A John Tesh Nod; Me Being Gnawed

So this morning I’m lying in bed with my laptop (which looks disarmingly good in a wig—but never mind), and I think, “Gosh, I don’t feel like thinking. I know! I’ll go see what other people are thinking.” But that threatened to blossom into something no longer about me, which I of course find unacceptable. So I reached the natural compromise, and decided to think about what other people think about me. This is really one of my favorite things to think about.

What I sometimes do when in the mood to think about what others think about me is to visit blogs that I can see (via my blog’s stat page) have linked back to my blog. That means someone’s blogging about me! What an enrichingly good time for them! And what fun for me, to e-eavesdrop on someone discussing me! It’s the ultimate win-win.

It usually is, anyway. And today it started out that way. First, I discovered that Famous Person John Tesh had a blog in which he had linked to mine. The November 13 post on The John Tesh Blog was titled “The Top Qualities of a Good Woman.” The first such quality John listed was: “A good woman freaks you out with her intelligence. Women have the uncanny ability to cut through the fogginess of an issue and come up with a brilliant perspective. The upside for guys is that the more you hang around smart women, like my wife, the more brainy you become.”

As you see, Mr. Tesh saw fit to turn the words “brilliant perspective” into a link to the post on my blog entitled, “Top 10 Qualities to Look for In a Wife.” (The first on my list being, coincidentally enough, “So smart she constantly freaks you out with her humongous Absorb-O-Brain”—which, by way of explication, I followed with: “Upside: Hanging around with a smart person makes you smarter. Up to a point, of course. But still,” followed by, “”Downside: Smart people remember everything. Pretty mixed blessing.” So you see how amazingly alike John Tesh and I think!)

The next link I followed from my stats page was to a blog called Pharyngula, the slogan of which is, “Evolution, development, and random biological ejaculations from a godless liberal.” Sweet! Would of course myself change that slogan by a disgusting word or two, but none of my business.

I was disappointed if not actually crestfallen to discover that Mr. PZ Meyers, the articulate and good-natured University of Minnesota biologist who writes “Pharyngula” (which, I was happy to learn, “is a term coined by William Ballard to describe a particular stage in the development of the vertebrate embryo”) didn’t himself write about me. Instead, I saw somewhere amidst one of his 10-mile long comment streams the following, written by one “rickrOll”: 

“I know I said good about him before, but this John Shore is becoming a real problem, exhibiting all the classic signs of religous nuttiness. He … is incredibly rude and vindictive off his blog, and what’s more, I’m tired of waiting for him to be a mature adult. I vote we whack him: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnshore/. Normally I wouldn’t consider him a problem, but he needs to be taught a lesson in manners and some intellectual honesty.” A few comments down, Mr. Roll added: “This thread has no particular discussion in mind, though I was trying to rally support for my effort to slap a little sense into John Shore at Suddenly Christian (link above). If any would be so kind, please do.”

Thus far the brainy scientific types who seem to favor Mr. Meyers’ blog have failed to rally to Mr. Roll’s call to “whack” me. But I kind of hope they get on it! It’s been my experience that accomplished scientists are almost always fantastic writers, because they’re rarely bogged down trying to make their writing artsy. Instead, they worry about clarity—and thereby often achieve, I think, the best kind of writing art. So even though it might be at my expense, I’d welcome almost all of Mr. Meyers’ associates to comment on my blog.

Hey, man. Art’s all about sacrifice.

Anyway, there you have it. Looking to read about myself I visited two sites, finding in the first John Tesh sort of offhandedly if not reflexively mentioning me, and in the other someone trying to rally articulate scientists to “whack” me.

And now I’m going back to sleep.

 

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John Shore (who, fwiw, is straight) is the author of UNFAIR: Christians and the LGBT Question, and three other great books. He is founder of Unfundamentalist Christians (on Facebook here), and executive editor of the Unfundamentalist Christians group blog.  (In total John's two blogs receive some 250,000 views per month.) John is also co-founder of The NALT Christians Project, which was written about by TIME,  The Washington Post, and others. His website is JohnShore.com. John is a pastor ordained by The Progressive Christian Alliance. You're invited to like John's Facebook page. And don't forget to sign up for his mucho awesome monthly newsletter.

  • http://suddenlyatheist.wordpress.com/ morsec0de

    I feel I may have to apologize for Rick. He comments on my blog quite a bit, and somehow has become very fond of me.

    And thus, through our somewhat intense back-and-forth recently on my blog John, Rick doesn't seem to like you.

    I still like you.

    I think you're wrong (both religiously and about me and my motives and intentions), but I still like you.

    That being said, if you really want to be 'whacked' by Pharyngula, put up a poll. PZ loves crashing polls.

  • http://suddenlyatheist.wordpress.com/ morsec0de

    Wow. Somebody is Suddenly Surly. :P

  • http://emphaticasterisk.com Lindsey

    OR a makeover blog! Suddenly Sexy!

    *lol*

  • http://suddenlyatheist.wordpress.com/ morsec0de
  • Candace

    I was gonna chime in with the news that this rickroll person had apparently tossed you over for Morsecode, John, and was playing the dysfunctional child of an imaginery divorce, but Morse pretty much already beat me to it.

    Morse, he really does seem to be intensely devoted to you. Not that we all aren't, but … whaddup wid dat???

  • Colleen

    How about "Suddenly Have A Clue!" I truly was not following your concept about hyperlinking from blog to blog. So before you think I was being "Suddenly Sarcastic" ;) I seriously was having a brain fog moment and thought that you all were sharing some parallel universe. Fortunately my blood sugar normalized after eating a late dinner and I now reclaim my profound female brain!

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    The Suddenly Zombie site is beyond awesome.

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    Ah, yes. I remember the days when “Rick” was terribly fond of me, too. But I guess it was just a summer thing.

    Welcome back to my blog! Loser.

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    OK, you response DID crack me up. Good one! (You know, I’m still waiting for someone to start a blog called “Suddenly Zombie.” Maybe they have!)

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    (Or a transexual one: Suddenly Shirley!)

  • Colleen

    WOW! Did you find the content from “suddenlyzombie” and your reference today to a previous blog “The Top Qualities of a Good Woman” an errie coincidence or is it just me?

  • Kathy

    This was a very very very funny and amusing blog post on many different levels. Hehehe.

  • http://inkstainedpaws.blogspot.com Casey

    No…… Mr. Rick Rolled, or whatever, had best not mess with Johns blog. I, for one, tend to like it. Occasionally. And absolutely Non-Christianly. But … it is entertaining. Oh, and John, I read Job … and saw no dinosaurs! None. Please to point out the dinosuars. Please. kthx.

    Anyway. Maybe you should put up a post or book or whatever your creative mind decides, with the topic, "What christians want non believers to know." I mean, us atheistly heathens got our 2 cents.

    Just Suddenly Suggesting.

  • http://inkstainedpaws.blogspot.com Casey

    hmmm….. wasnt you? Musta been the other guy on facebook then. either way- I'll hijack nathan's bible tonight and reread genesis because I dont recall dinosaurs there either. And dinosaurs are a key part in the evolution theory.

    you should totally do that for a post. Might actually persuade more people to convert. but of course that wouldnt be your reason for writing it.

    (oh, and in case you are confused- it tis I, Arlywn. I'm currently phasing out that sn persona.)

  • Candace

    I think honda pilot prairie dog would be a good name for a grunge band.

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    Kathy: Thank you so much. What a great compliment.

    Casey: Good idea for a post! I might actually do that. (And of course you know I never said anything about dinosaurs being in the book of Job. That’s absolutely absurd. They’re in GENESIS.)

  • http://www.kellykirbyfisher.blogspot.com Kelly

    Having stat counters linked to your blog can prove to make some interesting reading, huh? I am always fascinated when people google stuff and end up on my blog.

    Some of the weirdest “google searches” that landed people on my blog are:

    adjectives sciapodous

    faith suppers

    I love you Lord I worry why

    hannah whitehall be perfectl y indifferent

    buckees gas

    how to make tacos

    honda pilot prairie dog

  • Mark Lattimore

    Sorry. Nothing to contribute. Just wanted to say that reading these comments is definitely ending my day on an uptick. Good night, all. And you’re right, Candace…great name for a grunge band.

  • Candace

    … chuckle …

    Well, Morse? You rose (admirably) to the Suddenly Zombie challenge. Next assignment: Honda Pilot Prairie Dog :-)

  • Natalie

    Casey

    The 'dinosaur' in Job is referred to as Leviathan. Chapter 41. Does that help?

  • http://www.kellykirbyfisher.blogspot.com Kelly

    The funny thing about "honda pilot prairie dog" is that my 17 year old drives a Honda Pilot and I just recently posted pictures of the cutest prairie dogs we saw while on vacation. But, why, for the life of me someone would google all those words together. LOL

  • http://suddenlyatheist.wordpress.com/ morsec0de

    The leviathan could also just as easily be a crocodile or a hippopotamus. And as both of those do coexist with humans, and dinosaurs did not, it seems more likely.

    Not that it wouldn't have been cool.

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    Candace: too extremely funny!! I worked as a music journalist for years, and one of my totally favorite things to do was collect awesome names for bands. I never saw or thought of a better one than Honda Pilot Prairie Dog. I would have been on that like a gopher on a Suzuki.


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