Sep 11 2013

Brain dead

You know what, guys? I’m really worn out. Wednesdays I’ve just got back-to-back-to-back teaching — I talk and coax students into talking for about 3 hours straight — and I’m planning to vegetate for a while. Maybe a glass of wine and a really bad movie, and then early to bed.

You don’t need me for anything, do you? Just talk among yourselves, in your best Boris Karloff voices.


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  1. 1
    chigau (違う)

    [Deleted! Bwahahahahaha! --pzm]

  2. 2
    chigau (違う)

    the urge was so very strong
    I gardened all day, I claim sunstroke.

  3. 3

    Brain dead?

    you want brain dead? Check out Boehner:


    even zombies on a diet would have difficulty with Boehner.

  4. 4

    I empathize. At work we did a code release and I wasn’t 100% we were ready. I was right. There’s a few glitches whenever you do one of these, but there were more than I thought and worse than I thought. By the time the afternoon came around, I was mentally exhausted and frazzled. But it looks like things are done now. I am NOT a good tester for my own code. On the plus side I did get some progress made on other projects, some nice easy things that didn’t require much brain power. The boss is gone tomorrow and Friday the whole company is doing training while providing lunch and a reception afterward.

  5. 5

    Have a nice vegetation, PZ. Sounds good to me too.

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    You see how it is PZ?

    Give people a little power, and they brazenly break your rules and laugh in your face.

    Next thing you know, they’re trying to take over Pharyngula. . . !!

    Just like every night.


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    Just talk among yourselves, in your best Boris Karloff voices.


    Oh, wait, that was Bella, sorry.

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    FossilFishy (NOBODY, and proud of it!)

    Oh yes, I know that feeling.

    I flew to the other side of the world about a week ago, stayed just long enough to start to acclimatise to the new timezone and then flew back. I’m so brain dead that only the tasty, tasty cerebellums of others will sustain me…..

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    “Do not mock a love-smitten mouse.”

    that is all.


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    I am NOT a good tester for my own code.

    Oh boy, don’t I know that feeling, and how many times have I had to re-learn that lesson…

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    Fire BAAAAD! MMMMMmmmmmmmm

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    *Passes chigau a beer and a folder with the words ‘RESIST THE TARDIGRADE’ marked on it in different colours*

    Ichthyhic, I have no idea what you might possibly be talking about. You must be thinking of someone else.

  13. 13

    Owlmirror! Have you figured out the monitors’ group yet? If not, you need to contact PZ.

  14. 14

    I just had a 3 hours discussion on materialism, free will, reincarnation, souls, and the nature of the universe…. can I come veg out too ?

  15. 15
    Rev. BigDumbChimp




  16. 16
    Antiochus Epiphanes

    Shit. Me too. 5 hours. I gotta go grade shit. A shovel to the back of my head would be a mercy.

  17. 17
    chigau (違う)

    was that some kind of snark?

    I’ll stop now.

  18. 18
    chigau (違う)

    re: first
    It was too good to last.
    I miss Chris.

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    @Caine: I thought I had. I left a response on a thread. At least, I see what I wrote.

    I’ll try with something else.

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    Owlmirror, okay. I haven’t checked in for a bit, but I also am set to receive posts to the group as they are posted, and the only recent emails have been from Lynna, Carlie and CD. I’ll go get on my regular ‘puter and check.

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    Owlmirror, no, I’m not seeing anything from you, but I didn’t check each thread. Which thread did you post on?

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    chigau: Why would I snark at Ichthyic? He is, as they say in the biz, “a wise guy, eh?”. He knows the answer to the riddle of the Season of Wabbits and the Season of Ducks, and understands the importance of Extreme Silence.

    *hands blueprints for Illudium Q-36 Space Modulator to Ichthyhic, and several kinds of tasty cheese to chigau*

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    Owlmirror, you made it! Good to see you there.

  24. 24

    hands blueprints for Illudium Q-36 Space Modulator to Ichthyhic

    at last!

  25. 25
    chigau (違う)

    I like cheese.

  26. 26

    I feel for you – Wednesday’s my long day, too. Stupid Wednesdays!

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    Vegetate happily. Here’s a lullaby for whoever may need it. And here’s another version, beautiful too, but with a bit too much vibrato for me and a tree which looks rather anaemic to give any shade; on the plus side, somebody seems made up as a zombie.

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    Owlmirror, Ichthyic,
    -But can you answer Crom (the secret of iron)?
    Otherwise, he will throw you out of the afterlife!

    I actually had some sleep without waking up every few minutes, my brain feels surprisingly alert.

  30. 30

    Enjoy your rest!
    I can’t click the youtube link (work), could I implore you to answer the riddle for me? I’ve always wondered!!

  31. 31

    Today I get to enjoy giving three hours of lecture (back-to-back), followed by a three-hour lab.

    And I’m out of energy drinks.

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    Bob Dowling

    I’m sorry, were you looking for sympathy?

    I’m sure you wrote “I’m really worn out”, but all I read is “my coffee is inadequate”. Whether it is a matter of quality or quantity I cannot say.

    Failing coffee, try sleep. I’m told it helps.

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    could I implore you to answer the riddle for me? I’ve always wondered!!

    nope. the answer totally depends on timing and perspective.

    use google to find a different link to the scene; it’s worth watching some classic BB.

  34. 34

    The answer is:

    Rabbit: Rabbit Season
    Duck: Rabbit Season
    Elmer: Fire

    like i said… perspective :)

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    Antiochus Epiphanes

    More grading. My students are killing me. KILLING me. Burying fundamental and necessary principles behind ramparts of procedural details for the sole purpose of wearing my grinding molars to useless little nubs. What can they have against my teeth?
    *must kill it with beer*

  36. 36

    Well…if one wants a good movie to watch, there is Mission Congo though it’ll be at the Toronto Film Festival so you won’t be able to see it for a bit…but the topic is very interesting:

    With Mission Congo, filmmakers David Turner and Lara Zizic conduct a deep investigation based on years of research into what Operation Blessing actually accomplished. They interview aid workers, eyewitnesses and even the pilots of Robertson’s airplanes who describe a different mission: diamonds. With the help of a brutal dictator and ex- Navy SEALS, Robertson was diverting his planes away from refugee camps to a different part of the Congo to extract precious gems. If the devil is in the details, here the details are jaw-dropping as we confront the disconnect between what Robertson promised and what others experienced.

    Maybe some good will come of this movie:

    The film raises larger questions over the billions of dollars raised by American religious institutions that go untaxed and unregulated. Robertson’s organization alone earns annual revenues in the hundreds of millions. If this story can bring about greater accountability, that would truly be a blessing.

    I’d say that it would be, yes.

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