Prof. Steve Steve posted Entry 2787 on December 22, 2006 02:03 PM.
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In the spirit of the season, Tom Lehrer, Weird Al Yankovic and overwhelming evidence, and as we can’t do flash animations with flatulence noises, once more the Panda’s Thumb Offensive Morris Dancing Troop and Precision Yodelling Team bring you …

The Twelve days of DISCO redux:

On the first day of DISCO the DI gave to me … No original peer-reviewed work.

On the second day of DISCO the DI gave to me … A Dover Pro-Science Victory, and no original peer-reviewed work.

On the third day of DISCO the DI gave to me … Judge Jones Bashing, A Dover Pro-Science Victory, and no original peer-reviewed work.

On the forth day of DISCO the DI gave to me … More Science-Free Books, Judge Jones Bashing, A Dover Pro-Science Victory, and no original peer-reviewed work.

On the fifth day of DISCO the DI gave to me … More Sternberg Spin! More Science-Free Books, Judge Jones Bashing, A Dover Pro-Science Victory, and no original peer-reviewed work

On the sixth day of DISCO the DI gave to me … Clogging Student Blog sites. More Sternberg Spin! More Science-Free Books, Judge Jones Bashing, A Dover Pro-Science Victory, and no original peer-reviewed work

On the seventh day of DISCO the DI gave to me … Clueless Dover Denial, Clogging Student Blog sites. More Sternberg Spin! More Science-Free Books, Judge Jones Bashing, A Dover Pro-Science Victory, and no original peer-reviewed work

On the eight day of DISCO the DI gave to me … No Biologic Institute Research, Clueless Dover Denial, Clogging Student Blog sites. More Sternberg Spin! More Science-Free Books, Judge Jones Bashing, A Dover Pro-Science Victory, and no original peer-reviewed work

On the ninth day of DISCO the DI gave to me … More Judge Jones Bashing, No Biologic Institute Research, Clueless Dover Denial, Clogging Student Blog sites. More Sternberg Spin! More Science-Free Books, Judge Jones Bashing, A Dover Pro-Science Victory, and no original peer-reviewed work

On the tenth day of DISCO the DI gave to me … Conspiracy Paranoia, More Judge Jones Bashing, No Biologic Institute Research, Clueless Dover Denial, Clogging Student Blog sites. More Sternberg Spin! More Science-Free Books, Judge Jones Bashing, A Dover Pro-Science Victory, and no original peer-reviewed work

On the eleventh day of DISCO the DI gave to me … A Cheesy Flash Animation, Conspiracy Paranoia, More Judge Jones Bashing, No Biologic Institute Research, Clueless Dover Denial, Clogging Student Blog sites. More Sternberg Spin! More Science-Free Books, Judge Jones Bashing, A Dover Pro-Science Victory, and no original peer-reviewed work

On the twelfth day of DISCO the DI gave to me … A Cobb county pro-science Victory, A Cheesy Flash Animation, Conspiracy Paranoia, More Judge Jones Bashing, No Biologic Institute Research, Clueless Dover Denial, Clogging Student Blog sites. More Sternberg Spin! More Science-Free Books, Judge Jones Bashing, A Dover Pro-Science Victory, and no original peer-reviewed work

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Comment #151371

Posted by Shalini, BBWAD on December 21, 2006 10:33 PM (e)

This made my day.

Comment #151389

Posted by Reed A. Cartwright on December 22, 2006 12:35 AM (e)

Funny.

Comment #151398

Posted by Cedric Katesby on December 22, 2006 2:40 AM (e)

Cute. Now I’ll have the tune stuck in my head all day. :)

Comment #151424

Posted by k.e. on December 22, 2006 8:07 AM (e)

‘Tis the season to be jolly.

(sung to the tune of O CHRISTMAS TREE O CHRISTMAS TREE)

O Kitzmas vicTree, O Kitzmas vicTree,
Your DI faces green delight us.
They’re green when summer days are bright:
They’re green when winter snow is white.
O Kitzmas vicTree, O Kitzmas vicTree,,
Your DI faces green delight us.

The God for government was almost near
You’ld change the country bit by bit
So nobody would notice it
And just to show that you’re sincere
you’ll deny god was the designer here.

The pocket watch on distant heath
An image now outdated
For you’re the new dead parrot-jim
And we are educated
So raise the cultured petrie dish
The peer reviews, the cold hard facts
And just to show that we’re sincere
We’ll sing Kitzmas vicTree once a year

Comment #151440

Posted by deejay on December 22, 2006 10:14 AM (e)

What’s the story with clogging student blog sites? Does that refer to the Cornell class website, or is there something that I actually missed from the past year? Many thanks.

Comment #151454

Posted by chunkdz on December 22, 2006 1:08 PM (e)

Peurile.

Comment #151455

Posted by chunkdz on December 22, 2006 1:11 PM (e)

And puerile, too.

Comment #151466

Posted by Bettinke, Head Nurse, Tr.San.&Ph. on December 22, 2006 3:12 PM (e)

Funny is that! Not even a “chunkdz” registered am I seeing.

Hmm. Too teensy a troll to bothered with being, thinking I am!

Now, shooh, you little trollkin…I bigger fish to fry am having!

Comment #151468

Posted by Cedric Katesby on December 22, 2006 3:24 PM (e)

“Purile” said Chunkdz.
Hmmmm, the post struck a raw nerve?
Ah, icing on the cake. (insert big cheezy grin here)
Merry Christmas to you too. :)

Comment #151475

Posted by Popper's ghost on December 22, 2006 3:36 PM (e)

puerile

You say that as if it were a bad thing. Next you’ll be complaining about Rudolf the Ned-Nosed Reindeer and Peter Pan.

Comment #151478

Posted by Steviepinhead on December 22, 2006 3:55 PM (e)

Let’s see, we’ve now got three guesses: “peurile,” “puerile,” and “purile.”

Who, oh who, will win the troll spelling contest?

Comment #151483

Posted by chunkdz on December 22, 2006 4:13 PM (e)

You say that as if it were a bad thing.

I do?

Comment #151490

Posted by Alexander on December 22, 2006 4:39 PM (e)

Oh good … I’m pleased in a way - if this is puerile then I’m really not sure what word you’d use to describe anyone who’d use a flash animation of a farting judge to put your point across.

If this is childish then I’m really not sure how WD should be considered

Comment #151496

Posted by chunkdz on December 22, 2006 5:23 PM (e)

Puerile is just an apt description. I don’t know why anyone would take offense unless you were going for something more sophisticated. Were you?

Comment #151497

Posted by chunkdz on December 22, 2006 5:26 PM (e)

Too teensy a troll to bothered with being, thinking I am!

You say that like it’s a bad thing.

Comment #151500

Posted by Steviepinhead on December 22, 2006 5:37 PM (e)

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000.

1) puerile….Belonging to childhood; juvenile. 2. Immature; childish. See synonyms at young. Latin puerlis, from puer, child, boy.

I guess it could be argued that the “Twelve Days of Christmas” invokes memories of youthful holidays of yore. Or that utilizing a well-known carol as a scheme for ridiculing the abysmal “performance” of ID over the past year satisfies a juvenile urge that we haven’t quite outgrown.
Or that coming up with the notion of using a song with twelve stanzas and twelve “gifts” to stand in for the twelve months of the past year and all that ID has detracted from that year isn’t, perhaps, clever beyond measure…
Although that last one begins to seem require a bit more analytic thought than one ordinarily expects from young’uns.
And then actually accurately tracking the pitifulness of ID’s offerings over the past year, juggling them with the timeline of various court decisions, and sequencing them correctly, hmmm, all that does seem a bit beyond the preoccupations, interests, and attention span of even the most precocious toddlers.
But I think we’ve exceeded even the most charitable estimate of chunkdz’z comprehension here, so enough’s enough and
all’s well that ends well, in a tale well told.

Comment #151504

Posted by Bettinke, Head Nurse, Tr.San.&Ph. on December 22, 2006 5:50 PM (e)

Bettinke, Head Psychiatric Nurse, Trollheim Sanatorium & Pharmacia:

Too teensy a troll to bothered with being, thinking I am!

chunkdz, insignificant troll:

You say that like it’s a bad thing.

Nursey, humming to herself, poking around, looking behind the drapes and furniture, waving aside the dust bunnies…

Marky, oh Marky…! Out come, out come… Tum-dee, tum-dum…

Nursey, backing up, as she peers into another low, dark niche. Ker-r-runch!!

Ack! That, what was…? Ach, by Huginn and Muninn, what here has passed!

Oh, these remains must being all what left is of that little troll I so recently seeing have…!

Schade! What name it having been? Chuck? Chump?

Anyways, so sad, the tiny little trollkin, underfoot having been, just like a little crunchy cockroach…!

Comment #151508

Posted by Popper's ghost on December 22, 2006 6:15 PM (e)

Puerile is just an apt description. I don’t know why anyone would take offense unless you were going for something more sophisticated. Were you?

It’s funny when the IDiot trolls assume that others are as dumb as they are.

How’s this for puerile:

chunkdz wrote:

Don’t let anybody ever tell you that flagellar IC has been disproven.

Comment #151511

Posted by Pizza Woman on December 22, 2006 6:22 PM (e)

Well, they ah kind of ICky…

Comment #151518

Posted by brightmoon on December 22, 2006 7:10 PM (e)

and no original peer reviewed wooork !!!!!

rofl

Comment #151553

Posted by argystokes on December 23, 2006 12:53 AM (e)

The fourth day!

Comment #151559

Posted by chunkdz on December 23, 2006 1:36 AM (e)

Puerile is not necessarily bad when attempting a creative spoof. But if the content is pueril, the delivery has to be sophisticated in order to give the proper sense of irony. Weird Al has mastered this. Has Steve Steve?
Invoking the likes of Lehrer and Yankovich as peers in musical spoof demands that a certain level of creative achievement be accomplished. Steve Steve is at an immediate disadvantage having not been able to actually produce music for the listener to enjoy. But of course, clever lyrics and a familiar tune can carry a satirical spoof if done well.
The most obvious criticism is that rhythmically, the spoof simply doesn’t match the original’s meter and 16th note syncopation. This is not necessarily a bad thing either, as awkward rhythm can be an effective device in a humorous knock-off, but it should be used sparingly. The rampant rhythmic dysfunction throughout the “12 days of DISCO” belies a lazy approach, and a lack of ingenuity.
The next most obvious criticism will be found in the title of the song. The word DISCO, an obscure inside reference to the Discovery Institute, neither rhymes with Christmas or even has anything to do with the holiday. Again a lack of imagination is evident. Disco being a rather lame musical genre merely adds to the confusion.
Also, why is there a reference to yodelers, when there is no yodelling in the song? The non-sequiters begin to accumulate.
The use of Judge Jones bashing twice in the song seems unnecessarily redundant. It doesn’t seem to carry enough pejorative weight to merit the doubling. Certainly there must be something funnier and more creative to satirize creationists with. Also, the fifth day is generally the most memorable verse in the song (Five Golden Rings in the original). While “more Sternberg spin” matches the syncopation of the original, it doesn’t carry any humorous connotation, or enough historical significance to make the reference memorable.
The 12th day reference to “Cobb county pro-science victory” likewise seems a weak way to bring the song home. A funnier approach might have been to capitalize on the failure of the DI, rather than the victory for science. “A Debacle in Cobb County” or something similar to emphasize the failure of the fundies, as failure is always funnier than smug victory.

In the end, what had the potential to be an effective satire seems squandered because of a lack of imagination. This is only emphasized by the invocation of Lehrer, Yankovich, and Overwhelming Evidence, who all have produced meticulous and meaningful satire. The 12 Days of DISCO simply suffers from an obviously hurried approach, and little attention to detail. The funniest part of the whole presentation is perhaps the oddly dressed panda wielding Santa who seems to be badly in need of a jockstrap. But alas, even this is not enough to save this poor example of musical satire.

Comment #151561

Posted by Popper's ghost on December 23, 2006 1:55 AM (e)

Shuddup, troll.

Comment #151966

Posted by Peter Henderson on December 27, 2006 5:26 AM (e)

Talking (or singing) about peer-reviewed work, over at AIG there’s a research competition for aspiring creation scientists:

http://www.answersingenesis.org/cec/research-paper-challenge/