Joining 38 blogs already listed at BlogShares's History industry,"Cliopatria" goes up for auction with Eric Alterman's Altercation, Sherman Dorn, The Insecure Egotist , Martin Kramer on the Middle East, Daniel Pipes, and"well-turned.""BS History" says that"a few of these have really really good stuff to explore," but, as far as I can tell, it's a mixed lot of servants who share the auction block with us. Alterman, Kramer, and Pipes are well known, if controversial, characters. Dorn seems to post to his blog primarily to let his dean and his in-laws know what's going on. (I do my dean and in-law communicating separately and a little more privately.) The Insecure One looked promising, at least it did 14 months ago when it fell silent. And"well-turned"? It's somewhere so far down among the google hits that I couldn't find it. Well, that's the bad news.
Since it's a virtual stock market, those who choose to play the game are given $5,000 in play money. The good news is that if you had had the wisdom to invest in"Cliopatria" at our opening price of .42 a share on 9 March, you'd have made a cool $375,000 on your investment in the first week because we closed at $31.85 on 16 March. While I was over there, I checked on the Cliopatriarchs' independent trusts. Ophelia Benson's"Butterflies and Wheels" hasn't been subjected to this humiliation, yet. Michael Tinkler's"Cranky Professor" is a steady, blue chip investment, opening on 9 March at $682.22 and closing the next day at $723.23. But you high rollers would also have made good money on Tim Burke's"Easily Distracted." It opened at $1.75 on 9 March and closed at $90.54 on 14 March. Just remember this, if your name is Martha, I didn't tell you anything and you didn't learn it here.