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Master's Degree holder, telecommuting from the hot tub, proud Darwinian Dawkobot, and pirate librarian belly-dancer bohemian secret agent scribe on a mission to rescue bloggers from the wholesome clutches of the pious backstabbing girl fridays of the world.

Friday, August 03, 2007

We're a Happy Bunch

Photo: Grant Hermanson

;-) But don't worry, my ebullient spirit reasserted itself on Atheist Talk when I started yakking about Dawkins' books.

Kristine: Blah blah, blahblahblah! Blah! Blahblahblahblahblah...

Host: Thank you, Kristine, now I only have 20 seconds to report on my book. Blah! Thank you, everyone!

Just kidding. We have a fun time at Atheist Talk. (This particular podcast is not up yet.)

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Blogger Cat's Staff said...

It'll be about a week. I want to finish the one with PZ first, and I'm a little over half done with that one which requires a lot more work. I'm subtitling all the questions so people can see what they are, and inserting PZ's slides into the video. After all that, most people go and download just the audio.

You (and everyone else) did a good job. You know that next time the level of difficulty will increase and you have to do it while belly dancing, in full garb...that goes for the others too...

August 03, 2007 11:36 AM  
Blogger Kristine said...

I'm subtitling all the questions so people can see what they are, and inserting PZ's slides into the video.

Thank you for all your hard work!

You know that next time the level of difficulty will increase and you have to do it while belly dancing, in full garb...

Yay! I've been wracking my brains trying to figure out how to get my ass in a dance video without doing everything myself!

I promised a shimmy/science quiz video and I intend to keep that promise. ;-) Someday. After I learn Flash.

August 03, 2007 12:13 PM  
Blogger Cat's Staff said...

Shimmy/science quiz video?!? If they get it right, they get to see you shimmy...if they get it wrong...they have to see me shimmy... they will probably avoid taking it...who would want to risk it.

August 03, 2007 12:24 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Yes, but how I could get around that is, I could show the video of me dancing with the interesting parts blocked out - and, as they answer correctly, the blocks get taken away. If they get a good score, they get to see the dance again in its entirety.

Which might be too complicated for me to do, but we'll see.

And don't put yourself down! Men shimmy, too!

August 03, 2007 12:55 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Bwahaha, I just stumbled onto this - too funny!

August 03, 2007 1:01 PM  
Blogger Forthekids said...

Girlfriend....special request:

RE: your Chicago trip...

Bring home a portfolio of sexy_hawt pictures of Richardhughes for me.

PS: Keep your hands OFF him! Oh, and give prof. Steve Steve a big 'ol hug for me.

But seriously...have fun.

August 03, 2007 8:21 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Well, thanks! I'm sure we'll post photos at AtBC and Panda's Thumb.

Don't worry, I won't pester Rich.

I have the most unholy secret crush on another bloggy friend (not at the AtBC bunch) anyway. ;-)

I hope Steve Steve recognizes me with my clothes on.

August 03, 2007 8:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What? Is that how you make your money? What kind of stories do you have to tell? It could be tasty!


August 03, 2007 9:32 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Oh, Janine, at my age I'm so jaded.

Wait until my book comes out. ;-)

August 03, 2007 10:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kristine, I am just about as jaded as you are. Still does not mean I dislike details.

I find myself wondering if Steve Steve is more tramatized by his addiction or by the news of it being publicized.

August 04, 2007 12:51 AM  
Blogger Bob O'Hara said...

...and, as they answer correctly, the blocks get taken away.

Ah, so that's why you need to learn flash.


August 04, 2007 2:37 AM  
Anonymous JanieBelle said...

"Yes, but how I could get around that is, I could show the video of me dancing with the interesting parts blocked out - and, as they answer correctly, the blocks get taken away. If they get a good score, they get to see the dance again in its entirety."

Oh I am SO there!

The Eiffel Tower.
Bacterial Flagellum.
William Shakespeare.
Black Hole.
3/4 cup of sugar.
Flying Spaghetti Monster.
"The African Queen".

Did I win yet?


August 04, 2007 7:13 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

I'm not doing the dance of the seven veils, JanieBelle! ;-)

August 04, 2007 9:21 PM  
Anonymous JanieBelle said...

Well, that's a good thing, because I'd have had you before penis.

Well that didn't come out right. uh.. so to speak...

I mean, I'd have gotten you with black hole.

Geez, even when I'm not trying to be sexual...

It's a curse, I guess. ;)


August 05, 2007 2:17 PM  
Anonymous Kristine said...

WHAT? ;-)

I can just see Legion taking this quiz ovah and ovah.

S/he/it doesn't want to see some old "fossil" dance. Right?

(Because I'm on someone else's computer, my backlink ain't showing.)

August 06, 2007 9:35 AM  
Anonymous Banned One said...

Atheists are a GAS!!

August 06, 2007 11:31 AM  
Anonymous Shicklgruber said...

Ja! I like atheists too?

August 07, 2007 3:16 PM  
Anonymous Shicklgruber said...

Check my website!

August 07, 2007 3:17 PM  
Anonymous shicklgruber said...

check my website!

August 07, 2007 3:19 PM  
Anonymous free book girl said...

Tell all the Kansas Citizens for Science people we will be at the borders at 91st and metcalf...they know the place.

Borders has a great atheism section.

love to troll the coffee shop and pass out chick tracts.

My little boy is being raised under OLD TESTAMENT law, not like his filthy uncirumcised daddy.

Theocracy now! Rusdoony is my herol and Gary north

August 07, 2007 3:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, I think my prescription ran out.

Anyway, borders at 6:30

August 07, 2007 3:30 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Banned at 3:50.

August 07, 2007 3:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Woodwork creaks and out comes the freaks.

Just in case you do not know, Shicklgruber was Alois Hitler's original last name until he changed it when he was middle aged. Yes, Alois was Adolph's father. And yes, the link is a pro-Hitler site. Save your time.


August 07, 2007 3:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kristine, did you just ban Banned? Wow, what a harassed little troll.


August 07, 2007 3:54 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Hey, Janine - from my first novel:

“Oh, what are you into now?” Franz groaned, and he snatched my book from the counter before I could answer, so I didn’t. I let him page through it as I finally set the small office in order and located Louis’s key. My brother managed to get even farther into Mein Kampf than I had before his eyes glazed over. “What is this garbage? A revitalized Germany—of course I’m for it. We’re all for it, but what is this other nonsense? And this has to be the most boring book that I’ve ever read.” I agreed with him about that. The tome was ponderous and whining, full of sloppy rhetoric and barbaric lies, in short the kind of book one would expect from a fanatical patriot and would-be artist in jail for treason. My Struggle. And my money. Thanks, Heumer.
“Adolf Hitler.” Suddenly Franz burst out laughing. “Heutler! Oh, this is Alöis Schicklgruber’s brat. Good God, with this man’s name splattered all over the newspapers you’d think I’d remember it. Geoff, I fought at Ypres with this imbecile! He was a dispatch runner.”
“Really? In the First Company? You never told me.”
“Would it have been worth mentioning before? He wasn’t famous then. He was just some outcast, a crazy with no friends who worshipped the War while the rest of us were cursing it—and him. No one could stand him. When he wasn’t barking at us for our supposed lack of morale, he was grumbling with his head in his hands, or running around the mess tent screaming about how we were going to lose the War because of the Jews, the Slavs, the laziness of we Austrians, et cetera. He could go on for hours, while we sat and smoked and thought of ways to kill him.”
Franz rolled his eyes. “One day, he caught me switching hands to eat—well, my fingers on my left hand had practically been blown off two hours earlier!—and he started in on me: ‘Why don’t you eat like a German, Weidmann!’ blah, blah, and I said, ‘For your information, switching hands is an old custom that our ancestors took with them to America,’ and he just exploded. ‘You’re dropping crumbs all over! Respect our German bread!’ Christ, no one could believe the man was serious. It figures he’d run at the first hail of bullets during his so-called revolution, and desert his followers.” My brother leaned against the counter and flipped through the pages again.

Yeah, I banned Bland. I didn't need to check the link. *Snore* I hope they'll be very happy together in my comment time tunnel.

August 07, 2007 4:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kristine, I figured you knew this bit of trivia about Shicklgruber/Hitler. But still not that well known and even less so as time passes.

But I had to check the link just to satisfy my curiousity. I cannot help myself. Let's just say there was a link to the publishing house that puts out David Irving's books. And a link to Ernst Zungel. Nuff said.

August 07, 2007 4:10 PM  
Blogger Bjorn said...

Thanks for your reviews, I wrote a little synopsis on my blaaag. Chicago is a really fun town. I stumbled over there on a weekend, and got to see Julia Sweeney, Hemant Mehta, and the planetarium.

August 08, 2007 8:29 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Thank you! I really do recommend that everyone read The Extended Phenotype whether they agree with it or not.

August 08, 2007 8:56 PM  
Blogger Bjorn said...

That almost sounds dirty enough, you may get a lot of curious teenage boys reading it.

August 09, 2007 9:14 AM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Oh! Well, in that case (man, are you sick!), I also recommend that they read one of my favorite classic novels, Lolita!

Yes, go through and look for the dirty words, boys. You won't find them.

Another book very much misunderstood (although it is about what people think it is about).

August 09, 2007 9:42 AM  

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