Above all, I'm a writer, of course. But I have an interest in many of the sciences as well, and have published nine editions of my book series called "EasyTerms" that help students to learn scientific terminology.
Recently, I started a new blog that is, of course, free. It's called "Scientific Words of the Week." I post a new word or term each Wednesday and Saturday, along with a definition and some additional information. The term today (January 6, 2010) was "scurvy," so the posting naturally included references to vitamin C, citrus fruit, etc. And, for dramatic effect, I managed to work in a mention of pirates, and a hearty "arrrr, matey" for good measure!
Someone long ago told me a story about a poor old mule who wouldn't do what he was told -- wouldn't move at all, actually. (I feel obligated to say before going on that I don't approve of any cruelty to animals.) I don't remember all of the details of the story, but the mule was punished harshly until he finally began to move. The final line of the story -- and the moral, I suppose -- was, "First you have to get their attention."
Sadly, it's very hard to get noticed on the internet. Please, someone go get me a mule.
-- Ed Creager