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Belated fecal anniversary wishes

One year ago yesterday, a turd flew, the first of many to come.

A new skeptic had arrived in the blogosphere, and he called himself (appropriately enough, given his propensity for lobbing fecalgrams at the credulous) The Pooflinger.

I feel real bad that I missed his blogiversary because of something as insignificant as being on an NIH study section. Well, no, I don’t actually feel that bad, because being on my first study section is a major step in my career. But, now that I’m back, I have to send Matt (a.k.a. The Pooflinger) some belated blogiversary wishes.

As you may know, Matt quickly made a name for himself deconstructing creationist idiocy after launching his blog. His magnum opus, The Hovind Files: Lying for Jesus, remains as a classic in both the point-by-point refutation of creationist lies and of self-abuse of a magnitude that even surgery residency didn’t approach. (Matt actually subjected himself to twelve creationist videos narrated by Kent Hovind, one per week. Personally, I’d rather go through surgery residency again than do that.) He then followed it up with a weekly deconstruction of The Evolution Cruncher called Crunch Squared. In the meantime, he managed to host The Skeptics’ Circle twice, once in Shakespearean fashion and once in the form of a future parable.

Here’s to a second year as successful and entertaining as the first year!

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

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