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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.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Ev-y-dense - I Haz It

Someone with a blog named "Whateveresque" has more LOLs regarding the Creation Museum:

In the meantime, it's coming up on the anniversary of Billy Dembski's fart-a-mation (now sans fart noises), and sure enough, he's pulled off another goombah faux pas to add to the legacy of intelligent design.

This time, he was caught stealing a video produced by Harvard and passing it off as ID evidence by adding captions and a voice-over reinterpreting the animation. When the plagiarism was discovered, Dembski tried to say, "Oh, hai, I just founds it on teh internet, do it b'long to anywun?" But Harvard didn't buy it and skewered Dembski with a "cease and desist" letter. ERV has the story.

Now Dembski has come out with a "New ID Briefing Packet for Educators," but one of his own commenters noticed something wrong with the (as it turns out) completely bogus "phonetic" spelling in the phony definition:

"On the front cover of the newly available packet, the topmost image is a faux dictionary entry for “intelligent design.” Problem is, the phonetic spelling of both words is incorrect. The second syllable of “intelligent” is “tel” not “te.” The ampersand is not part of the international phonetic alphabet. The third syllable should be “li” and in the fourth syllable the vowel sound is a schwa (I don’t trust the browser to correctly reproduce the schwa symbol). Likewise, the first vowel sound in “design” is also a schwa and the second is a long i (a lower case i with a line over it).

"Not a very intelligent design for a publication intended for educators."

LOL! I'll say.

And by sheer coinkydink, I "happened" to "find" this on the internet. Anybody care if I change it around a bit?

UPDATED: The plot thickens. Dembski throws a hissy-fit because another writer gets a sneak-peak at his new article - legally. *Eye-roll*

Shimmies to ERV.

SECOND UPDATE: Dembski didn't alter the original. He really did "find it" lying around the internet. Well, that's still makes it pretty stupid that he used it, but I've got some owning up to do. So I'm very sorry, William Dembski, to have doub - uh, to have believed in you? Well, you know what I mean. At any rate, I was wrong about the Dembster. This time. So, I have to eat my dat (long story). ;-)

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Blogger Rev. Barking Nonsequitur said...

Well, Kristine, you now you won't change anyones mind by making fun of them. You obviously are insecure about your convictions because you choose not to engage the in a logical debate. ;)

November 29, 2007 8:00 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Oh, dear, that's right. What was I thinking? ;-)

Yeah, we'll see how far logical debate gets with John West at the U of M tomorrow night. :-)

November 29, 2007 10:09 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Besides, you don't make fun of Dembski, you just step out of his own way.

November 30, 2007 3:40 PM  
Blogger Martin Wagner said...

The "someone" who owns "Whatever" and "Whateveresque" is John Scalzi, a popular and award-winning science fiction writer who's been doing the blog thing since '98. Whatever gets about 35,000 readers a day.

Sounds like you went to see John West. Any chance for a full writeup on that farce?

November 30, 2007 10:27 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Well, raise my rent. I've never seen "Whateveresque" before.

Yes, I taped it on my digital camera and my boyfriend is uploading it now! I asked a question that set him off-balance - and he ducked it.

November 30, 2007 10:32 PM  

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