Greetings from the Quinault nation!

I’ve arrived on the Pacific coast to my little struggle. The best internet connection I’ve found is at the Quinault beach resort and casino, so I’m going to try and teach my class at 1:00 Central time from here. I just have to find a quiet (or relatively quiet) spot to talk cell biology for an hour.

Not your typical classroom setting

Then this afternoon we’re off to the Olympic mountains for a bit.


  1. birgerjohansson says

    Olympic Mountains….don’t neglect kicking some god ass on the way.
    Try to recruit some wendigos as enforcers.

  2. blf says

    The mildly deranged penguin suggests just shouting out, “QUIET PLEASE! Biologist in the room!” and waving about some beakers containing excitingly bubbling coloured liquids. The accompanying live 3-metre high spider is an optional extra. A lab coat (for you, not the spider) may help, especially with stethoscope and head lamp accessories.

    Safety tip: Don’t wave about the mandatory Bunsen burner. It might set the spider on fire, and so you’d have PETA after you… (No use in pointing out the burner wasn’t lit, wasn’t connected to the gas supply, and the spider didn’t actually ignite, it was just smoking a cigar as it played the slot machines (several at once with all those arms and eyes).)

  3. snarkrates says

    That could serve as a decent classroom for a probability and stats class–highly applied.

  4. Thomas Scott says

    Hey PZ,
    We did the same earlier this summer. Don’t forget to pick a few salmon berries, they’re having a bumper year this year.

  5. bcw bcw says

    Definitely need a zoom class with one-armed-bandits in the backdrop.Or maybe a huge swimming pool.

  6. birgerjohansson says

    If you don’t want angels to interfere with your lecture, either bring a dog or an image. According to Muhammed, angels cannot enter a house that has a dog or an image.
    And if you find some of the mountains where they shot 1950s horror films the outlook is good for finding really big spiders and other arthropods!

  7. blf says

    So how did this lesson with its background of statistical falsities and loonytarion blackmail go?