In other dismal news…

I just learned in their newsletter that the American Arachnology Society meetings are cancelled this year. Aw, darn — I was looking forward to that. The thing is, too, that they were scheduled to take place in early July, at UC Davis, so this is right now the most proactive cancellation I’ve encountered yet. Meanwhile, my university is pretending we’ll be back in business in 2½ weeks, which is rather absurdly optimistic. The other con I regularly attend in the summer is Convergence, around the end of August. There aren’t any whispers about cancelling that, at least not yet.

The AAS newsletter also has a nice article on teaching kids to be comfortable with spiders, so that’s a plus.

I think I’ll be spending the whole summer right here in Stevens County.


  1. blf says

    I’ll be spending the whole summer right here in Stevens County.

    Be sure to feed the mosquitoes.

    Why not retreat to one of the secret under-volcano lairs?

  2. davidc1 says

    Sorry you have had to cancel your spider thing . If you look on the interweb you might find a clip about an Australian guy who regards the Houseman spider in his house as a pet ,it goes on to catch a Cockroach .
    That should cheer you up some .

  3. nomdeplume says

    davidc1 “Houseman” is a nice thought but it is actually “Huntsman” and they are great to have around the house. Sadly my wife always demands they be removed to the great outdoors, but they come back.

    PZ – no one ever reached the end of their lives thinking “I wish I had gone to more conferences”. Stay home. Communicate. Feed spiders. Fix the Cutty Sark. Be safe.

  4. Ed Seedhouse says

    Well, you can start furnishing your Fortress of Solitude in the bat caves under your house.

  5. DanDare says

    I cancelled our regular D&D open table this Sunday. 35 of the 50 regulars will be playing online (roll20 and discord). Not very satisfactory but just muddling through.