Thursday, October 19, 2006


An angry Anonymous, in a comment on an earlier post, alerts me to the existence of this guy at Democratic Underground. (The voice in my head when I figured out what was going on was Craig T. Nelson's, as Bob Parr in The Incredibles when Mr. Incredible and Frozone--wearing ski masks--trip the jewelry store alarm...An exasperated but resigned"Oh, good.")

In fact, it turns out that there are a whole damn bunch of Philosoraptors out there now. Like, e.g.,

Just for the record, and not because I think this is really important or anything: I thought of the word myself back in 1994 when I first started hanging out on my university's VAX, and on the paleontology-junkies' Dinosaur Mailing List. Somebody else might have thought of the word earlier, but if so I didn't know about it. I used it, as you might have guessed, because I'm interested in both philosophy and paleontology (though I almost never talk about the latter around here, do I? Probably because I'm a complete and total amateur with regard to that subject).

People (girls, usually) have, in the past, sometimes literally squealed with delight because they thought the word was so clever. Now--or soon--I reckon it will just seem kind of lame.

But, anyway, to clear up any confusion: I am this Philosoraptor, and not another. I'm not any of the personals ads philosoraptors, nor am I the philosoraptor, nor am I the DU philosoraptor, nor the MySpace philosoraptor, etc., etc.

The philosoraptor at DU sounds like a guy it would be particularly unfortunate to be confused with, since he apparently thinks, e.g., that Bush knew about 9/11 before it happened. Whereas I, on the other hand, have some doubts about whether Bush knows about 9/11 yet... (Ha ha! Philosoraptor humor.)

In fact, as you guys know, my nom de blog is officially 'Winson Smith'...a handle that's also, apparently, being used by approximately 5000 other people...


Blogger Random Michelle K said...

This means that the the Philosoraptor looking to meet cute hot girlz is a FAKE?!

I'm crushed!

You need an ID that says , "I am the REAL Philosoraptor!"

Or maybe, "Genuine Philosoraptor Inside."

Or how about, "Philsoraptor: Accept to substitutions."

11:30 AM  
Blogger Random Michelle K said...


Accept NO substitutions!

Followed by, "Learn to Proofread"

11:31 AM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

Well, *A* Philosoraptor looking to meet cute hot girlz is a fake...

(Note to your hubby: Ha Ha! Philosoraptor humor!)

12:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your name did get a lot of press when you wrote the "duToitification" post (I prefer "dew twat-ification"). In fact, it was because of said press that I became a regular reader. There was also some expressed admiration for the "Philosoraptor" name.

I like both of your net handles, as Winston Smith and Philosoraptor conjures up a Jeckyl and Hyde kind of scenario where mild mannered Winston, the Marlboro Man of the Philosophy Dept. turns into some sort of crazy paleo-werewolf argument-devouring dinosaur during the full moon (or finals, as the case may be).

2:23 PM  
Blogger oyster said...

Look the Philosoraptor incorrectly spelled his "official" nom de blog.

Would the REAL Philosoraptor make such an error. I think not, and now fear that there's a dark conspiracy at work here.

3:26 PM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

Thanks, anonymous!

Nyet. Please to be putting that thought out of mind. All is right here. All is normal. That is all.

3:37 PM  
Blogger Random Michelle K said...

I thought that Philosoraptor was the mild mannered one, and Winston Smith hid the bodies under the bridge?

Jeesh, I can't ever get ANYTHING right!

4:00 PM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

Try to keep up, Michelle.

4:10 PM  
Blogger Tom Van Dyke said...

Yeah, I knew about the other Philosoraptor, which is why I didn't feel like a total mook clipping "Philosodude."

Besides, I paid the proper credit to (blame on) you as blogfather.

7:22 PM  
Blogger Alexander Wolfe said...

I had merely assumed this entire blog was fake.

7:37 PM  

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