Saturday, October 30, 2010

Say what you like about the old bastard,

but he made some brilliant quotes

What the public once learned to believe without reasons, who could refute it to them by means of reasons? on the marketplace one convinces with gestures, but reasons make the populace distrustful.

--Friedrich Nietzsche

Need some more proof of this?

(I'm sorry, it's simply impossible to remember or keep track of the number of mindbendingly stupid things I see on that site every single day, so the crazy I've linked here is not even close to representative.)

Wish I could have been here today, but I can't find a job and have no money

EDIT: Apparently Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow were both there. Maybe it's better I wasn't.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Jerks and Tropical Fish

What a jerk

O'Donnell is as ignorant as a box of hammers and shouldn't be anywhere near a national political office, but this guy is still a douchewad in the extreme.

I have to agree with the following comment:

I think the real story here is an adult dude in a boy scout uniform unable to perform unless a vagina looks like that of an 11 year old.

Speaking of 11-year-olds, your daily kawaii:

Amazing~ See also:
Vocaloid + Touhou
I love how they programmed the entire original dance

I tried to upload cat pictures but the internet isn't cooperating

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs, Illustrated Encyclopedia

Four books on the right from the Goodwill. I sold a bunch of books and cd's I'd had for a good amount of money and used part of it for the dinosaur books on the left. The Greg Paul one was just published within the last month, got it half off. And I was just recently getting depressed because I couldn't afford to buy it.

Dixon's "Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia..." is an update of a book I've had for a while, that was published in 2006 and mainly features dinosaurs with some pterosaurs and marine reptiles thrown in. For that reason I never thought much about this book when I saw it, but it's been expanded pretty greatly. (I have yet to go through more carefully and see what dinosaurs were added, though.) There are no 3D illustrations, which is awesome.

Random diapsids!



For a general-interest level book it's very worth getting.

I particularly liked this section in the Field Guide about biology and anatomy:

Friday, October 22, 2010

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

More Fun With Creationism


For those previously unacquainted, this is how young-earth creationists/Biblical literalists calculate the age of the earth.

****ing flamingos, how do they work?!

Disappointed... I have yet to see any creationist nonsense that includes extinct mammals on the ark, like Moropus or Elasmotherium or Pakicetus.

Some interesting information in the book, such as the idea that there was no rain before the Deluge-- something about mist coming out of the earth.
The rivers were fed by artesian wells, plant life was lush and abundant, and there was probably just one large cotinent instead of several. The mountains were most likely rolling hills compared to wat we see now. It would have taken far less water to cover the highest mountains at the time of the Flood than it would today.

The layers of the Grand Canyon are all flat, one one on top of the other. There is no evidence of erosion.

Um... no. (the squiggly lines indicate erosion and/or gaps in time.)

The book also uses the example of stratification in fast-cooling lava flows as proof that any sort of geological strata could have been formed really quickly. Geology fail again, all rock is not equal and forms under vastly different conditions and time intervals.. I should have posted a picture of their geology diagram fail, it claims that the flood created all the mountain ranges.
(read more about the creationist geology-think here, and scientific stratigraphy here)

Later, evidence for a young earth based on their ideas about population:

But suppose man has been around for one million years, as evolutionists teach. If the present growth rates are typical, there should be about 108600 people alive today!

The famous photograph of the Japanese Zuiyo Maru 'sea monster' is used as evidence for the post-Deluge survival of dinosaurs. (This carcass has been thought to have been a basking shark for quite a while now

On dinosaur diversity: "The fossil record shows that there were several kinds of dinosaurs and often varieties within the kinds." There's a reason for this sort of phrasing; the 'kinds' are called 'baramins' in creationist terminology and the book takes great pains to emphasize the word 'kind' with repeated italics.
Really, you could go on forever about it.

But hey, the artist is competent at least.