Post Number 5,500 — Free Fire Zone

This is our humble blog’s 5,500th post. No one cares, especially our regular readers who have been through these things before, but we’re announcing it anyway. Why? We don’t really know, but it’s what we do every 500 posts.

Here is the list of our prior numerical milestones: This was Number 5000, and before that Number 4,500, and before that Number 4,000, and before that Number 3,500, and before that Number 3,000, and before that Number 2,500, and before that Number 2,000, and before that Number 1,500, and before that Number 1,000, and before that Number 500 (approximately), and before that, this was Post Number One — Clarke’s First Law and Intelligent Design.

Now what? We’ll give you some statistics. The cumulative total of page-views for our humble blog is about a week away from 3.8 million. It was 3.3 million at post 5000. Traffic has been a bit lower than usual the past few months, which is understandable considering the lack of news about creationist litigation, and the fact that there are no legislative battles going on. State legislatures get started up after the first of the year, and one never knows when some loon will start an interesting courtroom battle.

“Page-views” is a statistic of interest to advertisers, of whom we have none. We pay WordPress to keep the place ad-free. Because your Curmudgeon receives nothing from advertisers, we don’t worry about statistics. Besides, page-view numbers don’t tell the whole story. They don’t include RSS subscribers and others who read us in various ways without actually visiting here, but we think they add another 20% to our readership.

The cumulative total of comments here just went over 75,000. It was 65,000 at post 5000. That’s roughly 2% of the page-views, which is better than most blogs experience. We’re always delighted to hear from you, because it’s your input that keeps us doing what we do.

Now it’s time for an Intellectual Free Fire Zone. Talk about whatever you think is interesting — science, politics, philosophy, etc. You know the rules, and you know about our profanity filters. But before we throw open the comments, we’ll conclude with a warning, followed by our famous guarantee of quality:

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17 responses to “Post Number 5,500 — Free Fire Zone

  1. As ever, congratulations–and thanks–to our Curmudgeon for maintaining this oasis of Enlightenment legacy in the vast desert of the interweb thingy…

    Pip pip!

  2. “Lake of fire phobia” – there has to be a word for that.

    pyrolimnephobia?

  3. This is our humble blog’s 5,500th post. No one cares, especially our regular readers who have been through these things before, but we’re announcing it anyway. Why? We don’t really know, but it’s what we do every 500 posts.

    SC, I’m sure there’s some sort of design associated with this auspicious number, we all know design when we see it!

  4. Michael McCants

    I always enjoy reading your posts.

  5. Very rarely comment, but read your posts every day – well, almost every day. It’s been a wonderful education, and a lot of fun. I like the comments as well.

    Congratulations on an excellent blog!

    TonyR

  6. What Megalonyx said, and I’ll raise him three pips.

    Pip! Pip! Pip! Pip! Pip! (Whatever that means. Must be an English thing.)

  7. Charles Deetz ;)

    Yay to the CS. In his honor I share this intellectually free post from ID facebook group, to save him venturing there:

    Decent question by a lurker: “I …am still a little confused. Is I.D. saying that certain information was already put there at the start to lead to man or was there intervention at certain times such as the cambrian explosion? This is not a trick question. I really am just a little confused on some of the details.”

    Lame answer by an admin: “Just depends on who you ask. Some believe in common descent, while others may believe in several creative events where new information was added to the biosphere and new phenotypes appeared in the fossil record. The opinions held may vary, but ID theory itself is about recognizing the signature of design, no matter how it was done.”

    Just depends on who you ask … just like the scientific method does😉

  8. Congratulations on #5500, SC! May you continue to do the Darwin lobby’s work for many thousands more!

  9. Discoverrhoid:
    “Just depends on who you ask. Some believe in common descent, while others may believe in several creative events where new information was added to the biosphere and new phenotypes appeared in the fossil record. The opinions held may vary, but ID theory itself is about recognizing the signature of design, no matter how it was done.”

    So, the DI admits that their “science” is just a matter of “BELIEF”?? No evidence required? And they have the chutzpah to call ID “science”???

    That is so bad, it’s positively laughable. (Five snorts of derision…)

  10. Good work, Curmudgeon, and may your shadow never grow less. I was fascinated to read a post on the AiG site that declared the Creation Museum’s acquisition of storage lockers. This well illustrated document gave an excellent explanation of the purpose of storage lockers, the types of
    items that might be stored in them, the various scenarios which might induce a visitor to require temporary storage of his belongings, and the different cubicle sizes provided for items of smaller and larger bulk. And, for the same reasonable price, you can revisit your stored possessions throughout the day! I am sorry that I live at least 2,000 miles away from the storage lockers at the Creation Museum and cannot benefit from this technological advance. I would rent the $5 smaller locker and store my brain before beginning my explorations.

  11. A decent person would spare the gentle readers of this excellent blog and not inflict on them any further festive seasonal filks.

    But no one ever charged me with being a decent person–and c’mon, it is Kitzmastide! So it’s time to sing along:

    Dembski the Showman
    was a Fellow at the ‘Tute;
    “This filter o’ mine
    Can detect Design
    if your brain ain’t too astute!”

    Dembski the Showman
    Thinks that fairy-tales come true;
    “All that ‘Word made Flesh’
    Is the way to mesh
    ‘Science’ with religious Woo!”

    There must be some real voodoo in that Bible he revives,
    For when he stuffs it in his head, he spouts off, and shucks and jives!

    Oh, Dembski’s a Shaman,
    And so slick, as Heaven knows;
    He’s a mystic guy
    With his C.S.I.
    And his stolen videos!

    Oogity boog boog, oogity boog boog,
    Uncommon descent!
    Oogity boog boog, oogity boog boog,
    Sinners, now repent!

    But Dembski the Showman
    Now grew weary of his con;
    So he said, “Must dash
    With my sacks of cash
    Before the gulls catch on!”

    So Dembski the Showman
    Knew that prudence would be wise;
    So he waved goodbye,
    Saying, “Don’t you cry,
    I’ll be back–in some new guise!”

  12. Megalonyx admits: “no one ever charged me with being a decent person”

    Running that through my Credibility Filter™, I get an unprecedented reading of 100%.

  13. @Megalonyx — Best effort yet! You really DO have too much time on their hands!

  14. Charles Deetz ;)

    @retiredsciguy just to be clear that was an admin of the ID group, not a scientist or representative of the DI. But if that’s what he said (and another admin had an equally lame answer), it confirms my feeling that this specific point is a chink in their armor of cognitive dissonance … usually they gush with refutations.

  15. The Discovery Institute
    “Just Depends on Who You Ask”

    They should put that on their business cards.

  16. DavidK: ” I’m sure there’s some sort of design associated with this auspicious number”

    Consider what 5500 signifies. We have five digits on one hand and five on the other. Add them together and they give ten, the base of our counting system. Can this be mere coincidence, the result of blind chance? No! Obviously the Unknown Designer meddled in it.