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Wednesday afternoon homeward bound open thread

By the time this appears, I should be on my way home from the AACR. For some reason, the meeting this year didn’t get me all fired up the way it usually does. Perhaps I’ll post in more detail about why that may have been after I get home.

In the meantime, here’s something I’ve been meaning to try out but never have, simply because I never thought I had the critical mass of readers to make it worthwhile. When Daily Kos or PZ has an open thread, they’ll gets dozens, if not hundreds, of responses. If I were to try an open thread, I feared I’d get one or two.

I’ve overcome that fear, though, and now present to you, my readers, a Wednesday afternoon open thread. Here’s your chance to make comments or ask questions about anything. I don’t guarantee that I’ll answer them, but I’ll probably answer a few. It’s also a chance to make requests regarding topics that you might like me to cover. Again, I don’t necessarily guarantee that I’ll cover them, but if you make an intriguing enough pitch I might just use your suggestion.

So let ‘er rip! What’s the worst thing that can happen? I get no responses and have to chalk this whole open thread thing up as a failed experiment? I can deal with that if it happens.

ADDENDUM: It’s sheer coincidence that Tara’s also having an open thread today. Everything in this post was written last night, with the exception of this paragraph. You’ll just have to trust me on this…

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

To contact Orac: [email protected]

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