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Debunking Ken Ham: The Little Grand Canyon Argument

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Launched!

Here I am! I’m here!! Finally!!!!

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Bench Monkee makes it on set…

Bench Monkee makes it on set...

After exploding and malting some weeks ago… Bench Monkee is finally ready and filming begins.

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Bench Monkee Begins!

 The moment you’ve all been waiting for… your host is here! Let me introduce, for the first time, Bench Monkee.

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Exploding Puppet Disaster

You know when you have one of those days where your puppet is just about ready to start filming and you’re all excited that you might get to upload something to YouTube, but then stuffing explodes out of the side of the monkee’s face? I just had two of these sorts of days, each involving unpicking, de-stuffing, re-sewing, re-stuffing and a lot of cursing. To add insult to injury, I have made the most terrible decision in regard to the stuffing I selected. If you ever make a puppet or teddy bear yourself, do not use SynFeather stuffing. I ordered it because it’s supposed to be great for creating firm shapes but it sticks everywhere! It’s migrated to every room, it’s in my bed, in my pants… everywhere. My house currently looks like a giant with a bad case of dandruff danced by. I even got home from work yesterday, which was a day in itself where my workplace was surrounded by SWAT teams (see here and here), only to embrace my partner and find that he and his beard were also covered in this stuff.

Since I will be moving in four days and am currently surrounded by empty boxes that need filling with everything I own, now also covered in the stuffing that will never go away, I will not be uploading anything to YouTube yet. I am so sorry for those of you I know were looking forward to seeing the puppet and checking out my channel. I will be back in touch once I’ve settled down at the new pad and I am no longer being tormented by my ill choice of stuffing.

Until then, take care and beware any white synthetic stuffing, it looks friendly but it will suffocate you while you sleep.

 

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Broadcast interrupted by pad relocation activities…

Things have been frantic here, but me and SZ found an apartment and are moving in a weeks time. It’s all happened so fast that I’m afraid my Bench Monkee activities were neglected. Apologies for not posting something today, as promised. I will get something to you this weekend though as I just finished the assembly of the puppet 🙂

Hope you are all having a great weekend! 

 

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Sequester-Induced Stats Soar and Severed Limbs

So, Sequester Zone mentions me on YouTube and my readership stats go crazy. Thank you all for coming to visit my blog and check out what this Bench Monkee thing is all about. 

As SZ mentioned in his video (The Mismeasure of Man Criticisms), we are having landlord issues at the moment so my original plans to launch on March 28th have been sidetracked. I will be trying to upload something on that day, unfortunately not the episode I’d originally planned, which was going to be about the scientific method and recent discussions that have occurred about retiring certain concepts, such as falsifiability. One of my previous entries was about this, if that sort of thing interests you. So, although the episode I’d planned will not be ready, I will upload something, even if all I get to do is a small intro vid so you guys can get to meet Bench Monkee. 

As a reward for stopping by my blog, I give you pictures… of severed limbs and eye balls… eek! Actually, this pile of hairy body parts is Bench Monkee, pre-assembly, who will be the superstar of the channel (one hopes). Hope to be entertaining you soon on YouTube, until then, ttfn. :(|)

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Demonstration of my eye ball painting abilities…

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The parts that would be Bench Monkee.

 

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Fur-splosion!

I’ve been a tad quiet as my puppet master has been getting together materials and props for my upcoming YouTube channel launch. I’m starting to get nervous.

Until now I’ve only existed as a prototype. We also found out that the stuffing we picked can stick to everything and everywhere. It makes me look like I have dandruff! Very unsightly.

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Prototype Bench Monkee and static stuffing.

I wasn’t sure if I would ever progress beyond a black, patchy prototype, but then this week, finally, lots of parcels suddenly started arriving. There was much excitement as they were all unpacked to reveal various parts of what will become my new look. There is of course a mass of fur!

I previously told you all about the colors that had been selected after pouring over many, many swatches of materials. Now, as you can see, we have a fur-splosion on set.

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Fur-plosion!

And, a science channel wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t have some lab equipment and molecular models. So some of those arrived too, which you will get to see when we reveal the final set :(|)

Can’t wait to show myself off to you soon, my monkee fiends. Until then, toodle-pip!

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Rumble in the YouTube Jungle

Until about 3 months ago I was oblivious of what was happening within the depths of YouTube. YouTube has always been a place I associated first with porn (when it first started) and then as being overrun with far more cat videos than can be healthy. Too much cuteness in one day can kill you. I, of course, knew of the science channels and would google now and then for the odd favorite movie clip. However, I was unaware of just how much interaction was going on in the comment sections of vlogs that fell within a certain set of subjects.

It appears that there is warfare between different ideologies: the men’s rights movement against the feminists, atheists against theists, evolutionists against creationists, utilitarians against Kantians. Logical thought dies in frustration at the insults from the somewhat-educated. A little knowledge becomes dangerous as wikipedia references are thrown at the feet of academics as “proof” they are wrong, even in their own field of expertise. Then there are the trolls. The trolls who are only there to provoke and incite virtual meltdowns. Trolls, who I suspect know exactly how correct others arguments and hypothesis are, but that poke and prod until someone, somewhere is sobbing silently in front of their laptop at the idiocy of it all. Trolls that can twist the mind of even the most intelligent person into a pretzel as they dance around changing the meaning of words, reframing their arguments and even your own until you’re not even sure what is going on. Arguments seem never ending as words, meanings and facts get twisted, distorted and exaggerated.

On one hand I find it awesome that there is this warfare, that ideologies are being discussed and fought over on the internet in this manner. It’s exciting to see such engagement. However, it appears that viewpoints of the few in society at large can garner a greater following in the confines of YouTube. YouTube it seems is a place where bad ideas, even insidious ideas, go to flourish. On YouTube miseducation abounds and expression of a hateful agenda can be spun as philosophy lessons. Dogma is rife. Logical and rational thought is insulted.

Luckily, there is a small sector of YouTube populated by intelligent, educated and rational human beings. I have witnessed both their intellectual conversations and their all out battles with the stupid and ignorant. But we need more!

I have found this hidden rumble in the YouTube jungle and now feel my calling is to join the ranks of the educated. I will help fight this fight! So should you.

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Bald No More! Fur Arrives!

Bald No More! Fur Arrives!

Almost two months to go, to the day, until my channel launch and lots of things have suddenly arrived all at once! Mucho excitement my monkee fiends! We now have the fur samples, the eyes and all my stuffing to make me nice and shapely. After many, many examinations and swatch combinations it has now been settled… I will be chocolatey brown with a dash of sandy beige.

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