I have been sleeping the sleep of the dead—it turns out that if you don’t bother to sleep for 40 hours you get really tired and when you lie down your brain shuts off. This is very good to know. It means I’ve been completely ignoring Pharyngula for a long, long time, and wow, did the comments pile up. So let me deal with a few things quickly.
I am pleased to see that the comments did not descend into total anarchy, but come on, don’t pick on Robert O’Brien because he looks like a dork. I look like a dork. I suspect that if you people had to verify your comments with your passport photos we’d discover that Pharyngula is Dork City.
The most amazing stupidity in the comments, though, is coming from a certain dork from Conservapædia. Listen: you know you’re a paranoid kook if post a comment late at night, get a message that it’s being held for approval, and then start repeatedly ranting that you’re being suppressed, and make it an issue for the front page of conservapædia.
I was asleep, man.
I think the conservapædia articles on evolution and homosexuality are excellent examples of right-wing stupidity, and I may get around to critiquing them at some point…after I clear the backlog of work I’ve got on my desk. It might be a while. And I’m willing to put off as long as a whining fool from conservapædia is actively demonstrating his inanity for me in the comments.
How about happier news? Yes, I’m going to be in Washington DC this weekend (the 10th and 11th), returning on Monday evening. I’m doing some stuff with Americans United for Separation of Church and State, so I’m not totally free, but I’m sure we can work out some time for a meetup.
Notice I said “we”…another fellow, among others, who will be there is Phil Plait. We’re even rooming together (before you assume too much, you should know that Phil has a man-crush on Wil Wheaton, not me (nor William Riker)).
I bet with a little negotiation we could arrange to have both Phil Plait and PZ Myers in the same public place for a few hours, and you all could stop by and buy us beer and calamari and make pointed comparisons and tell us how dorky we look.
So there you go. Lots of travel last week, brief recovery from exhaustion this weekend, lots of teaching to do this week, then more travel next week. I’ve got to spend some time at home!