A gift from Oregon

Regular commenter Patricia sent me a present — isn’t this pretty?


The octopus pendant is also very nice. You can get your own at the Emerson Glass Art Studio, if you’re envious.

Thanks, Patricia! I will get it away from my cervical model someday, I’m sure.


  1. #1 skyotter
    July 24, 2008

    that is indeed awesome =)

  2. #2 Dustin
    July 24, 2008

    I will get it away from my cervical model someday, I’m sure.

    I was about to say that your neck looked much nicer than I expected it to.

  3. #3 iwstat
    July 24, 2008

    Hey PZ-
    Offtopic, but could you do a post debunking/explaining the supposed errors in Richard Lenski’s work from the loons at Conservapedia?

  4. #4 Greg Laden
    July 24, 2008

    I don’t think that is your neck, PZ.

  5. #5 Monado
    July 24, 2008

    Very pretty indeed! I’m a sucker (heh!) for organic designs.

    You might not have seen this: Glendon Mellow at The Flying Trilobite has painted a set of drink coasters that can be grouped in two ways: as trilobites or a rabbit.

  6. #6 PZ Myers
    July 24, 2008

    How dare you, Greg! I have a lovely and graceful neck. Maybe I just shaved.

  7. #7 LisaJ
    July 24, 2008

    Oh, that’s so nice! It’s very perty.

  8. #8 Helioprogenus
    July 24, 2008

    Allow me to make a prediction. I predict that one of these idiot catholic spamholes will purchase this pendant and shove a nail in it. Don’t know what that will accomplish, but can’t you just see their rabid frenzy when faced with rational ideas?

  9. #9 HolyRusk
    July 24, 2008

    What! An atheist, mentally retarded by brainwashing, is offering some presents to the evil Priest from the sect of Atheism. You see what atheism does to people.

    [Beautiful, but I’m not jealous, so many women from the internets send me presents too]

  10. #10 anthropic
    July 24, 2008

    That’s awesome. I’m envious :(

  11. #11 Eli
    July 24, 2008

    That’s a lovely pendant!

  12. #12 Stephen Couchman
    July 24, 2008

    @ 8

    When will the lies stop? There are no girls on the internets. It’s a myth, like mermaids.

  13. #13 Capital Dan
    July 24, 2008

    PZ and Patricia sitting in a tree…

  14. #14 Hessenroots
    July 24, 2008

    Awww, that’s adorable!

    Perfect gift for PZ…aside from maybe the real thing ;P

  15. #15 Nicole
    July 24, 2008

    “When will the lies stop? There are no girls on the internets.”

    Oh yes we are.

  16. #16 Matt Gerber
    July 24, 2008

    That’s beautiful. I want one of the FSM.

  17. #17 Benjamin Franklin
    July 24, 2008

    Very Nize!

    The eyes remind me of Petey, the dog from The Little Rascals.

  18. #18 gdlchmst
    July 24, 2008

    You should get a big one, Flavor Flav style. That’d be much more menacing.

  19. #19 Anonymous
    July 24, 2008

    Posting anonymous because my wife is an elected official, but she’s got a bong with a nice blue octopus on it.

  20. #20 LVDLR
    July 24, 2008

    OMG!!!! :O it’s sooo adorable, I want one!!!!

  21. #21 Brownian, OM
    July 24, 2008

    What? And I thought Patricia had eyes for me.

  22. #22 Joseph
    July 24, 2008

    Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn.

  23. #23 Phentari
    July 24, 2008

    Cthulhu cthaves.

  24. #24 Sili
    July 24, 2008


    That’s a lot more practical (and decorative) than the squishipus. (I still think you should wear her as a hat when performing.)

  25. #25 OctoberMermaid
    July 24, 2008

    I MUST have one of these!

  26. #26 arensb
    July 24, 2008

    Yay! There hasn’t been enough cephalart here lately.

    Oh, and here’s something that would go well with that.

  27. #27 Stephen Couchman
    July 24, 2008

    @ 14

    Fact is, the first person I heard that one from was female, and net-tastically awesome. In 2008, I think it’s only still funny because of its absurdity, which is probably why it’ll only stop being funny when gender becomes irrelevant both socially and biologically (one way or another). I guess I’m just trying to get all the mileage I can out of the joke before the Singularity hits. *shrug*

  28. #28 Paul Burnett
    July 24, 2008

    Cthulhu cthaves (#22)

    …for in case He gets hungry later.

  29. #29 Brian W.
    July 24, 2008

    you get free books, free jewelry and all the hate mail. I’m so fucking envious.

  30. #30 Remy-Grace
    July 24, 2008


  31. #31 scooter
    July 24, 2008

    INNERSIDE Radio Program

    Bill Donahue pwn3d, and New Atheists for Dummies Continued w/ Sam Harris critiqued.

    or download from:

  32. #32 zer0
    July 24, 2008

    Hey PZ you might wanna see to this.

    The retard doesn’t seem to know the blog tracks IPs for comments.

  33. #33 Paula Helm Murray
    July 24, 2008

    That is a fantastic piece of art glass. (if some idiot drove a nail into it it would shatter…)

    In March i went to a bead blast at Moon Marble in Bonner Springs and one of the marble artists did “Octopus’ gardens’ that were really kewl too, but I couldn’t begin to afford one so I do not have an image. They were fist-sized marbles with undersea gardens in glass, with an octopus gracing the top of the marble/paperweight.

  34. #34 scooter
    July 24, 2008

    Give up Brownian #20

    I’m in line for Patricia playtoy, the eyes for you went out with Fred Astaire.

    Take a number

  35. #35 ShadowWalkyr
    July 24, 2008

    That post bothered me for a while, and I think I just figured out why. PZ, perhaps you meant “clavicle model”?

  36. #36 paul lurquin
    July 24, 2008

    This will make PZ forget that he was denied tenure at a major research university (Temple U)! Soldier on, man!

  37. #37 The Adamant Atheist
    July 25, 2008


    Because PZ’s academic reputation is so relevant to the major issues we discuss here!


  38. #38 aaron
    July 25, 2008

    #34 “perhaps you meant “clavicle model”?”

    Nice catch, it seemed off to me too, I wondered if there was something I’m just not getting. Apparently I know my anatomy…sort of.

  39. #39 gdlchmst
    July 25, 2008

    No, “cervical” is the right word: of or relating to a neck.

  40. #40 Diego
    July 25, 2008

    Check out Dragonfly Glass for some very nice glass arthropods.

    Requests are taken too!

  41. #41 genewitch
    July 25, 2008

    I live in oregon, and i actually went “awwww!!!!!!!” when i saw this. Too awesome. my girlfriend likes it too. wear it with pride mister PZ!

  42. #42 blf
    July 25, 2008

    Our plan for world domination is about the succeed. Pee Zed foolishly put on the Crystal of Octowoo, and is now under our control. It will take a bit of time–at first he will resist, not being accustomed to the control–but within a few days, he will be totally ours! Then

    –High Wizard to Teh Lizard Overlords.

  43. #43 StuV
    July 25, 2008

    Oh, Patricia… you were a shoo-in for the Molly anyway. No need to ply the propriator with gifts.


  44. #44 Brownian, OM
    July 25, 2008

    Take a number

    I did, scooter. It was 20. You’ve got 33, so you’d better work hard to catch up.

  45. #45 Noadi
    July 25, 2008

    I love art glass jewelry, I’m just a coward and torches scare me. I’ll just have to keep making cephalopod jewelry with polymer clay.

    Also why didn’t I think of sending PZ one of my cuttlefish necklaces?

  46. #46 JM Inc.
    July 25, 2008

    Wait a minute, PZ. Do you think maybe you’re meant to desecrate it?

  47. #47 Riva
    July 25, 2008

    I hope it’s a tree cephalopod. I hear those are quite common up in Oregon. ( *smirks*

  48. #48 LaTomate
    July 25, 2008

    I can’t wait for the Friday cephalopod… or was this it ?

  49. #49 CrypticLife
    July 25, 2008

    “How dare you, Greg! I have a lovely and graceful neck. Maybe I just shaved.”

    Well, yeah, you could do that if your beard weren’t sacred.


  50. #50 Pat
    July 25, 2008

    OK Myers, I’ve had it. Release the hostages or tonight its retribution time. That’s right, fail to act and I’m going to Carmine’s tonight and having a HUGE plate of calamari. Don’t test me, I’m crazy and I’ll do it!

    Seriously though, the stunt is stupid and you’re a jackass. But it’s been a lot of fun to watch Christians and atheists go ape shit at each other, so thanks for the entertainment at any rate I guess. (and of course to all you other good people as well).

    PS to anon dude posting the kids names and Myers address…. He’s a jackass but you are truly a worthless loser

  51. #51 Patricia
    July 25, 2008

    You are most welcome! My thanks for standing up for reason.

    Come on StuV, ‘everyone knows’ bribing a tentacled overlord requires BEER. 😉

  52. #52 Holbach
    July 25, 2008

    Patricia @ 51 What a neat pendant! I hope you kept one for yourself!

  53. #53 Nerd of Redhead
    July 26, 2008

    Patricia, good find. I owe the redhead a present, so I’ll have to look over the website.

  54. #54 Kseniya
    July 29, 2008

    Very nice! But has it been consecrated?

  55. #55 DingoDave
    July 29, 2008

    Posted by Dustin @ #2
    “I was about to say that your neck looked much nicer than I expected it to.”

    Either that, or PZ had a full body wax in anticipation of the photograph being taken. : )
    Now that WOULD be a sight!
    Go on PZ I dare you.

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