Category Archive: thankees

Mar 21 2011

Reader Appreciation Day

Source It’s time to take a moment out of the week’s blogging topics and say, “Thank you!” You, my dear readers, are absolutely brilliant. I put out a plea for the things that scare you, and you weren’t afraid to rise to the challenge.  If I end up with the writing chops to create a …

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Jan 06 2011

I Can Haz Monotype Corsiva!

Thank you thank you THANK YOU to all of you who commented, emailed, and otherwise made sure I could, in fact, have my new computer and my Monotype Corsiva too!  You have made me a very happy writer indeed! And a special shout-out as well to those of you who commented on last night’s missive …

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Jan 05 2011

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Scientific Literature

Things have changed rather drastically.  As recently as six months ago, I couldn’t have read a scientific paper to save my life.  Oh, I grant you, I’d tried a few times, but found myself bogged down and stymied by incomprehensible language.  So I usually gave them a miss. Instead, I read the science blogs, which …

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Dec 26 2010

Christmas Rocks

In more ways than one.  For instance, I’m not at work.  Woot! By the time you read this, it’ll be Boxing Day, so Happy Boxing Day!  That holiday always confused me as a kid.  I had no idea why there would be a special holiday for beating people up.  Then I found out it was …

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Sep 09 2010

A Shout-Out to My Readers, Established and New

You people are amazing. When I wrote up my college field trip experience for the Accretionary Wedge, I spent most of my time doubting whether I should do it.  “Ogod, I I I me me me- I’m sick of I, and so is everyone else!”  Seriously debated whether that wretched thing should be published.  Did …

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Sep 09 2010

A Shout-Out to Evergreen and Union-Negotiated Health Insurance

Wednesday was fun.  About half an hour into my shift, the mild discomfort I’d been feeling announced itself as a full-blown kidney stone.  I’m prone to the bastards, and apparently the one that had announced its existence a few months ago didn’t so much pass as await a better opportunity.  Anyone who’s had these before …

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Sep 02 2010

Thank You All

Those of you who recommended books have earned a free drink when next you’re in Seattle.  Not that I wasn’t going to buy you one anyway, but you’ll have an extra on the table. My order has been placed.  It is, in fact, sitting in the office right now, and at the moment I’m debating …

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Jul 30 2010

I Probably Require Medical Attention

Far too many years ago, I was in a Mexican cantina (continuing my) drinking after my first Circus Mexicus.  Stevie, then the Peacemakers’ lead guitarist, was sitting a few tables away.  We were not yet drunk enough to approach him and engage in appropriate worship.  And then our chance seemed to have passed, as he …

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Oct 28 2008

The Lives They’ve Saved

A glass of the premium stuff is tipped heartily in the direction of the ATF this morning: Federal agents have broken up a plot to assassinate Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and shoot or decapitate 102 black people in a Tennessee murder spree, the ATF said Monday. In court records unsealed Monday, federal agents said …

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Oct 01 2008

Pour That Man the Best Drink in the Cantina

Richard from the Panda’s Thumb earned my undying affection long ago. He works his ass off keeping us up on the antics of the anti-science crowd, and he did me the great honor of agreeing to be one of my Wise Readers in the event I actually get away from political bullshit long enough to …

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