April 04, 2004

Language Log is a noble gas

An impossibly heavy noble gas. According to Score Bard's Periodic Table of Blogs, that is.

Well, sort of. The main series in the periodic table of the elements has 7 rows and 18 columns, while Score Bard's periodic table of the blogs has 8 rows and 12 columns. So some interpretation is required.

Language Log (symbol Lu) is in the 8th (bottom) row in the 12th (rightmost) column. The rightmost column in any self-respecting periodic table should certainly be the noble gases (Helium, Neon, Argon, Krypton, Xenon, Radon, Ununoctium). By that analysis, we're one row beyond the heaviest so-far hypothesized noble gas, Ununoctium, whose alleged discovery in 1999 was retracted in 2001. K3wl!

Maybe I'm over-analyzing here. Score Bard writes

"This is my blogroll. It's not meant to be authoritative or representative. It's just a color-coded list of the blogs I like. [...] Now, I change it according to my whims. There are no rules."

Posted by Mark Liberman at April 4, 2004 10:13 AM