Tony of Tony’s Kansas City has a scoop: I am leaving Kansas.
TfK will be unchanged, or at least will continue changing in the same way it’s always changed, but in honor of the move out of state, my upcoming birthday (July 26), the birthday of TfK (August 4) and the anniversary of the move here to Scienceblogs (August 20), I’d like to challenge you cunning linguists out there to suggest a new name.
This blog has always been about the readers and the community. It started out void and without form, and your attention, smart comments and helpful corrections have all made it the success it’s become. I couldn’t have achieved what I have without you. The job I’m moving for is with the National Center for Science Education, the national group most active in the hard work of keeping good science in our classrooms, a natural extension of a lot of what TfK has been about (more on that later). The work you and I have done here at TfK is no small part of how I got this great chance to make the world better, and what better way to acknowledge the central role of my readers than by letting you all name the place.
There are some restrictions. Because my URL includes “tfk” and I’ve gotten into the habit of referring to the blog as “TfK,” your proposed new name must match that acronym. “K” in particular is a tricky letter to start a word with, but I’m sure you creative types will find the right word somewhere between “kakistocracy” and “kymograph.” Also, this is a family blog, so let’s keep the f‑word clean.
The winning suggestion left in the comments or emailed to me will get some interesting prize to be determined. Those of you with a graphical bent shouldn’t despair: after we’ve got a new name, we’ll need a new banner. Since my attempt was cluttered and unreadable (especially by the colorblind), I’ll be outsourcing that exciting project to my readers as well. We’ll need to know what name to put in it, first. Break out those dictionaries.