November 18, 2004


Popular and combative lefty blogger Chris Sheil has up and quit. He'll likely return mid-2005 after finishing his latest book. In the interim, you’re always welcome in the comments here, Chris.

Posted by Tim Blair at November 18, 2004 02:43 PM

Put in this number in order to comment:

Tim, when you're sitting there typing these little security code numbers in, could you please bold them. They're a little hard to read way over here in Texas.

Posted by: Wallace-Midland, Texas at November 18, 2004 at 02:57 PM

any guesses on the title of his book? what about.. "the meaning of the word 'and', 'is' and 'are' in the context of a statement that i never really said NYA NYA!" or "parsing the buck-my life as a word-weasel". or maybe he'll write something exciting about manning clarke or gough fwitlam? that'd be so rad...

Posted by: rosceo at November 18, 2004 at 02:57 PM

All thats left is for him to fulfill his post election "threat" to move to New Zealand.

Posted by: Troy at November 18, 2004 at 03:03 PM

It must be frustrating being a lefty. The only hope for Labor or the Democrats (US) is to move further to the right and rationality. Stuck out in left field are a clutch of academics going nowhere, pundits who've learnt nothing in 30 years and a flock of undereducated kids, most of whom will eventually adhere to the GB Shaw maxim of socialists at 40 having no brains.

Posted by: slatts at November 18, 2004 at 03:09 PM

CS gives up blogging after 1 year.
Margo takes a month off after Latham's defeat by John Howard.
What is it with left wing bloggers?
Do they lack stamina or belief?
Or are they just disabled by excessive drug use?

Posted by: gubbaboy at November 18, 2004 at 03:14 PM


I won't guess at the title of his magnum opus, but I'm guessing it has a colon in it.

The colon is a crucial weapon in the modern academic's armoury!

Posted by: TimT at November 18, 2004 at 03:25 PM

Now now nothing offensive to a minority group, there's a law against that.

Posted by: rog at November 18, 2004 at 03:29 PM

My wife always wanted to write her dissertation in a way the the title could start, "The Colon: . . ."

Posted by: JorgXMcKie at November 18, 2004 at 03:34 PM

Don't underestimate the power of sneer quotes

Posted by: FusterCluck at November 18, 2004 at 03:38 PM

Maybe Niall Cook will have to sell his computer to pay for his utilities.

Posted by: The Real JeffS at November 18, 2004 at 03:47 PM

JorgXMcKie — The Colon: A Digestive Miracle?
The Colon: Long Way Down to Daylight?
The Colon: Submarining Down the Alimentary Canal with Gun and Camera? (apologies to Robert Benchley)

Or the action film version:

The Colon: Gut Check

Posted by: richard mcenroe at November 18, 2004 at 04:08 PM

From Chris Sheil's rules of blogging:
"Rule 1: Edit your posts thoroughly and severely.
Rule 2: Go back and read rule 1 again. You call that an edit? You have yet begun to edit."

"You have yet begun to edit"??

Chris, you have yet begun to edit...not. Go back and read rule 2.

Posted by: cuckoo at November 18, 2004 at 05:44 PM

The title should be either:

My life as a pantywaist or

denial, its part in my downfall.

Posted by: nic at November 18, 2004 at 06:31 PM

"Sheil be right..I mean, left!"


Posted by: cuckoo at November 18, 2004 at 06:58 PM

hey sheils! you better write that book quick- sticks before nazi Howard cuts your 'australia council' funding!

Posted by: rosceo at November 18, 2004 at 07:03 PM

I'm pleasantly surprised to see 15 commenters here that know who Chris is. I'm sure he'll be chuffed.

Posted by: Swade at November 18, 2004 at 07:22 PM

I think Chris Shiels was having more than a bit of a sly dig with his long winded Steps of Blogging; did you fall for it?

Posted by: rog at November 18, 2004 at 08:01 PM

Wallace-Midland: the numbers are images, not typed-in characters. They are supposed to be hard to see as a spam-bot preventative. The only thing I am able to do is to change the colors, but from what I have seen of this script used on other sites that won't make the images easier to see. I have no way of bolding them or changing the font. I can't replace the images either: they are controlled by a server-side program that I have no control over. The only thing I can suggest is changing your monitor settings.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at November 18, 2004 at 10:19 PM

Time spent blogging (and commenting) expands to fill free time available.

Posted by: Andjam at November 18, 2004 at 11:15 PM

"Titular Colonicity: Or why Chris Sheil is the most boring man on the Internet"

There's actually a sub-discipline around the use of colons in titles - it's called "titular colonicity". I know nobody will believe this, so here's a Google link.

Posted by: Colon Man at November 18, 2004 at 11:16 PM