There will be no new material today and probably not Monday either. I'm in New York attending the Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism (NECSS). I'll be giving a talk this afternoon, "Cancer Quackery and Fake News: Targeting the Most Vulnerable." I'll be back Tuesday or Wednesday.
Fear not, intrepid readers. Orac will return in a week, as he describes here in an update. He has not disappeared forever, although two and a half weeks is a long time.
Even Orac has times when other, more important things than laying down Insolence, require his attention. This is just such a time.
Happy holidays, all! As I mentioned a few days ago, I'm taking a brief blog break for the holidays. I hope that, wherever you are, whatever faith you hold (or don't hold), your holidays are filled with cheer. I'll return either Monday or January 2, depending upon how energetic I'm feeling and what is or isn't going on in the world regarding topics that concern me.
As you probably noticed, I didn’t manage a post yesterday. Nor did I manage one today, other than this. That’s because I was busy preparing for QEDCon, where I will be on a panel and giving a talk, and, of course, putting together my talk. As I write this, I’m horrendously jet lagged; so I probably couldn’t write much that’s coherent anyway. Consequently, there likely won’t be any new posts until next week. I will take a moment, however, to mention that there will be significant changes to this blog in the near future. It’s a process that will likely …
No new Insolence today, I'm afraid. But I have an explanation.
So far, our vacation has been going quite well. We’ve hit two European cities, with today and tomorrow left where I am now and then on to the last one on Tuesday. Obviously, I haven’t been paying nearly as much attention to this blog (or political news out of the US) as I normally do. It has been lovely. I’ll be bummed out to have to go back to work on June 19. Unfortunately, the remaining powers that be over at Sb seem to have done something to the blog. Search functions don’t always work right, and—I’m not sure about …
It takes a lot to stop Orac from applying Insolence to pseudoscience and quackery. One of the biggest windstorms in his lifetime did it. No jokes about wind.
Happy Holidays to all from everyone’s favorite box of blinky lights. See you all on Monday. I’ll still be checking occasionally for comments that need to be released from the moderation queue but won’t be particularly active otherwise. Until then, I leave you with Tim Minchin:
Wow. I guess time really does fly when you’re having fun. In fact, it flies so fast that I don’t even notice when a major anniversary (or, if you will, blogiversary). Remember how I’ve been mentioning that I can’t believe it’s been almost ten years since I started doing this? I’ve been droppoing these little remarks here and there over the last few months not out of any sort of plan, but rather because I really couldn’t believe that I had been at this almost ten years. In fact, I couldn’t believe it so much that I actually missed my …