Running this blog can be a funny or odd job sometimes. Take, for example, this e-mail that showed up in my inbox a couple of days ago:
I came across Battle of California while searching for resources around Stephen Hawking and education and was wondering if this is the correct contact in regards to the content on the site. My team just created a graphic on Mr. Hawking, would you be interested in taking a look? I'd love to get feedback from your readers, as well as yours.
Thanks in advance for your time.
Hahaha, what?! I must have missed that one post where... uh... ?
My first guess was that this guy was thinking of another blog (Battle of Calculus?), and absent-mindedly wrote to us instead, but this sort of request really demands to be seen through. So I quickly wrote back, trying to mask my belief that the guy was insane -- I couldn't fully hide it, though:
Indeed, I'm one of the blog authors of Battle of Cali, and your email has me curious enough that sure, I'd be interested in seeing your graphic, and if you'd like, I could run it past our readership as well. Let me know,
And then... silence. For days. Shit -- he's onto us! He saw my doubt-ridden response, double-checked who he was talking to, then must have contacted the correct BoC for his image distribution -- crap, I fucked this up...
And then yesterday, BOOM!:
Thanks for getting back to me. The graphic illustrates the achievements and contributions Mr. Hawking made throughout his life. The piece lives here and you're welcome to use it as you'd like: http://onlinephd.org/stephen-hawking/
Let me know what you think, I appreciate all feedback.
No need to click on the link -- I've got the whole thing after the jump. Warm up that mouse scrolling finger -- it's a tall one!
Behold, Battle of Calculus readers!
Damn -- we're not listed as one of the sources?! That might have helped answer a few questions. :)
So now it's time for feedback, I guess -- I like the vertical timeline layout, but I'm not sure if I'm supposed to get a debilitating medical condition and get really depressed about it before reading the poster. I think overall some things could be highlighted in color rather than all black-and-white (this format means this poster won't really ever be printed, I'd think, so that should cost nothing). And I don't know that I feel that a second divorce should count as one of Hawking's great achievements -- if it is, then include it in the bottom graphic.
But hey, that's just my first pass, and I'm not sure at all that I'm the reason this fellow wrote to this blog -- so I open it to the comments. What feedback do you have on the Stephen Hawking graphic, and more importantly, why do you think this blog's opinion suddenly became so valuable? (Maybe he came by the day we were talking about dinosaur cloning?)
Bottom line, though: awesome! Feel free to seek our opinion more often, scientific community!
Prediction: Despite facing some pretty long odds, Hawking wins another award. Amazing!