A farewell for the nonce (and requests for readers)

As many of you know, I’ll be out of Chicago for five weeks beginning Monday afternoon. During that time I will have only sporadic access to email, but will try to post if I can from time to time. Matthew will be putting up just the cat portion of the Hili dialogues, which Malgorzata and Andrzej will send him daily.

Because of the possibility I’ll get overwhelmed by email when I do check in, I ask readers to email me as little as possible from tomorrow until the beginning of December. That means hold on to your readers’ wildlife photos and photos of readers, and also hold on to your “tips” (stuff you want to call to my attention) until I return. If there are very pressing emails, you may contact me, but I may not respond in a timely fashion. I will post photos of my journey if I get the opportunity.

But don’t unsubscribe because, like Arnold, I’ll be back—unless I’m eaten by an orca or leopard seal.

46 Comments

  1. yazikus
    Posted October 20, 2019 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    Bon Voyage!

    unless I’m eaten by an orca or leopard seal.

    I’ve always thought that if one had to die by animal – succumbing to an apex predator would be a dignified way to go. That said, stay safe and don’t jump in the water!

    • Posted October 20, 2019 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

      And stay away from the edge of the ice. I saw a video once of a leopard seal leaping out of the water and sinking its teeth into the leg of a man standing on the ice.

  2. Diana MacPherson
    Posted October 20, 2019 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    Have a safe trip!

  3. GBJames
    Posted October 20, 2019 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    Welcome back in advance!

  4. Gail
    Posted October 20, 2019 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    Have a wonderful trip!

  5. Julian Cattaneo
    Posted October 20, 2019 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    Have a good trip. Looking forward to hearing about it!

  6. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted October 20, 2019 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    Bon Voyage!

  7. uommibatto
    Posted October 20, 2019 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    Have a great trip!

  8. Roo
    Posted October 20, 2019 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    Have a great trip and be careful!

  9. mfdempsey1946
    Posted October 20, 2019 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    Boa viagem.

  10. Randall Schenck
    Posted October 20, 2019 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    Just get out of here and don’t worry about anything until you get back. Call it a working vacation for a retired guy.

  11. Posted October 20, 2019 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    Best wishes. Hope to hear from you soon.

  12. EdwardM
    Posted October 20, 2019 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    Bon voyage.

  13. Posted October 20, 2019 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    Bye, Jerry! Your nieces will miss you!

  14. RGT
    Posted October 20, 2019 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Give a penguin a pat on the head for us!

  15. Jenny Haniver
    Posted October 20, 2019 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    Have a great trip, keep warm – wear your mittens, and, as I’ve noted elsewhere, stay away from those Adelie penguins lest they commit unspeakable acts on your body.

  16. Mark R.
    Posted October 20, 2019 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    Safe travels. Looking forward to your photos and anything else you share from the trip. May you cross paths with much wildlife and adorable penguins.

  17. Rita Prangle
    Posted October 20, 2019 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    Safe travels, Jerry.

  18. Reggie Cormack
    Posted October 20, 2019 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    Yes, Prof Coyne, have a good well earned break. I’m sure we can all look forward to some exciting, interesting and entertaining tales on your return.

  19. Ken Kukec
    Posted October 20, 2019 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    Take care on that cruise to Antarctica, boss; the Southern Ocean is nothing to mess with. Ain’t never sailed it myself, but I know people who have, and they say there’s nothing else like it anywhere.

    Are you leaving us an itinerary? Is there any way to track your progress? Should we set up single sideband radios? 🙂

    • Posted October 21, 2019 at 11:27 am | Permalink

      Yes, take care & have a great trip, PCC(E).

      Gosh, SSB radio – that takes me back to my youth as a lobster fisherman.

  20. Randall Schenck
    Posted October 20, 2019 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    If you want to watch live while they blow up the building down in New Orleans….

    https://www.nola.com/news/article_2a43feb8-f15d-11e9-869f-d72bf0c9ee92.html?1571597666899&utm_medium=notification&utm_source=pushly&utm_campaign=desktop_push

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted October 20, 2019 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

      Well, sorry about that folks. The explosion happened but it must have knocked out the electricity and the video feed stopped. Better luck next time.

  21. Saul Sorrell-Till
    Posted October 20, 2019 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    Best wishes, it sounds like a trip of a lifetime.

  22. Posted October 20, 2019 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    Safe journeys, professor! We’ll miss you! The talks you’ll be giving sound amazing!

    • Frank Bath
      Posted October 20, 2019 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

      Perhaps we will be able to hear them?

  23. Frank Bath
    Posted October 20, 2019 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    Bon Voyage. Come back alive.

  24. Bill Shaddle
    Posted October 20, 2019 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    That’s twice now (at least) you’ve mentioned getting eaten by large marine predators. I hope that doesn’t happen; stay away from the edge of the water! Enjoy your trip; it sounds wonderful.

  25. mike cracraft
    Posted October 20, 2019 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    PCC: have a great trip. If you get a wifi connection down there please post some fotos.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted October 20, 2019 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

      The boat is very likely to have a good WiFi setup. What the onward link to the rest of the Internet is like is an entirely separate question. Even with a good satellite dish and a radome that allows it to work in high winds (instead of needing to be “parked” into a protective shield), the amount of water in the air can weaken signals into uselessness, and if the boat pitches, rolls or yaws faster than the dish’s gimbals can, then you’ll lose link again.
      The cheaper internet links go through geostationary satellites – of necessity sited above an equatorial location. But you’d really hope that they have an Iridium set or several for emergency use. The Iridium constellation is at a high orientation – 86 degrees – making it a much more reliable choice in polar regions. But ohhh, it’s expensive.
      How expensive? Remember the missing Malaysian airliner? The airline chose to not pay for Iridium data transmission, presumably because it costs too much for the limited utility.

  26. Debbie Coplan
    Posted October 20, 2019 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    Have a terrific journey! Can’t wait to see pictures!

  27. BJ
    Posted October 20, 2019 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    Please don’t be eaten by an orca! We love you too much for you to be orca food!

    Have a wonderful trip!

  28. rickflick
    Posted October 20, 2019 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    If you see the pole, don’t put your tongue on it! 😎

  29. Lynne
    Posted October 20, 2019 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    OMGosh! Sounds wonderful. Stay safe and do post your wildlife pictures PLEASE! 🙂

  30. Steve Pollard
    Posted October 20, 2019 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    Well, we shouldn’t need to send any wildlife photos, because you should come back with a whole load of them yourself! Have a really great time. And enjoy the Falklands: I last went there about 17 years ago, and I hope the cruise ships haven’t mucked them up too much since then.

  31. Liz
    Posted October 20, 2019 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    Enjoy. Save travels.

  32. scruffycookie
    Posted October 20, 2019 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    Good travels and come home safe.

  33. Posted October 20, 2019 at 10:49 pm | Permalink

    Fair winds, following seas…

  34. Posted October 21, 2019 at 7:33 am | Permalink

    Have a GREAT trip! 🙂

  35. David Coxill
    Posted October 21, 2019 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    Enjoy yourself ,you lucky doc you ,bring us back a Penguin .

    Talking of Penguin ,why don’t Polar bears eat them ? Apart from being poles apart .

    Answer ,they can’t get the wrapper off .

  36. Posted October 21, 2019 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    Enjoy your trip – scientifically and otherwise.

  37. Andrea Kenner
    Posted October 21, 2019 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    Safe travels!

  38. Dominic
    Posted October 22, 2019 at 6:24 am | Permalink

    My money is on the leopard seal!

  39. Gayle C Ferguson
    Posted October 23, 2019 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

    Was momentarily confused by the post title 🙂 https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=nonce

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted October 23, 2019 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

      Oh dear.


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