For the last two years, my lab has run a blog on issues relating to technical matters in bioinformatics and evolutionary biology. Increasingly, I have felt that there are issues that deserve to be commented on in science and society that go beyond this remit, and in order to separate my work and personal views I’ve decided to establish a new blog for these more opinionated posts. Posts with a timestamp earlier than this one are opinions migrated over from my work site. I also hope to get involved more in the Research Blogging network to share my views on interesting or controversial work being published in my area of expertise.