We have assimilated another one: Starts With a Bang, a blog by a theoretical astrophysicist.
I’m a little concerned about his profile picture, though. Do all astrophysicists have to dress up in red, white, and blue lycra, like a half-naked super-hero? It would be an interesting trend to get started.
Holy shiny junk, Batman!
Yes, yes they do. But with all the heated discussion about the inappropriateness of commenting on the looks of female scientists, I will certainly say no more.
I think it would be a nice trend to start.
Short answer: yes.
Though I prefer the astronomer’s outfit, as modeled by Phil Plait in the Skepchik’s calendar. They are still negotiating on the Evolutionary Biologist Suit.
I merely assumed it was the outfit that ScienceBlogs issues to all of its new bloggers.
So why is it that you don’t wear yours, PZ?
CatBallou, it’s a different thing since he dressed that way for fun (hopefully), so no discrimination would apply. That being said and at the risk of venturing into cougar territory, not bad…
Paul Lundgren says
Someone needs to forward that post to Gregg “I like to bash dark matter like I know what I’m talking about” Easterbrook. Well done.
Can you imagine the size of the ear he’s cleaning out with that q-tip?
Actually, I almost wore that very same outfit today.
That would have been sooo embarassing.
“dress up in red, white, and blue lycra, like a half-naked super-hero? It would be an interesting trend to get started.”
go for it PZ
way to dress during your upcomming sabatical ;-)
It looks silly. That is all I will say.
marc buhler says
I can see the introductions earlier…
“PZ, ES. ES, PZ. ES, ERV. ERV, ES. PZ, you know ERV, of course.”
James F says
Let’s see Guillermo Gonzalez pull that off.
Sven DiMilo says
Only the theoretical ones.
PZ Myers says
Oh, I’m not going to dress like that during my sabbatical. I won’t need to dress, period, while I’m working on the book.
I do have to do something about that great big picture window near my desk at home, though…I might frighten the squirrels scampering about on the lawn.
Ron Sullivan says
…I might frighten the squirrels scampering about on the lawn.
Don’t worry about the squirrels. They can clearly see you’re nuts.
HP @16: I will say nothing of the difference the apostrophe and ‘e’ make.
I like that these new blogs coming in have really clever names. ‘Starts With a Bang’ is now my second favorite blog name just behind ‘All My Faults Are Stress Related.’
Why are you going to be scampering about (naked) on the lawn, PZ?
Don't Panic says
Ahhh, then I’m safe. Good. Wait, are you sure? ’cause I know we have a number of theoretical astrophysicists wandering the halls around here, and I don’t remember seeing them dressed up this way. I’m pretty sure I would have noticed. Besides I’m due to move down to their floor in a few months and I’m not sure I can do my job after I take an icepick to my ocular system. Now where did I put that brain bleach?
I’ll venture a comment on his looks and say he looks like Wonder Woman’s younger brother. His blog, however, seems out of this world.
Lee Picton says
One of the perks of age is that I can say anything I damn well please. OMD, is he a hottie! How deliciously superficial is that?
Benny the Icepick says
Watching his intro video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbozgQl6gzU), he looks like Jackson Reeves, only with muscles and even worse hair.
Krystalline Apostate says
So he’s a TV Gladiator as well? Good thing that stave has padding.
I don’t know if you cats heard, but PZ did his presentation in Columbus shirtless.
He’s got abs like an extra from 300.
We representatives of the Y chromosome are getting a little tired of being seen only for our physical beauty.
Regardless of how stunningly beautiful we may all be here at pharyngula.
I mean staggeringly so…with taught buttocks and firm thighs…and smooth skin…and…masculine features.
Do you like tatoos?
Isn’t it a staff? I thought stave was only for plurals (such as when the angry townspeople take up torches and staves to drive away evil-doers [or those they regard as such]).
Sven DiMilo says
Evidence to the contrary can be found here. Not for the squeamish!
Do I want to know what you mean by “pull that off?”
Krystalline Apostate says
Depends on whether it’s a verb or a noun. ;)
Wish I could beg off on having read Shakespeare lately, but it’s an oopsie.
Can’t get away w/anything on this blog, ey? Though wiktionary agrees w/me:
Well everyone knows his pecs are pale and flabby. Only PZ’s abs are tan and toned. No idea how he manages it.
Ha! In case you don’t know the politcal ‘party’, Jesus will be the cover figure for the borderline-illegal hard right bigots of the ‘British National Party’.
I look forward to the religious response.
Greta Christina says
Yes. Yes, they do. I’m quite sure of it.
Thanks….I have been looking for a blog by an astrophysicist. This blog looks great!!
Mary Kay says
You know, my husband has a PhD in astrophysics from UC Berkeley. I know a distressing number of guys with PhDs in astrophysics — though none of them have ever actually worked as astrophysicists — they have remarkable plasticity of mind. But none of them do I want to see in spandex. Of any color.
One woman’s experience.
dariela the explorer says
yes! lycra is the way to go. i believe it’s a fabric that really shows where the ideas come from since it doesn’t let anything hide. i’m sneezing while i type this. maybe because i don’t really believe my words? :P still i prefer lycra to khakis.
AJ Milne says
But how do you teach buttocks, anyw…
(…Scratch that. I. Did. Not. Ask.)
Well, if the lady bloggers are going to be appreciated by brainless commenters for being attractive as well as intelligent, shouldn’t the men also work at displaying their…
Um, excuse me, I seem to have an appointment with a large mob of angry villagers wielding torches and pitchforks.
Ethan Siegel says
This is great! I can’t believe that welcoming me to scienceblogs has turned into a discussion of my Halloween Costume from last October!
It’s an American Gladiator, the hair is mine but dyed and sprayed, the pugil stick is homemade, and the outfit is a wrestling singlet (spandex) that is painted red and blue.
But thanks for noticing! Hope you like the astrophysics, too!
Rick Schauer says
Seeing Eric’s racy wrestling outfit, I’m now waiting for a Siegel/Plait cage-match hopefully over a topic like blackholes or galactic collisions…like the one we’re headed for in a few billion years with Andromedia! Phil will definitely need to check out some new tights, however.
Rick Schauer says
Excuse me all…Ethan you aren’t an Eric at all. To my fingers and brain…you’re very naughty.
Michael Hawkins says
If we’ve learned anything from Sheril Kirshenbaum, it’s that any commentary on a person’s appearance is absolutely never justified and only demeaning all his work. I mean, clearly, you just dismissed every paper he’s ever written, every book he’s ever published, every lecture he’s ever given, right?
A Halloween costume? Ah, right, it was *supposed* to be terrifying. It all makes sense now. :)
Ethan puts the “trophy” in “astrophysicist”.
Ah, but look at what he’s wearing. He’s clearly asking for it.
Tassie Devil says
…those graphs are amazing.
Oh, and calling RevBDC – just when you thought a thread would be bacon free:
In New York hat der Hedgefonds-Manager Ezra Merkin Ärger mit der Justiz – weil er das Geld seiner Kunden allen Warnungen zum Trotz bei Madoff investierte.
Nicht nur der Milliardenbetrüger Bernard Madoff selbst muss sich vor Gericht verantworten: Im Skandal um das dubiose Schneeballsystem des 70-Jährigen hat die New Yorker Generalstaatsanwaltschaft nun den Hedge-Fonds-Manager Ezra Merkin angeklagt – weil dieser ohne Wissen seiner Kunden 2,4 Milliarden Dollar (1,8 Milliarden Euro) bei Madoff angelegt haben soll. Merkin habe zwar nichts von Madoffs gewaltigem Anlagebetrug gewusst, aber absichtlich alle Warnungen in Zusammenhang mit dessen riskanten Investitionen ignoriert, um riesige Honorare von seinen Kunden einzustreichen, sagte Generalstaatsanwalt Andrew Cuomo am Montag.
Der Klageschrift zufolge kassierten der frühere Chairman der General Motors-Finanzsparte GMAC und drei seiner Fonds – Ascot, Gabriel und Ariel – insgesamt 470 Millionen Dollar von Kunden ein, die nun zurückgezahlt werden sollen. Merkins Anwalt Andrew Levander nannte die Klage “überhastet und schlecht durchdacht” und kündigte Gegenschritte an.
Was sagst du?
…Yes. In fact, biologists should too. Especially those of cephalopodian descent.
That outfit seems a little over the top.
Kinda’ weird, UOP is a Catholic school.
Is he related to Jonathan Livingston Siegel?