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Podcast > Friday, 18 October 2013 21:22:22 EST

Dumbass Podcast 16: Vagina!

Keywords: grammar, ghosts, religion, atheism, ancient aliens

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Some corrections, more grammar ranting about literally and vagina, and the rest of the chat Chris and Mike.

0:00:00 - 0:10:25: Introduction and corrections
0:10:25 - 0:22:10: Literally Vagina
0:22:10 - 0:26:26: Vagina Ghosts 1
0:26:26 - 0:30:17: DME Announcements
0:30:17 - 0:31:19: Vagina Ghosts 2
0:31:19 - 0:55:16: DME Hangout Part 2
0:55:16 - 0:59:25: Vagina Ghosts 3
0:59:26 - 1:00:29: Wrap-up

More notes coming soon.
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Podcast > Saturday, 2 February 2013 06:44:58 EST

Dumbass Podcast 15: BONUS - DME Hangout Part 1

Keywords: ancient aliens, religion, atheism, conspiracy

Special bonus episode involving a chat with Chris Webber and Mike Bohler, my Dumbass Media Empire friends!

00:00 - 12:39: Introduction, DME chat part 1
12:39 - 18:23: Dumbass thoughts on Ancient Aliens & Lovecraft
18:23 - 29:20: DME chat part 2
29:20 - 35:13: Dumbass thoughts on Dennis Markuze
35:13 - 44:45: DME chat part 3
44:45 - 48:56: Concluding thoughts

Links/Topics Mentioned:
In Memoriam: Philip Coppens - 1971 - 2012
A Copy of the Full Markuze Email/Post


What SirTallGuy Sent Me:
The Image
The Audio Remix

The following is the transcript from the solo parts of the episodes. The unscripted conversation wasn't transcribed.

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Online Viewing Recommendations > Thursday, 20 December 2012 05:29:58 EST

The Cloud Registry

Happy Holidays! I bring you a video I put together using the audio from a fake commercial in a 'You Don't Know Jack" game:

If you don't know what this is referring to, there are companies that sell you certificates claiming that they've named a star after you.  The Cloud Registry is only slightly more ridiculous.

If you'd like to learn more I recommend this episode of the Exposing Pseudoastronomy podcast by my good friend Stuart Robbins.
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Musings > Wednesday, 21 November 2012 12:02:41 EST

What if...

Keywords: Ancient Aliens

Important question:

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Podcast > Wednesday, 7 November 2012 01:21:02 EST

Dumbass Podcast 14: Gramatically Yours

Keywords: argumentation, epistemology, grammar

How to disagree agreeably, and what's the truth about grammar rules?

End Of Segment 1 (On Disagreeing Agreeably): 16:43
End Of Segment 2 (Grammar Rules): 49:23

Links/Topics Mentioned In The Show
The Why You're Wrong Podcast
Episode 8 of the Invisible Sky Monster Podcast
The Skeprechauns Podcast
The Warning Radio Podcast
Code Monkey by Jonathan Coulton
Bad Grammar Examples
Aren't I vs Am I Not
The Dumbass Media Empire Website
A Skeptics Guide to Conspiracy Podcast
The Canadian Dialogues Podcast
C-Webb's Sunday School Podcast
The Worlds of Impodibilities Podcast
Buy Chess Wars the Audiobook for $4.99
Chris White's Ancient Aliens Debunked Documentary/Website
Jason Colavito's Blog
The Young Australian Skeptics/Pseudoscientists Podcast
The Skeptical Blog Anthology
The Straight A Conspiracy: A Student's Secret Guide to Ending the Stress of High School and Totally Ruling the World
Theme Music By Jonathan Coulton
Other Music By

Enjoy the show!  Here's the transcript:
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Criticism > Saturday, 1 September 2012 13:07:15 EST

Woo Spotting: The pseusoscience I find while out shopping

I'm working on the next episode, I've just had to deal with some technical glitches that have slowed me down.  In the meantime, I decided that it might be fun to make a video of all the nonsense I come across on a typical shopping trip.

Just me rambling on and complaining like a crotchety old man.  What more could you ask for?

I'll let you guys know if I come across any really interesting information about these products I talked about.
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Criticism > Friday, 3 August 2012 03:19:47 EST

Basket 'O Cash: A Case Study in Deceptive Advertising

Keywords: epistemology, statistics, video, product

Don't get me wrong, I know that it's the job of advertisers to use the truth selectively and to tell a narrative that may not be completely true to reality.  But every so often I notice a commercial that I have to admit is a masterwork in using completely meaningless babble to trick people into believing they're getting actual information.

Case in point, Downy's recent "Basket of Cash" commercial.  Take a look, and notice how not one single point made in the commercial carries any actual real world meaning:

Now let's take a deeper look at what the ad was showing us:

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Podcast > Friday, 15 June 2012 23:59:22 EST

Dumbass Podcast 13:Mail Call

Keywords: aliens, ancient alien theory, conspiracy, historical

Listener feedback is important to me, so I'm devoting an episode to answering it!

End Of Segment 1 (General Feedback ):15:04

Links/Topics Mentioned In The Show
Top 10 Podcasts To Feed Your Brain And Ease Your Commute
The Atheist Social Worker Podcast
The Amateur Skeptics Podcast
The Skeptical Review
The Dumbass Review Episode 1: Green Lantern TAS
29 Years Of The Skeptical Inquirer Magazine For Only $25
The Dumbass Media Empire Website
Theme Music By Jonathan Coulton
Other Music By

"Golden Flyer" compared to figurine of a jet (notice the face on the "Golden Flyer"):

Golden Flyer And Jet Figurine

This is how they shot the "Golden Flyer" on the show:

The so-called ancient fighter jet

The "applegina" and other unintentionally dirty objects:


Enjoy the show!  Here's the transcript:
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Podcast > Tuesday, 29 May 2012 20:53:05 EST

Dumbass Podcast 12: Psychic Purgery

Keywords: psychics, paranormal

The episode where we learn how to fake psychic guessing powers!

End Of Segment 1 (Intro ):10:18

Links/Topics Mentioned In The Show
The Cognitive Dissonance Podcast
The Conspiracy Skeptic Podcast
The Skeprechauns Podcast
Stuart Robbins' Exposing Pseudoastronomy Podcast
The Dumbass Review Episode 1: Green Lantern TAS
The Dumbass Media Empire Website
Theme Music By Jonathan Coulton
Other Music By

Charles InSanDiego's Solution:
I see another pattern in the image If you classify the vehicles as "wheel" and "Non-wheel", and read across the lines, you get:


Seems pretty non-random to me.

Paranormal Fakery:

Enjoy the show!  Here's the transcript:
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Musings > Wednesday, 11 April 2012 17:40:28 EST

Magazine Priority

I went out to do some grocery shopping yesterday, and I decided to have a look at the magazine rack.  I was hoping, but not expecting, that they had decided to start carrying one or both of the main skeptical magazines: Skeptic Magazine or The Skeptical Inquirer.  Unfortunately, I was once again disappointed.  They had a few interesting science magazines, but the skepticism magazines were completely absent.

Science Magazines

This grocery store is about a 20 minute walk away from my apartment, and there are 2 other stores in that area with magazine racks, none of which carry skeptical magazines.  Whenever I'm out and about in other areas of the city, I look at the magazine racks in other stores to see if they carry a skeptical magazine.  I found one Shoppers Drug Mart that carried Skeptic Magazine, but not Skeptical Inquirer.  Most other Shoppers Drug Marts I've been to, however, don't.

The only place I know of that carries both magazines is Chapters, a large book store here in Canada with an extensive magazine rack.  I guess skepticism is still pretty much a niche topic, widely misunderstood and not well represented in our society.  It's unfortunate, but there's just not the demand for this kind of content that we'd like to see, even though I'm personally of the opinion that our message can really catch on if more people are exposed to it.

It's disheartening to realize how far we have to go, even though the skeptical community has grown by leaps and bounds on the Internet.  But what was even more disheartening was moving my gaze over the magazine rack to the right, where I saw this:
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