This has been a bountiful week at Chez Pharyngula, and I have received generous gifts from several readers. A full accounting lies below the fold.
Readers from Winnipeg visited the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre and reported on what they found there…and they sent me a t-shirt! The sentiment is perfect, and I know you’re all jealous now. Hmmm. Winnipeg isn’t that far from Morris, and I know lots of the faculty here make trips up that way (especially for the folk festival). Now I’ve got a few more reasons to pay a visit, even if it is the Bible Belt of Canada. Has anyone else noticed the curious phenomenon of how you find the evolution-deniers living smack in the middle of the most fossil-rich areas of the world?
Toren has sent me a unique item: a light switch cover with a lovely motif. He informs me that CafePress has discontinued selling these, though, so NO! You can’t have one! MINE, ALL MINE! (actually, he says you can write to him and order them directly). Now I have to figure out where to put it…the bedroom! The light switch is on my wife’s side of the bed, so I’ll get to roll over and say, “Honey, could you flick the squid?”
Dean Cameron (hey, I recognize those eyebrows!) is in a show in Minneapolis, Love Tapes, “an unexpected, unconventional romance involving videotapes, hula hoops and rock n’ roll,” and we’re getting comp tickets! We’re off to the theater on Saturday. It’s written by that godless fiend, Penn Jillette, and Spongebob Squarepants (OK, a human behind Spongebob), so you know it’s got to be good, right? It’s not too late—get your own tickets and show up.
We’re planning to make a fun evening of it all. I’ve been putting in too many late hours here, so I’m going to take a day off.
Phil went to a SciFi Con and all I got was a…Santa Cthulhu! Yes! The war on Christmas begins again, and it’s coming earlier every year. I shall wage it in my own way, existing as an atheist while cheerily saying “Merry Christmas!” to everyone. We really need to develop a situation where some people are saying “Happy Holidays!” and freaking out Bill O’Reilly because they’re not saying “Merry Christmas”, while others are saying “Merry Christmas” and freaking out Bill O’Reilly because we’re co-opting a Christian holiday. I want to see him rupture himself.
Thank you all very much!