it's cruel, but think of the jobs!"), your host, Brent Rasmussen.
Greater Is The Art Of Ending
Back in 2000 my good friend Anathea threw a new term at me - "Blogging". I had no idea what she was talking about, but I looked it up on the internet and discovered a new way to build a web site and communicate. So, in January of 2001, "Unscrewing The Inscrutable" was born on the Pyra Labs-owned site "blogger".
I positioned myself as an atheist from the very beginning, using my same catchphrase:
Observations and inanities by a second-shift assistant supervisor in the Puppy-Grinding division of the Evil Atheist Conspiracy® (our motto: "Sure it's cruel, but think of the jobs!")
Back then there were only a few "atheist blogs". There was The Raving Atheist, Stupid Evil Bastard, World Wide Rant, and a few others. There were a lot of atheist web sites around, but blogging was just too new.
Over the years I changed UTI's blogging software a half-dozen times, my web host more than a half-dozen times, and I watched the atheist blogging world explode. I saw Pharyngula appear on the scene in 2002. I created the Carnival Of The Godless in 2005, and watched the Atheist Blogroll being born shortly thereafter. I watched as The Friendly Atheist sold his soul on eBay, and became a fixture in our "atheosphere". It's been a great decade!
When I found that I wasn't writing as much as I used to, I started bringing on co-bloggers to help out. Steven Darksyde was an early co-blogger who went on to write for the DailyKos, as well as science articles for some major magazines. Alon Levy, Hank Fox, Jim Downey, Paul Fidalgo, Rick Ulrey all wrote for UTI at some point. Jim especially deserves praise for keeping UTI afloat for the last couple of years. I would have shut it down earlier if it weren't for him.
Now it's time to say goodbye to UTI after 9 years. I'll be shutting down the commenting and removing co-blogger access later this week. I'll keep the site online for a few months for archival purposes, then eventually point the domain name to my Facebook page.
I'd like to thank all my readers over the years for a great run, but like I told Jim today when we talked about this, it is mainly nostalgia and momentum that have kept UTI from shutting down before now. It's time to move on.
It has been an honor folks.
"Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending." -R.A.H.