Mar 16 2012

My new look

I was awarded a White Hat tonight, here in Calgary, so apparently I’m now an honorary Calgarian.

I’m going to have to wear it often.


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  1. 1

    Your glasses are nearly invisible… Thought for a second your “new look” included an eyebrow pierce…

  2. 2
    chigau (違う)

    as a former Calgarian, I must say:

  3. 3

    You look like an extra on a Clint Eastwood movie. Am trying to work out if you’re likely to be a goodie or a baddie…

  4. 4

    If we can also get you to hate Edmonton and the Stampede, you’ll be able to pass for a local!

  5. 5

    Am trying to work out if you’re likely to be a goodie or a baddie…

    Obviously, he’s a white-hat.

    Hmm. Don’t preachers traditionally often wear black hats? How appropriate.

  6. 6

    It matches well with the current length of beard. Looking good!

    But should you be wearing white after Labor Day?

    And after turning evil?

  7. 7
    Mobius 118

    Should totally wear that to Convergence.

  8. 8

    There’s something about all those whiskers sprouting out everywhere from the chin that reminds me of Cthulhu.

  9. 9
    McCthulhu, now with -25% less fat.

    “…not long afterwards Myers began greeting everyone with an obligatory ‘Howdy, pardner!’ and referring to his UofM class as ‘the dude ranch.’”

    Now you have something in common with George W. Bush, John Paul II, Tony Blair and Oprah!

  10. 10

    “You look like an extra on a Clint Eastwood movie. Am trying to work out if you’re likely to be a goodie or a baddie…”

    A baddie, definitely. There’s something in that expression that reminds me of Henry Fonda in Once Upon a Time in the West.

  11. 11
    McCthulhu, now with -25% less fat.

    huntstoddard @10: I thought the expression was more like the one Clint Eastwood had at the end of Unforgiven when he said

    “All right, I’m coming out. Any man I see out there, I’m gonna shoot him. Any sumbitch takes a shot at me, I’m not only gonna kill him, but I’m gonna kill his wife, all his friends, and burn his damn house down.”

    PZ would never actually do all those things, though. He doesn’t smoke, so he doesn’t have matches to burn houses down.

  12. 12

    I enjoyed your appearance on Little House on the Prairie as Cattle Rustler #2.

  13. 13

    “PZ would never actually do all those things, though. He doesn’t smoke, so he doesn’t have matches to burn houses down.”

    And yet he said exactly those words when he was about to come out of the restroom at the Creation Museum.

    Yes he did.

  14. 14
    Giliell, professional cynic -Ilk-

    Suits you fine

  15. 15
    'Tis Himself

    Is this what they mean when they say: “All hat, no cattle.”?

  16. 16

    Now all you need is boots and a bull whip. That’ll keep them freshmen in line! YeeHaaaaaaaaaaaah

  17. 17

    The look suits you, you are one mean arse baddie. Go get them thar theists!

  18. 18

    I’m Chuck Norris and I approve this picture.

  19. 19
    Kevin, Youhao Huo Mao

    PZ, you look really tired, are you sleeping well? *concerned mother*


    I’m Commander Shepard and this is my favorite picture on the Internet.

  20. 20
    Hank Fox

    Next up, a gun rack and Truck Nutz.

  21. 21

    Oh no, please! You look like a member of the NRA!

  22. 22

    Hey, the Olson Twins got a White Hat, too, so let’s keep things in perspective shall we? :-)

  23. 23
    A. R

    Hmm, perhaps this will make it easier for PZ to sneak into Texas and decimate the creationists and MRAs.

  24. 24

    I see that hat, I hear banjos. I have stereotypes about some sub-groups of Americans I need to clear out. Excuse me.


  25. 25
    Robert Crisafulli

    I’m going to have to wear it often

    I’m sorry, PZ, but with that comment and your picture, I am reminded of Wilford Brimley and admonishments to check blood sugar.

  26. 26

    One step closer to… http://www.cartage.org.lb/en/themes/biographies/MainBiographies/B/Bakker/Bakkerpagejpg.jpg
    You know, that famous guy.

  27. 27
    Timid Atheist

    I”m so sad. I clicked through from my reader hoping to see PZ in a white top hat or at the very least see that he turned out to secretly be a white hat hacker.

    I guess this works too. I like the red.

  28. 28

    You look like Willie Nelson’s younger brother. And yes, that is a compliment from me.

  29. 29
    Rev. BigDumbChimp


  30. 30

    By the lord dyin’
    By the thunderin’ gee

  31. 31

    Hank @20 Yeah but Truck Nutz just don’t say the same thing hanging off the back of a Prius. Image kinda reminds me of a Chihuahua I once had.

  32. 32
    Steve LaBonne

    I think PZ is going the play Rooster Cogburn the next time somebody decides to remake “True Grit”.

  33. 33

    He rode a blazing saddle
    He wore a shining star
    His job to offer battle
    To nitwits near and far

  34. 34
    PZ Myers

    #25: It’s the right thing to do.

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    chigau (違う)

    What’s up with the numbers?

  36. 36

    PZ could also pass for governor of Texas. Possibly a new career move?

  37. 37

    PZ, you’ll need to refer to it as your “white Stetson” before you get full Calgarian credibility.

    Sadly, we’ve been less selective about who we’ve handed them out to in the past:


  38. 38

    I think it suits you!

  39. 39

    If you grew your hair longer and braided it, you’d look like Willie Nelson.

    I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing.

  40. 40
    Aratina Cage


  41. 41
    The Rat King


    PZ, head East! Come on through Medicine Hat; I’ll buy you a damn good beer!

  42. 42
    chigau (違う)

    The Rat King
    I grew up in Ralston.

  43. 43

    “I wear a stetson now. Stetsons are cool.”

  44. 44

    When I lived in Calgary in the early 80′s, a white Stetson said “tourist geek”. Just sayin’

  45. 45

    People don’t wear hats enough any more …

  46. 46

    Nothing says round bacon like that white hat.

  47. 47
    David Marjanović

    But should you be wearing white after Labor Day?

    In Calgary, and most of the rest of the world, Labor Day is May 1st.

    PZ, you look really tired, are you sleeping well? *concerned mother*

    I’d rather say he looks more Scandinavian than ever before. Must be the invisible glasses and the rectangular beard.

  48. 48
    Algonquin on the Bayou a/k/a Sharon

    Hubba hubba! Man meat!

  49. 49

    Ever heard of a bloke named Bob Katter? Australian politician, currently conducting a cynical populist anti-gay campaign. Wears a silly white hat not unlike that one:


  50. 50

    @37 paineroo, @43 Flewellyn, – no, no, no! It’s a Smithbuilt. Sheesh. :)

    @44 AlanMac – that’s because Stetson is a foreigner’s hat.

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    They already made a movie about you and your new white hat.

  52. 52

    @magista #50


    BTW it’s Smithbilt
    (ducks and runs)

  53. 53

    WOW Just how BAD are the salaries of college professors

    That hat is the cheapest one on the Smithbilt website


  54. 54

    @AlanMac, just to clarify . . . PZ did not purchase the hat, it came out of my own pocket. Being a post-secondary prof myself, I can certainly vouch for our less-than-stellar salaries — especially after Redford cut the education budget by another 2-3% recently.

    Nonetheless, I gave serious thought to getting a more expensive hat but the $225 leather one was out simply because it was leather and I don’t know what PZ’s views on wearing leather are.

    The $80 hat was an initial consideration but since I’m not made of money and didn’t want to burden the Astronomical Society with the cost after I had told them it was a free ceremony (as told to me by the coordinator at Tourism Calgary who neglected to tell me the cost of the hat was extra).

    And since most White Hats are the base model anyway, I didn’t lose any sleep over the choice. I think PZ appreciated the gesture regardless of what the hat material or colour was.

  55. 55
    chigau (違う)

    David Marjanović
    In Canada, including Calgary, Labour Day (the statutory holiday) is the first Monday in September.
    May 1st is not … anything.
    (unless yer sum kinda commie)

  56. 56
    Crudely Wrott

    You look good, PZ, not the least because you a wearing the hat correctly. You have it snugged down and pulled a bit low in the front. That’s important whether you’re riding into the wind or if you just strolled into the saloon.

    My poor ol’ Pap would approve and so do I.

    Just remember the Code O’ the West, saddle pal — giddyup or giddyoff.

  57. 57

    People don’t wear hats enough any more …

    I wear hats, Probably a few times a week. I also wear scarves.

    But I look good in them. Some people don’t.

  58. 58

    ‘They said you was hung. ”
    …..’And they was right!”

  59. 59

    That’s it PZ. By donning a hat Jerry Coyne would wear, you have accepted his victory in the fashion war.

  60. 60

    As a Canadian who lives in the province immediately to the west, I think you might possibly check out the political culture of Alberta, and note that they (with the collusion of the current odious National Government) are actively engaged in creating as much global warming as they can as quickly as they can. Personally, I would go a long way to avoid being mistaken for an Albertan, though of course not all of them are evil and ignorant. Just, alas, the current majority of the inhabitants. In my opinion.

  61. 61

    You look like Brazilian ex-president Lula, witch, by the way, means squid in Portuguese.

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