I will also change its name, a little bit. Feel free to (keep) refer(ring) to the blog as it
is called now used to be called. Back at the very beginning of things I wanted to be modest by calling it "my" state failure blog. I thought somebody, with a few more publications in peer-reviewed journals than me, may want to start another one some day, so I should not look to monopolise the representation of the academic discourse in the blogosphere - not even in name.
This is not a concern any more, hence the change, desired otherwise stemming from a wish to avoid the semblance that this site is a personal diary about, uh, well, say, my state of failure...
Update: I am almost done. Now I can just sit back and contemplate whether I was totally wrong in messing up the earlier look of the blog. Care to share your opinion? I'd appreciate that.
Meanwhile, I added a picture to the header which will change from time to time, just like it does over at Ghosts of Alexander for example.
The current picture is cut from a photo that was made by John Moore for Getty Images on March 22, 2009. You can find the original published here in large size. The story of the image is interesting enough: the C-17 airdrop was destined for Marines in Qalanderabad, and it accidentally fell on an opium field for which the farmer of the field was (rightly) compensated by the soldiers. But I am using this image here to fit the theme of the blog in a more general way, out of its actual context. Feel free to interpret this on your own, of course.