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Aug 23 2011

Into the maelstrom

Today is the day I get together with all of my new advisees and tell them how to survive the next four years.

Tomorrow, the new semester begins — once again, I’ve got an 8am course to teach on developmental neurobiology.

The madness begins.

But at least this year I’ve got a new tie!

(Also on Sb)

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  1. 1
    Stardrake

    Escherpuses!

    Kewl!

  2. 2
    Alexandra (née Audley)

    Excellent tie, PZ.

    *sigh* Summer just isn’t long enough.

  3. 3
    Zeno

    Nice tie! (Did it come with a gift certificate for a beard trim?)

  4. 4
    Psych-Oh

    Your advisees will be squidmerized.

  5. 5
    rad_pumpkin

    Ouch, 8am is never fun. I had quantum mechanics and quantum chemistry at that time (separate semesters, obviously) …followed immediately by complex calculus and partial differential equations respectively. As much of a pain as it was to get up that early, I can’t imagine it being anything less than absolute horror for the professor. You’re a dedicated instructor to agree to this, PZ.

  6. 6
    David Utidjian

    One of the reasons I went in to academia is because I didn’t have to wear a tie (I worked at a law firm for a couple of years.)

    I suppose if I had a cool tie like that I could get over the discomfort.

    Even so… I work with and around machine tools quite a bit and in those situations ties are definitely hazardous to ones health. Cool for weddings and stuff though.

  7. 7
    madknitter

    That tie is, as we say around here, wicked pissa.

  8. 8
    Janine, OM

    That beard is a maelstrom.

    Into the beard.

    Er… I will step away slowly from that.

  9. 9
    Rev. BigDumbChimp

    And here I thought this was a beard post.

    /grumble

  10. 10
    Tetrarch

    Lovely.

  11. 11
    John D Stackpole

    New tie and a beard that has changed color since you were in London!

  12. 12
    'Tis Himself

    Nice tie. Scruffy beard.

  13. 13
    Randomfactor

    New tie and a beard that has changed color since you were in London!

    That could just be breakfast…

  14. 14
    KG

    I had quantum mechanics and quantum chemistry at that time (separate semesters, obviously) – rad_pumpkin

    Could have been a superposition :-p

  15. 15
    Avo, also nigelTheBold

    Very cool tie. I don’t wear ‘em often, but I do like that one.

    It wouldn’t go with my spats, though.

  16. 16
    bbgunn

    I bet those whiskers stop a lot of sundry liquids from staining that tie.

  17. 17
    PZ Myers

    I know, I know, I also need a haircut.

    I swear, give me a few more years and somebody is going to spot me, mistake me for a bigfoot, and shoot me. The shaggy scruffiness is just increasing day by day.

  18. 18
    daveau

    I have to assume that’s another one-off, and not available to the general public, right? Right?

  19. 19
    Zeno

    I admit that I often wear a tie to class. Years ago one of my algebra students said, “You know, Dr. Z, a tie is a distancing mechanism to set you apart from your students. My erudite response: “Well, duh.”

  20. 20
    Chris L

    PZ, you’re looking great – looks like you’ve lost weight.

  21. 21
    coelecanth

    Am I the only one now singing “Tie me squideroo down sport, tie my squideroo down.”? Uh, yah, it is like that in my head all the time, why do you ask?

  22. 22
    niftyatheist, perpetually threadrupt

    Love the tie! Kudos to you for the restful blue shirt, too. It will be easy on the eyes of your students in the morning. Have a good day!!

  23. 23
    Glen Davidson

    I swear, give me a few more years and somebody is going to spot me, mistake me for a bigfoot, and shoot me.

    Time to quit sneering at Bigfoot.

    You don’t get to make it illegal to shoot Bigfoot when you deny that it exists.

    Glen Davidson

  24. 24
    Zeno

    You don’t get to make it illegal to shoot Bigfoot when you deny that it exists.

    Making it illegal to shoot an imaginary beast is merely an act of self-preservation when there are loons out there who think you are the imaginary beast.

  25. 25
    mjones

    You sir, are grizzled.

    Your tie is elegant.

  26. 26
    First Approximation (formerly Feynmaniac)

    Cool!

    I actually wrote a paper for a math class about MC Escher and wallpaper groups.

  27. 27
    Putting On The Foil

    Stylish, but I prefer oxygen over style myself.

    Those things are only for interviews.

  28. 28
    CS Miller

    PZ, you’re looking great – looks like you’ve lost weight.

    PZ said recently that he is now 5’10″, 195 lbs. If you trust the BMI system, that is about 15lb overweight, but not obese.

  29. 29
    helioprogenus

    After another long absence, I’m back. This blog is constantly changing and now after staring at PZ’s beard for a very long time, I realize I’ve changed (the thick goatee I had back in ’09 is gone…replaced by a clean face…to which I say, don’t do it PZ, don’t shave off the beard).

  30. 30
    Markita Lynda, healthcare is a damn right.

    That’s a very nice tie, squidly in fact.

    Maybe you’ll experience talking to people who are staring at your chest–wouldn’t that be different?

  31. 31
    Freerefill

    Nice tie, but that is a fine beard. I say, let it go, wild and untamed.

    Maybe in 30 or so years, your beard will be able to take over for James Randi’s beard.

  32. 32
    earlycuyler

    And here’s some ties for the rest of the week:

    http://www.zazzle.com/squid+ties

  33. 33
    Shripathi Kamath

    And that Ion “Count Dracula” Tiriac mane(http://tinyurl.com/3merdaa) is not doing too shabby either.

    I like your tie better.

  34. 34
    Dhorvath, OM

    I think your awesome factor just hit eleven. Nice tie.

  35. 35
    Melody Hensley

    You’re welcome. :P

  36. 36
    Lauren

    That *is* a pretty sweet tie.

  37. 37
    athena

    Beard? That’s whale baleen…

  38. 38
    Myron

    I beg your pardon, but you should really have your beard trimmed and groomed, because that is a hobo beard!

  39. 39
    Olav

    PZ:

    I know, I know, I also need a haircut.

    Seriously, get yourself an electric clipper. Cuts everything down to the same length. Not fashionable, but highly practical. Takes just a few minutes while you are reading a newspaper on Sunday morning. Works for the beard too.

  40. 40
    Ant (@antallan)

    Want!

    /@

    PS. The tie, not the beard.

  41. 41
    AussieMike

    Your Octopussy needs a trim. Maybe a Brazilian!

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