We got back safely last night after about 24 hours of travel from Australia. I slept like the dead. I am now risen and staggering about zombie-like, and will now lurch off to my 8am class.

You aren’t expecting new content here for a little while, are you? Really?


  1. Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls says

    Welcome back. I suspect it will take a few days to get back to normal. Whatever normal is.

  2. theophontes 777 says

    I am now risen and staggering about zombie-like, and will now lurch off to my 8am class. You aren’t expecting new content here …

    Get thee hence to Teh Zombie Thread, Oh Ebil Oberzombie!

  3. Usernames are stupid says

    How about posting some “I get email” things?

    Surely you must have a lot of them and it will give some rare meat for your readers to gnaw on.

  4. Louis says


    Alternatively: you have my sympathy tinged with my envy. I’d like to have gone to Oz and been at the GEC, but I also feel your pain at travelling those distances on that tight a schedule.

    Welcome back to reality. Use coffee. Get some sleep at some point. Bollock an undergraduate.

    It always made me feel better.


  5. Louis says

    GEC = GAC

    Me = Smitten by TYPO (The Gdo of Clerical Errors. May his Correction Fluid Always Flow Free).


  6. Catnip, Not a Polymath says

    Good to hear you arrived back safely. As for new content, don’t worry too much. We’ve been busy filling up all the threads chewing on the toys you left us. I’m sure there’s still some chew left in some of them.

  7. dianne says

    Oh, don’t mind us. We’ll just chat amongst ourselves and make this into another zombie thread.

  8. says

    Aha, the Ebil Overlord is weakened. Our time is at hand. Too long have we chafed under his iron tentacle. Arise my sisters and brothers and let us give him a noogie sooo bad.

  9. Pteryxx says

    Welcome back to mild-mannered biologist role from fire-breathing agitator mode. Gotta let the jets cool sometime.

  10. Carla says

    Wait. You were dead. Then you rose from the dead. Now you are wandering among your students in a barely recognizable state. I can come to only two conclusions here: you are either the second coming of the first zombie king, or the Doctor coming back for round 12. (I spent ten minutes trying to figure out if I could put the Dr. Who theme song into onomatopoeia and failed.)

  11. danielmidgley says

    Yep, that flight’s a kicker. I did it three times last year. I figure that makes me invincible.

    Even though you’re now in jet lag hell, it was really good to say hello in Melbourne.

  12. bytee says

    G’Day P.Z. I’m glad you got back OK. We met in Melbourne but then again, there were 4,000 people to meet. I’m the large guy with the oysters and you allowed me to take a photo with you. It was great to watch you wade into the fundamentalists that were protesting outside. I was doing my best to debate with them until i noticed both yourself and Dr Deity doing the same thing, so I decided to let the Jedi Masters take charge and I just watched. With any luck we’ll see you again in a couple of years.

  13. Cheezits says

    Yikes. I’ve been there. Melbourne, that is. I left there on a Sunday afternoon, landed half a day later in LA on Sunday afternoon, hung around LA for about 6 hours, flew to PHL, landed in PHL early in the morning, took the train to Fort Washington, and WENT STRAIGHT TO WORK. I sat there with my head buzzing all day. I didn’t know what time it was, or what day or what season. I wonder if anyone noticed the difference. :-D

  14. eclipser says

    Thank you so much for your fantastic speech at the convention.

    You have driven us & made a difference on the world.

    Wolves indeed!

  15. Brownian says

    Open thread, huh?

    So what do you all think? Does this look swollen or what? I probably shouldn’t be poking at it, but I can’t help myself.

  16. kreativekaos says

    Like Mike Myers’ character of the the lady in the skit “Coffee Talk” on Saturday Night Live years ago, .. someone suggest a topic, then ‘talk amongst yerselves!’ :)

  17. Cheezits says

    “Intelligent Design Theory” is neither intelligently designed nor a theory. Discuss.

  18. Ogvorbis: Insert Appropriate Appelation Here says

    The Chick Pea is neither a chick nor a pea. Discuss.

  19. says

    It would appear that His Overlordliness is regaining his strength. We have missed our opportunity for the giving of noogies. Oh, the tragedy. I’m getting verklempt.

  20. kreativekaos says

    Cheezits, Ogvorbis… love it.

    “….’choin us next week on ‘Coffee Talk’, when we will be discussing Intelligently Designed Chick Peas were actually Intelligently Designed, or even whether they’re Chick Peas…we’ll talk!”

  21. Usernames are stupid says

    “Intelligent Design Theory” is neither intelligently designed nor a theory.
    — Cheezits #24

    Disagree. It IS a theory, as used in the vernacular. It is not a scientific theory.

    Depending upon one’s definition of “intelligently designed,” I could see it being labeled as such (just as the theory that the world is/was flat was ‘designed’ by intelligent hominids).

    Is ID right? Hells no.
    Is ID even in the ballpark? You must be joking.

  22. Usernames are stupid says

    The Chick Pea is neither a chick nor a pea.
    —Ogvorbis: Insert Appropriate Appelation Here #25

    Doesn’t matter. The chickpea is one essential ingredient† in hummus, which is one of the essential foods for snackin!

    Now, where to find good pita bread…?

    †Tahini being the other, with lime juice, olive oil, and a handful of garlic being the essential supporting cast

  23. robro says

    And yet, some how you’ve managed several posts already today. How do you do it, PZ? Supernatural powers?

    I am now risen and staggering about zombie-like

    See, this is what I mean. Just like J/guy you’ve returned from Down Under, a resurrected man.

  24. Ray, rude-ass yankee says

    Welcome back, Oh militant and fire breathing Pharyngulord! The christian zombie took three days to rise, but you managed it in one. Resurection FTW!
    Hope you take it easy as possible until you recharge.