Nov 08 2013

Taking a brief break

Sick, exasperated, tired, overloaded. May I recommend any of the other fine establishments on Freethought Blogs who will appreciate your custom?


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    Noooo…Just don’t do anything which wouldn’t upset a Republican Tea partyist

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    Nick Gotts

    Sick, exasperated, tired, overloaded.

    Sorry to hear that, PZ – hope you feel better soon, but don’t come back before you’re ready!

  3. 3
    Ogvorbis: Still failing at being human.


    I wish I had some spoons to lend you. Be safe and take care of you.

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    Desert Son, OM

    Proffered tentacle signalling supportive, compassionate, restful care.

    Even mighty Cthulhu awaits, dreaming . . .

    Blankets to Ryleh!*

    Still learning,


    *Could be a good album title . . .

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    Wowbagger, Designated Snarker

    Take care, PZ.

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    Kevin, Youhao Huo Mao

    Take care of yourself, PZ!

  7. 7
    Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls

    Sent a bran muffin and a cup of tea your way. Get your rest.

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    chigau (違う)

    I’m making pizza.
    What do you want on yours?
    Take care of yourself.

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    Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    As the local tea snob round these parts*, I am happy to pass on a $10 cup of tea and a 10 cent oreo. Heaven awaits.

    See you when fatigue eases, exasperation subsides, and your adaptive immune system, umm, adapts? That’s not it.

    In any case, see you soon, I hope. In the meantime, have a hanky.

    *Where the value of “these parts” = an enclosed region upwards of 85m^2

  10. 10
    Thumper: Who Presents Boxes Which Are Not Opened

    *Waves* Feel better Poopyhead!

  11. 11
    Nathaniel Frein

    My brains have been dripping out my nose the last few days. I blame the sudden temperature drop.

    Hope you feel better PZ.

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    Anne, Old Gumbie Cat

    Take care of yourself, PZ, and feel better soon.

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    For FFS, PZ, you need to learn to delegate!!!!

    Burnout is real and many of us have been there, sometimes quite often. You learn after a while just how destructive it is and avoid it any way you can.

    Find some cobloggers or substitutes if you can. A lot of FTB people are erudite, entertaining, and/or knowledgeable writers.

    I know you tried that with Chris Clarke and that actually worked. He had different interests but so do your readers. It’s unfortunate he moved but the world is a big place.

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    So sorry, PZ. We’ll wait patiently and nicely until you feel better. :)

    Crip Dyke – so glad you said that, because this morning I’ve been alternately moaning over the fact that I’m drinking the last of my rose tea and chiding myself for caring so much. ;) (I can get more, but not for two weeks until next payday! And there’s only the not-nearly-as-good earl grey creme to drink in the meantime!)

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    Take care. Hope you feel better soon

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    Dhorvath, OM

    Everyone deserves a break. Enjoy yours.

  17. 17

    Piping hot cup of earl grey with a generous splash of bourbon, followed by a warm shower; that fixes everything. Hope you feel better.

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    Desert Son, OM

    *risks thread derail*

    carlie at #14:

    Saw your posts, and thanks. Responded in the lounge.

    *grabs coat, hat, excuses self from thread with apologetic chagrin for derail*

    Still learning,


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    Feel better, PZ.

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    Dalillama, Schmott Guy

    Take care of yourself.

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    Avo, also nigelTheBold

    I hope you’re feeling better soon, PZ. Do what’s best to fix what ails you.

  22. 22

    You’re not fooling me, PZ. You’re just moving to your lair inside the hollow volcano to further your plan of World Domination, aren’t you?

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    Naked Bunny with a Whip

    I’ll have to deduct this from your salary and put a strike on your attendance record.

  24. 24

    You Deserve A Break Today, PZ.
    *offering Strong Drink, and an option on chikkensoop*
    Feel better, soon.
    Before Skepticon.
    </self-interest & self-absorption>

  25. 25

    You deserve a break. Rest up and feel better.

  26. 26

    So… (looks around) ….
    What is everyone doing today while PZ is at rest? Shall we make a golden idol, or something?

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    Ogvorbis: Still failing at being human.


    What is everyone doing today while PZ is at rest?

    Arguing with myself, arguing with a computer, arguing with a printer, threatening a computer, trying to do my job, pleading with a computer, failing.

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    Dalillama, Schmott Guy

    Some kind of giant statue of a squid, perhaps?

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    Esteleth, [an error occurred while processing this directive]


    What is everyone doing today while PZ is at rest?

    Data analysis, planning 53 days of experiments (and taking the existence of holidays into account), trying to figure out where I’m going to come up with $41,000, trying to figure out if I will qualify next year for food stamps and unemployment, trying to talk the proud/stupid part of my brain into accepting the fact that I’ll be on Medicaid next year.

    You know, the usual.

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    chigau (違う)

    Let’s make the golden idol out of cheese.

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    Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    @Raven, #13:

    For FFS, PZ, you need to learn to delegate!!!!

    :whisper: Raven, a large part of the “exasperation” aspect of this is the frustration of PZ’s attempts to delegate. I’m not sure criticizing him for not delegating is helpful just now… :/whisper:

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    Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden


    I say we go with the traditional “golden kaf”. My youngest just predicted the spelling by sounding out that 2nd part last night, so she can be in charge of the inscription.

  33. 33

    I was thinking more along the lines of a golden cat.

  34. 34
    Daz: Experiencing A Slight Gravitas Shortfall


    Let’s make the golden idol out of cheese.


    I was thinking more along the lines of a golden cat.

    Could this be the best mouse-trap ever?

  35. 35

    Look after yourself for your own sake, and may I recommend one of Islay’s fine malts as a restorative.

  36. 36

    :whisper: Raven, a large part of the “exasperation” aspect of this is the frustration of PZ’s attempts to delegate. I’m not sure criticizing him for not delegating is helpful just now… :/whisper:

    Didn’t think of that although I did know it.

    In all seriousness, burnout is real and to be avoided at all costs.

    I’m sure we’ve all been there before. We live in a fast moving complicated society that puts huge demands on our time and effort.

    Some cobloggers or guest slots would probably help a lot.

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    Dick the Damned

    It sounds like your cat needs to look after you.

    Take care, & only when you’re ready, come back & fight the good fights.

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    Hope you feel better soon, PZed. Wishing you plenty of restorative rest and a reduction in exasperation if possible.

    Hey, are we allowed to send hugs to the Grand High Poopyhead and Squidly Overlord? Sending some in case.

  39. 39

    feel better! your work is appreciated

  40. 40
    Marcus Ranum

    My first sensei taught me:
    Sleep is a weapon

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    Relax, turn off the clock radio and cell phone, have a cup of tea, with a touch of honey, or bourbon, followed by long, warm sleep of indefinite duration. It’ll do you good.

  42. 42

    Take care, enjoy yourself, enjoy your family, ignore idiots

  43. 43

    Good job, PZ. Thanks for taking care of yourself.

    Me, I shoulda, but a job came open. It was a challenge, but I did it, aching shoulders, sore feet and sleepy eyes, and all. I shoulda stayed home.

    Smart man, PZ.

  44. 44

    Take care, PZ.

  45. 45

    Feel better, PZ.

    I hope you’re back soon. But not before you’re ready. (No, really, I can handle the Pharyngula withdrawal symptoms.)

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    Gvlgeologist, FCD

    I join in all the wishes that you feel better soon. Enjoy your break.

  47. 47

    Take care. {platonic hugs}

  48. 48

    Constant reader, very rare commenter. Take care of yourself.

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    theophontes (恶六六六缓步动物)

    While you enjoy some well deserved sleep, we’ll be setting up our own breakaway People’s Republic real nice to each other and not causing any mischief whatsoever.

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    chigau (違う)

    Yes, of course, what theophontes said.
    No cause for concern.

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    The tribe loves you. They’d be lost without you.

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    Hekuni Cat, MQG

    Thank you for all you do for us. Take care, PZ.

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    Empathetic cuttlefish empathizes.
    Also says: “put your arms down and let someone else throw the colors for now.”

  54. 54

    PZ — Do please get well soon, and take care of yourself. Chicken soup and a nice loong hot shower should help. And sleep, blissful sleep “that knits up the raveled sleave of care”. Take as much time as you need — we’ll wait patiently for your return.

  55. 55

    Get well, have a nice break, and be well, PZ.


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