As you probably noticed, I didn’t manage a post yesterday. Nor did I manage one today, other than this. That’s because I was busy preparing for QEDCon, where I will be on a panel and giving a talk, and, of course, putting together my talk. As I write this, I’m horrendously jet lagged; so I probably couldn’t write much that’s coherent anyway. Consequently, there likely won’t be any new posts until next week.

I will take a moment, however, to mention that there will be significant changes to this blog in the near future. It’s a process that will likely take a couple of weeks, and I’ll update you as I go along. I’ve told a handful of my readers what the change will be and why it’s necessary, and others might have guessed. Fear not, though. I’ll update you as I go along, and all will be clear soon. I’ve been doing this blog for nearly 13 years. It’s such a part of my life that I can’t imagine not doing it any more. So I will continue.


  1. #1 J
    October 13, 2017

    No worries, oh glorious box of lights. Times may be tough without our regular fix of Insolence, but I’m sure we’ll survive.

    I hope you recover from the jetlag soon, those things can be awful. And of course have fun the next few days! 🙂

  2. #2 Panacea
    October 13, 2017

    That’s good news. I enjoy this blog so much, it’s one of the first things I read in the morning.

    Have a good conference, a good weekend, and safe flight home!

  3. #3 Rebecca Fisher
    October 13, 2017

    Welcome to England Mr Box of Blinky Lights. Hopefully the changes aren’t too drastic!

  4. #4 Rebecca Fisher
    October 13, 2017

    Welcome to England Mr Box Of Blinky Lights!

  5. #5 Michael J. Dochniak
    October 13, 2017

    Orac writes,

    I’m horrendously jet lagged…

    MJD says,

    The Nobel Prize for Medicine was given to scientists studying circadian rhythms?

    In an article from treehugger (October 2017) titled, Nobel Prize for Medicine goes to scientists studying circadian rhythms, author Lloyd Alter writes, “Circadian rhythms have never got the respect they deserve from lighting designers, architects or engineers, often thought of as pseudoscience. But over last few years, they have been getting more attention.”

  6. #6 squirrelelite
    October 13, 2017

    Have fun!
    Since we are continually fighting the battle against confirmation bias and post hoc reasoning, I thought this article on common superstitions might be of interest, especially today!

  7. #7 Narad
    October 13, 2017

    I will be on a panel and giving a talk, and, of course, putting together my talk

    Extemporaneity, after all, is the soul of public speaking.

  8. #8 Mark Thorson
    October 13, 2017

    I predict you will convert to an https website with an invalid https certificate or implementing a security protocol that is not supported by the Safari browser on the iBook. Either way, I won’t be able to see you website anymore and I will miss it. For a little while.

  9. #9 Tim
    October 13, 2017


    Because the article is written on my main blog, pointed to by this link. I will no longer be writing articles on the blog, just pointers for the next few weeks, then nothing .
    So, really, “elsewhere” is not “elswhere” but here, just a slightly different URL. Virtually the same thing!

    See you on the other side …..

  10. #10 herr doktor bimler
    October 13, 2017

    Is that the same as “drinking beer and ranting”? Asking for a friend.

  11. #11 Jane Ostentatious
    October 14, 2017

    Enjoy – I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the difference between Manchester c. 1978 and Manchester c. 2017.

  12. #12 Michael J. Dochniak
    October 14, 2017

    Orac writes,

    I’ve told a handful of my readers what the change will be and why it’s necessary…

    MJD say,

    Unfortunately, I’m not in your inner circle of “readers” but I’m anticipating that the forced changes are:

    1) The Orac nym is no longer acceptable;
    2) auto-moderation is no longer acceptable;
    3) the use of the F-word is no longer acceptable; and
    4) based on ambiguity, the word “anti-vaccine” is no longer acceptable language from the moderator.

    I’d be thrilled with at least one of these coming to fruition.

    • #13 Orac
      October 15, 2017

      Then you will be disappointed.

  13. #14 Johnny
    October 15, 2017

    “Orac auto-moderates fucking anti-vaccine loons.”

    4 out of 4, in 5 words, and in order. They almost write themselves.

    The Bad One

  14. #15 Julian Frost
    Gauteng South Africa
    October 15, 2017
  15. #16 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge
    October 15, 2017

    The cat is out of the bag.

    I thought something was up when the blog got a new favicon a couple of days ago….

  16. #17 Epsilon
    Hope u have a good time!
    October 15, 2017

    Stay safe in your travels, and I hope everything goes well!

  17. #18 Sanford scholton
    San pedro
    October 16, 2017

    Hey, did you see this!
    Not on this subject but answers how this whole glyphosate BS started.

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