You have probably already heard that some time in the month of September, the millionth comment will be placed on some blog somewhere on the Scienceblogs Dot Com networks. We think the servers can only hold one million comments, so when this happens the whole thing shuts down.

So, what will we do when the End Times come?


The Overlords have suggested that each of us bloggiers arranges a meetup some time in September, during a window that they think The Reckoning will likely occur . . PZ Myers and I, because of our geographical propinquity, are currently negotiating a cooperative effort to be known as PZ and Greg’s Excellent Party.

Minnesotans, Iowans, Dakotans, Wisconsinites and Canadians, please feel free to chime in regarding your ideas for venues. Ultimately this will be determined by our busy schedules as much as anything else, but we would very much appreciate ideas.


  1. #1 Stephanie Z
    August 29, 2008

    Sure, limit your audience geographically. I say we all meet in Sydney to celebrate.

  2. #2 Ramon Garcia
    August 29, 2008

    One millions entries isn’t that much, really. Assuming this is a standard database install, it should be able to handle fifteen million entries, at least before displaying errors.

    To be on the safe side: helps.

  3. #3 Mike Haubrich, FCD
    August 29, 2008

    If Seed will pay for a trip to Sydney, hey, I’m down. Other than that, we could shuffle of to Buffalo. Or, St. Cloud. Something like that. My only requirement is that the beer be good and a motel near.

  4. #4 Emily
    August 29, 2008

    Sure,it’s a great news that over 100000 comments ,would you celebrate it?

  5. #5 Mimi
    August 29, 2008

    Is this really gonna collapse or is this a y2k-esque scare to make you post less?

  6. #6 Mike Haubrich, FCD
    August 29, 2008

    If we want to make it convenient for PZ, The Mermaid in Mounds View has a large area that is not dominated by a big screen tv. There is an arcade there, too for those that are interested. Also, consider that there is a decent hotel attached (Americinn Motel) in case anyone has an extra beer.

    It’s “crawling home” distance for me.

  7. #7 Greg Laden
    August 29, 2008

    Mimi … You wish, baby!!! But seriously, no, we’re just going to switch to Base 11 for a while. That will buy us some time.

    Mike: I used to live even closer to the Mermaid than you do, but I never went there. It is practically an historic monument.

    These are all good ideas, as are the many I’ve received by email. Keep ’em coming!

  8. #8 Jason Sexton
    August 29, 2008 has a nice big outside balcony area in downtown St. Paul

  9. #9 Stephanie Z
    August 29, 2008

    As someone who’s planned September birthday get-togethers for years, I strongly recommend not counting on outside seating. Rain and/or bluster are fairly likely. It probably won’t snow, but I wouldn’t depend on it.

  10. #10 Greg Laden
    August 29, 2008

    Where is Saint Paul, approximately?

  11. #11 Greg Laden
    August 29, 2008

    “Sacred Asian art meets James Bond chic”

  12. #12 Justin Chase
    August 29, 2008

    You should go to the Town Hall Brewery in Minneapolis. It’s in the 7 corners area on Washington and Cedar.

  13. #13 Jake
    August 29, 2008

    I vote for partay in Toronto. No? No.

    Oh well. Have fun without me.

  14. #14 Emily Cassidy
    August 29, 2008

    Why not the Kitty Cat Klub, near the Minneapolis campus?
    It’s pretty quiet before 11pm most nights, and it has comfy seating! Not much in terms of food though, sadly.

    Town hall is okay, but it might be hard seating so many folks in one area.

    I hope it is close to the cities, though, so that car-less hippies like myself can join the fun!

  15. #15 Qwerty
    August 29, 2008

    Other suggestions from PZ’s site include O’Gara’s in St. Paul, MN; BULLDOG NE in Minneapolis (NE Minneapolis, Qwerty’s home town), Station 4 in St. Paul; Grumpy’s in Minneapolis, the Mermaid; the Black Forest Inn in Minneapolis (great strudel); Town Hall Brewery, Barely John’s or Bryant-Lake Bowl (which also features bowling);the Liffey (no location given); and Sweeney’s on Dale in St. Paul.

  16. #16 Derek
    August 29, 2008

    Finally, now that I live only an hour away I can partake in some of the festivities.

  17. #17 Michael S.
    August 29, 2008

    McGoverns inS.Paul has a generous beer selection and good food. Its on 7th ST. near Excel Center.
    Glockenspiel has mostly European beer and very good German food. Its farther down 7th , near St. Claire.

  18. #18 Alan Kellogg
    August 29, 2008

    Conjecture is the last weekend in September. If the Borg’s up for sponsoring a relaxacon, the Conjecture folks would probably welcome the moolah in return for holding a Science Blog event. 🙂

  19. #19 Mike Haubrich, FCD
    August 29, 2008

    Hey, I’d go with McGovern’s. It’s pretty close to the hospital in case a fight breaks out.

  20. #20 Stubby
    August 29, 2008

    The Liffey is located in St. Paul, kitty-corner across Kellogg from the Excel Energy Center. It’s part of the Holiday Inn there, in case someone over-indulges.

  21. #21 Rick Schauer
    August 29, 2008

    I’m sure we could do it at the U of M Campus Club in Coffmann Union and I would be delighted and honored to put the event together for you fine gentlemen. How many are you thinking will attend?

  22. #22 Rick Schauer
    August 29, 2008

    …and I’ll cover the cost of hors ‘dourves. Ergo, free beer and eats all at a central local on a bus line!

    Furthermore, perhaps we could invite PZ’s buddy Bob Bruinicks up for a toddy and a cracker. -lol-

  23. #23 Mike Haubrich, FCD
    August 30, 2008

    I think Rick has a great idea here, and a generous offer.

  24. #24 Jessica
    September 3, 2008

    Whoo! I’m there.