Category Archives: Social Behaviour

A Thread for Ftk to avoid science and get personal

I’m starting this thread so that everyone’s favorite science-denying, soccer mom can get to know me. Laughably, she accused me of trolling on a thread about Dr. Behe’s mousetrap example of Irreducible Complexity. My crime?

Discussing the mousetrap example of Irreducible Complexity. I know, stupid me. In the same thread, she asked me the following questions (which are apparently appropriate on a science thread):

So….tell me about Blipey. Married? Kids? Brothers, sisters? Where did you go to college? Have any normal friends there?

So, here is the perfect thread to discuss those things; maybe she’ll drop by and ask a few questions?

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Filed under Education, Entertainment, Evolution, FTK, IDiots, musings, Politics, Relationships, Religion, Science, Social Behaviour

I Love NY…don’t get knifed

The Bronx, NY

New York City can be a great place; I like it lots. Then there are the nights you may get knifed. I just wanted to go to sleep and get up at 6:45 am to go do a show. That’s not really all that different than most days of my life. So, the show’s in Westchester County–not a particularly cheap place to get a room. That being the case, we’re staying in the Bronx (still not cheap by most standards, but better). We’re in the north Bronx; I don’t expect a great hotel, just some place to lay my head. This is the EconoLodge, nothing to write home about, but at least it’s a national chain with a bit of quality control.

So sometime after midnight there’s a huge (and supremely loud) domestic disturbance going on in the lobby. My room is right off the lobby so the fight is hard to ignore. I figure the clerk will solve this problem somehow. Several minutes later (4 or 5, probably) it’s still going on. I start to think, “Maybe the desk clerk is one of the parties arguing.” A couple of minutes later, the fight changes locations to right outside my window–seriously, 4 feet from my bed. I go out to the lobby.
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Sometimes we need more than wishes…

It turns out that our colleague needs a little more than well wishes from everyone. In a quite sudden turn of events, the situation has become much more serious. Medical situations are often scary, especially for those of us who are not doctors and seem to spend most of our time in the dark. The ghosts that lurk in our imaginations are sometimes scarier than what is actually wrong. Sometimes they’re not. A few hours from being released, Nadine was taken to ICU and is in very serious condition. They know the immediate danger, but not an underlying cause.

I don’t think the general populace really understands actors (as if any group of people can be said to be understood…). As a collection of people, an acting company is a very strange group–eclectic, egotistic, caring, brusque, lively, touched, businesslike, and everything in between. Oftentimes, we find ourselves forced into contact and relationships that other people shrink from. Not only do most of us embrace that energy, we seek it out. We often know the people we work with better and in stranger ways than most people care to think about. When it clicks, a cast lives for each other. It lives for the experience. It lives for the show.

The show will go on.

What kind of people does that make us?

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Ftk washes Salvadore Cordova’s back!

I think that one of the major obstacles in the ID / Evolution weirdness that is going on in a tiny fraction of the world’s population is that of moral turpitude. One of the loudest voices in the pro-ID movement is a soccer mom from Kansas. She goes by the name of Ftk (For the Kids). Her biggest gripe is that scientists are atheists and therefor wrong, because they have no moral code.

Well, it has finally come out that Ftk has no moral code either. In fact, as seen from the following quote which she spoke to a fellow ID supporter, her own moral compass is a little askew. We now have evidence that ID supporters themselves can be adulterers, being friendly with whomever they choose, as long as the team is together!

Ftk:

God be with you, brother. I’ll wash your back…

That says it all.

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Filed under Conspiracy Theories, Culture Wars, Evolution, IDiots, lying, Science, Social Behaviour, Street Theatre

It’s Official: DaveScot is a weak excuse for a human being

So. DaveScot one invited me to look him up anytime I was in Austin–ostensibly so he could kill me with a chainsaw. Why would he want to do such a thing? Well, because I disagree with him about scientific issues and that’s how science is decided–chainsaws.

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Filed under About Me, Conspiracy Theories, DaveScot, DaveTard, Entertainment, Humor, IDiots, lying, Science, Social Behaviour

Amongst the Living Again

No, I did not die, though some may have been wondering. Through a series of events: hotels with no or bad wireless networks, hideous driving times, actual work being done, personal fun being had, and blogger’s lethargy–I have neglected A Clown in the Middle.

I have 3 things to say to the few dozen people that have stopped by almost daily for the past 2 weeks.

1. Thanks for contuing to check in; I appreciate it.
2. What the hell’s wrong with you; don’t you have better things to do?
3. Just because I have been silent doesn’t mean I’ve not been thinking.

Upcoming posts in the next couple of days:

A. My upcoming meeting with Tard Supreme Commander, DaveScot in Austin, TX.
B. A review of a really cool popular science book on information theory that I finished.
C. A band you should listen to.
D. Discussion of wine country in Washington and Idaho (yes, Idaho).
E. The niftiness of Sacramento and a possible thearical job there.

Once again, thanks for stopping by and please continue to do so.

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That seeks an answer to an educational question

We’ve performed The Boston Tea Party in more schools than I can remember this school year. We’ve performed in numerous middle schools, the occasional junior high, tons of elementary schools, and even a couple of high schools (not The Bureau’s best booking work there). Now, most of these schools have been great and I completely related to the educational environment. This past Thursday’s school got me thinking about a type of school we’ve seen a tiny bit of: the lower elementary school (and its partner the upper elementary school).

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