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Now I see my problem

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I need to get a cool hat like Neil deGrasse Tyson and Margaret Downey if I want to be one of the Cool Kids.

Comments

  1. #1 Flamethorn
    June 27, 2008

    I don’t know, I think you’re pretty cool already.

  2. #2 Sam B
    June 27, 2008

    OOh! Get a top hat!

    A monocle too, if you want to stand out.

  3. #3 SC
    June 27, 2008

    Speaking of Tyson, this week’s NOVA scienceNOW was especially good:

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/sciencenow/watch/080625.html

  4. #4 Richard Harris
    June 27, 2008

    We should know! Why does PZ, (who has a trophy wife), have his right hand around Margaret Downey’s waist? And why does he have manicured finger nails?

  5. #5 Sir Jebbington
    June 27, 2008

    Get a top-hat and monocle and you’re set for life.

  6. #6 Colin Brady
    June 27, 2008

    Yeah, don’t be a follower. They are likely envious of you being hatless.

  7. #7 Sili
    June 27, 2008

    You do realise, of course, that you’re are now gonna receive a myriad of homecrafted cephalohats?

    For those who cannot sow, themselves, I heartily recommend asking Susan. She loves getting custom orders.

    (How big is your head, PZed?)

  8. #8 Flamethorn
    June 27, 2008

    I know! One of those propeller beanies!

  9. #9 Jefe
    June 27, 2008

    hmmm.

    Imagine the conversation one could have with PZ, Tyson, and Downey over a pint or 4.

  10. #10 Sir Jebbington
    June 27, 2008

    Or a headcrab hat!

  11. #11 Monsignor Henry Clay
    June 27, 2008

    I love the celebr-ographs. Multiple cameras going off, multiple options for where to look. Notice how Neil is the rebel. “I’m gonna look over here, bitches.”

  12. #12 Steve_C
    June 27, 2008

    PZ definitely needs a Bowler.

  13. #13 Michelle
    June 27, 2008

    I don’t think you need a hat. I think you need an afro.

  14. #14 Tosser
    June 27, 2008

    Also, check out Tyson from the Colbert Report a few days ago:

    http://www.comedycentral.com/colbertreport/videos.jhtml?episodeId=174851

  15. #15 Philip Priestley
    June 27, 2008

    PZ

    Sir, you do not need a hat, you have one thing the two of them could never carry off – a successful beard! :)

  16. #16 Cuttlefish, OM
    June 27, 2008

    While the women all adore a
    Man who’s sporting a fedora
    There are men who look like idiots with something on their head
    Not a porkpie, fez or turban
    Whether rural wear or urban
    Is the sort of thing I picture looking stylish on P-Zed
    When he put on a souwester,
    Why, his hair began to fester
    And he had to reconsider why that’s something that he did
    But if I could write a sonnet
    To suggest his sort of bonnet
    I am thinking, on his head should perch some stylish sort of squid.

  17. #17 Benjamin Franklin
    June 27, 2008

    I admire Tyson, but does he have a pink & chrome Eldorado with fuzzy upholstery and dice to match that hat?

    -pimpin’ for science, I guess

  18. #18 Bill Dauphin
    June 27, 2008

    …does he have a pink & chrome Eldorado with fuzzy upholstery and dice to match that hat?

    I wasn’t thinking pimp, so much; I was thinking he looks like a judge on America’s Best Dance Crew.

    pimpin’ for science, I guess

    No. Poppin’ and lockin’ for science. You guys are just sick! ;^)

  19. #19 ctenotrish
    June 27, 2008

    Yay!! Cuttlefish is back!!

  20. #20 Emmet Caulfield
    June 27, 2008

    Re #16: Cuttlefish is back! Yay!

    Bowler, definitely not. Top-hat and monocle, maybe, but whatever it is, it will have to accomodate PZ’s horns.

  21. #21 andrew
    June 27, 2008

    Margaret Downey misspelled my last name!!!!

  22. #22 Mr-Zero
    June 27, 2008

    They look like guitar nails PZ. Do you play?
    Z

  23. #23 the puzzled ibex
    June 27, 2008

    PZ, dude – what is your arm doing around her waist? Does your wife know about this?

  24. #24 Soybomb
    June 27, 2008

    I eagerly await the next picture. Perhaps hip-hop Tyson will have a giant clock and PZ can be rocking the Mr. Peanut look so many think he’d look good in.

  25. #25 True Bob
    June 27, 2008

    Yeah, PZ, why is your arm around Margaret? And why did you roll only that sleeve up? And why is that arm a little longer than the other? It’s as if it isn’t even your arm!

    As for hats, I think only a piratical hat would satisfy FSM.

    http://www.captjackspiratehats.com/hats/

  26. #26 negentropyeater
    June 27, 2008

    I actually think the guy on the right looks cool and sexy in his own style, if he were gay, he’d be very popular in the bear crowd.

    (Not that I think PZ would have any interest in this, he’s got the trophy wife (TM), but here’s the north country bears website for those who are curious or might be looking for activities in the upper midwest :)
    http://www.ncbears.com

  27. #27 Denis Loubet
    June 27, 2008

    You can’t wear a top hat and monocle without spats.

    On an unrelated note, is there a Margret Downey junior?

  28. #28 Heidi Richter
    June 27, 2008

    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3107/2616311160_753883a56a_o.jpg

    I would have added a monocle, too, but you’re already wearing glasses.

  29. #29 Peter Vaht
    June 27, 2008

    PZ you do realize it looks like you are hugging and pressing that girl up against you right? With your elongated octoesc arm? Nice reach around, lol

  30. #30 True Bob
    June 27, 2008

    BTW, PZ, where was such an eminent group together at one time? No offense, but my man crush is for Neil, even if he looks unusually street in that pic.

  31. #31 APic
    June 27, 2008

    may i also recommend a tweed cape? Go here for the finest in inverness tweed.

  32. #32 Mena
    June 27, 2008

    How about a t-shirt instead?
    http://www.noisebot.com/tourism_t-shirt.htm

  33. #33 Dragonfire
    June 27, 2008

    Woo! Margaret! Nice picture :)

  34. #34 Sam B
    June 27, 2008

    Hmm, a brilliant idea, methinks – a three-cornered top hat (think Cap’n Jack Sparrows hat with a top hat)

    It also gives you the excuse to wear BOTH a monocle AND an eyepatch!

    The upperclass pirate!

    “I say, aaargh!”

  35. #36 Holbach
    June 27, 2008

    Great company! Neil’s Nova program is off to a good start. His book, “Death By Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandaries” is a good read. We should be lucky to have company like this instead of the morons that infest Pharyngula!

  36. #37 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    June 27, 2008

    We should be lucky to have company like this instead of the morons that infest Pharyngula!

    Damn. Sorry. My bad.

  37. #38 Greta Christina
    June 27, 2008

    Might I suggest a nice tricorn? They’re appropriate for any occasion. Weddings, funerals, ball games, graduations… Emily Post says a tricorn is the one fashion accessory that can be worn at any time.

  38. #39 Lola
    June 27, 2008

    I had an amazing time at TAM, and meeting you was a definite highpoint! I was one of the drunkards who accosted you in the bar and kept you up past your bedtime. I hope you’ll find the time to make it next year as well. Too bad Tyson couldn’t stay past his talk.

    Cheers,

    -L

  39. #40 Roger, FCD
    June 27, 2008

    Cuttlefish is why I read the interwebs.

  40. #41 Bill Dauphin
    June 27, 2008

    Might I suggest a nice tricorn? They’re appropriate for any occasion. Weddings, funerals, ball games, graduations…

    …ship-boardings, pillagings, strandings of rival captains,…

  41. #42 Aaron Boruff
    June 27, 2008

    Is Neil deGrasse Tyson a handshake or fistbump person?

  42. #43 Marcus Ranum
    June 27, 2008

    Hate to disappoint you guys but that’s Margaret’s arm. It’s much better looking than one of PZ’s tenacles.

  43. #44 Nick
    June 27, 2008

    great pic

  44. #45 Emmet Caulfield
    June 27, 2008

    may i also recommend a tweed cape? Go here for the finest in inverness tweed.

    With a deerstalker and a huge calabash!

  45. #46 ThirtyFiveUp
    June 27, 2008

    Cuttlefish, oh my heart and gizzard!

    Very glad you are back.

  46. #47 Richard
    June 27, 2008

    What a great reception that was. I had a list of hands I wanted to shake: PZ, NDT, Phil, Shermer, Swoopy&derek, Randi, Hrab, etc. Got to shake them all, and there was actually time to chat with most.

    Notice Phil and PZ are not in the same photo? I wonder if there are really two of them….

  47. #48 Moses
    June 27, 2008

    These are not cool hats.

  48. #49 firemancarl
    June 27, 2008

    I dunno PZ, maybe you can make a hat out of the skins of all the babies you eat. IF that’s too over the top, maybe a nice Fez hat?

  49. #50 clear as mud
    June 27, 2008

    Neil!!!

  50. #51 Patricia
    June 27, 2008

    Yay! Cuttlefish is back! :)
    I second PZ donning a beanycopter…every girl’s crazy bout a sharp dressed man!

  51. #52 Andy
    June 27, 2008

    I have to say that this is my new favorite place to read the comments. I was an avid /.’er 10 years ago and this is the same good style. Now only if we get the numbers… never mind.

  52. #53 Sastra
    June 27, 2008

    Tinfoil hats are least expensive, and would also allow you to blend unnoticed into any anti-skeptic conventions you might care to attend in the future.

    Of course that’s Margaret’s hand and arm, not PZ’s — and she’s wearing the sailor hat to advertise the upcoming Atheist Alliance Convention this September, which will be held on the Queen Mary, docked in Long Beach, CA.

    PZ Myers will be there, along with Michael Shermer and a bunch of other luminaries. So if you missed TAM6 — or really enjoyed TAM6 — there’s still this one.

    Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to get a photo with Tyson, he left too soon — but I have a real cute one of PZ, Blake Stacey, and me ;)

    One of us has a feathered chapeau.

  53. #54 Rey Fox
    June 27, 2008

    Are you kidding? Margaret looks like she’s on break from Krispy Kreme.

  54. #55 ildi
    June 27, 2008

    I wish I could hang out with the cool kids!

  55. #56 gary
    June 27, 2008

    I see you’re having an affair with Margaret Downey. If you were Christians, I think God would be mad at you for being hypocrites, but since you aren’t Christians, he probably doesn’t mind. Proceed.

  56. #57 MH
    June 27, 2008

    I second the tricorn suggestion! Maybe you could borrow Greta’s?

    Great to see Cuttlefish back!

  57. #58 gaypaganunitarianagnostic
    June 27, 2008

    No, PZ doesn’t need a hat, and if he were gay he would be a prime bear.

  58. #59 Anonymous
    June 27, 2008

    *Sigh* I love this blog. :P

  59. I need to get a cool hat like Neil deGrasse Tyson and Margaret Downey if I want to be one of the Cool Kids.

    At least you’re not wearing your standard blue shirt!

  60. #61 Hank
    June 27, 2008

    I’m afraid that upon watching Dr Tyson’s feature on the brooklyn stone henge, I think his cool will be very, very hard to beat. Regardless of attire.

  61. #62 kcrady
    June 27, 2008

    Nah, you don’t need a hat to be cool. You’re *PZ!* The guy who got expelled from Expelled! Wearing a hat like other people just waters down the experience. Live the dream, buddy!*

    On the other hand, I think you’d look cool in full Steampunk regalia…like this! You could use your Amaz!ng Pharyingulator Cannon (click the link) to turn creationists into your quiveringly obedient tentacled minions! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA!!!

    Speaking of tentacles…YAY, CUTTLEFISH!!! BTW, Cuttlefish, do you agree with evolution? Eric Hovind wants to know.

    *”Red vs. Blue” reference :)

  62. #63 kcrady
    June 27, 2008

    Grrr! The link to PZ’s stylin’ Steampunk regalia didn’t work. Trying again…

    http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn69/ptgalt2/SteampunkPZjpeg.jpg

  63. #64 cory
    June 27, 2008

    You met Neil deGrasse Tyson? Cool. I have such a heterosexual intellectual man-crush on NdT. I always enjoy a pop-cosmological PBS show a bit more when he is on it.

    He is just lucky I am not a Republican pol….

  64. #65 Longtime Lurker
    June 27, 2008

    Neil DeGrasse Tyson really is a national treasure. I met him last year, and he really is a nice guy. Funny, I thought the “world’s sexiest living astrophysicist” (in your face, Hawking!) would be less accessible. Plus, he looks baaaad in that hat.

    Maybe People magazine will nominate PZ “world’s sexiest living biologist”.

  65. #66 Bride of Shrek
    June 27, 2008

    What about a Pith Helmet. Very pukka for a gentleman of your status.

  66. #67 John Morales
    June 27, 2008

    (How big is your head, PZed?)

    Sorry Sili, practicing my quote-mining :)

  67. #68 JCE
    June 27, 2008

    How soon we forget the fashion power that manifested itself as the “Beware the Believers” cephalopod hat.

    Oh yeah, I want one.

    Canadian pharangulites who are not bored sick of that movie yet: the Globe and Mail reviewed it and there is lively commentary. Have to watch one’s language though – my post calling BS a hypocrite and a liar got mod-rejected even though I had lots of nice links to the evidence.

  68. #69 The MadPanda
    June 27, 2008

    If not a tricorn, as has been modestly suggested for PZ (#38, #41, and #57), perhaps a six-tiered hat out of one of Jack Vance’s Dying Earth stories? Such would be quite appropriate for a man of his erudition, class, wisdom, and learning!

    (grin)

    Good to see you safely returned, o Cuttlefish! There was a troll hereabouts casting aspersions on your kinfolk, but I think it got roasted already.

    The MadPanda, FCD

  69. #70 Longtime Lurker
    June 27, 2008

    MadPanda, he’d better make sure his six-tiered hat isn’t adorned with the scale of a demiurge!

    Gotta love Jack Vance… I’m kicking myself for not ordering the Integral Edition series.

  70. #71 The MadPanda
    June 27, 2008

    Oh, I concur! Perhaps we should build him a deodand tank for the timely disposal of Behe’s Geese?

    Better yet, we should buy him a cask or two of Golden Porphiron wine!

    The MadPanda, FCD

  71. #73 Donovan
    June 27, 2008

    PZ, you should call the pope and see if you can borrow his hat. From what I heard on BBC the other day, the pope has become quite a fashion symbol. A nice pope hat with a golden cephalopod in the middle of it would be snazzy.

  72. #74 Linda
    June 28, 2008

    Ahh–one degree of separation. I’ve met Margaret, so am one degree away from Neil (big old Sagan-sized crush on that man!) and PZ (who I really like, but not in that way!).

    And, you know, jealous that I couldn’t be there!

  73. #75 JM Inc.
    June 28, 2008

    Wow, I almost didn’t even recognise Neil there for a second. Where was this taken again? Did anybody say?

    Besides, I bet Tyson and Downy are jealous of your beard. The beardless always are.

  74. #76 JM Inc.
    June 28, 2008

    Downey*

  75. #77 RHM
    June 28, 2008

    Oh my…..
    Neil deGrasse Tyson: more proof that science is sexy.
    *yes, I swoon.
    You may not have a hat, PZ, but the hand-in-pocket-book-under-arm stance pings my cool-o-meter. Who needs another arm (or six)?

  76. #78 Richard
    June 28, 2008

    #75 etc:

    (I took it.) This was the Thursday night reception at TAM6, in the Flamingo, Las Vegas. What a week, and what an evening.

    – Richard

  77. #79 pete moulton
    June 28, 2008

    I dunno, Pee Zed. Anyone who hangs with Margaret Downey and Neil DeGrasse Tyson is already pretty cool in my book.

  78. #80 Kseniya
    June 28, 2008

    Sastra:

    I have a real cute one of PZ, Blake Stacey, and me

    Sigh. Neil is special, but PZ and Blake?

    Cue green-eyed monster. :-)

  79. #81 clinteas
    June 28, 2008

    Sastra,surrender the pics !!! ( Or post them somewhere lol)

  80. #82 PZ Myers
    June 28, 2008

    Sastra could always send them to me, and I’d post them…

  81. #83 clinteas
    June 28, 2008

    YaY,PZ !
    That would be cool.

  82. #84 John Phillips, FCD
    June 28, 2008

    Yay, welcome back Cuttlefish, you have been sorely missed.

  83. #85 Longtime Lurker
    June 28, 2008

    “A nice pope hat with a golden cephalopod in the middle of it would be snazzy.”

    Hey, that just screams “Esoteric Order of Dagon”.

    Still checking the mirror, no “Innsmouth Look”.

    Sigh…

  84. #86 vjack
    June 28, 2008

    One can never go wrong with a cool hat. I’d suggest a Kangol assuming you can’t find a good deal on a pope hat.

  85. #87 skeptic4u
    June 28, 2008

    get a squid hat. i bet someone already said this. :p

  86. #88 dwarf zebu
    June 28, 2008

    Of course that’s Margaret’s hand and arm, not PZ’s — and she’s wearing the sailor hat to advertise the upcoming Atheist Alliance Convention this September, which will be held on the Queen Mary, docked in Long Beach, CA.

    PZ Myers will be there, along with Michael Shermer and a bunch of other luminaries. So if you missed TAM6 — or really enjoyed TAM6 — there’s still this one.

    OOOH! I can totally do Long Beach!! Please let us know if there’s a meetup, ‘kay?

  87. #89 lostn
    June 29, 2008

    I swear PZ, you DO look like the Colonel.

  88. #90 JHebblethwaite
    June 29, 2008

    PZ, in the Sunday Source section (Section N, p. 3) of today’s Washington Post, the top article is titled “PAJAMA SQUID.” It’s about a children’s boutique in Takoma Park, MD, whose owner describes the creature as a “tiny little blib, [sic] just playing on the ocean floor.” Alas, the article doesn’t make it clear whether the squid is sold as a stuffed animal. In the picture she’s holding one that looks like a whale. You might be able to find it at http://www.washingtonpost.com. (Maybe I’ll be able to forward such things after I get fast Internet service!)

    Also, Neil deGrasse Tyson appears in today’s Parade magazine, but I don’t think his essay there is as entertaining as his talk at TAM6, maybe because he knew his (smaller) audience better at the latter venue.

  89. #91 JHebblethwaite
    June 30, 2008

    Sorry. In #90 in the last paragraph I should have said, “in last week’s Parade magazine,”.

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