Lurkers: A chance to say “hello?”

This post is just curious to see who it is that reads this blog. According to our stats, we get about 1000 readers per day, half of which are from the Vancouver (presumably the UBC area). Anyway, turns out that in the blogging world, folks who read but don’t actively participate (via comments) in blogs are known as “lurkers.”

Well, here is an open thread for those who might not normally leave a comment to do so – as in “Hi, my name is Dave, I’m a prof at UBC. This website rocks (or sucks).”

For those of you, who haven’t done this before, and have balked at the idea of having to leave your email address to comment (it’s a security measure to guard against spam), note that the email address always remains hidden from public view, and if you’re really paranoid about such things, you could always leave a fake one.

Anyway, de-lurk away.

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David (@ng_dave) is Faculty at the Michael Smith Labs. His writing has appeared in places such as McSweeney's, The Walrus, and He plans on using Terry as another place to highlight the mostly science-y links he appreciates. In fact, if you liked this one, you might also like his main site generally - this can be found at

11 Responses to “Lurkers: A chance to say “hello?””

  1. Gajan

    I guess I’ll be the first to delurk myself. I’m Gajan, and a ubc undergrad of mining. I have to say the site is great!

  2. Cameron

    Cameron from 1st year Arts. Hoping to take the course next year, and the site has been pretty informative so far (I especially like the notices of things going on around campus).

  3. Brett Banks

    Je m’appelle Brett and I am lurking all the way from Brussels Belgium. I helped plant the initial seeds as one of the first student contributors to the project so its nice to see how it flourishes so.
    keep up the good work

  4. Jessica

    History major at UBC. Great site so far – any word on the speakers yet?

  5. Albert

    Hi, I’m a UBC biol. undergrad. and I fully endorse this blog.

  6. Briana

    I’m Briana and I’m currently a second year science student (especially interested in environmental chemistry). I just finished a great book called the 100 Mile diet by two vancouver authors. You should bring those guys out for a talk. I’ve heard they’re great speakers.

  7. Leigh-Anne

    Hi, I’m Leigh-Anne and I’m a first year Aggie. I’ve been reading Terry since grade 12 when I was a pretend arts student taking only one course. I’m a fan of Terry because I definitely think that it’s important to assess situations using both the arts and the sciences. Actually, that’s why I’m an Aggie; it seems like that’s a focus in my faculty. I’ve attended a few of the lectures in the speaker series and found them to be informative and relevant. I’m hoping to find a way to take ASIC 200 next year even though I’m an Aggie (it seems like only an arts/sciences thing) but I guess we’ll see. Keep up the good work!

  8. Brenda

    I’m Brenda, second year psychology and family studies major at UBC… I do post sometimes, so I’m a semi-lurker. Found Terry through Dr. Sens; I’m taking his Intro to IR as an elective. Although it is quite interesting, I do wonder why this elective is harder than my required courses…
    Keep up the great work, it’s really interesting to read up on the (essentially) interdisciplinary topics that you guys raise. Not to mention it’s a lot more interesting than print or TV media. =)

  9. Bill

    Bill here from Spokane. Finished university a while ago now (in Sociology), but I’m quite fond of this site. Nice job.

  10. Laurence Butet-Roch

    Hey Briana, You’ve probably seen this already but we are bringing Alison and James, the authors on the 100 Miles Diet, will be here on Nov 23rd and for free! Get your ticket at the Chan. And for those who wonder, I am a 5th year student in International Relations and I currently work for the Terry Project, as part of their student team. If any of you are interested in the job, feel free to drop me a line. I hope to meet you all at our next event.

  11. RustyBadger

    Hola from Northern BC, been lurking for a couple of years…has it been that long? I think I got here through some social justice rabbit trail one day.

    Terry Project has been a significant part of my personal journey of enlightenment regarding social justice and environmental issues- as an historically right-leaning Christian type, I am in the process of radically altering my world-view (particularly around socio-political issues), and the Terry Project is an excellent source of information and self-examination topics.

    Keep up the excellent work, everyone!

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