What are you doing the day after Christmas?

Nothing, that’s what. You’ll be loafing about on an especially lazy Saturday, the kids will all have been overstimulated the day before, sure, you’ve got a mess in the kitchen to clean up, but why not take a break from the drudgery and talk about science? Saturday at noon Central time, I’ll be answering questions about my latest entry in the Evo Devo Diary series. Stop on by!


  1. birgerjohansson says

    I am feeding wild birds (and nominally domesticated cats).
    I am not “feeding the eagle”, that is an old norse euphemism for raiding/going to war.
    (Unless you are an ornithologist feeding endangered birds- fun fact: the sea eagle is the biggest raptor but at a feeding site they will back off from ordinary eagles, who are mean motherfuckers)
    I have a ton of books I can finally go through, the pandemic-related work at the local hospital left me without the energy to do it earlier.

  2. birgerjohansson says

    I have a project PZ can solve during his so very ample free time! :-)
    Science Nov.12th had an issue dedicated to ‘cooling in a warming world’. Apparently “photonic materials” can be used for passive, radiative cooling. If PZ can hack lichen and make them produce natural photonic materials, we can spread them over arid regions and alter the global heat budget (in a good way).
    (This is the sort of things researchers do in their spare time, right? I have seen that in dozens of films, and films are always realistic).
    My second suggestion involves Daleks.
    You do not want to know my third choice, but I got that idea from ’28 Days Later’.

  3. robro says

    Lazing, I wish. Looks like I’ll be pulling off the decking to clean leaves out of the v-ditch, weather permitting. Fun stuff.

  4. birgerjohansson says

    The cats spend this -and every other day- cheerfully shredding textiles.
    The Koreans spent the week getting a tokamak going for 20 seconds at 100 million degrees to test fusion technology.
    The Australians spent the weekend pondering the large amount of sea foam at the shores, and the risk of venomous sea serpents hiding within.
    Nature really has it in for Australia.

  5. Akira MacKenzie says

    Got some cash from relatives, so I’m going to my friendly local game stores to pick up a few items I’ve had my eye on. Then I’ll order some sushi from my favorite restaurant and chill out at home watching MST3K/RiffTrax.

  6. whheydt says

    Re: birgerjohansson @ #1…
    Then there is what you find on numerous runestones all over Scandinavia, “So-and-so went and fed the ravens,” which can mean either of two things. Either he got killed and became raven food, or he killed other people and turned them into raven food.

  7. says

    Went for a 6am bicycle ride around my little mountain. Fortunately no sea snakes at 500 metres altitude. Next job is to go out and poison some weeds. Nasty spiky things need a little love.

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

    I spend the day always wondering what Boxing Day is to the British. What the term means, ie collecting all the empty boxes for disposal, or boxing unwanted presents for return to vendor, or boxing prized gifts for protected storage, or all of the above which is why they left boxing unspecified.
    Happy Boxing Day :-)

  9. says

    I didn’t go out for Boxing Day deals, which apparently a lot of people did and I heard reports of packed parking lots.

    We’re never getting out of this friggin’ pandemic.