Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy 2009, But Mostly A Look Back At 2008 (The Best Of...)

Happy new year everyone. In the grand tradition of pessimists like me, and in the grand tradition of this blog, I figured I'd take this time to look back rather than forward; after all, the best days are behind us anyway.

Earth Is Going Nova started as a phrase pete used to describe the shrinking world problem that is all around us these days. Last January we had a conversation that was the genesis of this blog. So in March of 2008 we started this to keep everyone up to date with stories that seem to predict (or want to predict) the coming end of the world. Of course he stopped posting about 3 days into it, but that's neither here nor there. It's been a fun 10 months and I look forward to keeping everyone slightly informed about the sad, scary, overlooked and downright terrifying news to come out of 2009. But first I thought it would be a good idea to share some of my favorite stories from the 2008 EIGN archives:

Obviously we talked about the Large Hadron Collider a lot. But the damn thing is sending particles at the speed of light in temperatures colder than deep space around a 17 mile tunnel under France and Switzerland and may produce tiny black holes. How can that possibly sound like a good idea?

There was a while where I ranted at the end of posts besides just trying to be funny. This cumulated in my 255 word sentence|rant at the end of a story about Texans not wanting to recycle. Personally I think it was some of my favorite writing this site has seen, which clearly says a lot about how shitty this blog is.

We also have run a fun little feature called Good News Wednesday where we try to find stories with some sort of positive angle to them. I'd say we've been moderately successful and that the weekly posts are some of our more popular ones.

Then there have been our way-better-than-our-own guest posts. Thanks go to jg3 for those. (You too can contribute/suggest stories/say hi, by the way, just send an email to

And finally thanks to everyone else for reading, occasionally supporting and even more rarely, laughing at our jokes. We'll see you in 2009.

(oh, and pete says hi)

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