HuffPo UK celebrates Dawkins’s birthday

March 26, 2015 • 4:15 pm

Today is Richard Dawkins’s birthday, and he is, I guess, as “strident” as ever, or so PuffHo UK says:

Richard Dawkins turned 74 today — and still no thunderbolt from the Heavens. The renowned scientist and strident atheist has been ruffling the religious for decades, introducing millions around the world to the beauty of non-belief. To celebrate the atheist-in-chief’s special day, here are 10 times God got chinned…

And they append ten videos in which “God got chinned”, including appearances by Hitchens, Dawkins, Kate Smurthwaite, Sam Harris, and others. They’re worth watching, though you may have seen some of them before.  The one with Hitchens on Fox News is new to me, and he was at his eloquent best.


Leon sends birthday greetings to Andrzej

March 26, 2015 • 1:00 pm

As I mentioned in this morning’s Hili dialogue (which you might have missed), my dear friend Andrzej, who constitutes half of Hili’s staff, turns 75 today—exactly one year older than Richard Dawkins (happy birthday, too, Richard!).  And Leon the Hiking Cat (via his staff Elzbieta) has deposited good wishes and a monologue on Andrzej’s Facebook page:

Leon: Is it your birthday today? There will be a cake, there will be good wishes.


I hope there will be a cake! Happy birthday, Andrzej!

Andrzej hears His Master’s Voice:


Happy Birthday, Professor Steve!

March 24, 2014 • 9:57 am

And by “Professor Steve,” I mean my pal Professor Steve Jones of University College London—geneticist, collaborator (we worked together on fly migration and behavior), author, and science popularizer. As I’ve just learned from Nick Lane via Matthew Cobb, Steve turns 70 today. I dare not email him birthday wishes, as he’d just grouse and mutter, but I can put up this post and send him the link.

Many happy returns, my friend!

Here are Steve and I at the Hay Literary Festival a few years back. I was called as a last-minute replacement on a panel that included Tom Stoppard, and so I desperately needed a jacket. Steve kindly loaned me his, and, as you can see, it’s a special jacket “made especially for Professor Steve Jones.” I’m marveling at the label. Steve Jones and JAC2

Happy New Year from Poland!

December 31, 2013 • 4:08 pm

It’s New Year in Poland, and fireworks are going off like crazy!

I managed to make it to 2014, thanks to the stimulation of company and many treats, so for the rest of my homebound countryman, I beat you!  Have a great 2014 and I’ll leave you this year not with a cat, but with a naked mole rat, tw**ted by Ricky Gervais: