Feb 10 2013

Stupid blizzard

We got about a foot of snow here this weekend, and a blizzard is supposed to blow through after midnight…so the university has cancelled all the early morning classes, including my 8am developmental biology course! How dare they!

This weekend, I got the next two weeks worth of lectures all prepped, and now I’m so disappointed that I don’t get to talk about this really cool stuff tomorrow. But I guess that’s better than having students kill themselves on slickery nasty roads in white-out conditions. I guess.


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  1. 1

    Do we get a What I Would Have Taught Today post?

    (Better than having faculty risk their necks on icy roads, too. *nodnod*)

  2. 2

    I fail to see how an unexpected opportunity to sleep in is a bad thing, especially when it entails NOT having to go outside to fulfill one’s workplace obligations.

    Hot cocoa, PZ. Soup. Blankets. Books.

    How is this bad?

  3. 3

    and here in Utah we can barely get any snow in the mtns. I need a powder day!! so much for global warming, right?! wait, actually no.

  4. 4

    Oh great. The power was out almost all day here, I’m not looking forward to an effing blizzard. Suppose we ought to dust off the generator.

  5. 5

    You folks in the path of that, be safe. The only benefit to the area I live in is that if we hit around 40 degree, it is considered to be “freezingly” cold. Hell, an inch of snow is sufficient to shut down this entire metroplex.

  6. 6

    …Here it was 75 today.

    (Sure it’s nice weather NOW, but having had a mild winter won’t be so great when fire season starts…)

  7. 7
    Akira MacKenzie

    Last Thursday’s snow that we ha down here in Cheeseland was pretty intense. Fortunately, Thursday’s are my equivelnt to Saturday’s, so I got to stay home all day safe and cozy under a blanket with a warm dog, eating chili with melted cheddar, and streaming monster movies online.

    Stay warm, Fearless Leader!

  8. 8

    I’m confused — does a mere 12 inches count as anything more than a light dusting in Morris?

  9. 9

    The school district I teach in has never closed schools for snow. We teachers are expected to get to school, even if the students don’t make it.

  10. 10

    I mean if the students don’t make it in to school.

  11. 11

    I think it is supposed to 68 here tomorrow. My daughter and I did run around the block, it was a pleasant day out there. We’ll pay for it in the summer when a cool day is when we are only in the mid-90′s.

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    Just hold the lesson the next time when it is safe and arrange an additional date with the students to make up for the lost time. They will come.

  13. 13
    thunk: turmite city

    I get rain. Rain. Rain. More rain. ALL WINTER…

    My area has had the worst luck with winter storms the past two years. One passes to the north, dumps rain. Another way to the south. And the east and the west. But no classic low-pressure whopper on top of me.

    Why can’t I have nice things?

  14. 14
    Gregory in Seattle

    I suppose we atheists are to blame for this, too.

  15. 15

    Nope. it’s the gays. And ze joooows.
    — — — — — — — — — —
    open a trans-dimensional portal and export that rain to those states that had a drought.

  16. 16

    But I guess that’s better than having students kill themselves on slickery nasty roads in white-out conditions. I guess.

    That depends … are you a glass is half empty or a glass is half full kind of guy?

  17. 17

    ” better than having students kill themselves on slickery nasty roads in white-out conditions”
    But… you are forgetting the great thing about winter: Calling in sick during a blizzard and feeling schadenfreude as you see the schmucks ouside stumbling through the snow, crashing their cars and generally suffering. BWAHAHAHAHA!
    BTW snow in winter proves global warming is a hoax. And Al Gore is fat. Michelle Obama is probably involved too, somehow.

  18. 18

    OT but you all sound like you need some good news to tide you over in the snow.

    The Pope just quit.


  19. 19

    Well, that would be good news, brucegorton, except that they’ll just elect another one.

  20. 20
    Antiochus Epiphanes

    Two weeks of lecture prepped in a weekend???

    FFS. I was proud that I’m almost ready for today.

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    Yes he has, apparently because he has “evaluated his conscience” and come to the conclusion that he should resign because he’s too ill to fullfill the needs of the Church or something… as I said on my FB, however, a proper ethical response to the news that large numbers of his employees have been raping children seems to escape him. That is one very fucked up conscience.


    An 8AM class?! Damn, judging from your “What I taught today” segments, PZ, your classes are incredibly interesting but… 8 AM? Really?

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    Yes, but it will take a month. It isn’t much but I will take my victories where I see ‘em.

  23. 23

    Huh. It looks like the bad weather is going around us for once instead of sitting right over us to get its kicks in.

    Though I must quibble with the weather channel’s description of what’s going on outside my window as “light snow”. Light snow comes down softly on the vertical; it does not blow in sideways.

  24. 24

    Now lookie here Mr. Scientist from Morris,

    You got 30 cm. of snow. 30 centimetres.

    12 inches is a useless measurement anywhere in the world except your country.

    Perhaps you should consider joining the rest of the planet and going metric.

    Your friend,

    Janice, the Cranky Canadian

  25. 25

    I would say I feel your pain but the blizzard last Friday dumped 96.5 centimeters on me (38 inches for those of us in the States)

    I know I live in New England but this is ridiculous! The snowplows keep getting stuck in the snow.

    My poor half Jack Russel pooch wants to know where his yard went, I had to shovel him a path out the back door, you can’t see him once he jumps off the bottom step.

  26. 26
    Rey Fox

    I suppose we atheists are to blame for this, too.

    No, just one particular atheist.

  27. 27
    Eurasian magpie

    No, just one particular atheist.

    someone with the initials RW perhaps?

  28. 28
    Genius Loci

    They actually cancel school in Minnesota during blizzards? I am shocked.

  29. 29

    NDSU also cancelled classes today *happy Snow Day dance*

  30. 30

    If you’re still snowed in, maybe you can take some time to answer this poll, which is getting ready to claim that most Americans think we need to spend less money on science, education and, you know, “old people.”

    Can you help straighten them out?


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