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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Get Your JNV Votes in Now

A very enjoyable discussion ensues at the VC, as Eugene informs the world that Juan Non-Volokh will soon be revealing his or her (or "its," Eugene adds) true identity and the VC comments crew offer their best guesses as to who JNV actually is.  The smart money seems to be landing on Jonathan Adler -- although it is quite likely that a non-commenting majority of the blogosphere is putting their chips on "who cares?"  Short of Posner or Leiter, the answer is likely to be entirely anti-climactic.  Still, kudos for some of the guesses.  I am fond of these answers: "Someone who has never been in my kitchen," "[even money on] Cardinal Richelieu, or Ernst Blofeld," "Mark Felt as portrayed by Hal Holbrook," "Juan Non-Volokh is PEOPLE! [you'll get it if you've seen "Soylent Green"]," and my personal favorite: "Kate Beckinsale.  If there's a God."  Amen. 

Although perhaps Eugene's mention of "its" is a tipoff.  I've long suspected that people are a largely superfluous element of blogging.  Couldn't the whole thing be handled more efficiently, equally predictably, and just as well by some sort of algorithm?  I'm no mathematician or computer scientist, but perhaps our readers will be kind enough to supply simple examples.  (For example: "If X=[Ninth Circuit], print "Those liberal Ninth Circuit judges have done it again."  Or: "Read the value of N.  If N="faculty moves," print [comment critical of Northwestern University Law School].")         

Posted by Paul Horwitz on April 27, 2006 at 05:18 PM in Blogging | Permalink


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I've long suspected that people are a largely superfluous element of blogging.

Hmm... a modified Turing Test, viz., a computer has consciousness when a person reading its blog doesn't know it's a computer blogger? Intriguing. Of course, some bloggers could be more easily replicated than others.

Posted by: Mike | Apr 27, 2006 6:42:28 PM

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