Jun 04 2014

It’s been a family day

I’m neglecting the blog because I’m hanging out with my mother and sisters, which means…getting all sentimental and going through the old photo albums. I’ve now got a whole series of photos illustrating the evolution of the beard. I thought you might be amused to see what I looked like in my teens going on twenties.


I used to be adorable before I got all grizzled and homely.


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  1. 1
    Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    Wait, what?

    One pic?

    That’s all we get?

    You spend a whole afternoon with photo albums *plural* and all we get is the embroidered work shirt?

    One word: No fair.

  2. 2
    Tony! The Queer Shoop

    Nary a tentacle on that shirt. I’m shocked!

  3. 3
    Tony! The Queer Shoop

    Is your family accepting of your atheism?

  4. 4
    Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    Look, Tony!, the atheism is fine. Just don’t flaunt it and for GOD’s sake, don’t say a word about it around grandpa!

  5. 5
    Al Dente

    Okay, wannabe nerd, where’s your pocket protector?

  6. 6

    Whoa, those are dreamboat eyes in that picture!

    Also, that shirt is the best shirt.

  7. 7

    And they laughed at me when I wore a t-shirt with a chihuahua on it!

  8. 8

    Nice, really looks 1970s….

  9. 9
    Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls

    Sigh, at that age, I still had a full head of hair.

  10. 10
    PZ Myers

    The back of that shirt had a giant embroidered roaring tiger on it — so it was even more awesome than you can know.

  11. 11
    Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    The back of that shirt had a giant embroidered roaring tiger on it


    Also, dibs on the band name “Embroidered Roaring Tiger.”

    PZ, I don’t know that I’ve ever been happier to read one of your comments than I was to read you describe that shirt just now. I’m in multiple-nerdgasm land.

  12. 12
    PZ Myers

    Also, it was done by hand by my mother.

  13. 13

    Holy shit. You are one scary dude. All animals and eyes….
    Al Dente @ 5, speaks ultimate truths….
    Well done, PZ, I loved this ‘exposure’. Visiting with blood kin kindles so many memories.

  14. 14
    Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    Also, it was done by hand by my mother.

    Best. Mother. Evahr.

    I hope she gets serious thank-yous every May. Damn.

  15. 15

    Awww – My daughter’s fiancee looks so much like this picture. Now I know what he will look like when he’s in his mid-fifties.

  16. 16

    The back of that shirt had a giant embroidered roaring tiger on it

    Oh, I’m sure. Photo or it wasn’t so.

  17. 17

    Oh, wow. What’s French for “Remembrance of cuteness past”? Several of us could contribute to an anthology with that title. At least now you have proof that the beard isn’t a remedy for chinlessness.

    You have only one pen tucked into your pocket, but at least you have a pen. (I always carried—still carry—two.)

  18. 18
    Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls

    Oh, I’m sure. Photo or it wasn’t so.

    I might question PZ, but his mother???? NEVER!!!

  19. 19

    In high school I went for “Isaac Asimov” look as well…

  20. 20

    I’ve got these two pictures hanging on the wall in my lounge room. One of them is a picture of my brother and me in about 1950. The other one is a picture of a couple of apes.


  21. 21
    F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

    Also, it was done by hand by my mother.


    So, was there a problem with the predator on the back trying to get to the herbivores in the laundry?

    Also, your expression is priceless.

    But back again to your mother’s embroidery: Whoa. That’s really amazing.

  22. 22

    Wow, I didn’t know you were an early member of Blue Rodeo.

    Seriously, does anyone else think he looks like he was a member of a country rock band in this shot?

  23. 23

    “Also, it was done by hand by my mother.”

    And with once sentence, all potential jokes about the shirt have been sewn shut.

  24. 24
    chigau (違う)

    I have a denim shirt, of similar vintage, with a snake wrapped around the left arm.
    Embroidered by myself.
    Your Mom does nice work.
    You haven’t changed your hairstyle.

  25. 25

    Not much of a beard, thar… obviously an early stage in evolution.
    I’m impressed by the shirt. Seriously. Wow.

  26. 26
    Tony! The Queer Shoop

    Where are the little angel wings? They’d fit perfectly with the denim. That and a halo. PZ needs angel wings and a halo. To the photoshopmobile!

  27. 27

    Aw man, who’da thunk that angelic lookin’ kid would grow up to be the fearsome Tentacled Overlord, Scourge of Creationists, Slayer of Trolls, Loathed of Slimepitters and peabrains everywhere!?

  28. 28

    I can’t believe we had to go 19 comments before someone mention Asimov…

  29. 29
    Tony! The Queer Shoop

    I think you left out “Arch nemesis of Vox Day”

  30. 30

    The embroidery is stunning – and I want to see the tiger too!

    Also, I hate to have to break it to you PZ but you haven’t exactly ceased to be adorable now. Sorry, old chap, but there it is.

  31. 31

    That was done by hand? Wow!

  32. 32

    Stacy @ 27: I can tell. PZ already has that quizzical tilt to his head that says, “What manner of cretinist horseshit is this?”

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  34. 34
    Kevin Alexander

    Wait a minute….are those goats that your mother embroidered on the front?
    Now we see that the Satanic influence is a family thing.

  35. 35
    David Marjanović

    Come on, one transitional form isn’t a transitional series! We demand a series!

    Piling on the astonishment at your mother.

  36. 36
    John Horstman

    Huh, we have that same clock, but without the text over the pendulum window.

  37. 37

    How did you strike fear into the hearts of Creationists looking like that?

  38. 38

    I don’t mean to burst any ones bubble, but that shirt is not denim. It is a pseudo-chambray of 50/50 cotton/polyester. I’m aware of this little known needlessness by the fact that I wore these at one time, yet my mother didn’t have the embroidery skills PZ’s mother had.

  39. 39

    what instagram filter was that? it looks great!


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