Weekly readers’ beefs

Ah, opprobrium has been mercifully scarce lately, although it makes this post a lot less interesting. In fact, there’s been only one thing to show over the past couple of weeks (beyond those comments that have gone straight to spam): an attempted but futile comment by reader “Janye Best” on my post about the acceleration and power of the chameleon’s tongue (spelling is reproduced without correction):

Dude you know so little about biologly in an applicable relevant sense, as opposed to reading this blog for any information I usually ask my 14 year old what’s in her earth science book. Please blog about things that can actually contribute to the advancement of biology. Oh and please, you’re an atheist. Talk about that.

Well, I don’t write about “earth science”; my speciality is evolutionary biologly. And, looking at the chameleon-tongue post, I’m simply unable to find what exercised this reader. Perhaps he (I’m assuming here a male) was simply hyped up from overconsumption of Doritos and Mountain Dew in his parents’ basement.

66 Comments

  1. Geoff Toscano
    Posted January 10, 2016 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    Any comment that begins with ‘Dude’ only ever ends badly.

    • BobTerrace
      Posted January 10, 2016 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

      When a comment begins with ‘Dude’ – all the other words can be ignored. It’s a code meaning “what follows is null and void”.

      • Filippo
        Posted January 10, 2016 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

        What if it starts with “Brah” or “Dawg”?

        • BobTerrace
          Posted January 10, 2016 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

          Dawg is OK if the following topic is about music. Brah or Bro – nope.

    • Posted January 10, 2016 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

      Dude, you’re so right!

      /@

  2. Diana MacPherson
    Posted January 10, 2016 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    What is “applicable relevant sense”?

    Also, dude, learn about commas.

  3. GBJames
    Posted January 10, 2016 at 11:15 am | Permalink

    I think Jayne is a woman, dude. Or a woman dude, perhaps.

    • Posted January 10, 2016 at 11:35 am | Permalink

      People often use female names when they’re male. I’m just guessing here based on experience with tone, and I may be wrong.

      • Filippo
        Posted January 10, 2016 at 11:50 am | Permalink

        How often do women utter “Dude,” as compared to dudes?

        • Cindy
          Posted January 11, 2016 at 7:56 am | Permalink

          I use “dude” and “bro” all the time when chatting with my boyfriend.

          I rarely use the terms in online chat, but the odd one slips through no doubt.

          • Diana MacPherson
            Posted January 11, 2016 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

            I call my female friends “dude”.

            • Cindy
              Posted January 11, 2016 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

              He calls me ‘dude’ and ‘bro’ as well.

              One time, in a video game, a male player just assumed that I was a dude, and referred to me as ‘bro’. I told him that I was a girl, but soon realized that it didn’t really matter if he called me bro or not. In fact, I found it amusing.

              So, my boyfriend and I started calling one another ‘bro’ as a joke, and it stuck. Been doing this for 8+ years now.

            • Cindy
              Posted January 11, 2016 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

              Oh, it is such a habit, that I even call my mom ‘dude’

              😛

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted January 10, 2016 at 11:39 am | Permalink

      Ah, you must not be a Firefly fanor you would have recalled Jayne Cobb the hero of Canton:

      Jayne
      The man they call Jayne
      He robbed from the rich and he gave to the poor
      Stood up to the Man and he gave him what for
      Our love for him now ain’t hard to explain
      The Hero of Canton, the man they call Jayne

      • Grania Spingies
        Posted January 10, 2016 at 11:52 am | Permalink

        The name isn’t Jayne though.
        I think it’s a riff on Kanye West (Janye Best)

        • Filippo
          Posted January 10, 2016 at 11:56 am | Permalink

          Yes, I bet narcissism is similarly a characteristic of this “Dude.”

        • Diana MacPherson
          Posted January 10, 2016 at 11:58 am | Permalink

          Well, now you’ve gone and ruined my Firefly nostalgia. 🙂

      • Filippo
        Posted January 10, 2016 at 11:52 am | Permalink

        “I’ll be in my bunk.”

        • Diana MacPherson
          Posted January 10, 2016 at 11:57 am | Permalink

          Or “She is starting to damage my calm”.

          But perhaps most apt is this exchange:

          Jayne: Well, as a rule, I say girlfolk ain’t to be trusted.
          River: Jayne is a girl’s name.
          Jayne: Well, Jayne ain’t a girl! If she starts in on that girl’s name thing, I’ll show her good and all I got man parts.
          Simon: I’m trying to think of a way for you to be cruder. I just… It’s not coming.

      • gravelinspector-Aidan
        Posted January 11, 2016 at 7:23 am | Permalink

        I was thinking that too.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted January 11, 2016 at 7:29 am | Permalink

      A “dude-ess”

  4. Thomas Lee
    Posted January 10, 2016 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    Constructive criticism is for wimps.

  5. CoachTru
    Posted January 10, 2016 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    tl;dr
    “No I’m not, you are.”

  6. Randy Schenck
    Posted January 10, 2016 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    I would just take a guess that perhaps this person learned everything he knows from a 14 year old.

    • Posted January 10, 2016 at 11:37 am | Permalink

      Since we don’t know if Jayne is a he or a she, we’re now officially allowed to say “they.”

      • Randy Schenck
        Posted January 10, 2016 at 11:54 am | Permalink

        Kind of odd really, because now one becomes more than one with unsure identity. I should have said 14 year old and high on Mountain Dew.

        • gravelinspector-Aidan
          Posted January 11, 2016 at 7:24 am | Permalink

          WTF is Mountain Dew? I thought it was just a pop drink?

          • Diana MacPherson
            Posted January 11, 2016 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

            I thought only Canadians called soda pop, “pop”.

            • GBJames
              Posted January 11, 2016 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

              Nope.

              • Posted January 12, 2016 at 1:16 am | Permalink

                Ah, yes. GB had already found the map!

                /@

              • Diana MacPherson
                Posted January 12, 2016 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

                I never met these Americans and they live the closest to me! It is a good map!

            • gravelinspector-Aidan
              Posted January 11, 2016 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

              Clearly not.

            • Posted January 12, 2016 at 12:29 am | Permalink

              Parts of the US too. You can find a map that shows the distribution of “pop”, “coke” and ”soda”.

              /@

              • Diana MacPherson
                Posted January 12, 2016 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

                Yes, I used to ask all English speaking people around the world if they said “pop” after Americans looked at me funny for saying it. But now we have the interwebs.

      • Posted January 10, 2016 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

        And about time too!

        /@

    • Filippo
      Posted January 10, 2016 at 11:59 am | Permalink

      From my own teaching experience, no one knows as much as a 14-year-old human primate male child.

  7. Dean Booth
    Posted January 10, 2016 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    That comment is so odd, I’m guessing that Jayne is one of those lizard people, unable to constrain his tongue.

  8. Posted January 10, 2016 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    Well I can understand that some posts here might seem a bit too “biologly” for the some readers, but I can’t help but think that there is only one kind of “earth science” book that would also cover evolutionary biology as a central topic — one that also teaches that the earth is 6000 years old.

  9. jrhs
    Posted January 10, 2016 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    Jayne has a strange way of telling people that he/she cannot understand the post.

  10. Posted January 10, 2016 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    “Dude,” what the hell?

  11. CB
    Posted January 10, 2016 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    I found the article about the chameleon’s tongue very interesting because, most likely,I can fit it into some current preoccupations about the absurd diversity of living organisms and am happy just to go ‘WOW’. Who knows what Mr Dude’s current frustrations about applicability are-maybe he just wants to know how to get rid of wireworms in his garden or whatever and mouthed off. And to complain about no discussion of atheism (or was that satirical? )s bewildering.Why does he(?) expect to find satisfaction in a blog named WEIT is not clear but he certainly will find some glimmer of insight if he persists.

  12. Posted January 10, 2016 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    “…for any information I usually ask my 14 year old what’s in her earth science book.”

    She said mud, not muddle, dude. 🙂

  13. Posted January 10, 2016 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    “Oh and please, you’re an atheist. Talk about that.”

    Yeah .. THAT never comes up, here!

  14. tubby
    Posted January 10, 2016 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    Janye: You mad bro?

  15. will_ethan
    Posted January 10, 2016 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    “Perhaps he (I’m assuming male) was simply hepped up from overconsumption of Doritos and Mountain Dew in his parents’ basement.”

    Wait! Hold on, Jerry! I get hepped up consuming diet Coke and Butterfinger Bites, often while reading this very website. Don’t unfairly & blithely malign junk foods!

    • Les
      Posted January 10, 2016 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

      Practical advice for Jayne:
      Don’t eat glowing-yellow Cheetos while using a white keyboard.

      • Diane G.
        Posted January 11, 2016 at 4:08 am | Permalink

        Sounds like the voice of experience.

  16. Frank
    Posted January 10, 2016 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    The Dude abides………

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted January 10, 2016 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

      +1

      I got so into Fireflyreferences that I completely forgot about The Big Lebowski.

    • Posted January 10, 2016 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

      That was a very different movie. I quite liked it.

  17. keith cook + or -
    Posted January 10, 2016 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    Dudes like to tell other dudes what and how they should be dude-ing. An emotional puffery tactic in front of 14 year old students that know more than dudes.

  18. Torbjörn Larsson
    Posted January 10, 2016 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    I’m not sure why Janye Best had the idea to comment on the chameleon’s post.

    His tongue is nowhere as fast.

    • Posted January 10, 2016 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

      Would they ever change their hue
      As the light chamelions do,
      Suiting it to every ray
      Twenty times a day?

      /@

  19. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted January 10, 2016 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    Well, biologly speaking, I find this site full of information. Sometimes too much information (giant centipedes! Six-foot-long worms! 😦

    And sub.

    cr

  20. Another Tom
    Posted January 10, 2016 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    I have a B.S. in Earth and Space Sciences and one of the things I’ve learned from getting it is that Geologists like to drink while watching The Core and Geophysicists like to drink while watching The Day After Tomorrow. Either way beer was prominently featured.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted January 11, 2016 at 7:28 am | Permalink

      Geologists and beer.

      • GBJames
        Posted January 11, 2016 at 7:32 am | Permalink

        Archaeologists and alcohol.

        I’m thinking it has something to do with field research.

        • gravelinspector-Aidan
          Posted January 11, 2016 at 7:48 am | Permalink

          Good chance of that.
          Ohh, this looks relevant.

          • Another Tom
            Posted January 11, 2016 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

            The University of Washington (Seattle) has a collection of exotic sands stored in liquor bottles purchased near where the sand was collected. A gift left to the University when the professor who collected them retired. An useful demo when talking about sedimentary processes.

            • gravelinspector-Aidan
              Posted January 11, 2016 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

              Actually, I’ve contributed to such a sand collection too. But I tend to have more regular sample bags to hand.

      • Another Tom
        Posted January 11, 2016 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

        I’ve known geologists who have claimed that they have reached a point where beer has become hydrating and no longer need water. To stay hydrated in the field, they just need to avoid liquor.

        I was more into the Space side of Earth and Space Sciences but still had classes and field trips with geologists. Great fun with the geologists and they were always happy to split a case of beer with you. Would volunteer to be your designated drinker during the annual departmental game of blitz ball (kickball with a keg at each base).

        FYI, I’m not making this up. These are things I have experienced.

        • gravelinspector-Aidan
          Posted January 11, 2016 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

          You haven’t lived until you’ve seen your head of department slide under the table while complaining about how dull students are these days.
          He got his own back next day. 18 miles in horizontal sleet.

  21. Diane G.
    Posted January 11, 2016 at 4:12 am | Permalink

    Janye, WTF?


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