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A half a century of P. Z. Myers

I’m told that today is P. Z. Myer‘s 50th birthday and that apparently he’s requested poetry, now that he’s hanging out with bigshots like Richard Dawkins, who actually did write him a poem. Cranky and contrary box of blinking lights that Orac is, you probably already know that Orac won’t go along with the crowd on this one. Oh, he’ll wish P.Z. a happy birthday, but poetry isn’t his thing. (Remember, this is the same computer that spend endless amounts of time analyzing jokes and limericks because he couldn’t understand why humans liked them. Do you really want to see him attempt actual poetry? I didn’t think so.)

Instead, there’s only one way to birthday wishes ever come from this blog:


I know, I know, I stink at Photoshop. I also realize that I’ve probably just guaranteed that I won’t be receiving any more links from Pharygula any time soon. Oh, well, a guy’s gotta stay true to his muse.

My one concession was to include a cephalopod, because, well, as much as I never could really understand P.Z.’s thing about cephalopods, it is his birthday, and it just wouldn’t be birthday wishes to him without a cephalopod.

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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