I am now officially on vacation

And you all know what that means, right? Cowards will try to sneak into the comments and leave asshole remarks, thinking they can get away with it. Just so you all know, while post frequency may diminish, I will be checking in every day, and kicking jerks out will be my prime priority. So if you try to take advantage of my distraction, all you’ll get is that I’ll be fucking pissed at you wasting my time, and the banhammer will be on a hair trigger.

So play nice, and use the report link on the left at anyone who tries to disrupt the flow of good conversation.


  1. says

    Let us know if you stop off in Port Angeles! My family lives here, and we’ve been lingering around your blog for years. My 15-year-old daughter plans to be a science teacher — and we’re big fans of discussions that smell sciency. (And Olympic Peninsula-y).

  2. Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls says

    Hopefully you don’t have a large T-storm running over you, like we have here in Chiwaukee at the moment. I’d say keep dry, but that is the Pacific Northwest…..

  3. Rowan vet-tech says

    Or maybe folks like you could find actual hobbies aside from trolling? Talk about pathetic.

  4. Rowan vet-tech says

    I’m gonna go with friend-of-troll. I love how they accuse PZ of being obsessive when they themselves are displaying that trait to perfection. It’s actually quite sad and almost pitiable.

    Dear beg2differ, do you need kitten photos? Looking at kitten photos is a much better hobby, and reduces stress levels. This might be something useful for you as stress, anxiety, anger, and bitterness can cause lashing out at others.

    Here, have a photo of kittens. You need it.


  5. rorschach says

    I am immensely pleased to learn this from the ads displayed here:

    Aussie Mom Shocks Doctors With $3 “Skinny Pill”

    I have not been approached by any patient with this yet, I have to report. The current mainstream “skinny pills” are about a hundred bucks I believe.

    Also, PZ, mate, if you are going to be on holiday, be on holiday. Relax, don’t police the comments, just give yourself a few days. Doesn’t have to be many days.

  6. slithey tove (twas brillig (stevem)) says

    I just saw this piece on Gawker talking about how Amazon has affected Seattle. PZ had an earlier post about the dystopia of Amazon. This piece describes more of its external effect on the city, while the previous post was mostly about its internal abuse of employees.
    sorry to be a buzzkill, still think this is good to know.

  7. Tethys says

    Good grief. How much of a clueless asshole does one have to be to spend their lives internet stalking multiple people, and then coming here to spread lies, and document their petty neuroses? Dear jackman, please consult a mental health professional for your anger issues. Nobody likes a creeper.

  8. zenlike says

    Pitter number 5: the only thing you are proving here is that the pit is indeed only interested and obsessed with FtB and PZ. Get a fucking life.

  9. Holms says

    zenlike, odds are pretty good that some of the recent spate of slymer stupidity come from a single individual or two, so I’d guess Wizard here is more like pitter number two or three.

  10. says

    Sometimes, one gets criticism or analysis that can be a little douchebaggy. And then there are douchebags with too much time on their hands that make douchebag comments thematically disguised as criticism and analysis. (With odd assumptions baked right in.)

    Boring troll is boring.

  11. Tethys says

    seduced by the blue hair brigade

    I thought my hair was invisible over the internet, but according to whiny troll, PZ has an entire brigade of awesome blue haired sexy people? I haven’t noticed them in 4 years of being a hordling. Perhaps they all went on vacation together? I look forward to the pictures.

  12. says

    PZ has a blue hair brigade? Like, little old ladies with that silly blue rinse? Hell’s Grannies? That’d be kinda cool, really.

    For the record, while I am probably old enough to be a granny, I do not now have and have never had blue hair. Purple streaks, for one summer, yes, but blue is one I haven’t tried.

    Oh, that’s not what you meant? Too bad, it sounded kind of fun.

  13. Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls says

    Killfile engaged. Troll doesn’t even get read. Pitiful display of bad behavior.

  14. gobi's sockpuppet's meatpuppet says

    Hi Nerd!
    did I just miss something?
    There was a bad smell and a strange little noise…

  15. slithey tove (twas brillig (stevem)) says

    re @29:
    Is a killfile engagement like the lists uded [sic] by police for targetted removals? Sounds very violent.
    FYI “killfile” is a local script that one runs on one’s local computer to blank anything written with the nym specified in the file(list of nyms whose texts to be blankified).

    To reiterate: not reading someone’s posts is NOT violence against that person. leave your martyrdom elsewhere. Telling you that crossposting the same screed in multiple threads is a sign of ineptitude is not part of the ad hominem fallacy.

  16. Menyambal - torched by an angel says

    It strikes me as odd, the different groups of people who seem to think that words have magic power. I can see Creationists believing that a prayer has power, but when a supposedly super-rational atheist types out a string of disjointed thoughts, then spews them around like copypasta charms, as if just putting them out there is going to alter the universe … well, it seems superstitious.

  17. Sili says

    I understand the desire to sow discontent. I recognise the faux epistolary genre of addressing the host out of feigned concern while the real audience is us.

    What I don’t understand is why they think it’ll work. Am I grossly overestimating the intelligence of my fellow readers here, or are the trolls just suffering from a severe case of Dunning-Krugering?

  18. says

    Another thing I don’t understand: I say I’m going on vacation. Without fail, the trolls crawl out and start babbling while I’m less able to monitor threads. They evaporate as soon as I’m back. Why? Do they think the only thing keeping everyone here from agreeing with them is my iron hand?

    Either they’re really stupid, or I am far more powerful than I imagine. I suspect it’s the former.

  19. slithey tove (twas brillig (stevem)) says

    re 34:
    there must be something in that old aphorism: When the cat’s away, the mice will play
    I think: to them, having their words appearing on this site for a few days is valuable, they know that when you are active their screeds will get deleted momentarily. (ego issues IOW, to see their words broadcast worldwide boosts their ego)
    OTOH, it is creepy to think of the trolls constantly monitoring this site so that they can jump in instantly when “the overlord” ducks out for a moment.
    OTOH, if the trolls are constantly monitoring, maybe some of them will get lured away from trollhood and become persons.