Feb 21 2013

For my birthday? You shouldn’t have!

I just learned today about @MoFems and that they’re having a local conference on 9 March (yes, my birthday!): the F-Word Conference: What Role Do You Play in Redefining Gender and Culture?. I should probably look around my own neighborhood more often.

Speaking of local events…this weekend, starting today, is the Prairie Gate Literary Festival, and on Wednesday the 27th we have Barry Finzel visiting to give the honors lecture on Structural Biology and 3-D modeling, and on Tuesday the 26th Sylke Boyd will be telling us about sun dogs and northern lights and other exotic phenomena at Cafe Scientifique. This place is happening — I hope we can get more locals to stop on by.


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    Here’s an early birthday present I’m sure PZ will like.

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    Rip Steakface


    My birthday is tomorrow. Thanks!

    Nah, really, my present is Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. Should be a ton of fun. I do find it odd that Hamp was a lifelong Republican, but I’m guessing he became a Republican at a young age, when they were still the party of Reconstruction and Lincoln, and morphed into conservatism with them.

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    Black people in the South used to be Republican. Hampton’s Republicanism wasn’t what we think of as Republican politics today — he was a friend of Nelson Rockefeller, and a member of the NYC Human Rights Commission. Also became a Christian Scientist, so maybe not the best role model for rationality.

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    jason the cripple

    Holy crap. My mother’s birthday is March 9th too.

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    Gregory Greenwood

    So, Pz’s birtthday is coming up? It is something of a coincidence, but earlier today I stumbled upon this Kickstarter of Eldritch Horror, and naturally immediately thought of our squidly overlord…

    Enjoy, PZ.


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    The first time I clicked on the comments link for this post, I got the following:

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    Guru Meditation:

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    Guru Meditation? Varnish? What’s Ed been smoking?

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    Female sibling’s birthday is March 9th as well.

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    Hey, that’s my (younger) daughter’s birthday! She was SO disappointed that she couldn’t come down to hear you at Murray State University, as she follows Pharyngula religiously.

    I’m sorry, that was a bad word. Sorry.

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