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May 01 2013

It’s going to be one of those days

I’m operating on very little sleep, and I’ve noticed this past week that even when I do go to bed my brain is a jumble of chaos — too much work piled up on top of everything, so I can’t even relax when I lie down and turn out the lights. I did get caught up on a lot of grading, but still…I think I need to put this sign on my door for a while.

caution-do-not-poke-the-deep-ones

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  1. 1
    embertine

    I know how you feel. I just shut my finger in a glass-fronted cabinet and that was THE. LAST STRAW.

    The sign on my door will say “PLEASE DO NOT POKE THE YMIR”.

    http://www.badmovies.org/movies/ymir/index.html?start=32

  2. 2
    aleph

    What, not even with the Lance of Longinus? How are we meant to spark Second Impact, then?

  3. 3
    tynk

    Well, a bit of good news for you then PZ, it’s supposed to snow here in the twin cities tonight and tomorrow tomorrow. Morris however… looks clear.

  4. 4
    hillaryrettig

    Roomba cat could totally take on that invertebrate.

  5. 5
    MichaelE

    I heard that too, you really shouldn’t poke the old ones. But how about nuking them from orbit to be sure?

  6. 6
    ChasCPeterson

    nice sign.
    Well, here: Doonesbury‘s pretty funny today.

  7. 7
    Tsu Dho Nimh

    Try Valerian capsules about an hour before bedtime … mild anxiolitic and muscle relaxant.

    and not habit-forming or likely to make you forgetthings

  8. 8
    Gregory in Seattle

    Did you know that someone wrote a libretto for H. P. Lovecraft’s works set to the music of Fiddler on the Roof? Alas, the copyright holders of the music weren’t amused and “Shoggoth on the Roof” has only been performed before an audience ONCE.

    However, some high quality recordings have been made such as Tentacles! (Tradition!) under the allowance of parody. Enjoy.

  9. 9
    Mobius

    Excellent advice, all things considered.

  10. 10
    pHred

    I have had a “Warning Mad Scientist at Work” sign up on my door for days now. At this rate I am not sure I am ever taking it down.

  11. 11
    Argle Bargle

    I have one of those “please take a number/now serving number____” things on my door. The next available number is 583 and now serving number 12.

  12. 12
    shouldbeworking

    I’m borrowing that sign. How do you deal with students that come in for help 5 minutes before an exam? I’m running out of witty responses to the question “How do you do question …?” That gets asked about the homework I went over yesterday.

  13. 13
    Rich Woods

    My office door has someone else’s name on it.

  14. 14
    RFW

    To march off at a right angle to everyone else: when and where did the meme magic hole with tentacles emerging originate? There’s an example in, iirc, Jack Vance’s “Bagful of Dreams”, one of the short works in his “Dying Earth” fiction and first published in 1977.

    Vance’s fantasies include several other holes giving admittance to magical realms of one sort or another.

  15. 15
    mouthyb, Vagina McTits

    What a lovely sign! I’d be tickled to pass it in the halls.

  16. 16
    pHred

    Ummm … how can you tell it is a deep one without poking it ?

    Having a Ringo Starr “I’m a born lever puller” moment here. :)

  17. 17
    ChasCPeterson

    and I’ve got a ‘ole in me pocket.

  18. 18
    PZ Myers

    What do you mean, where did the hole with tentacles come from? I’ve got one in my basement, where the sump pump is located.

    You mean you don’t get squamous, slimy horrors crawling out of yours in the dead of night?

  19. 19
    dianne

    Days like this, I’m just happy that my name isn’t Hedgeh.

  20. 20
    Stacy

    Gregory in Seattle, Tentacles! is awesome. Thanks for sharing.

  21. 21
    blf

    You mean you don’t get squamous, slimy horrors crawling out of [your basement] in the dead of night?

    Around here, they just leap out of the sea, grab a few long pigs sundrying themselves on the beach, and then sink back into the inky depths munching on the snacks…

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