Aug 28 2013

First day of classes!

Summer “vacation” (yeah, right) is over, and today I go back to the grind. I’m teaching cell biology and cancer biology this term, as well as an independent study course in science writing, and as my calendar shows, it’s going to be a very busy semester.

Or maybe they'll surprise me & it'll be an interview with Idris Elba

Or maybe they’ll surprise me & it’ll be an interview with Idris Elba

But as a last weird fling, remember that I’m going to do an interview on Lutheran Talk Radio at 10:30 Central. I have no idea what we’re going to be talking about, other than this book thingie I wrote — you think they might be sympathetic? — so maybe you can tune in to their streaming audio and listen as I get spanked by a crack team of Lutheran theologians. You want to hear that, right?


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  1. 1

    Would love to hear any recording of this that might be available afterwards.

  2. 2

    Ha – third day of classes! The collaborative computer tables were not working on Monday – over half my students ended up in the wrong building for the first class and I kept having Library Studies students showing up in my classroom. Hopefully today will actually work more like a real first day.

  3. 3
    PZ Myers

    They say that you can use the google search box on their page to find archived recordings.

    I listened to a bit of their stuff. Extraordinarily jesusy. I don’t think they’re bringing me on to praise the book.

  4. 4

    Ah, you have found the Brit TV series with Idris Elba. Much recommended.

  5. 5
    Chengis Khan, The Cryofly

    “You want to hear that, right?”
    Yeah, especially the skeptics in your class, who are still wondering what supernatural force is pushing you to talk against it! :)

  6. 6

    You never know, PZ: you might convert some of them. I started out Lutheran and became an atheist, though it was long (really long!) before I ever discovered Pharyngula.

  7. 7

    I tuned in. It’s easy. They are currently talking about the Second Commandment and that God is right there with you watching you every single second of your life. Reminds me of a Dark Matter video on the same theme.

  8. 8

    Went to the website, just chanting.

    Got iphone podcast / app, doesn’t work.


  9. 9

    Er, I’m hearing a “Doctor Steinman” being interviewed on the Ten Commandments. Am I doing it rong somehow?

  10. 10
    Rob in Memphis

    If you like ‘Luther,’ Series 3 will be aired on BBC America from September third through the sixth. Series 1 made me realize (not having seen The Wire or his other work) that Idris Elba should be in absolutely everything, all the time. I admit I liked Series 1 better (Alice!) but they’re both excellent–I hope Series 3 is worth the wait. *crosses fingers*


  11. 11
    J Bowen

    Was this a dirty trick to get lots of atheists to tune in to their BS?

  12. 12
    PZ Myers

    I just did it. It was OK — I think the guy was asking questions sincerely, and I tried to answer them sincerely. I’ll put a link up top when it appears in their archive.

  13. 13

    Ooooooo, Idris Elba !! Count me in …

  14. 14

    Yeah, I couldn’t bring up the livestream, so a wait for the archive it is for me, assuming they post it.

  15. 15
    Giliell, professional cynic -Ilk-

    Ah, you have found the Brit TV series with Idris Elba. Much recommended.


  16. 16
    mouthyb, Vagina McTits

    Oooo, Idris Elba!


  17. 17

    Think positively, PZ. There are only 15 weeks and four days of classes left now.

    Three days, if you don’t count today.

  18. 18

    Listening now to recording. There’s at least one lady praying for you, P.Z. !

  19. 19

    uh, by which I don’t mean me.

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