Brain dead

You know what, guys? I’m really worn out. Wednesdays I’ve just got back-to-back-to-back teaching — I talk and coax students into talking for about 3 hours straight — and I’m planning to vegetate for a while. Maybe a glass of wine and a really bad movie, and then early to bed.

You don’t need me for anything, do you? Just talk among yourselves, in your best Boris Karloff voices.


  1. Alverant says

    I empathize. At work we did a code release and I wasn’t 100% we were ready. I was right. There’s a few glitches whenever you do one of these, but there were more than I thought and worse than I thought. By the time the afternoon came around, I was mentally exhausted and frazzled. But it looks like things are done now. I am NOT a good tester for my own code. On the plus side I did get some progress made on other projects, some nice easy things that didn’t require much brain power. The boss is gone tomorrow and Friday the whole company is doing training while providing lunch and a reception afterward.

  2. Owlmirror says



    You see how it is PZ?

    Give people a little power, and they brazenly break your rules and laugh in your face.

    Next thing you know, they’re trying to take over Pharyngula. . . !!

    Just like every night.


  3. FossilFishy(Anti-Vulcanist) says

    Oh yes, I know that feeling.

    I flew to the other side of the world about a week ago, stayed just long enough to start to acclimatise to the new timezone and then flew back. I’m so brain dead that only the tasty, tasty cerebellums of others will sustain me…..

  4. jste says


    I am NOT a good tester for my own code.

    Oh boy, don’t I know that feeling, and how many times have I had to re-learn that lesson…

  5. Owlmirror says

    *Passes chigau a beer and a folder with the words ‘RESIST THE TARDIGRADE’ marked on it in different colours*

    Ichthyhic, I have no idea what you might possibly be talking about. You must be thinking of someone else.

  6. says

    I just had a 3 hours discussion on materialism, free will, reincarnation, souls, and the nature of the universe…. can I come veg out too ?

  7. Antiochus Epiphanes says

    Shit. Me too. 5 hours. I gotta go grade shit. A shovel to the back of my head would be a mercy.

  8. Owlmirror says

    @Caine: I thought I had. I left a response on a thread. At least, I see what I wrote.

    I’ll try with something else.

  9. says

    Owlmirror, okay. I haven’t checked in for a bit, but I also am set to receive posts to the group as they are posted, and the only recent emails have been from Lynna, Carlie and CD. I’ll go get on my regular ‘puter and check.

  10. Owlmirror says

    chigau: Why would I snark at Ichthyic? He is, as they say in the biz, “a wise guy, eh?”. He knows the answer to the riddle of the Season of Wabbits and the Season of Ducks, and understands the importance of Extreme Silence.

    *hands blueprints for Illudium Q-36 Space Modulator to Ichthyhic, and several kinds of tasty cheese to chigau*

  11. birgerjohansson says

    Owlmirror, Ichthyic,
    -But can you answer Crom (the secret of iron)?
    Otherwise, he will throw you out of the afterlife!

    I actually had some sleep without waking up every few minutes, my brain feels surprisingly alert.

  12. yazikus says

    Enjoy your rest!
    I can’t click the youtube link (work), could I implore you to answer the riddle for me? I’ve always wondered!!

  13. NitricAcid says

    Today I get to enjoy giving three hours of lecture (back-to-back), followed by a three-hour lab.

    And I’m out of energy drinks.

  14. Bob Dowling says

    I’m sorry, were you looking for sympathy?

    I’m sure you wrote “I’m really worn out”, but all I read is “my coffee is inadequate”. Whether it is a matter of quality or quantity I cannot say.

    Failing coffee, try sleep. I’m told it helps.

  15. Ichthyic says

    could I implore you to answer the riddle for me? I’ve always wondered!!

    nope. the answer totally depends on timing and perspective.

    use google to find a different link to the scene; it’s worth watching some classic BB.

  16. Ichthyic says

    The answer is:

    Rabbit: Rabbit Season
    Duck: Rabbit Season
    Elmer: Fire

    like i said… perspective :)

  17. Antiochus Epiphanes says

    More grading. My students are killing me. KILLING me. Burying fundamental and necessary principles behind ramparts of procedural details for the sole purpose of wearing my grinding molars to useless little nubs. What can they have against my teeth?
    *must kill it with beer*

  18. theignored says

    Well…if one wants a good movie to watch, there is Mission Congo though it’ll be at the Toronto Film Festival so you won’t be able to see it for a bit…but the topic is very interesting:

    With Mission Congo, filmmakers David Turner and Lara Zizic conduct a deep investigation based on years of research into what Operation Blessing actually accomplished. They interview aid workers, eyewitnesses and even the pilots of Robertson’s airplanes who describe a different mission: diamonds. With the help of a brutal dictator and ex- Navy SEALS, Robertson was diverting his planes away from refugee camps to a different part of the Congo to extract precious gems. If the devil is in the details, here the details are jaw-dropping as we confront the disconnect between what Robertson promised and what others experienced.

    Maybe some good will come of this movie:

    The film raises larger questions over the billions of dollars raised by American religious institutions that go untaxed and unregulated. Robertson’s organization alone earns annual revenues in the hundreds of millions. If this story can bring about greater accountability, that would truly be a blessing.

    I’d say that it would be, yes.