Skepticism/critical thinking

Tim Slagle tells little ol’ me to “shut up”

Apparently comic Tim Slagle thinks that my discussion of his comedy routine was horribly, horribly humorless and unfair to him and that I “set him up.” I just happen to be at work right now (it’s lunchtime, and I have a brief break between cases) and consequently don’t have time to address it until much later today, but I will link to Tim and let you see what you think until I get around to dealing with it. Stop by Tim’s blog and tell him hi for me. While you’re there, you might want to take a gander at this piece by him. The discussion of chemistry and thermodynamics there has to be read to be believed.

In the meantime, I will only point out that (1) I had no intention of blogging his show when I came–there was no “set up”; (2) it was Tim who approached me a “discussion” and then repeated his request the other day; and (3) Tim asked was for me to demonstrate that what Al Gore said about the 20 foot rise in sea level was “feasible” (his word), which I more than adequately did.

Oh, and I do not wear a cape and wrestling mask. Tim obviously doesn’t recognize the Doctor Doom costume, complete with mask that I wear to hide my face in shame from Dr. Egnor. Maybe I should start wearing a cape and wrestling mask, though. A nice Nacho Libre kind of get-up would work.

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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