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quixotic literary equilibria

Those blogs at blogspot.com (as the one you are glued to right now) sport a nifty little navigation thingy in the very top row, allowing you to navigate, randomly as they promise, to the 'next blog'.
As it turns out the thread of 'next blogs' is eagerly woven from the keywords in the title of the last blogentry - can you follow me? So, naively, I had named a contribution "The love of science" - and guess what: clicking on 'next blog' carried everybody through a flood of pages of marriages, personal religious or pseudoreligious confessions, decorated with clouds, sunshine and eerily smiling elderly women... Don't get me wrong! Nothing against personal beliefs, religious orientations, feelings. But I dont expect to be dried out in intellectual wasteland just because I use the wrong words in the headline of a post of my own blog!
So I changed the title. The blogpost is now named "fascinating science". Everybody who bookmarked a link to the original will be lost in nirvana (there we are again!), but the 'next blog' thread drags us through some science and education pages.
Well.
Let me think about a useful headline for this one...
I guess I found one. Let's see what the 'next blog' will be now :)
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