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And the crowd cried, “Podcast!”

by ***Dave on Sat 28-Aug-10 10:40pm · 11 comments

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Jesus says, "Don't be a dick!"

Les and I did the fourth(ish) Stupid Evil Bastard podcast today.  It was much fun, as usual, at least to do (no clue whether it will be fun to listen to).

We nattered on about tipping, Dr. Laura, the skeptic community “Don’t Be a Dick” controversy, hypocrisy, freedom, and a variety of other stuff. This time we clocked in at 2 hours and 8 minutes, which may be case of at least too much of a good thing (or way too of a mediocre thing).  Or maybe not enough of a faboo thing.  You decide.

In discussing the recent Dr. Laura contretemps, not to mention lack of dickishness, we did engage in a fair amount of, um, NSFW language.  So don’t play this over the speakers at the office, or in the streets where you might scare the horses, or if you fear it might burn your cockle-shelled ears.

The podcast can be directly downloaded to your machine here, or you can click on the little player at the bottom of the screen. It, along with the previous iterations in the series, can always be found in the Podcast tab at the top of the page.

UPDATE: I’m re-listening to the podcast (well, maybe not all tonight), and I’m adding in cross-references and links in the comments.

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1 ***Dave 28-Aug-10 at 10:56pm

Tipping article:

The LA Story line (
Tom: I’ll have a decaf coffee.
Trudi: I’ll have a decaf espresso.
Morris Frost: I’ll have a double decaf cappuccino.
Ted: Give me decaffeinated coffee ice cream.
Harris: I’ll have a half double decaffeinated half-caf, with a twist of lemon.
Trudi: I’ll have a twist of lemon.
Tom: I’ll have a twist of lemon.
Morris Frost: I’ll have a twist of lemon.
Cynthia: I’ll have a twist of lemon.

2 ***Dave 29-Aug-10 at 8:34am

Some links related to the Dr Schlessinger / Palin / First Amendment brouhaha:

The book Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word by Randall Kennedy (recommended):

3 ***Dave 29-Aug-10 at 8:41am

Links on on the Phil Plait “Don’t Be a Dick” talk.

The Penny Arcade shirt that I put as the image above (which I own and forgot to wear for the podcast, for all the difference it made) is not currently online. The comic it was derived from is here: … it’s derived from Wheaton’s Law, of course.

4 ***Dave 29-Aug-10 at 8:53am

An old Icelandic proverb:

5 ***Dave 29-Aug-10 at 9:02am

The “Masterpiece Theater” music is the Rondeau from “Symphonies and Fanfares for the King’s Supper” by French composer Jean-Joseph Mouret. It was my silly idea (which I never thought Les would go for), but I’d expect we’d have a rotating musical selection over future Podcasts.

6 ***Dave 29-Aug-10 at 9:12am

The less-than-welcoming gas station owner:

7 ***Dave 29-Aug-10 at 9:14am

The auto-de-fe:

8 ***Dave 29-Aug-10 at 9:35am

The word I was struggling with during the discussion of “hypocrisy” was “dishonesty,” btw.

9 ***Dave 29-Aug-10 at 9:51am

The Obama poster Les was referring to:

10 Mad Bassoonist 30-Aug-10 at 3:45pm

Regarding Auto de fé: Leonard Bernstein’s Musical/Opera (with help from a cast of other collaborators) has a great production number: “What a Day for an Auto de fé!”

11 ***Dave 30-Aug-10 at 9:03pm

And kudos to you for cut-and-pasting an appropriately diacriticalled version of it.

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