It’s been brought to my attention that Perry DeAngelis, regular contributor to The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe podcast, member of the New England Skeptical Society has passed away unexpectedly at far too young an age. I don’t know any of the details, although as a regular listener to the Skeptics’ Guide podcast I knew that he had been in the hospital for a while, although I had begun to wonder if it was more serious than it first seemed as his time in the hospital kept getting longer. I also know that it’s almost as though I knew Perry, having listened to him almost every week for over a year. All I can do is to offer my condolences to Steve Novella, Rebecca Watson, and the remaining bunch of skeptical rogues.
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.)
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