Pharyngula

What are you doing here?

Well? It’s a good question! Answer it! Every one of you!

Comments

  1. #1 tsg
    October 6, 2008

    Do I know what rhetorical means?

  2. #2 bunnycatch3r
    October 6, 2008

    All answers to this question will be woo filled and subject to a future Richard Dawkins’ book: “The Purpose Filled Life Delusion”. The truth is that no matter what narrative arc we use to frame our dreary lives it matters not.

  3. #3 Dawn
    October 6, 2008

    What am I doing here? Creating happiness wherever I go, of course. Isn’t that what we were put on earth for? ;)

  4. #4 Joanna
    October 6, 2008

    Watching Doctor Who!

  5. #5 itwasntme
    October 6, 2008

    Well, I’m buying into gold ETFs! What are YOU doing here.

  6. #6 Patricia
    October 6, 2008

    Having one hell of a good time! Woof, woof.

  7. #7 Svrn DiMilo
    October 6, 2008

    I’m not here at all.
    I’m elsewhere.
    Why do you ask?

  8. #8 KGS
    October 6, 2008

    Spreading the word of god.. why? You know we’re trying to do that all the time..

  9. #9 Don
    October 6, 2008

    Nuffink, guv. Honest.

  10. #10 Dianne
    October 6, 2008
  11. #11 Paladiea
    October 6, 2008

    Well according to my job, I live to serve, but if I had my way, I’d live to live. ;)

  12. #12 Grendels Dad
    October 6, 2008

    Well, at the moment I’m muttering under my breath about people who post links to videos that are “no longer available”. Grumble, grumble. ;^)

  13. #13 Holbach
    October 6, 2008

    Disproving religion.

  14. #14 Lurker #753
    October 6, 2008

    Lurking?

  15. #15 Nerd of Redhead
    October 6, 2008

    Today, helping the Redhead give a special dinner to a few of her friends. Tomorrow, who knows?

  16. #16 Lee Picton
    October 6, 2008

    Eating chocolate.

  17. #17 Sarcastro
    October 6, 2008

    I’m just waiting around long enough to be there when they cut off your head and stick it on a pike, as a warning to the next ten generations that some favors come with too high a price. I want to look up into your lifeless eyes and wave… like this. Can you and your associates arrange that for me, Mr. Morden?

    Oh shit, wrong question.

  18. #18 ggab
    October 6, 2008

    Crawlin’
    Walkin’
    Runnin’
    Jumpin’
    Eatin’
    Drinkin’
    Pissin’
    Dumpin’
    Rubin’
    Kissin’
    Strokin’
    Missin’
    Workin’
    Earnin’
    Payin’
    Learnin’
    Smokin’
    Sleepin’
    Laughin’
    Weepin’
    Watchin’
    Waitin’
    Grinin’
    Statein’
    Screamin’
    Cryin’
    Dreamin’
    Lyin’
    Scrapin’
    Slapin’
    Livin’
    Dyin’
    Nutin’ Why do you ask?

  19. #19 DjtHeutii
    October 6, 2008

    Writing a reply to a blog post that has a video of Dr. Who Clips.

  20. #20 sjburnt
    October 6, 2008

    Looking at about 7:27 in this long video of Whoodom, and deciphering what the new doctor is really saying…

  21. #21 Vadjong
    October 6, 2008

    Aah, I see what you did there !

  22. #22 J
    October 6, 2008

    Making and consuming beer. What else would I be doing?

  23. #23 PurpleTurtle
    October 6, 2008

    not being there…

  24. #24 Janine ID AKA The Lone Drinker
    October 6, 2008

    That’s what I was asking.

  25. #25 AmyD
    October 6, 2008

    Palin’ around with terrorists.

  26. #26 ShaggyManiac
    October 6, 2008

    Slackin’

  27. #27 Dancaban
    October 6, 2008

    I’m not really here. I’m over there. —->

  28. #28 Iron
    October 6, 2008

    Burning FSM’s into students with a Tesla coil.

  29. #29 DanW
    October 6, 2008

    I’m just here for the hors d’oeuvres.

    Cheeze-whiz?
    Ham? (That ain’t kosher!)
    Crackers anyone? (That ain’t funny!)

  30. #30 tsg
    October 6, 2008

    Define “you”, “doing” and “here”.

  31. #31 Malimar
    October 6, 2008

    As little as possible.

  32. #32 El Herring
    October 6, 2008

    Now try the same thing with the phrase “The question is…” in Star Trek DS9!

    I am certain it’s said somewhere in every single episode.

  33. #33 tsg
    October 6, 2008

    I’m trying to find myself. If anybody sees me, kindly let me know.

    Writing a reply to a blog post that has a video of Dr. Who Clips.

    Completely OT (well, as far off as it can be in a thread with no topic), but that reminds me of a good joke:

    A contractor is lost in a hot-air balloon. He descends and comes across someone on the ground. “Excuse me. Can you tell me where I am?” he asks.

    The man on the ground replies, “You are in a hot-air balloon several feet above the ground.”

    The contractor smiles and says, “You must be an engineer.”

    “Yes I am, how did you know?”

    “Because your answer was completely correct but useless.”

    The engineer says, “you must be a contractor.”

    “I am. How did you know?”

    The engineer answers, “because you are in the same situation you were in before you met me, but now it’s my fault.”

  34. #34 Laser Potato
    October 6, 2008

    Playing Rocket Slime, fishing through old threads for amusing comments.

  35. #35 Lago
    October 6, 2008

    Ah, more evidence in my, “Good British TV is a Myth!” argument.

  36. #36 frog
    October 6, 2008

    bunnycatch3r: The truth is that no matter what narrative arc we use to frame our dreary lives it matters not.

    Wow, you must be fun at parties!

    Why do people insist on pretending there exists a “God’s eye-view” of our lives? Lives can only be seen from the inside — there is no life independent of the narrative arcs we create. It’s only subjective — the objective view is a religious Delusion.

  37. #37 molly
    October 6, 2008

    Could you rephrase the question? I don’t quite undergetit.

  38. #38 Jared
    October 6, 2008

    Pondering the underlying motives for such a question…
    Really, what are “here” or “there” but subjective observations relative to one’s own frame of reference which may or may not represent the views of the target of said question. For example: “What are you doing here?”
    “But I’m not there, I’m here”
    “well, you certainly seem to be here to me”
    “But ‘here,’ for you, would imply my being in your specific location, which I am not, I am in my own location, thus, to you, I would be ‘there.’”

  39. #39 maditude
    October 6, 2008

    I came here for an argument…

  40. #40 Not that Louis
    October 6, 2008

    The real question is how can you be in two places at once when you’re not anywhere at all.

  41. #41 Andy James
    October 6, 2008

    Taking in chemicals, using the differential energy within those bonds, and excreting a set of chemicals with a lowered energy level. At the moment, thin-crust pizza is undergoing this process. You’re welcome ecosystem.

  42. #42 KillerChihuahua
    October 6, 2008

    Posting.

    Why am I not ‘throwing’ a poll?

  43. #43 Screechy Monkey
    October 6, 2008

    Preaching to the choir of my fellow angry militant fundamentalist extreme atheists, of course.

  44. #44 Scott from Oregon
    October 6, 2008

    At the moment trying to rehabilitate a stroke victim and give her her extra years.

    …while harrassing sycophants on the side…

  45. #45 Kyle W.
    October 6, 2008

    I’m here for the misleading headlines… like: http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/27043577/

    And there I sat, thinking, if only for a moment, that we had some sort of scientific evidence that angels exist and that they are actually malevolent.

  46. #46 Pockets
    October 6, 2008

    “working” aka wasting the day waiting for something to cross my desk

  47. #47 frog
    October 6, 2008

    Andy Jones: Taking in chemicals, using the differential energy within those bonds, and excreting a set of chemicals with a lowered energy level.

    Don’t forget the entropy — you’re a non-equilibrium system!

  48. #48 Masks of Eris
    October 6, 2008

    Well, to answer with a question out of an entirely different show, Mr. Morden and his associates would like to know:

    “What do want?”

  49. #49 Alan Kellogg
    October 6, 2008

    Gathering evidence for anticipatory finals insanity in biology professors in Minnesota. In your post I have found a gold mine.

  50. #50 Patricia
    October 6, 2008

    Oh shut up maditude! You have no right to just burst in here and demand anything. ;o)

  51. #51 El Herring
    October 6, 2008

    I like Spike Milligan’s answer to that particular question:

    “Everybody’s got to be somewhere!”

  52. #52 Jams
    October 6, 2008

    As much as I can.

  53. #53 Chris P
    October 6, 2008

    Trying to design better products that use less energy and cost less to make.

    And in my spare time design transportation systems that use less energy.

    More fun than going to church and watching mindless TV

  54. #54 tsg
    October 6, 2008

    I came here for an argument…

    No, you didn’t.

  55. I am not here.

  56. #56 Jared
    October 6, 2008

    Rev, of course you’re not here, you’re there.

  57. #57 tsg
    October 6, 2008

    Rev, of course you’re not here, you’re there.

    No, he’s not. I’m there, and if he were here, I’d see him.

  58. #58 Patricia
    October 6, 2008

    Off monkeying around huh?

  59. #59 qedpro
    October 6, 2008

    that would be none of your damned business.

  60. #60 Patricia
    October 6, 2008

    Damned well is too!

  61. #61 ChemBob
    October 6, 2008

    Well, no matter where you go, there you are.

  62. #62 Ranson
    October 6, 2008

    Avoiding real work, mostly.

  63. #63 tsg
    October 6, 2008

    We’re on a road to nowhere.

  64. #64 Patricia
    October 6, 2008

    You don’t know shit from Shinola, bub.

  65. #65 ennui
    October 6, 2008

    42

  66. #66 mk
    October 6, 2008

    Not much. You?

  67. #67 bPer
    October 6, 2008

    Having just finished viewing the video, and then read comment #12, I’d say I’m …

    Proposing a new (AFAIK) Internet law:

    No comment thread on a blog entry containing an embedded video is complete until someone incorrectly complains that the video is no longer available.

  68. #68 Patricia
    October 6, 2008

    Ha! It’s 23.

  69. #69 tsg
    October 6, 2008

    You don’t know shit from Shinola, bub.

    I always thought that said more about Shinola than it did about me.

  70. #70 Phyllis
    October 6, 2008

    Procrastinating reading World English lit (before 1650). Current time in literature – Christian Europe, New Testament. Ugh.

  71. #71 Mike V
    October 6, 2008

    Looking for work, since my office closed last Tuesday.

  72. #72 Patricia
    October 6, 2008

    You’re wrong.

  73. #73 chris j
    October 6, 2008

    Looking for a screw driver, I have a bunch of cupboards to build in a hurry.

  74. I’m nowhere near there. I say the fuck away from there.

  75. #75 Rich
    October 6, 2008

    Today I’m not sure. Some days when I wake up, a reason pops into my head and makes life worth living. For the other days, I’ve learned to endure, maybe help others with their quest or just wait for tomorrow.

  76. #76 Kulkuri
    October 6, 2008

    Is that line in every episode of Doctor Who past and present??

  77. #77 Rudi
    October 6, 2008

    I’m a Doctor Who fan but that is taking it to absurd lengths.

  78. #78 JenWolf
    October 6, 2008

    Breathing, digesting the cookie I just ate, and typing a response to your demanding question. Then, clicking post.

  79. #79 Patricia
    October 6, 2008

    I’m putting off writing an essay on pagan customs in Europe, and rehearsing what I’m going to tell my whippersnapper, know it all teacher when I don’t hand it in on time.

  80. #80 Patricia
    October 6, 2008

    You don’t get off that easy buster. You just say the fuck here.

  81. #81 Jared
    October 6, 2008

    Currently, perusing through the U.S. budget documentation…

  82. #82 Chief
    October 6, 2008

    I came here for an argument…

    No, you didn’t.

    Yes, he did.

  83. #83 tsg
    October 6, 2008
    I came here for an argument…

    No, you didn’t.

    Yes, he did.

    Good point.

  84. I’ll say where I damn please.

  85. #85 JimNorth
    October 6, 2008

    Whatever it is, it ain’t what you’re doing.

  86. #86 Brian's A Wild Downer
    October 6, 2008

    procrasturbating

  87. #87 Patricia
    October 6, 2008

    You sit down and say where you’re told to.

  88. #88 BennyP
    October 6, 2008

    I don’t recollect.

  89. #89 Nick
    October 6, 2008

    What I’m doing here:

    -Not working
    -Loving science
    -Building a career
    -Wondering how Dr. Who writers keep getting paid

  90. #90 tsg
    October 6, 2008

    procrasturbating

    “I know I should, but I really don’t feel like masturbating right now.”

  91. #91 Pyroclasm
    October 6, 2008

    If I may?

    pleading,
    needing,
    bleeding,
    breeding,
    feeding,
    exceeding,

    where is everybody?

    trying,
    lying,
    defying,
    denying,
    crying,
    dying,

    where is everybody?

  92. #92 JM Inc.
    October 6, 2008

    ‘Ello-’ello, what’s all this then?

  93. #93 Patricia
    October 6, 2008

    The pooh flingers are here. Don’t blat, throw some!

  94. #94 GraceM
    October 6, 2008

    Laughing at the comments!

  95. #95 Qwerty
    October 6, 2008

    Why, I am posting a comment, of course.

    “What are you doing here?” Now, that’s a question I’d like to ask Congress. Especially after their last giveaway!

    Oh, hell, let’s just ask anybody: What are you doing here?

  96. #96 Zarquon
    October 6, 2008

    Eccles: Everyone’s gotta be somewhere.

  97. #97 NMcC
    October 6, 2008

    Er…..trying to work out which one is Richard Dawkins’ wife.

  98. #98 Newfie
    October 6, 2008

    Existing
    and self medicating back spasms, getting old sucks
    / that’s not an argument, that’s just contradiction

  99. #99 Jonathon
    October 6, 2008

    I must say that even though I consider myself a hard-core Dr. Who fan, I never noticed how much that line is repeated.

    The phrase that I look for in every episode is “Of course!”. That is pretty much in every episode.

    Thanks for the walk down Dr. Who memory lane!!

  100. #100 makita
    October 6, 2008

    Taking a break from writing. On to the next chapter.

  101. #101 8teist
    October 6, 2008

    Ummmmm,what was the question?

  102. #102 zpmorgan
    October 6, 2008

    Picking at scabs and flakes and other things.

  103. #103 Kobra
    October 6, 2008

    To grossly oversimplify the last 13.7 Billion years of cosmology and evolution, humans are simply sentience born out of energy. As far as we know, we are the only entities capable of understanding the universe. Because of this, we as a species have a (rather self-defined) purpose to do just that.

    Me, specifically? I’m just one guy with strange ideas.

    Here, specifically? I’m bored and my next class starts an hour from now.

  104. #104 Jeanette
    October 6, 2008

    Looking forward to Atheist Alliance International’s 2009 Conference, which will be here in Colorado in September. Bill Maher and Richard Dawkins are supposed to be here. Will you be here with us again, PZ? I owe you drinks, you know.

  105. #105 Patricia
    October 6, 2008

    Damn! I hope maditudes troll shows up pretty soon, I’m almost out of pooh.

  106. #106 Matt
    October 6, 2008

    procrasturbating= putting off getting off?

  107. #107 Astrophel
    October 6, 2008

    I’m just here for the food.

  108. #108 MikeM
    October 6, 2008

    Waiting for Digital Cuttlefish’s next poem.

  109. #109 Christopher Waldrop
    October 6, 2008

    Wishing I could step into a police box and take a trip to anywhere in the universe.

  110. #110 Qwerty
    October 6, 2008

    There once was a man named P-Zed.
    His ilk and his minions he led.
    Thought none bought creation,
    This Pharyngulanation,
    And this is what all of them said:

    What are you doing here?

    (With apologies to Cuttlefish.)

  111. #111 funda62
    October 6, 2008

    Waiting for the next Dr. Who disc to arrive via Netflix.

  112. #112 Armed Pacifist
    October 6, 2008

    Like so many of my peers in this thread I am fooling around at work rather than shove paper around. Specifically I am smoking tobacco, drinking coffee and listening to Jerry Lee Lewis sing “High School Hop”. I skipped watching the video clip because I was too lazy to allow NoScript to let it run.

  113. #113 JohnnieCanuck, FCD
    October 6, 2008

    Patricia,

    Given that you eat any trolls that show up here, the poo you find to fling at trolls must logically be…

  114. #114 Squiddhartha
    October 6, 2008

    Eating some teriyaki chicken and rice. Mmmm teriyaki

  115. #115 tsg
    October 6, 2008

    / that’s not an argument, that’s just contradiction

    No it isn’t.

  116. #116 Patricia
    October 6, 2008

    JohnnieCanuck, Only partially, I have thirteen pullets out back. I need all the help I can get when it comes to flinging it with the trebuchet.

  117. #117 Patricia
    October 6, 2008

    You say out of it.

  118. #118 El Herring
    October 6, 2008

    It’s similar to Eastenders (BBC) where in practically every episode someone bursts into a room and demands “What’s goin’ on ‘ere then?” to which the answer is inevitably: “Naffin’!” (“Nothing” for U.S. readers).

    btw I don’t watch Eastenders but my mum does, and I get subjected to it whenever I visit her. That’s my excuse anyway.

  119. #119 Horwood Beer-Master
    October 6, 2008

    Nothing. Who said I was doing anything? Who’s asking anyway? I didn’t do it! I deny everything!! This is persecution!!!!

  120. #120 Christopher
    October 6, 2008

    Saying “Stm Dm Ftmsh”.

  121. #121 Greg Laden
    October 6, 2008

    I don’t get it. What are you doing here?????

  122. #122 woody, tokin librul
    October 6, 2008

    Getting older, all the time.
    Trying to avoid dying, mainly.
    So far, so goo

  123. #123 Patricia
    October 6, 2008

    You say out of it too, bub.

  124. #124 Patricia
    October 6, 2008

    Proving to the outside world that we are monkeys. Flinging feces at one another.

  125. #125 Eclogite
    October 6, 2008

    Prosletyzing for the Flying Spaghetti Monster, of course. Duh!

  126. #126 steve_h
    October 6, 2008

    NmcC@97: I think that’s her asking the eternal question at 5.22

    El Herring: Leave it aat, you’re doin’ my ‘ead in.

  127. #127 Tim H
    October 6, 2008

    If, in fact, I know that I am here, I cannot precisely define what I am doing. And, of course, if I know what I am doing, I cannot precisely state that I am in fact, here.

    The case above would be a best case scenario. In all likelihood, I have no idea where I am or what I’m doing.

  128. #128 pubcat
    October 6, 2008

    Wondering if the frequency with which the question is asked is enough to make that a very, very dangerous drnking game, or whether there are so many episodes of Dr who you would need a drink between drinks…

  129. #129 The Chimp's Raging Id
    October 6, 2008

    Waiting for either

    1. another dumb poll to crash or
    2. pictures of cephalapods getting it on.

    Oh and avoiding getting anything productive done.

    What are YOU doing here?

  130. #130 The Chimp's Raging Id
    October 6, 2008

    In all likelihood, I have no idea where I am or what I’m doing.

    I usually feel that way after leaving the pub.

  131. #131 markp
    October 6, 2008

    Hunting for snark.

  132. #132 Patricia
    October 6, 2008

    No you’re not.

  133. #133 terry
    October 6, 2008

    here for the laughs, and the chortling, definitely for the chortling.

    by the way, what does chortling mean?

  134. #134 El Herring
    October 6, 2008

    Christopher: that’s what’s “doin’ my ‘ed in” at the moment. It rings a bell but I can’t place it.

    Okay, I’ll just have to ask (I think this is the correct response anyway): what’s a ftmsh?

  135. #135 El Herring
    October 6, 2008

    Chortling – that’s one I do know (being a bit of a Lewis Carroll fan). It’s one of what he called his “portmanteau” words, made from combining “chuckle” and “snort”. It was of course used in the Jabberwocky poem.

    And on that subject, allow me to use that as an excuse to provide a link to said poem with my own original “sequel” written eight years ago. Enjoy.

  136. #136 judgemc
    October 6, 2008

    Refereeing fights between the kids, the cat and the dog, the husband and the kids, the husband and the cat (the cat is winning btw) ect….

  137. #137 Akari_House
    October 6, 2008

    Taking comfort in evidence for the existence of rational life forms on this little rock I’m sitting on.

  138. #138 Mike R
    October 6, 2008

    I care about a story no one will hear.

  139. #139 chriss
    October 6, 2008

    I’m trying to learn for free…

  140. #140 Capital Dan
    October 6, 2008

    Making my brain itch.

  141. #141 the petey
    October 6, 2008

    being the best mother-fuckin’ Petey I can be

    well, aside from being lazy

  142. #142 Awesome Robot
    October 6, 2008

    Sent here by Rebbecca Watson on the Skeptic’s Guide podcast. Now you’re in my RSS feed reader, and you’ll have to be really boring or obnoxious to escape!

    So far, it’s too interesting to ignore ;)

  143. #143 Patricia
    October 6, 2008

    I won!

  144. #144 The Chimp's Raging Id
    October 6, 2008

    What did you win?

  145. #145 Janine ID AKA The Lone Drinker
    October 6, 2008

    I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass. And I’m all out of bubble gum.

  146. #146 Dutch Delight
    October 6, 2008

    What!? Why would you want to know!? Should I give you a copy of my passport while we’re at it?!

    Nosy bloggers, can’t trust ‘m.

  147. #147 The Chimp's Raging Id
    October 6, 2008

    So you hadn’t heard that SciBlogs now has its own Patriot Act? PZ has been appointed Head of Blogland Security. Now hand over your papers!

  148. #148 steve_h
    October 6, 2008

    what’s a ftmsh?

    Ftmsh was a head-skewering demon, accidentally summoned as a result of a Grauniad misprint in a boring(?) episode of “The Young Ones” (BBC, the eighties)

  149. #149 Ancient Brit
    October 6, 2008

    Taking a nice long stroll down Memory Lane :)

  150. #150 woozy
    October 6, 2008

    The real question is how can you be in two places at once when you’re not anywhere at all.

    Where do you go when you’re toad away?

  151. #151 ddr
    October 6, 2008

    Drinking my 3rd Mountain Dew for the day and waiting for another 25 minutes to tick off the clock so I can go home.

  152. #152 woozy
    October 6, 2008

    The real question is how can you be in two places at once when you’re not anywhere at all.

    Where do you go when you’re toad away?

  153. #153 Mike
    October 6, 2008

    There isn’t a day goes by I don’t ask myself that very question as I struggle to teach English in Korea….

  154. #154 Paul
    October 6, 2008

    What do you mean by “here”?

  155. #155 Paul
    October 6, 2008

    What do you mean by “here”? #145…OMG, They Live!

  156. #156 Medusa
    October 6, 2008

    Trying to decide where I really am. . .

  157. #157 Medusa
    October 6, 2008

    Trying to decide where I really am. . .

  158. #158 John B. Sandlin
    October 6, 2008

    Not that I admit that I am, in fact, here, but if I were, I’d be getting along best I could. I think.

    JBS

  159. #159 Medusa
    October 6, 2008

    Trying to decide where I really am. . .

  160. #160 dubiquiabs
    October 6, 2008

    Waiting for the Godotess, as usual.

  161. Ftmsh was a head-skewering demon, accidentally summoned as a result of a Grauniad misprint in a boring(?) episode of “The Young Ones” (BBC, the eighties)

    Boring episode of the Young ones?!?!?!?

  162. #162 Rick Schauer
    October 6, 2008

    I’ll tell you…but first, who wants to know?

    And, why pray tell do they want to know it?

  163. #163 Patricia
    October 6, 2008

    Why do you stay that?

  164. #164 cyan
    October 6, 2008

    “What are you doing here?”
    “What are you doing there?”

    That’s my business, not yours.

    If you try to figure out what you’re doing here based on what the answer is that a majority of other people infer that they are doing here, that’s pathetic.

    Sheep-ers, creepers!

    Or, less vituperatively & more to the source: WHO … are you? (buh-buh, …. buh-buh!)

  165. #165 Dag Yo
    October 6, 2008

    ZOMG how freaking long did it take to make that video? That was crazy.

    …and more directly, catching up on PZs awesomeness.

  166. #166 scooter
    October 6, 2008

    What are you doing here ?

    Stealing Jokes.

    Fr’instance, I’ve got half the freaks in Houston saying Malibu Barbie and Bible Spice.

    http://acksisofevil.org/audio/inner195.mp3

  167. #167 cyan
    October 6, 2008

    scooter,

    thanks for your rational & humorous link!
    wish all ‘mericuns would appreciate its pinpointing of Palin’s thinkin’

  168. #168 scooter
    October 6, 2008

    Terry @ 133: by the way, what does chortling mean?

    It’s actually a sex thing. Perhaps you have heard of a humm job. Chortling is a laugh job. You simply get your partner going on you, then begin telling really funny jokes.

    It’s awesome.

    Actually it works for vaginal sex as well, come to think of it (no pun)

  169. #169 Sman
    October 6, 2008

    Since you ask… I’m trying to learn!

  170. #170 Malcolm
    October 6, 2008

    Backstroke

  171. #171 Samantha Vimes
    October 6, 2008

    Refusing to answer questions.

  172. #172 aeryn987
    October 7, 2008

    Specifically? Right now? Looking for educational ways to avoid my homework.

    In a more general sense? Saving the world.

  173. #173 Larry
    October 7, 2008

    Posting Dr. Who clips so Phil Plait will read PZ’s blog.

  174. #174 Patricia
    October 7, 2008

    See – I told ya, you haven’t seen nothin’ till Scooter and Quiet Desperation show up.

    Next thang ya know, the strumpets and sluts will sa-shay in.

    Are w00+ and Cuttlefish gonna dodge this one? Oh, say it isn’t so! They are – the boys in the back room.

  175. #175 CortxVortx
    October 7, 2008

    Im in ur blogz, kommentn on ur entrys

  176. #176 Patricia
    October 7, 2008
  177. #177 Witz
    October 7, 2008

    Expecting the Spanish Inquisition.

  178. #178 Arbutus
    October 7, 2008

    Shortening my handle. I’m tired of writing Arbutus Grove all the time.

    Come to think of it that’s a dumb handle. Any ideas for a different one?

  179. #179 Kel
    October 7, 2008

    I honestly don’t know. Killing time? Trying to get exposure for my blog? Probably because it’s a place where I can interact with many of high intellect on topics of interest. If this were a pub, I’d never leave.

  180. #180 biopunk
    October 7, 2008

    Avoiding reviewing eukaryotic chromosome mapping techniques and being impressed that P.Z. posts some Who!

    Now back to the tetratypes…

    Any study tips out there? (Aside from the obvious…)

  181. #181 Katkinkate
    October 7, 2008

    Posted by: Lago @ 35
    “Ah, more evidence in my, “Good British TV is a Myth!” argument.”

    HEY! Don’t diss the Doctor!

  182. #182 Brad D
    October 7, 2008

    “…destroying the status quo, because the status is not quo!”

    -Dr. Horrible

  183. #183 Alex
    October 7, 2008

    I don’t know.

  184. #184 CosmicTeapot
    October 7, 2008

    Nothing.

    Wasn’t me.

    The big boys made me do it.

  185. #185 Scaryduck
    October 7, 2008

    For more Doctor Who mash-up excellence:

    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Lmh8xeX6SG0

  186. #186 CortxVortx
    October 7, 2008

    Loo: And who are they?
    Dr. Klahn: Just lost drunken men who don’t know where they are and no longer care.
    Prisoner #1: Where are we?
    Prisoner #2: I don’t care!
    Loo: And these?
    Dr. Klahn: These are lost drunken men who don’t know where they are, but do care! And these are men who know where they are and care, but don’t drink.

    Kentucky Fried Movie

  187. #187 csrster
    October 7, 2008

    ‘All answers to this question will be woo filled and subject to a future Richard Dawkins’ book: “The Purpose Filled Life Delusion”. The truth is that no matter what narrative arc we use to frame our dreary lives it matters not.’

    Does that explain the brief appearance of Mrs. Dawkins in this clip :-) ?

  188. #188 Cactus Wren
    October 7, 2008

    Reminding myself that I’m going to bed in another fifteen minutes … every hour or so.

  189. #189 Jivlain
    October 7, 2008

    Actually, I don’t think she took his name.

    Anyway, I’m watching David Attenborough.

  190. #190 El Herring
    October 7, 2008

    steve_h: thanks. I had a vision in my mind of David Rappaport saying “What’s a ftmsh?” but that only made me think of Time Bandits. I was right about Rappaport then (he played the demon in “Young Ones”.)

    Nice obscure quote from Christopher! That really got me thinking.

  191. #191 The Doctor
    October 7, 2008

    Asking people what they are doing here.

  192. #192 The Companion
    October 7, 2008

    Crushing hardcore on David Tennant!

  193. #193 george
    October 7, 2008

    “Wondering how Dr. Who writers keep getting paid”

    Thou shalt not mock or insult The Doctor!

  194. #194 Bodach
    October 7, 2008

    Reversing entropy locally.
    and reading too many comments…

  195. #195 Patricia
    October 7, 2008

    Yes you do.

  196. #196 Dan
    October 7, 2008

    What…. why I come to this little part of the infinite web to keep sane. Good Job PZ….

  197. #197 Whateverman
    October 7, 2008

    Trying to figure out what I’m doing here…

  198. #198 Sili
    October 7, 2008

    Yah.

    Doesn’t answer the question?

    Well, excuuuuuuse me, PeeZed!

  199. #199 Mathi Lusch
    October 7, 2008

    Looking for a Paul McGann “What are you doing here” and found it in audio, along with thwarting the great Dalek Masterplan.

  200. #200 Mathi Lusch
    October 7, 2008

    Looking for a Paul McGann “What are you doing here” and found it in audio, along with thwarting the great Dalek Masterplan.

  201. #201 sfemet
    October 7, 2008

    What am I doing here?

    Thinking. Precious few places to do that.

  202. #202 eric
    October 7, 2008

    What am I doing here?

    The same thing most of us are doing here.

    I’m trying either to answer the question, “What am I doing here?” or to figure out if it’s a meaningful question in the first place.

  203. #203 Sphere Coupler
    October 7, 2008

    “watching the wheels”

  204. #204 Numenaster
    October 8, 2008

    Just drinkin’ and a-drivin’,
    Makin’ sure my dues get paid.

  205. #205 Sondra
    October 8, 2008

    Waiting for the new season of Dr. Who with David Tennant; he rocks.
    Friday on SciFi ch. and Saturday on BBC; various times – check your local listings.

  206. #206 Arnosium Upinarum
    October 10, 2008

    What am I doing here?

    hmmm.

    I don’t even know what the fuck “I” is.

  207. #207 Selcaby
    October 10, 2008

    Hiding behind the sofa, of course!

  208. #208 OnlyAnEgg
    October 19, 2008

    Just sitting around, trying to figure it all out, and enjoying the process!

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