A myriad of posts

by Chris Bertram on August 17, 2014

This is the ten-thousandth post we’ve published on Crooked Timber and we thought we ought to mark that moment. I’ve been looking for suitable music, but the best I’ve come up with is the incomparable, tragic and heroic Nic Jones singing “10,000 Miles”. Since the lyric includes “fare you well, I’m going away, but I’ll be back …” that probably sends the wrong message! In truth, I’d rather have used the Proclaimers (one of the best live bands I’ve ever seen), but they only [walked 500 miles](http://youtu.be/tM0sTNtWDiI), [which would have got them rather wet](https://twitter.com/HazelMcKendrick/status/468378367193255936/photo/1), even though they declared their willingness to walk 500 more.

Ten thousand is a lot of posts, a lot of words. Wikipedia tells me that there’s even a Greek word for it, μύριοι, the source of “myriad” in English. Henri Cartier-Bresson apparently said that “Your first 10,000 photographs are your worse”, and if Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hours rule counts for anything, we probably ought to be quite good at this blogging business by now.

Here’s to a myriad more!



Chris Brooke 08.17.14 at 8:27 am

It’ll be easier to find a suitable link for when you get to 20,000, so keep scribbling.


Many congratulations to all at CT!


Sancho 08.17.14 at 11:52 am


I’m having a cigar and a fake beer in honour. I’d started before I read the post, but now I’m doing it with a renewed sense of purpose.


Eszter 08.17.14 at 12:33 pm

Just to show that the Proclaimers have a complete monopoly in my mind regarding any amount of miles associated with a song, as soon as I read “singing ‘10,000 Miles'”, I started humming their song in my head.

Here’s to more posts about music, art, and miles walked!


Ronan(rf) 08.17.14 at 1:22 pm

You could call it, ‘2003 til infinity’


‘Kill all that wack s**t’ ??


Anders Widebrant 08.17.14 at 1:25 pm

[blockquote]Here’s to a myriad more![/blockquote]

I’ll drink to that! CT is one of the true corner stones of the internet for me, a somehow ceaseless source of deeply thought-provoking things (the Red Plenty seminar, John’s Plato course and Belle’s excellent recent posting comeback, to name but a few).


Anders Widebrant 08.17.14 at 1:26 pm

Proud to have provided the traditional posting markup snafu for this celebration thread.


Joshua W. Burton 08.17.14 at 1:54 pm

Same distance and a better fit.


Joshua W. Burton 08.17.14 at 2:02 pm

And a nice adaptation for Kieran.


Mike Schilling 08.17.14 at 3:37 pm

A 500 miles link that works in the US: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbNlMtqrYS0 .


Jacob Christensen 08.17.14 at 3:48 pm

It’s been a pleasure. I can’t recall when or why I first bumped into CT but even if I don’t comment regularly (these days most of most of my discussions and interactions on the internet is on Twitter) the blog has had a distinguished place in my feed-readers. In fact, I think CT has outlived three or four feed-reader services.


Dan Butt 08.17.14 at 3:57 pm


js. 08.17.14 at 6:59 pm

Congratulations, and cheers! I too look forward to a myriad more posts.


ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© 08.18.14 at 12:38 am

A myriad of Myrmidons waxed audibly mirthful at the car wash…and then got back to work.

Congratulations, nonetheless!


Chaz 08.18.14 at 3:30 am

Nah, you’ve got to hit 10,000 individually. Keep at it!


David J. Littleboy 08.18.14 at 4:33 am

In Chinese and Japanese, the natural unit of big numbers is not 1,000, but 10,000. So “Banzai” in Japanese means “(Live for) 10,000 years”, and digital cameras over 10 megapixels are counted over here in units of 1,000 “man-pikuseru”. And pedometers aren’t pedometers but are “manpokei”, a meter that measures 10,000 steps, and walking 10,000 steps a day has been a target over here since god knows when.

So if you were in Japan or China, it’d be real easy to find something appropriate.

Whatever. Congrats, and here’s to another 10,000 posts!


ZM 08.18.14 at 4:51 am


TheSophist 08.18.14 at 5:00 am

Maybe this is an opportune moment to thank the CT collective for their labors. Thanks to CT I have:

Discovered China Mieville

Read Red Plenty

Found out that my brother and I are not the only two people in the world who think that Roads to Moscow is Al Stewart’s masterpiece.

Grown out of my Zizek crush

Read and thought about Benatar (David, not Pat)

Learned more than I probably wanted or needed to about navies.

Been able to say in front of a very distinguished audience that The Lord of The Rings had influenced my life more than any other text, without being laughed out of the conversation.

So, from an occasional commenter but regular reader, thanks to all of you for sharing a myriad of thoughts with us.


TheSophist 08.18.14 at 5:06 am

…oh, and as one of the resident chess players, I should probably point out that “The Noah’s Ark Trap” (see the video at the bottom of the OP) is a way of snagging an enemy bishop in various chess openings (most commonly seen in the Steinitz variation deferred of the Ruy Lopez – yes we really do name our openings things like that). I read waaay back in the day (maybe in one of Chernev’s books) that the trap was so-called because “it’s so old that…”

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