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This blog will self-destruct in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 …

August 15, 2010

I have been blogging since January 2004 but of late my heart hasn’t been in it. So I’m taking the opportunity of a new school year to hang up my shield and move on. I may return someday, either here or elsewhere, but for the foreseeable future, you can consider me a non-blogger. Best wishes and good luck to all the readers and bloggers I have met over the years.


  1. John S. Wilkins
    August 15, 2010 at 12:03 pm


  2. August 15, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Oh dear. I hope you won’t disappear from the blogosphere.

    Should you want to write the occasional post, just ask and I’ll happily give you a guest slot (either on Deep Thoughts & Silliness or Scientopia).

  3. Abel
    August 15, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    I certainly feel overwhelmed with the start of classes tomorrow. Give yourself a nice long break – you are welcome to guest post wherever I end up.

    And I promise to get out to your neck of the woods before we both become professors emeritus.

    All the best in everything you do, mate!

  4. August 15, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    well, shit.

    i’ll miss you.

  5. August 15, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Bummer, but I totally understand. I think it’s just sheer stubbornness that keeps me from closing up shop. See you elsewhere around the ‘tubes.

  6. August 15, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    We’ll miss ou, but I understand, too. Take care.

  7. August 15, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Rats! You’ll be missed!

  8. DLC
    August 15, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Well that’s too bad. Sorry to see you close up the place, but it’s your decision.
    Good luck in whatever you choose to do next.

  9. August 15, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Good luck John. If you grow tired of life in the meat-o-sphere, we will welcome you back to the machine.

  10. August 15, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Damn. If you ever want to post something suitably cranky, let me know (guests are welcome at my place).

  11. darwinsbulldog
    August 15, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    Nooooo! If ever you want to get something out that’s Darwin-related, I’d gladly put it up on The Dispersal of Darwin for you…

  12. August 15, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Alas, farewell, and if you ever change your mind, you’ll be welcomed back to the blogosphere with cheers of joy!

  13. sbh
    August 15, 2010 at 11:20 pm


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  15. wjts
    August 15, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    Shoot straight, you bastard. Don’t make a mess of it.

    Thanks for everything; you’ll certainly be missed.

  16. August 16, 2010 at 7:09 am

    Will miss your posts. I hope you return soon….

  17. Michael Fugate
    August 16, 2010 at 8:35 am

    I will miss this spot.
    By the way, we visited the reopened Irish Natural History Museum in Dublin 2 weeks ago. What fun – I would love to have that resource for my comparative vertebrate anatomy courses. I was also fascinated by the glass sea slugs and other marine invertebrates.
    Best of luck.

  18. August 16, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Fare thee well. I hope you’ll post on PT or other places as inspiration strikes. In other words, as others are screaming, please don’t leave us entirely. Best to you and your students. Go Cats.

  19. RBH
    August 16, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    What Wilkins and Matheson said (except for the “Go Cats” part).

  20. afarensis, FCD
    August 16, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    I’m sorry to see you go. Good luck.

  21. Wes
    August 16, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    I hate to see you go, John. Best of luck with the new school year.

  22. August 17, 2010 at 9:57 am

    If we all stand around our computers applauding for long enough, will you come back for a curtain call? The point being –> Thank You.

  23. J-Dog
    August 17, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Good! That means that you will be popping in and posting more at ERV and After The Bar Closes!

    Well, not really good, but silver lining and all that.

    Thanks for all the words and ideas at your various blogs.

  24. Marilyn
    August 17, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    : ) Have a wonderful time.

  25. edward hessler
    August 25, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Thanks for this lovely blog. I’ll miss it all but perhaps most of all will be the critters you brought to our attention.

    As Garrison Keillor sings so often on his show, “So long, it’s been good to know ya’, so long….”

    I look forward to your scholarship.

    Best wishes and thanks again for all of it.

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