The chemists would also be much more interesting to talk to

Steven Pirie-Shepherd discovered the next generation of chemistry professors at the aquarium in Santa Barbara. I am impressed, and will more eagerly join the next search for new chemistry faculty at my university — I have a recommendation in mind.


Together with my prior observation, we clearly need to expand our saltwater generation facilities.


  1. thepetey says

    Every time I see these critters, I think that we need more arms.

    i agree, than we could hold the magazine, turn the pages and NOT have to stop touching ourselves to do it.

  2. Hap says

    I strenously object. Can that thing make tar as well as I (used) to? Can he/she close down the lab for a night with sodium/potassium alloy?

    Until the cephalopods can do these things, chemistry professors should be OK.

  3. varlo says

    Fem employee looking over my shoulder says it reminds her of a blind date she once had, but date had more arms.

  4. says

    Flying Noodles of Heavenliness! I think that’s my old professor from Organic I! Yes! It is! I remember that mark on his fourth tentacle. Or is that his eighth? Arrgh! I had the same problem numbering carbon atoms in benzene rings!

    (Just kidding, I never have any trouble with chemistry, though I have had at least one pretty slimy professor)

  5. JoJo says

    As long as octopi and squids just take over chemistry instruction, I guess it’s all right. But they better keep their slimy tentacles away from physics.

  6. Bryan Rowsell says

    Hey, I resemble that remark!

    Speaking as someone who skirmishes often with his more biologically-minded colleagues, I must ask: Why can’t we all just get along!?!?

    Though that octopus already has a better grasp of science than most IDers.

  7. says

    Is that the same octopus that was playing with giant Lego(TM) blocks last year? It seems to be going through the educational system pretty quickly.

  8. JoshH says

    Where the hell is PZ? Get up, old man! We don’t care how shitty you’re feeling, Pharyngula is the bane of our existence :P!

  9. says

    I knew there was a reason I was awakened – you boys were being too loud. SHhhh…

    (at least Joe Biden takes the Amtrak to work everyday – that’s a plus):-)

  10. says

    I got these quotes from the xtian science monitor…

    “He recalls a question in a ninth-grade theology class at Archmere. “How many of you questioned the doctrine of transubstantiation?” the teacher asked, referring to the teaching that the bread and wine change into the body and blood of Christ during the Eucharist. No hands were raised. Finally, Biden raised his. “Well, we have one bright man, at least,” the teacher said.

    The teacher didn’t say criticizing the church was good. “He led me to see that if you cannot defend your faith to reason, then you have a problem,” Biden says.”

    and this one …

    ” He told them that while he personally opposes abortion, he would not vote to overthrow the US Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that gave women the right to terminate a pregnancy. Nor, however, would he vote to use federal funds to fund abortion.

    “I don’t think I have the right to impose my view – on something I accept as a matter of faith – on the rest of society,” he writes in his autobiography”

  11. says

    OK – One more good one from Biden and then I’m going back to bed …

    “If I were an ordained priest, I’d be taking some issue with some of the more narrow interpretations of the Gospel being taken now,” Biden says. “But my church is more than 2,000 years old. There’s always been a tug of war among prelates and informed lay members.”

    Biden is troubled, too, by ongoing sexual-abuse scandals involving children within the church. But he says his commitment to church remains unchanged. “This is my church as much as it is the church of a cardinal, bishop, or janitor, and I’m not going anywhere,” he said. I care a great deal about my faith.”

  12. submoron says

    What’s all this about Biden? How many arms has he got for goodness sake?
    I’m only a brit, but since we’re always told that your president is “The leader of the free world” can the rest of us, perhaps, have some influence in choosing somone?

    That octopus should be the next vice-president!

  13. Sili says

    Spookily enough I actually dreamt about squid tonight.

    Well, just one – a small one – which for some reason was kept on the table in a vase together with some fronds. I remember marvelling at how long it survived.

    Any Freudians care to have a go at that one?

  14. Dino says

    No one has ever claimed that GOD is (was) a chemist, but many have claimed that he is a biologist!