Pharyngula

Proposed site redesign

Since I changed my profile photo, the ideas for radical revision of the site have come pouring in. Here’s a possible new logo:

What do you think? I thought it was keen, until I read all the new speculation about why I was kicked out of a movie theater. Oh, no!

In the same freakishly weird spirit, here’s a new poll for you to crash: it asks what your favorite marine animal is, and the choices are otter, squid, blowfish, and “land animals are far superior”. You know what to do.

Comments

  1. #1 BlueIndependent
    April 29, 2008

    It’s a bit loud.

  2. #2 DM
    April 29, 2008

    67% for squid and counting… :)

  3. #3 PZ Myers
    April 29, 2008

    Incomplete, too. Does it help if I mention that we’d also change the text to yellow-green on a purple paisley-patterned background?

  4. #4 Cuttlefish, OM
    April 29, 2008

    There may be no fish
    Like the blowfish
    Squid will still be hotter
    Don’t give me land
    Or even sand
    Cos squid are like no otter.

  5. #5 Etha Williams
    April 29, 2008

    I like this disclaimer beneath the poll:

    The Signal poll is not scientific and reflects the opinions of only those Internet users who have chosen to participate. The results cannot be assumed to represent the opinions of Internet users in general, nor the public as a whole.

    I’m not being facetious. I really do think it’s a good thing to put beneath an internet poll, even if it is about something silly a thing as what marine animal is superior.

  6. #6 Bob
    April 29, 2008

    Ouch!…
    Didn’t expect to see that…
    Mt. Dew through the nose!…
    Ouch!…

  7. #7 G. Tingey
    April 29, 2008

    Your (new)profile photo is interesting …
    Was it taken in London, with Westminster Bridge in the background?

  8. #8 randy
    April 29, 2008

    just don’t hang out in adult theaters PZ

  9. #9 Moggie
    April 29, 2008

    I don’t know, man: a blowfish is like almost the world’s most poisonous animal, people pay good money to be poisoned by it in restaurants, and it has a pretty good encryption algorithm named after it. I respect that.

  10. #10 Glen Davidson
    April 29, 2008

    That’ll draw all of the cool kids away from Overwhelming Evidence and Expelled.

    Glen Davidson
    http://tinyurl.com/2kxyc7

  11. #11 KC
    April 29, 2008

    Pff. Squid. I’ll risk the wrath of my future cephalopod overlords – I voted for the hairy, endothermic lactogenic mollusk eaters.

  12. #12 Aaron Baker
    April 29, 2008

    Well, your fashion sense has improved.

  13. #13 Sengkelat
    April 29, 2008

    The “Squid” section of the pie chart looks like a Pac-Man trying to eat the other choices, and it’s chomping down as more pharyngulites vote. Too bad it’s blue.

    And squid really are the best sea creature in that poll. Now, if they’d included lobsters or stomatopods, it would have been a tough choice.

  14. #14 C Murdock
    April 29, 2008

    Squid would’ve won without our crashing the poll. I mean, come on– OTTERS and BLOWFISH??

  15. #15 Jason Failes
    April 29, 2008

    Thank you, PZ, for getting me off the depressing story (and depressing comments thread) of “Can We Please Just Establish This One Principle?”

    I suppose that’s why I come to this blog directly instead of starting on The Last 24 Hours page: Your ability to put the angering, the depressing, the inspired, the funny, and the so-stupid-it-becomes-funny side by side by side.

  16. #16 Stanton
    April 29, 2008

    Rather than take the time and therapy bills to install talking furniture, why not simply stick a howda on Jumbo here, instead?

  17. #17 tikistitch
    April 29, 2008

    PZ’s Playhouse: but will there be action figures?????

  18. #18 Eximious Jones
    April 29, 2008

    You can’t put the word “colossal” in front of those lesser animals and hope to be taken seriously. Squid it is!

  19. #19 Milo Johnson
    April 29, 2008

    Dude, I’d like to help, I really would, but BLOWFISH? They have BLOWFISH?

  20. #20 LP
    April 29, 2008

    Awesome. Simply awesome. lol

  21. #21 BlueIndependent
    April 29, 2008

    PZ: “Incomplete, too. Does it help if I mention that we’d also change the text to yellow-green on a purple paisley-patterned background?”

    That might just earn you your first well-deserved EPIC FAIL.

  22. #22 Dave W.
    April 29, 2008

    I thought it was keen, until I read all the new speculation about why I was kicked out of a movie theater.

    Speculation? Speculation?! I’ll have you know, sir, that there was no speculation going on. I was engaged in wild conjecture!

  23. #23 Adrienne
    April 29, 2008

    Where’s PZ’s horns and tail? And tentacles?

  24. #24 Jason Failes
    April 29, 2008

    “Where’s PZ’s horns and tail? And tentacles?”

    Under his clothes. If he whips his tentacles out, he will get kicked out of another theater for sure.

  25. #25 sasha
    April 29, 2008

    PZ you have way too much influence!

  26. #26 David Utidjian
    April 29, 2008

    It may be heresy to say but… my favorite is the sea otter. I have seen quite a few of them in Santa Cruz bay while scuba diving and free diving and they are damn cute. Cutest of all the marine mammals I think and waaay cuter than squid :-P
    Blowfish are cool just cuz they are badasses… though hardly cudly. Since the question was for “favorite marine animal” the last choice of “land animals are superior” doesn’t even count.

    -DU-

  27. #27 Kitty
    April 29, 2008

    PZ’s Playhouse. When will you be showing Waiting for Godot?

  28. #28 khops
    April 29, 2008

    what a surprise, finding my obscure alma mater’s newspaper on Phayangula getting crashed. haha.

    Notice the poll under that one: “Can one prove God exists?” Not sure I like any of the options…

  29. #29 Emmet Caulfield
    April 29, 2008

    80% for squid… it seems like PeeZed has his own army of evil monkeys, “Fly, my pretties. Fly! Fly!”

  30. #30 Adrienne
    April 29, 2008

    it seems like PeeZed has his own army of evil monkeys, “Fly, my pretties. Fly! Fly!”

    Do his evil monkeys fly out of his man-boobies? Do they have tentacles too?

  31. #31 JohnA
    April 29, 2008

    Otter’s no good fried. Blowfish are tricky to clean. Land animals are OK for BBQ, but squid is Good Eats!

  32. #32 Jennifer Ouellette
    April 29, 2008

    I realize your new logo is probably I joke, but I think it’s awesome! What better name for a site that features cephalopod porn than PZ’s Playhouse? :)

  33. #33 Michael Svihura
    April 29, 2008

    Done!

    Your evil minions await your next command.

  34. #34 NoAstronomer
    April 29, 2008

    … 81% …

    “Power corrupts …”

  35. #35 minusRusty
    April 29, 2008

    That 81% looks awful PacMan-y, “eatin’ ur fudz”.

  36. #36 tikistitch
    April 29, 2008

    The “Squid” section of the pie chart looks like a Pac-Man trying to eat the other choices, and it’s chomping down as more pharyngulites vote.

    “In my country, calamari eat you!!!”

    Adding, since this is the Intarnets, Om nom nom….

  37. #37 Paul Lundgren
    April 29, 2008

    Looks like Squid are 82% so far, but otters do it silkier. Go Otters!

  38. #38 The Other Dan from Milwaukee
    April 29, 2008

    Evil flying monkeys are cool, but it would be even better if we could be PZ’s Evil Flying Cephalopods.

  39. #39 Chirality
    April 29, 2008

    [quote]Notice the poll under that one: “Can one prove God exists?” Not sure I like any of the options…

    [/quote]

    What a terrible poll. The choices are essentially ‘yes’, ‘yes’ and ‘yes’.

  40. #40 Brocken Spectre
    April 29, 2008

    What do you think?

    #1 Science Blog?

    I think not. I can think of a dozen that provide better science.

    This blog has become nothing more than a cynical, creationist-bashing blog, marked by and displaying contemptuous mockery of the motives and virtues of others using insults, ad hominem attacks and rude and offensive behavior.

    Does the phrase “jumped the shark” mean anything to you?

  41. #41 roddg
    April 29, 2008

    It’s too bad the poll doesn’t show the number of votes for each category. Can we break 100,000?

  42. #42 Spook
    April 29, 2008

    Poll flooding? I OBEY!

    Awesome logo by the way. You should probably switch to Comic Sans and use lots of blinking text, too. That’ll reach a really wide audience. Also, use the largest font size possible because that shows people that you’re serious.

  43. #43 ThirdMonkey
    April 29, 2008

    #18 –
    Hey, the colossal otter is no joke. It’s a CR6 and its claw attacks do 2d8+22!
    *shameless D&D joke*

  44. #44 HadasS
    April 29, 2008

    Just voted at your command…congratulations, PZ, you’re the new Atheist Pope!

  45. #45 Rita Bennett
    April 29, 2008

    In the summer of 1991, we were at an ocean side resort. The speed with which sarcastic T-Shirts were available was remarkable. No, I did not buy any. This was at Ocean City, NJ.

  46. #46 Brownian, OM
    April 29, 2008

    This blog has become nothing more than a cynical, creationist-bashing blog, marked by and displaying contemptuous mockery of the motives and virtues of others using insults, ad hominem attacks and rude and offensive behavior.

    Yeah, well, those other ‘better science’ sites won’t be around much longer if the creationists we bash have their way.

    If you don’t like Pharyngula, you can always pray that it gets better.

    Speaking of polls, the Expelled myspace one has been expelled.

  47. #47 PZ Myers
    April 29, 2008

    This blog has become nothing more than a cynical, creationist-bashing blog…

    Yeah, but what do you think of Pee Wee Herman and yellow text on a purple background, huh?

  48. #48 IanR
    April 29, 2008

    Land animals are far superior

    That’s just silly? Surely they meant land plants?

  49. #49 Etha Williams
    April 29, 2008

    @#39 Chirality –

    [quote]Notice the poll under that one: “Can one prove God exists?” Not sure I like any of the options…

    [/quote]

    What a terrible poll. The choices are essentially ‘yes’, ‘yes’ and ‘yes’.

    Not only that, but I don’t think their three “yes” options are very good either:

    Option 1: Science can prove God. Ummm…science=natural, God=supernatural, so…no. Moving on.

    Option 2: No, you need faith. While this is a theoretically possible answer, in reality I’ve met exactly one religious person in my life whom I think actually had this strange thing called “faith”, rather than wishful thinking involving rationalization, denial, pseudo-logic, etc. I am basing this on my outward interactions and conversations with various people of various religious persuasions, and on my own experiences.

    Option 3: I see him/her every time I look in a mirror. …this is either meant to be sophistic (I think I’m god), or it is intended to refer to the idea that God made man in his own image, and that God is reflected in all of us…I can’t really figure it out…anyway, it’s a crappy and unclear option.

    There should be two more options, IMO:

    Option 4: God can be “proved” in the minds of believers, but these “proofs” do not hold up to objective scrutiny.

    Option 5: No, and God/Goddess/gods/etc most likely do not exist.

  50. #50 Lee Brimmicombe-Wood
    April 29, 2008

    This blog has become nothing more than a cynical, creationist-bashing blog, marked by and displaying contemptuous mockery of the motives and virtues of others using insults, ad hominem attacks and rude and offensive behavior.

    And that’s just MY posts!

  51. #51 Peter Mc
    April 29, 2008

    Broken Spectre: ‘Does the phrase “jumped the shark” mean anything to you?’

    No, are they doing it at the Beijing Olympics?

    PZ provides some pretty good biological education for someone like me who left uni 20 years ago and occasionally likes the mental rust knocking off. He also provides links to other good science sites and articles, entertains me (as do many of the commenters – guys, I love you!) and for me that makes it a pretty good blog. If you don’t like it, have a full refund and fuck off.

  52. #52 peter garayt
    April 29, 2008

    It could be good for your image.
    I heard Pee Wee was an excellent masterdebater.

    peter g

  53. #53 stogoe
    April 29, 2008

    When will you be showing Waiting for Godot?

    Feh. Beckett. I dislike Beckett, ever since I saw Endgame more than once. What about Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter? Or Genet’s The Balcony? Albee’s The Goat or Who Is Sylvia? PZ’s Playhouse would do much better to show these than have to dip into Beckett.

  54. #54 Sastra
    April 29, 2008

    Oh, come on, now. No way would you have been kicked out of a theater showing EXpelled for the reason you suggest.

    Intelligent Design advocates do nothing but jerk themselves off — and now they’ve captured it all on film.

  55. #55 xebecs
    April 29, 2008

    This blog has become nothing more than a cynical, creationist-bashing blog, marked by and displaying contemptuous mockery of the motives and virtues of others using insults, ad hominem attacks and rude and offensive behavior.

    That’s a new one. When have we ever mocked the virtues of others? Surely you don’t count fatuity, credulity and slack-jawed empty-headed parrot-like repetition of musty old superstitions as virtues???

  56. #56 MrSquid
    April 29, 2008

    #18

    You can’t put the word “colossal” in front of those lesser animals and hope to be taken seriously.
    Squid it is!

    True, true; but the mere suggestion of a Colossal Otter is awe inspiring.

  57. #57 Screechy Monkey
    April 29, 2008

    When do we find out what today’s secret word is?

  58. #58 Mosasaurus rex
    April 29, 2008

    Re: the new logo- it must needs have a cephalopod in it somewhere to be a good one. And hidden squids in PZ’s pockets don’t count.

  59. #59 Chief
    April 29, 2008

    81% favor the squid…hmmmm….

    The pie chart looks like a giant blue Pac-Man trying to eat the other three entries.

  60. #60 Mosasaurus rex
    April 29, 2008

    Re: #56

    There’s a very large concrete otter on the shores of Ottertail lake in Fergus Falls, MN- it would qualify as colossal.

  61. #61 ctenotrish
    April 29, 2008

    BLOWFISH! Come on, squid are cool, but blowfish have a lot going for them, too, ya know. Since they left ctenophores off the list . . . .

  62. #62 Pyre
    April 29, 2008

    The Signal article isn’t going to get comments until its security feature is fixed, but this is what I would have commented:

    “Eric, you may have fallen prey to a homonym. I’m fairly sure those handout materials were _hawking_ the movie, rather than _hocking_ it… though, given its dismal ticket sales, perhaps taking the entire enterprise to a pawnshop would be the more profitable business plan.”

  63. #63 Ido
    April 29, 2008

    I don’t mean to be offensive, but this logo is horrible in my opinion.
    And boy, you get a lot of comments really quickly. Congratz!

  64. #64 bernarda
    April 29, 2008

    I voted PZ, I mean PC, but baby otters are cute, as everyone says.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWu5ggvRDSw

  65. #65 Jorge666
    April 29, 2008

    By Your Command

    Squid slipped down to 80% Let’s get on the stick folks!

  66. #66 Jorge666
    April 29, 2008

    There is an opportunity to leave a comment about that MOAB (Mother of all Bombs) Expectorate movie. It might be “preaching to the choir”, but what the heck.

  67. #67 Longtime Lurker
    April 29, 2008

    “PZ’s Playhouse. When will you be showing Waiting for Godot”

    PZ is showing “Waiting for Godbot” almost every day… and sure enough, Kenny will be along soon!

  68. #68 luisalexandre
    April 29, 2008

    Stop that… don’t vote for squids… squids… hum… hum… they were inteligently designed, so don’t vote for them…
    Please people… think of the otters…

  69. #69 Vince
    April 29, 2008

    Keep the polls coming. It’s fun. (Squid 80%, is it the calamari I ate last night?)

  70. #70 Pierce R. Butler
    April 29, 2008

    … we’d also change the text to yellow-green on a purple paisley-patterned background…

    Better than the gray-on-gray of Pharyngula 1.0!

  71. #71 Sven DiMilo
    April 29, 2008

    … we’d also change the text to yellow-green on a purple paisley-patterned background…

    What, a static purple paisley-patterned background? Short-ball hitter. Here’s the site you want to emulate.

  72. #72 Bride of Shrek
    April 29, 2008

    I merely have this to say with regards to your new site design:

    http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y198/sbblondie/Buddy_Christ2.jpg

  73. #73 Naked Bunny with a Whip
    April 29, 2008

    “land animals are far superior”.

    Yeah, rabbits FTW. *scampers off*

  74. You mean, “#1 Science blog… two years ago.”

  75. #75 James F
    April 29, 2008

    #74

    Just for that, Phil will be playing the role of “Chairry.”

  76. #76 True Bob
    April 29, 2008

    Oh thanks so much, PZ. PeeWee was one of my favorite shows. Luckily, I have the series on DVD, and as soon as my daughter gets home, we’ll have a Family Time Mind Warp at the TV.

    And I for one welcome our colossal cephalopod overlords.

  77. #77 DobyGS
    April 29, 2008

    Squid are down to 79%. “Fly…” again!

  78. #78 Angel Rose Young
    April 29, 2008

    “This blog has become nothing more than a cynical, creationist-bashing blog, marked by and displaying contemptuous mockery of the motives and virtues of others using insults, ad hominem attacks and rude and offensive behavior.”

    Isn’t that odd? Those particular behaviors you describe are the exact reason I no longer lounge around Carl Sagan videos on you tube and read the comments. If I make a comment, even if it is to someone of my own persuasions, there is always some dickweed just like you to jump in and fuck up a nice conversation with your unenlightened bullshit about life, the universe, and everything.

    Like Peter Mc said in #51: If you don’t like it, have a full refund and fuck off.

  79. #79 David Marjanovi?, OM
    April 29, 2008

    What, a static purple paisley-patterned background? Short-ball hitter. Here’s the site you want to emulate.

    Urgh. My eyes… hurt…

  80. #80 MandyDax
    April 29, 2008

    Just a few thoughts:

    Me:”So Ben Stein-”
    PZ:”AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!”
    Me:”What? Did I say the secret word?”
    PZ:”No, I just have that reaction to Ben SteinAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!”

    D:”What are you?”
    O:”I’m an otter.”
    D:”And what do you do?”
    O:”I swim around on my back and do cute little human things with my hands.”
    D:”You’re free to go.”
    D:”And what are you?”
    C:”I’m a cow.”
    D:”Get in the fucking truck, ok pal!”
    C:”But I’m an animal.”
    D:”You’re a baseball glove! Get on that truck!”
    C:”I’m an animal, I have rights!”
    D:”Yeah, here’s yer fucking cousin, get on the fucking truck, pal!”

    THIS POLL IS INVALID! THERE IS NOT A HYPNOTOAD OPTION! ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD!

  81. #81 J
    April 29, 2008

    #80 Denis Leary FTW

  82. #82 Jim
    April 29, 2008

    Done. 80% squid, 10% otter, 2% that dried out stuff.

    Your humble PZombie awaits your next command, professor!

  83. #83 dale
    April 29, 2008

    The new logo would present you as a garish parody of yourself. Good marketing, similar to Ben Stein in his knee sox and shorts with that innocent grin………

  84. #84 Brandon P.
    April 29, 2008

    I voted “land animals are far superior”. Dinosaurs FTW.

  85. #85 Brandon P.
    April 29, 2008

    Though I do like sharks and whales. Whales are cute, and sharks (esp. the big predatory ones) are awesome.

  86. #86 JCG
    April 29, 2008

    This poll fails, no bacteria option.

  87. #87 leo
    April 29, 2008

    We made it into a blue Pacman

  88. #88 One Eyed Jack
    April 29, 2008

    Squid are great, but come on … I mean … otters! Who doesn’t love an otter?

    -OEJ

  89. #89 cynthax
    April 29, 2008

    Gotta love the shoes! Can you imagine eight of them??

  90. #90 Etha Williams
    April 29, 2008

    Personally, my favorite logo option is the secularism kills cephalopod…I still can’t believe that wasn’t a joke…

  91. #91 Silver
    April 29, 2008

    I like that you changed your profile picture. I thought you were bald, with an oddly shaped head until I saw a larger picture when the Expelled stuff happened.

  92. #92 flonkbob
    April 29, 2008

    Wow, PZ…you have far too much power for a mere mortal. No poll is safe from you and your minions!

    Good thinkg you’re not a ‘mere’ mortal. And I rather like being a minion.

  93. #93 freelunch
    April 29, 2008

    Was it taken in London, with Westminster Bridge in the background?
    Isn’t that Morris? How disappointing.

  94. #94 Zachary B.
    April 29, 2008

    “You know what to do.”

    I cracked up with that line.

  95. #95 D. Cardinale
    April 29, 2008

    That’s too funny…that’s my school newspaper. What a small world it is…

  96. #96 shane
    April 29, 2008

    I merely have this to say with regards to your new site design:

    http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y198/sbblondie/Buddy_Christ2.jpg

    You know what, the more I look at that picture I think Buddy is just missing his M16…

    Teh Jebus sez buhleaf or yewz getz wasted!

  97. #97 Hematite
    April 30, 2008

    As much as I like the proposed logo, I want to discuss more technical matters.

    I think Pharyngula is outgrowing the flat list commenting model. A threaded view would be much more practical for the number of comments we’re getting lately. I get the impression that some lines of conversation are being prematurely extinguished because they’re interleaved with a more vigorous discussion.

    Much as I respect Broken Spectre (#40)’s right to go jump in a lake if he doesn’t like the comments on this blog, a threaded view would also provide him with the ability to quickly and easily ignore the bits he doesn’t like.

    Sadly, I’m not sure scienceblogs has the technology to implement such a system. The system at slashdot.org has been working effectively unchanged for over 10 years, and deals gracefully with a large user base and continual nonsensical trolls. The comment moderation system is good too; for all that it is accused of abuse it works in practice. Unfortunately it requires (optional) user accounts or at least cookies to keep track of which posts are new to each reader, which I don’t think scienceblogs touches on at all.

    I’m keen to hear thoughts from other readers.

  98. #98 G. Tingey
    April 30, 2008

    AND I mistyped it …
    It SHOULD have read…
    “Is that in London, with WATERLOO Bridge in the background?

    Oops

    Please do tell, nonetheless!

  99. #99 embertine
    April 30, 2008

    There is a lot of squid love going on in that poll. Wait.. that sounds wrong…

  100. #100 Dana Hunter
    April 30, 2008

    Otters are adorable, but you know, they’re half-land, half-marine, sorta thing. It’s squid all the way, baby, yeah!

    PZ’s Playhouse is an awesome concept but… can’t we get a better photo for the head? You look like you’re silently screaming “Help! I’m trapped in a Gumby body!” Sad, really.

  101. #101 Ichthyic
    April 30, 2008

    Otters are adorable, but you know, they’re half-land, half-marine, sorta thing

    actually, they’re pretty much all marine, unlike pinnipeds that haul themselves out frequently.

    OTOH, they eat squid, so that might make some a bit anxious round these parts.

    like you said, it’s hard to get around the charismatic mammal thing…

    http://www.cnn.com/TECH/science/9810/19/otters.yoto/seaotter.jpg

    whatever.

    I voted for the blowfish.

    http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/staticfiles/NGS/Shared/StaticFiles/animals/images/800/puffer-fish-puffed.jpg

  102. #102 PhysioProf
    April 30, 2008

    I like the new logo. Does this mean you’ll get busted jacking off in a movie theater?

  103. #103 Sven DiMilo
    April 30, 2008

    Jeez, Physio…talk about late to the party. You didn’t see the line of text under the Pee-Zee logo?

  104. #104 Justin
    April 30, 2008

    I would not redesign your site along Pee Wee Herman if I were you. You would definitely have trouble getting into movie theaters then! (sorry, bad joke. I could not resist)

  105. #105 Flamethorn
    April 30, 2008

    Squid is at 80%. I’m guessing that poll was written specifically for Pharyngulites to crash.

  106. #106 Flamethorn
    April 30, 2008

    If he whips his tentacles out, he will get kicked out of another theater for sure.

    ……..Waitaminute. PZ is a Centauri?

  107. #107 karen
    April 30, 2008

    It’s hard to resist voting for otters when they do things like this:

    http://mfrost.typepad.com/.shared/image.html?/photos/uncategorized/2008/04/29/ohterr_2.jpg

    or for those who prefer links that are a little less lengthy:

    http://tinyurl.com/553s25