34 thoughts on “P.Z. outa the woods

  1. Terrific … Of late, It just dont feel right If I dont get my daily dose of WEIT, Pharyngula :-). What have you guys created?

  2. Sorry for being the doubting Thomas.
    But I’ll hold my cheering until he is back.
    I know, blessed are those who believe without having seen. But still.

    1. It’s a device inserted inside an artery to keep it clear of obstruction (like plaque). It’s used in some types of heart surgery as an alternative to arterial replacement (“bypass”).

    2. Thanks to all. I did not Google it, but I did look it up in Merriam-Webster (no luck) and Reverso (no luck). I therefore submit that the word does not exist and that the wikipedia article is a scam.

    3. Now it appears on M-W! I therefore submit that the word is an American concoction and as such as good as nonexistent.

        1. The device, yes. The word, no. It has no etymology. It’s made up. No history, no ancestry, no honour, no tradition. They might as well have called it “thingy” or “schmaltzwaltzer”. Damn doctors!

  3. Oh, PZ didn’t leave us hanging but raised to the occasion – Stephen Fry on the joys of swearing:

    “Swearing is a really important part of one’s life. It would be impossible to imagine going through life without swearing, without enjoying swearing. …

    There used to be mad, silly, prissy people who used to say swearing was a sign of poor vocabulary. It’s such utter nonsense. … The sort of dweeb person who thinks that swearing in any way is a sign of lack of education or a sign of lack of verbal interest, is just … fucking lunatic.

    I haven’t meet anybody who is truly shocked at swearing … really. They are only shocked on behalf of other people. Well, you know, that’s … preposterous!

    Or, they are saying it’s not necessary. As if that should stop one doing it! It’s not necessary to have colored socks.”

    PZ still have a heart.

  4. It’s good to hear he’s doing OK. A friend of mine got a stent at 28 – poor thing – and he’s not even a bacon fan. However, whether or not that fixes PZ’s problems remains to be seen – and of course there’s still the risk of infection.

      1. Human beings are the only mammals facing that risk.
        Seems it’s a price we pay for ability to talk.

    1. Most patients do pretty well with stents, but the conditions that caused the blockage in the first place have to be managed, sometimes aggressively.

      IOW, goodbye bacon and hello statins. :^(

      I have similar crappy cardio genes, so for now I’m keeping up my 3-miles/day walking and eating lots of veggies, and checking my BP and cholesterol. But eventually I’ll probably have to start the pills, too.

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