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Followup on Skeptics’ Circle announcement

On Friday, I made an announcement about the Skeptics’ Circle scheduled for July 31 in the light of having learned some very bad news, namely that the planned host, Jeff of Blue Collar Scientist, had recently been diagnosed with liver cancer. I wanted to verify that Jeff wasn’t going to host (as I assumed he wouldn’t; after all, it’s only a blog carnival). Jeff finally got back to me and informed that (1) he is doing as well as can be expected and (2) he won’t be hosting. Once again, let’s all wish him nothing but the best in his impending battle against this cancer.

I was originally going to hold a drawing of some sort to decide whom to award the date to, including people who wrote me to volunteer and bloggers scheduled after July 31 who might want a chance to move their turn up a bit. Heck, I even toyed with the idea of taking the slot myself. Then, I was informed that I had screwed up. Hard as it is to believe, it’s true. It turns out that I had originally promised the August 14 date to The Lay Scientist but somehow had given it to another blogger after I had promised it to The Lay Scientist. I’m terribly embarrassed by the mistake. Thus, the fairest way for me to deal with the situation, it seems to me, is to give the July 31 slot to the Lay Scientist. So that’s what I’m going to do.

My thanks to everyone who volunteered, and I will be contacting all of you individually to see if you’d still want to volunteer for the first open slots in the fall. Finally, let’s not forget that there is still this week’s Skeptics’ Circle, to be hosted at Ionian Enchantment on Thursday, June 19. There’s still time for you to submit your best skeptical work and be included in the carnival, so get crackin’!

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.

To contact Orac: [email protected]

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