Sunday, February 18, 2018

Cool Creators #6: Steve Terreberry

This is a post in a series, of creators I enjoy.  Perhaps you can enjoy them too!

Today we're going to be taking a look at Steve Terreberry, a cool creator whose main focus is on music.  He has a very unique and quirky style, and a generally family-friendly approach to video creation and presentation.  Steve is most well known for his Youtube channel I believe, and here is one of my favorite videos from him.  It's been around a little while now, but it's the kind of content I really do prefer from creators like this.


This puts him squarely in the domain of other big names you might recognize, a few of whom I plan to cover in future installments of this series.  Education is not the forefront of his channel, but you can still learn quite a bit about some of the more obscure or abstract aspects of music theory, like you can find in this video discussing ten of the longest spanned chords on guitar.


This video starts with an advert from StevieT, which is becoming a trend with most youtubers at this point, so that's fair.  His Youtube channel claims that he has a facebook, but I was only able to find him on Instagram, which I don't really use much, so I don't know how active he is there.

Steve generally has a a video or two every week, and he's changed format a bit recently to do more blog-like videos, which are also entertaining.

If you enjoyed him, be sure to hit that subscribe button so you can see all the newest content when he posts it.  Stay tuned next time as we look at another cool creator!

Monday, February 12, 2018

DARWIN DAY !!!

That's not how evolution works, Eric.
Quit listening to your dad.
He went to jail for lying, after all.
So, I came across this gem from Eric Hovind himself.
 Let's jump right into it.
It’s February, and you know what that means; decadent chocolate, dainty hearts, dazzling jewelry . . . and Darwin Day!
I can understand, you don't want some dead guy who died more recently to eclipse the day of Saint Valentine who may not have even existed, and who allegedly died earlier. 

I'm kinda with you on this one, though. I don't want people two hundred years from now to associate Darwin with ....

Oh wait this is actually the perfect holiday to associate him with actually.  CARRY ON!

That’s right! Every year, on February 12th, an increasing number of individuals, organizations, schools, and even governments commemorate the anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth. But who was Charles Darwin and what are we celebrating?
Darwin is pretty famous.  I think his works speak for themselves, but be sure to pick up a copy of The Journey of the Beagle, or The Origin of Species, and give them a read, if you haven't already.
Charles Robert Darwin (12 Feb 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist, geologist, and biologist.
Correct.
He is best known for popularizing the theory of Natural Selection, which eventually led to the wide acceptance of molecules to man evolution.
No, you're thinking of Abiogenesis, and I think you know it.  Also, that's your term, not his.  Abiogenesis isn't part of evolution.  Evolution is what comes after abiogenesis completes.
According to the “Darwin Day” website, “The mission of International Darwin Day is to inspire people throughout the globe to reflect and act on the principles of intellectual bravery, perpetual curiosity, scientific thinking, and hunger for truth as embodied in Charles Darwin.
Seems legit.  Carry on.
Just last month, a bill was re-introduced to the US House and Senate by Representative Jim Himes (D-CT) requesting US participation in an international celebration of Darwin Day. The bill, H. Res. 699, states that Darwin Day exists to “celebrate the discoveries and life of Darwin and to express gratitude for the enormous benefits that scientific knowledge has contributed to the advancement of humanity.”
Christmas wasn't declared a legal holiday until 1870 either.  This is how we get holidays recognized legally.  Should we not do that, is that what you're going to argue?
There’s nothing wrong with fostering an appreciation for science and the advancement of knowledge.
MURRIKA!
But national participation in “Darwin Day” is rather curious...
So is labor day, arbor day, earth day, halloween, and many other holidays, religious or otherwise.
...considering the fact that Darwinian evolution has been losing ground as a viable scientific theory for a generation or more.
 This is the part where we point out [citation needed] and carry on.  It hasn't been 'losing ground.'  It's a theory, and in science that means it's as excellent a basis for forming your worldview as you can get.
Don’t take my word for it. According to H. Res. 699, by supporting the bill, “members of Congress are dedicated to promoting science and are opposed to the growing influence of creationism in our public schools.” [emphasis added]
 Well, congress doesn't want a growing influence of a particular subset of religions to appear as though it's endorsed by the government.  You, of all people, should be happy the government isn't endorsing the greco-roman creation myths.  I thought you were Christian, after all. 
Secularists are passing a bill to celebrate the life of Charles Darwin because they fear the growing influence of creationism.
Exactly as Christians got Christmas to be a holiday in 1870 because they feared the opposite.  Do I hear some special pleading?
Despite the fact that secular humanism has gradually taken over the textbooks, museum displays, TV programs, and children’s literature for the past seventy years, Darwinian Evolution continues to crumble.
Yeah, I'm kinda glad kids aren't studying the Bible for the contradictions listed in it.  I'm kinda glad kids aren't tuning into programs like those run by Joyce Meyer, Joel Osteen, or Pat Robertson, to learn how to be a cranky old jerk.  I'm kinda glad kids aren't visiting creationist museums and bible walks for things like natural history.  I'm very glad that Jack Chick isn't around anymore to poison children's minds with such lovely things as tracts so bad they had to be banned.

 
Even though Jake blocked me on twitter,
I still stand with him in saying "FUCK JACK CHICK."
This year, instead of a celebration in honor of Charles Darwin, let’s encourage others to exert intellectual bravery, exercise perpetual curiosity, exude scientific thinking, and most importantly, embody a hunger for truth by questioning the claims of Darwinian Evolution.
This year, instead of a celebration in honor of Jesus like four times, let's encourage others to exert those same traits by also questioning the claims of Evolution.

That's what science means, Eric.  Science means questioning your beliefs and data and methods.  Scientists try to find the things that are wrong, so they can be addressed or corrected or added into the hypothesis, if they appear correct.  It is all by questioning that we got to understand evolution, and then refine it to explain nature better, and so on.  I agree, children, question it.  It's for the good of humanity!  It's important to question it rigorously though, and to question other ideas, too, like if a man raised from the dead, walked on water, turned water into wine, or once put a spell on a tree to curse it to die.

IDEAS FOR “DOUBT DARWIN DAY”

Haha alright.  I can get behind this maybe. Editor's note: all the numbers turned into 1 when I separated them to discuss them.
  1. Invite friends over for finger foods and a movie about Darwin.
Go for it! Alternately, you could invite them over to actually read parts from his books and discuss them. Maybe check out AronRa and his series on falsifying phylogeny.
  1. Invite a Creation Speaker to speak to your church or group.
Better yet, ask your church to get a real scientist in, like many of the anthropologists or biologists.
  1. Find an event already planned for your area.
 You could also create your own event, like a fossil 'easter egg' hunt, to demonstrate how fossils are found and recovered from stone!
  1. Print “15 Questions for Evolutionists” and distribute.
OOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHH SNAP!  Gotta make a video on that one.  Stay tuned to my youtube channel.
  1. Share the Genesis: Paradise Lost Trailer on Social Media
You could also share this:


  1. Sport your favorite creation T-shirt or Mug.
You could also buy a shirt here at telltale's shop instead.
  1. Engage the culture with tracts on evolution.
 Your local library has copies of The Ancestor's Tale, which is also a good read on evolution.
  1. Pre-order Genesis: Paradise Lost from The Creation Store.
No, don't.

And that's the end of the article! Tune in next time.

Cool Creators #5: AronRa

This is a series on creators I enjoy.

Today featured creator is AronRa, who is most well known for his educational series on evolution, biology and phylogeny.  Give a listen here to his series on the systematic classification of life, and you'll get a sense of how his fast-paced delivery of words that would tangle the tongues of a less astute person is second nature.



AronRa is also an opponent of the Texas board of education, who are bent upon disseminating falsehood, half-truth, and outright abdication of history.  The Texas BoE is responsible for the major paradigms of what material enters textbooks for the school system by virtue of being the single largest purchaser of said textbooks. This means that primary and secondary school textbook publishers tend to print books based upon the standards set forth by Texas, and any inaccuracies or falsehoods which appear here also tend to appear in the vast majority of textbooks across the rest of the country.

Below is a video from the Center for Inquiry in which he gives a speech on the nature of the indoctrination of creationism in the Texas curriculum.























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Cool Creators! #1: 3Blue1Brown

Today I've decided that I'll start a blog series about various creators I enjoy.  Each day I'll make a blog post with a featured creator of my choice, keeping it short so that you can get right into the fun!

Today I'd like to introduce you to 3Blue1Brown, a Youtube Creator who does interesting videos primarily relating to math.  Here's his most recent video at the time of writing this article.



It's a very good video on the Fourier transform.  He uses a very distinctive style of animation to explain complex mathematical ideas in a way that most anyone can understand.

If you enjoy his work be sure to subscribe, and also check him out on Twitter and Facebook as well!

I think his videos speak for themselves, so that's going to be the end of this one.

Let me know what you think down in the comments, and don't forget to check out my social media to the right hand side as well. There's also a link to my RSS feed in the dooblydoo, so you can check out all the stuff I post when it's new!

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Cool Creators #4: Telltale Atheist

This is a post in a series about creators I enjoy.

Today we'll be looking at Telltale Atheist, a Youtube Creator and ex-Jehova's Witness.

Telltale runs a Youtube channel where he creates videos exposing the poisonous aspects of JW culture that you might not be familiar with, as well as those of other religions and cults.  He shares his stories in a format which showcases his art style in a complimentary fashion.

Here's his most popular video, wherein he responds to the Watchtower society's propaganda which is used to indoctrinate children into the faith.


This is an excellent video which demonstrates the style and approach you will find in all of his videos.  Be sure to subscribe if you have an interest in this sort of video.  You can also find Telltale on Facebook, Twitter, and his Discord server.

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Cool Creators #3: Galactic Bubble Productions

This is part of a series I'm starting to highlight some creators I like.

Today let's take a look at Galactic Bubble Productions, one of my favorite Youtube Creators.

The channel is run by a lad named Byro, and he does some kick-butt music.  Here's one of my favorite videos he's made so far, because I rather enjoy his hard edge and animation style.

Don't let the thumbnail cause you to pass up this great piece of art.  Banjo has a unique style of taking apart and analyzing current issues, as well as incorporating various animated vignettes on his live streams.  I do wish he weren't so hard on poor Johnny though.  Here's a recent stream he did that I found very enjoyable, and I hope you will too!



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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Cool Creators! #2: The 8-Bit Guy / 8-Bit Keys

Cool Creators is a blog series I'm starting which will share channels I enjoy with you.

Today I'd like to introduce you to The 8-Bit Guy, who runs the channel of his name, as well as the channel 8-Bit Keys.

The 8-Bit Guy does videos primarily on the computing tech from the 1980s and earlier. This includes unboxing of various sorts of equipment, as well as restorations, programming reviews, and overviews of new retro gadgets.

Here's an example of a video I found interesting, and I think you might enjoy also, even if you have only a passing interested in antique computing equipment.


It's a video on light-sensing technologies that you might be familiar with, which were popular at the time.

The next video I'm going to show you is the newest one at time of writing, and it's about various new toy keyboards.  VERY INFORMATIVE!  VERY ENTERTAINING!






I thoroughly recommend subscribing to both of his channels if you enjoy this kind of content.  Please also check him out on Facebook if you want more interaction with him!

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