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The Curmudgeon’s Six Year Anniversary

Six years

Today, 02 April 2014, is the Sixth Anniversary of the start of this blog. Yes, it’s been that long since our very first post: Clarke’s First Law and Intelligent Design. The next day we posted Discovery Institute: Enemies of the Enlightenment. In the six years since then, we have remained true to our purpose — ridiculing creationism. We explained that purpose on The Curmudgeon’s Two Year Anniversary, and it still looks good to us.

Last year’s anniversary post was number 3,624. This is number 4,341, so we’ve added 717 posts to our humble blog during the past year — almost two per day. Last year at this time we had a cumulative total of more than 1.9 million page-views. We’ll probably be at 2.6 million by tonight. That doesn’t mean anything. Some blogs (but not too many) get that much traffic every year, and a few have much more. We’d have more too if we encouraged flame wars about religion and other social issues, and if we didn’t filter out profanity, but we like to think that we’re running a classy operation here.

Your Curmudgeon is one of the few bloggers on the science side of The Controversy who admits that he’s a Republican (albeit in the almost obsolete Eisenhower-Goldwater-Reagan tradition) and who overtly favors free-enterprise and limited government. That totally confounds the Discoveroids, who claim that they’re engaged in a “scientific” struggle against the atheist, leftist, Darwinist hoards. They don’t know what to do with us, so they ignore us. That’s how we like it.

And so we begin our seventh year of blogging from the fabled CITADEL — the Curmudgeonly Institute for Tactics, Advocacy, and Defense of the Enlightenment Legacy — the secret global nerve center for monitoring events throughout the Creosphere, where your Curmudgeon is headquartered in his luxurious underground control room.

Because this post contains no news, go ahead and use the comments as an Intellectual Free Fire Zone. As with all our free-fire zones, we’re open for the discussion of pretty much anything — science, politics, economics, whatever — as long as it’s tasteful and interesting. And in response to someone’s question, that includes amateur astronomy too. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But avoid flame-wars and beware of the profanity filters.

We now throw open the comments to you, dear reader. Have at it!

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Polar Vortex Free Fire Zone

The Controversy between evolution and creationism seems to have been swept up in that polar vortex we’ve been hearing about all winter. For two days now, we haven’t found anything worthy of our attention.

The legislation we’ve been watching isn’t going anywhere, at least not yet; the few court cases of which we’re aware haven’t been in the news; and our usual sources of creationist amusement are in a righteous frenzy over some new movie about Noah. They’re complaining that it distorts the true historical account. Your Curmudgeon can ridicule almost anything the creationists do or say, but we don’t know how to get a grip on their movie outrage.

So it’s time for an Intellectual Free-Fire Zone. As with all our free-fire zones, we’re open for the discussion of pretty much anything — science, politics, economics, whatever — as long as it’s tasteful and interesting. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But avoid flame-wars and beware of the profanity filters.

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Three Two One — Happy Countdown Day!

This is what happens when we can’t find any news — we have to make something up. Therefore, we are delighted to announce that today, March 21 (3-21 in the US) is hereby declared to be Countdown Day.

Although it’s mostly in the US that the month is designated first, there’s no comparable date in the European style (written day-month). Such a date would have to be the third day of the 21st month (which doesn’t exist), or else it would have to be the non-existent thirty-second day of January. Therefore, March 21 is the only possible countdown day, and your Curmudgeon is the first to discover and announce it.

Well, yes, there other dates with consecutive numbers in reverse order, but a true countdown has to end with 1 or zero — and there’s no zero day or month. That means today is the only genuine countdown date. Oh, wait — there’s February 10, which is 2-10. But whoever heard of such a puny countdown? It’s gotta be three-two-one, and today’s the day.

That’s all we have to say on the subject (if we could think of anything else, we’d tell you), so go ahead and use the comments as an Intellectual Free Fire Zone. As with all our free-fire zones, we’re open for the discussion of pretty much anything — science, politics, economics, whatever — as long as it’s tasteful and interesting. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But avoid flame-wars and beware of the profanity filters.

We now throw open the comments to you, dear reader. Let the Free Fire Zone begin!

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We Almost Forgot — Today is Pi Day

Happy Pi Day

Happy Pi Day

The date today is 14 March, which is written in the US as 3-14. That’s close enough to the value of pi that the date was semi-officially recognized back in 2009 by a resolution of the US House of Representatives — see H.RES.224 — 111th Congress (2009-2010).

The only time we had a Pi Day post was back in that year: Pi Day is Coming! We’ve also posted about several other numerical oddities that pop up on the calendar. Most recently there was Ten-Eleven-Twelve Day, and before that Triple Eleven Day, and before that Get Ready for Triple Ten Day: 10-10-10, and before that Happy “Square Root Day”.

As exciting as this is, we remind you that on this date next year, written in the US as 3-14-’15, we’ll be able to celebrate the most significant (digitally speaking) Pi Day of the century. Mark your calendars now!

There being no other news at the moment, feel free to use the comments section as an Intellectual Free Fire Zone. Go for it!

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