A couple of days ago, several of you reported problems with being able to see anything in the right column below my profile. I have made some changes to the code and tested the blog using IE6 running on Windows 2000, which is the combination that seemed to be at issue. (It always worked with my various MAC browsers.) Everything seems okay now to me, but please let me know if you have any complaints.
You should also see the Rapleaf symbol in the sidebar. Rapleaf is a reputation service that allows people to rate another person’s trustworthiness. Though it was originally designed for e-commerce so that buyers and sellers could make comments about the quality of a transaction, I think it is a great idea for people that are involved in heavy debates like the future of the world’s energy supplies.
As you know, there are plenty of well known people that disagree with the use of atomic energy. Perhaps as time goes on, participants in the debate can use reputation scores as a way to overcome some of the benefits of celebrity. I might sound a bit idealistic, but I truly believe that most people would rather follow the advice of someone with hard won knowledge than someone with just a pretty face, like Amory Lovins or Paul Gunter. (If you have met those gentlemen, you will “get” the humor in the last comment.)