Mar 09 2014

Today is my birfday!

I had such plans, such grand plans for today. We’re on spring break, and I am 100% caught up on my grading, so I have no obligations hanging over me. I had a list in my head:

  • Pancakes!

  • A little writing, off and on, on my big super secret project.

  • Build a model airplane. My daughter got me one as a souvenir of her trip to Japan, and my first thought was, “I haven’t built one of these since I was a teenager, 30 years ago”…and then I had to recalculate. 40 years ago. 40. So I was going to aggressively regress to a spotty gangling teen nerd today.

  • Cosmos on the TV tonight!

Doesn’t that sound relaxing? But no, instead I have come down with the Mother of All Colds, and I am hacking and weezing and got little sleep and am feeling miserable.

So plans…revised.

  • Sit.

  • Ooze slime from cranial orifices.

  • Hot tea.

  • Archer season 4 on NetFlix.

  • Hope I’m conscious for Cosmos.

Thst’ll have to do. Maybe later this week I’ll have my party, belatedly, once I finish destroying this virus.


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  1. 1
    Al Dente

    Happy birthday. Hope you feel better soon.

  2. 2

    Sorry to hear that you’re not feeling well, especially on your Birfday. So………lots of fluids, ASA, in hopes you’re feeling up to watching Cosmos tonight. Oh, and Happiest of Happy, Happy Birthdays to you P.Z.!

  3. 3
    Nick Gotts

    Well, at least people can economize and send you Happy Birthday+Get Well Soon wishes!

    Happy Birthday!
    Get Well Soon!

  4. 4

    Not fair! Hope you kick the virus soon, PZ, and if you can’t enjoy the day today hope you have a suitable celebration as soon as you’re well.

    Happy birthday to you anyway (and also to me, since it’s mine today too :-) ).

  5. 5

    Happy Birthday. Hope you get better soon.

  6. 6

    Yeah, if you have the thing that’s going around, you’ll end up with a chesty cough. You’ll be functional in a couple of days but it took me two weeks to get rid of the cough. Unpleasant but survivable. I recommend ginger tea — chop up some fresh ginger and boil the shit out of it, then add lemon.

  7. 7
    Beatrice, an amateur cynic looking for a happy thought

    Happy birthday!

  8. 8
    Johnny Pez

    Happy birthday, PZ. Not quite the birthday present one would have wished for. Get well soon.

  9. 9
    chigau (違う)

    Happy Birthday, PZ!
    Fuck daylightsavingtime!

  10. 10

    Congratulations on surviving another orbit. Long live his tenticley goodness!

  11. 11

    Viruses are DDOS attacks on humans—and Tentacly Overlords, unfortunately. I blame the patriarchy.

    I’m throwing my annual PZ birthday bash today anyway. My Carl Sagan Pale Blue Martinis (Grey Goose vodka, Blue Curacao, fresh lime juice, twist) seem appropriate for this occasion. Remember, kids: alcohol kills germs!

    Cheers to your rapidly improving health PZ. And congratulations on yet another successful orbit around our sun.

  12. 12

    I have it on good authority that alcohol kill germs. And relieves symptoms, depending on how you use it.

  13. 13
    Marie the Bookwyrm

    Oh, hey! You have the exact same birthday as my younger sister! (Year, as well as month & day) Sorry you’re under the weather. Maybe if you nap during the day you’ll be able to stay up for Cosmos. Have a Happy anyway!

  14. 14
    Tik Taalik

    On the bright side, your cold might keep you from inhaling the model airplane glue fumes. Hope you enjoy some of the day even with all the mucus. Take care !

  15. 15
    Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls

    Happy birfday PZ. If you need some grog, let me know.

  16. 16

    Congratulations on this, the anniversary of your decanting.

    Many happy returns and trips around the sun.

  17. 17

    *gesticulates wildly* EENY OONY WANNA! EENY OONY WANNA!

  18. 18

    Have the happiest of 57ths, PZ! If you rest up a bit before Cosmos the free-flowing Reason should unclog your orifices.

  19. 19

    Parabéns (as my people say)!

  20. 20

    Happy happy birthday!!!

  21. 21

    Happy birthday, PZ, and feel better soon.

  22. 22
    Tony! The Queer Shoop

    Happy birthday to the Poopyhead!

  23. 23
    Don Quijote

    ¡Feliz cumpleaños!

  24. 24

    Happy birthday! it sucks that your sick, well at least archer is pretty excellent.

  25. 25
    David Marjanović

    I second the recommendation of ginger tea for sore throats and upper respiratory tracts in general.

  26. 26

    Happy birthday! And I’m still a month older than you, so don’t go taking on airs.

    Being sick on your birthday and being forced to lie around aimlessly is still better than being sick on your birthday and having to do a dozen important things you didn’t want to do in the first place.

    Could be worse. Could be snowing.

  27. 27

    Yeah, kill that virus. Make it sorry it ever wandered into those airways.

  28. 28
    Robbie Taylor

    Happy Birthday, good luck battling that pesky virus, and be sure to RECORD Cosmos in case you’re not conscious!

  29. 29

    Happy Birthday, PZ. My son’s birthday is today too, and he is also sick with a cold. With your Trophy Wife sharing the same birthday with me the similarities are striking.

  30. 30
    Kroos Control , persona non grata

    Get well soon, PZ! And happy birthday. I wouldn’t worry too much about watching cosmos. The universe made DVR for a reason.

  31. 31

    Happy birthday Mr. President Dr. ECO.

  32. 32

    You mean you didn’t like the present I sent you? What better gift for a biologist than his very own Virus Garden?

    Get better soon…

  33. 33

    On the plus side, Archer season 4.

  34. 34

    Happy Bday!

    Yes I greatly ook forward to Cosmos, not sure why Fox picked it up, do they know that they are essentially airing godless atheism to their right wing Ted Nugent loving trolls. Not sure about Archer, too much cussing and sex, not good for upholding puritan values.

  35. 35
    The Vicar (via Freethoughtblogs)

    Happy birthday! Sorry you caught my cold! (Yes, I know we’ve never met in person, and are in different states. But this is no ordinary cold. You have my sympathies.)

  36. 36
    greg hilliard

    Happy birthday! Save the model airplane for when you can smell the glue. Just don’t do it like my younger brother, Billy, did. One time as we built models, his eyes rolled back in his head and he fell to the floor in his chair. He had passed out from the glue. Fun times!

  37. 37
    Lynna, OM

    Giant virus news:

    […]Scientists have now identified yet another giant virus, this time using a technique that sounds like it’s straight out of a sci-fi horror flick: they thawed some 30,000-year-old permafrost and allowed any viruses present to infect some cells. Fortunately, the cells were amoebas, and this virus is overwhelmingly unlikely to present a threat to human health. But the fact that viruses could apparently survive so many centuries in the Siberian permafrost does lead the authors to suggest that the melting Arctic may pose an emerging disease risk. […]


    PZ has been traveling a lot, maybe even to the melting Arctic?

  38. 38

    We almost share a birthday. I had mine yesterday. Happy birthday PZ! Sounds like you are living it up.

  39. 39

    Happy birthday PZ!

  40. 40
    Daz: Experiencing A Slight Gravitas Shortfall

    Happy birthday PZ, and a belated same to Jackie.

  41. 41

    Happy Birthday,

    It’s my brother’s birthday too. Sorry you have to spend it sick. It’s also too bad daylight savings took an hour off of it. If you want, you can claim March 10th, midnight to 1am for your birthday as compensation.

  42. 42
    Patricia, OM

    Happy Birthday PZ!

  43. 43

    Happy Birthday!
    Sorry that you have that cold, but it sounds like a good excuse to sip hot toddies and relax in front of the TV/computer screen today.

  44. 44

    Happy birthtday, and lets hope it won’t become barfday. I hope you will get better really soon.

  45. 45
    Giliell, professional cynic -Ilk-

    Happy Birthday
    You can sign up this one for being included in Giliell’s Collection of Horrible Birthdays.
    They include chickenpox in adulthood and Bush senior starting a war (not the same birthday)

  46. 46
    Dick the Damned

    Happy birthday.

    Get well soon.

    Ummm, what is your big super secret project? (I can’t believe no one else has cared enough to ask, eh.)

  47. 47

    Aaaaw, sorry you’re ill, PZ. Happiest of Birthdays to you, and many happy returns.

  48. 48

    Happy birfday! Hope it doesn’t become a barfday…
    Now, remember, slimes and oozes are vulnerable to fire and cold, so find a cryoblaster or a bright wizard and keep them handy, just in case – it may be worth sending a blast into your sinal cavities every now and then… don’t bother snorting acid, because they’re immune. Get well soon… and make sure to keep a cleric on standby to deal with the burns.

  49. 49

    Happy birthday. I always found that equal amounts of whisky and Green’s Ginger Wine makes me completely forget…. something or other. I don’t think it cures colds but after a couple I don’t care about anything at all.

  50. 50

    Merry Birthmas!

    Do not drink as much as I have due to England beating Wales in the rugby.


  51. 51

    Happy completion of your 57th trip around the sun, fellow earlthling, Your Tentacleness!!!
    SO sorry you got sick on your special day — that is a real bummer! Go kick those viruses’ butts with some ginger tea, as recommended by others, stay warm, and get well soon.

    (I’m not the only one wondering what this super-secret book is all about. When are you going to tell us all about it?)

  52. 52



    A short story to make you feel better https://www.acc.umu.se/~coppelia/pooh/stories/ch6.html

  53. 53

    Happy b’day, youngster! And I third that ginger tea suggestion. It may not cure, but it sure makes you feel better.

  54. 54

    I’ll take that ginger tea suggestion and raise it to tom yum goong. Which I am enjoying today along with a cortisone shot, an albuterol inhaler, a course of Levaquel, and bronchial pneumonia that I thought was sister to your Mother of All Colds.

    As someone with a heart concern, PZ, please don’t take it lightly if you get a chest cold that lasts longer than it should.

  55. 55

    Live long and live happy by giving up Naive Ethnography Realism and Ethnocentrism.

  56. 56

    Happy 20818th spin around the axis, may you survive the virus to enjoy many more happy days.

  57. 57
    Ray, rude-ass yankee (now in HD-3D!)

    Happy Birfday PZ! & Get well soon.
    When will you be able to let us in on the “big super secret project”
    What kind of plane model did you get? I think the last one I built was an SR-71.

    badgersdaughter@54, Wouldn’t that be the Aunt of All Colds?

    Also, Birthday wishes to any and all what rates ‘em.

  58. 58

    Since Friday I’ve had the worse cold I’ve had in a long time. I feel your snotty, wheezing, congested, out of sorts pain.

    Sleep in a few extra hours before Cosmos, otherwise you will fall asleep. It happens to me a lot when I’m sick. I really, really want to watch something but ten minutes in I lose power, a larger problem back in the day. Fortunately we have recording devices and on-line videos.

    You are a little old, possibly a bit wiser, but certainly you are a survivor. Congratulations.

    Push fluids, and sleep through as much of it as you can.

  59. 59
    Hekuni Cat, MQG

    Happy Birthday, PZ! And I hope you feel better soon.

  60. 60
    keresthanatos...I am my Evil Twin

    Happy Happy Joy Joy…..except for that cold virus part… get better. You are a light in this otherwise dark world. May you experience many more orbital anniversaries.

  61. 61

    Happy Birthday to you on your Special Day. You and approximately 7,218,456,748 / 365.24219 = 19,763,480.08 other people.

    I say approximately, because I expect there must be seasonal variations in conception rates.

  62. 62

    Looks to me that someone didn’t have their flu shot!
    Happy Birthday PZ, get better soon!

  63. 63
    Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls

    Got Cosmos, the Next Generation *snark* already to record in HD. Wonder if PZ will live blog.

  64. 64
    WMDKitty -- Survivor

    Happy Birthday, PZ!

    Take care of yourself and feel better soon.

    *passes mug of tea w/ honey*

  65. 65
    Goodbye Enemy Janine

    Hey! A Patricia sighting1

    Hi Patricia!

    Also, happy birthday PZ, even if your body is rebelling against you.

  66. 66
    chigau (違う)

    Hi, Patricia!

  67. 67

    Watching Cosmos now and wondering why a commercial for that Noah movie was placed during it. At least it was during a part where the show was talking about christian persecution (that’s christians persecuting people not being “persecuted” today).

  68. 68
    Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls

    Hey! A Patricia sighting1

    No wonder the Pullet Patrol has been preoccupied.
    Hi Patricia. The saloon is still solvent despite the best efforts of your Pullets.

  69. 69

    Laetus dies natalis! Just watched Cosmos. I’m sure that the God patrol will go ballistic, since it pointedly gave an example of the religious persecuting someone with a contrary view.

    As for the cold, I recommend some Dewars and caramel Bailey’s coffee creamer. Very smooth. Had some a while ago and feel nicely anesthetized. Excellent way to celebrate some intelligent television.

  70. 70

    Happy Birthday, Tentacled One. Feel better soon.

  71. 71

    <3 Archer.

    Get well soon!

  72. 72
    Dana Hunter

    Happy belated birthday, o tentacled one! I am confident you will defeat these annoying but ultimately pathetic land-based viruses.

    Does the plane have tentacles? I mean, I know they generally don’t, but it *did* come from Japan…

  73. 73

    All the best for yesterday.

    Which model aeroplane did you get?

  74. 74
    Thumper: Who Presents Boxes Which Are Not Opened

    Happy belated Bday, PZ! Hope you feel better.

  75. 75
    Desert Son, OM


    Sorry to have missed this post on your birthday. Four days late, but happy belated birthday, and I join many others in hoping you feel better!

    Thanks again for all the years, the hard work, the community hosting, and the continuing education.

    Still learning,


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