As you watch the time fade away, sit back and enjoy it and start mentally rewriting your talk. I had it pared down to “I’ll post it on the web later, bye!”
Well, it really wasn’t that bad. My YearlyKos panel on science consisted of me, Wendy Northcutt, Chris Mooney, and that big guy most people have heard of, Wes Clark. Clark got up there with a few brief notes and spoke extemporaneously, eating up 40 minutes of our hour and a quarter. It was good to hear a politician speak out forcefully for science and the separation of church and state, so that’s what counts. He also packed the room for us, so we had a huge crowd.
Mooney had his usual well-prepared talk, which he pared down as much as he reasonably could, to about 25 minutes. (Add the time up, we were nearly done at this point!)
I squeezed in a ten minute talk. I think I’ve been disappointing people—everyone wants to see me breathe fire and howl at the skies, but I’ve been well behaved. I’m hoping to get invited back next time. I guess I’ll have to come prepared with something more ferocious in the future, which won’t be hard…beneath my placid exterior, I was choking back a few snarls at the science blogger’s caucus last night (hey, why shouldn’t we be arrogant? I have little patience with the appeals for respect for nonsense). I felt, though, that I was going to get my 15 minutes of uninterrupted time at the mic the next day, so it was everyone else’s turn. And whoa, there were a lot of vocal pro-science people here!
The person who really got robbed here was Wendy Northcutt, who got to stand up for a few minutes and say a few funny anecdotes before our time was up. We’ll have to be gentlemen and let her go first in the future.
Maybe later I will post the full text of my remarks, once I’ve had a few minutes to clean up the notes. Maybe. Now that the hard work is done, it’s time to have a good time, and Warner has a huge party on tap that might keep my occupied to the late hours of the evening.
Until then…Pharyngula seems to have been discovered by some Japanese porn site, and we’re getting a flood of hits here, even without my active contribution lately. It’s very weird—they haven’t even discovered the tentacle sex yet.