Last night, I discovered a blog written by anonymous professors called Rate Your Students. The style, frankly, gives me a headache. (“Proffies”? Anybody who even thinks about making up cutesy vocabulary should be dumped into a vat of boiling olive oil liberally infused with capsaicin.) However, they do point out the creepy archetype, the BFF Prof. I agree with the commenters–this is just freakin’ weird and inappropriate. I’ve never actually encountered this type of prof, but then again, the sciences doesn’t exactly breed the lovey-dovey types. That’s why I’m still vacillating on whether or not calling my advisor by his first name is really okay.