Pharyngula

Presents for moi!

I just received a big ol’ mailing tube in the division office. The office staff made a little joke about how they’d rather I didn’t open it there, just in case (the Catholics will be so happy — they’ve managed to instill fear in uninvolved innocents), so they missed out — it was a beautiful print, all for me.

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Thank you!

I also received another present, a wonderfully warm hoodie with an exceptionally cute bit of art on the front. He’s squinking hearts! And aren’t I adorable in it?

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No name was on the package, and there was just a note that revealed that the source was from France. C’est magnifique! Un grand merci!

Comments

  1. #1 Owlmirror
    September 29, 2008

    I remember the image that the dendrite-like tentacles are based on. Did we ever figure out if it was developmental, or due to injury?

  2. #2 Inky
    September 29, 2008

    omg omg omg sweatshirt is CUTE!!

  3. #3 scooter
    September 29, 2008

    prolly that negen troper guy

  4. #4 Kel
    September 29, 2008

    Far too awesome!

  5. #5 Corydoras
    September 29, 2008

    C’est chouette!

  6. #6 Renee
    September 29, 2008

    Sweet, you got the print! I was a little concerned you might think some angry person might have gotten their hands on a very small missile and stuffed it in the mailing tube, but it didn’t weight enough for that.

    Glad you like it!

  7. #7 Dahan
    September 29, 2008

    Ghaa! Hearts! Bleach! I HATE the awful “heart” symbol. My students are banned from using it in either art or design in my classes. Still, I guess the sentiment is there…. but… Blah!

  8. #8 PZ Myers
    September 29, 2008

    Really, whenever I get packages of any size any more, people draw back in trepidation, despite the fact that nothing awful has happened. Yet.

  9. #9 Dahan
    September 29, 2008

    PZ, shouldn’t opening suspicious packages fall under the duties of a TA?

  10. #10 Nerd of Redhead
    September 29, 2008

    Dahan, UMM is an undergraduate university. No TA’s. That’s why PZ gets grumpy at grading time.

  11. #11 EastwoodDC
    September 29, 2008

    That does it! I’m going to start a blog that features weekly pictures of diamonds, precious metals, etc., and just wait for the gifts to roll in. ;-)

  12. #12 Corvus
    September 29, 2008

    Serious present envy here. I need to get me one of those fanbase/following things.

  13. #13 Romeo Vitelli
    September 29, 2008

    Er, are you sure that’s a print of a squid and not a mat for praying to the Great Cthulhu? And they sent you a prayer shawl to go with it. If your campus sinks into the sea, don’t come crying to me.

  14. #14 ocean1009
    September 29, 2008

    I’ve seen that design before. It’s from amorphia apparel. They have a lot of pretty sweet designs, though not many cephalopods sadly.

    The print looks great, Renee! I had no idea you read pharyngula.

  15. #15 Capital Dan
    September 29, 2008

    Nerd of Redhead | September 29, 2008 7:13 PM

    Dahan, UMM is an undergraduate university. No TA’s. That’s why PZ gets grumpy at grading time.

    Sometimes, he doesn’t even bother to wait until grading time.

  16. #16 craig
    September 29, 2008

    That octopus needs conditioner. Split ends.

  17. #17 Randy
    September 29, 2008

    Renee,

    That was very nice of you. Er… are all the cephalopods in France as… anatomically interesting as those two?

  18. #18 Matthew
    September 29, 2008

    Well, Randy, have you seen the Orangina commercial?

  19. #19 Jared
    September 29, 2008

    PZ, don’t you have any post-docs or someone to get to pass a bit of work off on?

  20. #20 Dan Pinto
    September 29, 2008

    Wait, Wait, Wait.

    “Squinking?”

  21. #21 Falterer
    September 29, 2008

    What’s the word for that; when people use intimidation to further their political goals? You know, so that folks are too terrified to go about their normal everyday duty of opening mail? What’s the word for the sort of person that evokes that kind of terror in fellow human beings?

    Oh, there’s a word… it’s right on the tip of my tongue…

  22. #22 Ichthyic
    September 29, 2008

    Oh, there’s a word… it’s right on the tip of my tongue…

    Of course, the Department of Homeland Security expressly forbids you from utilizing that word as any kind of descriptor for a US citizen.

    good thing you didn’t actually say it.

    :p

  23. #23 Dahan
    September 29, 2008

    Dahan, UMM is an undergraduate university. No TA’s. That’s why PZ gets grumpy at grading time.
    My bad, I should have remembered that. Hmmm, well, I know I don’t believe in giving extra-credit at the collegiate level, but if he did…

  24. #24 Kate
    September 29, 2008

    Ah, c’est ci chere!

    You get the best prezzies, PZ. :)

  25. #25 Cesium
    September 29, 2008

    Squink = squid + ink?

  26. #26 Eric
    September 29, 2008

    Well, I’m jealous. I need to start destroying holy objects and talking about cephalopods. Or maybe carnivorous plants.

  27. #27 Patricia
    September 29, 2008

    I think the beautiful print is actually PZ’s family tree!

  28. #28 Peter Ashby
    September 30, 2008

    Ah yes the joys of suspicious packages. Over here in the UK we are used to such things from the animal rights lobby. However this vigilance can have false positives. At a previous lab an unmarked large cardboard box was found on the reception counter in the foyer.

    We were all required to vacate to ‘safer’ areas of the building which meant no work got done for some time. The bomb squad was summoned and the package was just about to undergo a controlled explosion when the ‘perpetrator’ revealed the truth (they had popped out then come back). Said package had arrived in their lab and had not been ordered so was taken to reception, noone there, so just left. It contained laboratory plastic ware, screw top plastic test tubes in essence.

    Over here if that tube of yours had no return address on it then it would have been automatically quarantined and x-rayed in the university mail room. Put return adresses on things people if you want them to get through intact.

  29. #29 Josie
    September 30, 2008

    Ahh, the thrill of dA print tubes. . . Very nice!

  30. #31 Dan
    September 30, 2008

    What a great poster! Does anyone else, besides me, think this wonderful cephalopod looks God-like? Indeed, I wonder if we should not start such a religion. It could compete with the Flying Spaghetti Monster sect and probably do better. This could be the poster child, our “CephaloGod”

  31. #32 Sili
    September 30, 2008

    “Squinking”? Love it!

    The trouble with mailing you stuff is that if it comes direct from the company, there’s not really anyway to put on return details or warn you.

  32. #33 Desert Son
    September 30, 2008

    Dan posted:

    Does anyone else, besides me, think this wonderful cephalopod looks God-like? Indeed, I wonder if we should not start such a religion.

    Been done: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cthulhu

    Cthlulhu in 2008! Why choose the lesser evil?

    No kings,

    Robert

  33. #34 masklinn
    September 30, 2008

    Hah glad to see you like the hoodie PZ, seeing as you hadn’t said anything about it I feared either it’d been lost or (worse) you didn’t like it.

    J’étais certain que le pull plairait, je suis heureux de ne pas m’ętre trompé.

    May it help you against cold weathers.