Reed A. Cartwright posted Entry 2970 on March 8, 2007 11:02 PM.
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God Creates a Kitten.

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Happy Half Century, PZ.

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Comment #164708

Posted by PZ Myers on March 9, 2007 9:10 AM (e)

Surely there must be other mechanisms for creating kittens than a unitary event that can occur only once in the entire history of the universe!

Comment #164713

Posted by PLGB on March 9, 2007 9:56 AM (e)

So, was the kitten a birthday present? I see shades of Last Thursdayism in this post!!!

Comment #164714

Posted by Tukla in Iowa on March 9, 2007 10:05 AM (e)

Surely there must be other mechanisms for creating kittens

Nope. Dembski proved it mathematically impossible, and the DI has run numerous secret tests to confirm it empirically.

Comment #164724

Posted by Joe Meert on March 9, 2007 11:27 AM (e)

Heh-heh that’s really, really old.

Cheers

Joe Meert

Comment #164730

Posted by Bing on March 9, 2007 12:16 PM (e)

You might be just 5 years too old to remember this, although you might have seen the video in the Grad Students Club at the time.

But Happy Birthday anyway PZ

Comment #164749

Posted by Steviepinhead on March 9, 2007 2:55 PM (e)

Cute post.

It would be cuter still if our posters would remember to check the effect that the “width” of photos, quotes, and other included matter have upon the sidebar and the previous posts before abandoning the most recent to the questionable mercy of the commentators.

Here, as has happened all too often over the past two or three months, Reed’s cute kitty photo requires more “width” than the juxtaposition of post and sidebar allows, so we get endless reams of white space between his intro verbiage and the kitty photo, which finds room for itself only beneath the tail of the sidebar.

Pushing all the other week’s posts way down the scroll…

(Sigh.)

Comment #164751

Posted by Reed A. Cartwright on March 9, 2007 3:04 PM (e)

Damn it. I thought I’d taken that into account when reducing the width of the image. But I forgot that I widened the side bar last month. Anyway, it is now fixed.

PT’s next layout will not have such issues.

Comment #164757

Posted by Steviepinhead on March 9, 2007 3:17 PM (e)

Reed, thanks!

It’s a minor thing, but one a couple of us have whined about several times.

It’s nice just to be heard, even if not all “technical” issues are so directly dealt with…!

Comment #164765

Posted by Popper's Ghost on March 9, 2007 4:18 PM (e)

Surely there must be other mechanisms for creating kittens than a unitary event that can occur only once in the entire history of the universe!

Does turning 50 imply a loss of the ability to avoid a fallacy of affirmation of the consequent? “When PZ turns 50” != “Only when PZ turns 50”.

Comment #164766

Posted by Popper's Ghost on March 9, 2007 4:23 PM (e)

Also, there could be time loops, reincarnation, other PZ’s … and then there’s Roger Penrose’s hypothesis that, after the universe expands sufficiently, it will collapse and time will run backwards (because the mathematics of physics is time-wise symmetric).

Comment #164774

Posted by Kristine on March 9, 2007 5:00 PM (e)

That’s an awfully fuzzy-looking cephalopod.

It doesn’t look like it likes water.

Comment #164778

Posted by Steviepinhead on March 9, 2007 6:21 PM (e)

Don’t let the two heads confuse you.

This creature actually has eight limbs (the apparent fuzziness might just be cilia, or lichen, or somethin’…).

(And, since I haven’t come up with a clever lyrical response yet, I’d better thank PG for the Harry Belafonte tune now, before I forget…)

Comment #164779

Posted by Steviepinhead on March 9, 2007 6:35 PM (e)

Of course, as soon as I post the foregoing, inspiration strikes…

So here’s to you, PG:

From “Bus To Baton Rouge” by Lucinda Williams (off the Essence CD):

The driveway was covered with tiny white seashells
A fig tree stood in the backyard
There are other things I remember, as well
But to tell them would be just too hard

Ghosts in the wind
That blow through my life
Follow me wherever I go

I’ll never be free from these chains inside
Hidden deep down in my soul

Comment #164787

Posted by Popper's Ghost on March 9, 2007 8:02 PM (e)

What’s a soul?

Comment #164788

Posted by Kevin on March 9, 2007 8:10 PM (e)

The man is godlike in his capabilities….

oh no I didn’t mean that…

he is, er, MANLIKE in his awesomeness…

yeah that’s it..

Comment #164790

Posted by Kevin on March 9, 2007 8:11 PM (e)

The man is godlike in his capabilities….

oh no I didn’t mean that…

he is, er, MANLIKE in his awesomeness…

yeah that’s it..

Comment #164791

Posted by Steviepinhead on March 9, 2007 8:12 PM (e)

The timbre of Lucinda’s voice as she sings this song?

Within the song, the childhood situations that gave rise to the memories and emotions that she can’t shake loose, “that follow [her] wherever she goes.”

Not an ethereal metaphysical entity, that’s fer shure…

Comment #164850

Posted by Roadtripper on March 10, 2007 7:40 AM (e)

But…where’s it’s tentacles?

Comment #164890

Posted by Reed A. Cartwright on March 10, 2007 5:13 PM (e)

I’m surprised that no one has asked which one of those kittens was created by God for PZ’s present.

It’s a question that only an idist can “answer”.

Comment #165058

Posted by AJS on March 11, 2007 11:29 PM (e)

No, the kitten was born.

Comment #165075

Posted by Ginger Yellow on March 12, 2007 7:37 AM (e)

Kittens violate the second law of thermodynamics.

Comment #165086

Posted by Henry J on March 12, 2007 9:53 AM (e)

Re “Kittens violate the second law of thermodynamics.”

Only if they type something on the computer keyboard. :)

Henry

Comment #165097

Posted by Reed A. Cartwright on March 12, 2007 12:26 PM (e)

RIP fuzzy heathens.

I found out last night that both these kittens got hit by cars and killed over the weekend.

Note that they were several months older than the above picture, which was taken during Winterval.

Comment #165099

Posted by Raging Bee on March 12, 2007 12:59 PM (e)

Kittens violate the second law of thermodynamics.

Are you kidding?! They enforce the second law of thermodynamics, especially when they jump up on tables.

Comment #165163

Posted by khan on March 12, 2007 8:52 PM (e)

Kittens can levitate, ricochet, teleport and discorporate (and take up most of a double bed).

Comment #165263

Posted by Henry J on March 13, 2007 2:01 PM (e)

Re “discorporate”

At least until they learn to use the litter box… (Or did I misunderstand that word? :) )

Comment #165693

Posted by Popper's Ghost on March 16, 2007 11:26 AM (e)

I found out last night that both these kittens got hit by cars and killed over the weekend.

Entropy is cruel.

Comment #165838

Posted by strangeatheistwhocannotspellenglish on March 17, 2007 9:06 PM (e)

Very cute kitten, but I think that god didn’t create it… cell division did. Go to any site about cells, mitosis, cell division, or anything of that sort and it will explain it for you. If you don’t feel like looking the truth up, you can just keep on beliving in the stork. Question: wouldn’t the cat attack the stork????

Trackback: Happy Birthday PZ Myers

Posted by A Blog Around The Clock on March 9, 2007 7:11 AM

Yes, today, PZ is 50 years old! Archy, Grrrlscientist and myself are compiling linkfests today. Just make sure that you have the word "Myers" in your post (having just "PZ" messes up with some search engines - too short). This...

Trackback: Blogospherical Birthday Wishes for PZ

Posted by Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted) on March 9, 2007 7:55 AM

the blogosphere wishes PZ a happy birdthday.