This Day in Blogging History: Lamar "SOPA" Smith is Congress's new science czar; Shatnerquake!; MIT's hilarious Jack Valenti exit interview

One year ago today
SOPA's daddy is now in charge of government science funding, and he hates peer-review: The new chair of the House of Representatives science committee has drafted a bill that, in effect, would replace peer review at the National Science Foundation (NSF) with a set of funding criteria chosen by Congress.

Five years ago today
Shatnerquake: bizarro novel about every Shatner character sucked into reality to hunt down William Shatner: Shatnerquake! It's the first ShatnerCon with William Shatner as the guest of honor! But after a failed terrorist attack by Campbellians, a crazy terrorist cult that worships Bruce Campbell, all of the characters ever played by William Shatner are suddenly sucked into our world. Their mission: hunt down and destroy the real William

Ten years ago today
MIT makes Jack Valenti look like an idiot: The Tech interviews the MPAA's outgoing spokesmonster Jack Valenti, with hilarious results.