Sunday, March 30, 2008

Richard Dawkins: Beware The Believers



My name is D to the I to C to the K, Yeah I'm the Dickie D,
I gots my phd and comin' your way on the youtube to bust your world view
so just listen to me and don't you argue.

You see, this battle's been ragin' since Zeus was on the bottle,
between Science like Democritus and Faith like Aristotle,
who said the mover wasn't movin' like some magic trick but
that's no good logic, my posse is far too quick for this
religious sthick.

Cos science is the only way to know y'all,
you stand with me y'all,
or you can fall y'all so go ahead and take your pick.

ES: Yeah you tell him Rick ...
Darwin : Cos if you don't know me ...

RD: YOU DON'T KNOW DICK!!

Chorus : Yeah he's the Dick to the Doc to the phd,
he's smarter than you he's got a science degree!
Yeah he's the Dick to the Doc to the phd,
he's smarter than you he's got a science degree!

SH:On the shoulders of midgets we built up this machine,
DD:YEAH!!!
RD:Silence that watch... Paley
Growing stronger and harder almost daily, storming wilber by force as we framed the discourse until the science split in schismatic divorce then Darwin took to the seas to see what no one had seen, and ever since then we've been increasingly keen, they may never adore us, but they'll no longer ignore us, give it to 'em PZ hit these BLEEP with the chorus!!!

Chorus : Yeah he's the Dick to the Doc to the phd,
he's smarter than you he's got a science degree!
The Dick to the Doc to the phd,
he's still smarter than you he studied biology!


Then there was Darrow dukin' it out with the straight and the narrow a ragin' bull in the ring, he did his thing, and took it on the chin like he was bobby de niro.
We might have lost at Scopes, beaten down by the dopes, and the stooges of popes, but in losin' we coped, becomin' more than we hoped, creationists slipped on the soap of their own slippery slope, what was impossible, improbable, is now wholly unstoppable .... the creationst foldup you hate us talking bull, don't you know that this Dick BLEEP frickin' unblockable ...

Chorus : Yeah he's the Dick to the Doc to the phd,
he's smarter than you he's got a science degree!
The Dick to the Doc to the phd,
he's still smarter than you he studied biology!

Now the machine of our making, sees culture ripe for the taking Cos I'm the rapper thats rappin the .... unlike the Catholic, Muslim or even the Jew, believes that no God but science could ever be true, hell if I was dyslexic I'd even hate "dog" too.

Time to open your eyes, get yourself wise, the age of science has arised to be religions demise, and while you turkeys all cry, shouting why God oh why, I'll still be poppin' my collar earning my dollars in Allah.

Chorus : Yeah he's the Dick to the Doc to the phd,
he's smarter than you he's got a science degree!
The Dick to the Doc to the phd,
he's still smarter than you he studied biology!

Chorus : Yeah he's the Dick to the Doc to the phd,
he's smarter than you he's got a science degree!
The Dick to the Doc to the phd,
he's still smarter than you he studied biology!
Source: http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2008/03/if_you_heard_my_voice_you_know.php

Monday, March 10, 2008

Monday, March 03, 2008

A fortnight at the oscars

I'm off nicotine and caffeine because of a migraine that's drilling away at my skull - without my daily fix of coffee and ciggies, my hands feel heavy, so I'll keep this brief.

My ratings for the following academy award nominated movies:

No End in Sight -3/5
Juno – 1/5
Michael Clayton – 4/5
The Counterfeiters (Austria) in German – 4/5
KatyƄ (Poland) in Polish – 2/5
Mongol (Kazakhstan) - 2/5
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford – 3/5
The Golden Compass – 1/5
There Will Be Blood - 5/5

Of all these movies, only one warrants talking about in my fragile state - Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood. It stars Daniel Day Lewis as Daniel Plainview, and is one of the best character portraits since Robert De Niro did Raging Bull.

It's a period movie - centered around the early 19'th century, when oil was being discovered in America. The movie follows the rise of Daniel Plainview - who starts off as a miner, and ends up as an oil tycoon. By no means is this a cakewalk - it calls for treachery, artifice, and cunning, all of which Daniel has in spades.

By no means is this a personal struggle story like The Pursuit of Happyness - Daniel Plainview adopts a sweet faced kid so he can embed family values in his sales pitch, and exploits the ignorance of landowners who underestimate the value of oil beneath them. While drunk, he admits to his half-brother that he has a competitive streak and hates seeing other people happy. This isn't a guy you'd wanna root for, but you do.

Eli Sunday, the other heavyweight in the movie has a con-game too, he's an evangelical preacher for the Church of the Third Revelation, the only impediment to Daniel's will to power. The final showdown between Plainview and his nemesis - Eli Sunday is hilarious, morbid, and epic.

A final note on the sound effects of the movie; even on my computer speakers they sounded pretty eerie, and should be mindblowing on the big screen.