It’s been a busy week here on Skepchick, thanks mostly to those of you who are promoting your favorite articles on sites like Reddit, Stumbleupon, and Digg. Thanks, and welcome to all the n00bies!
Before I get to the Comment o’ the Week, I’ll mention a few events coming up:
- Here in Boston, Anonymous will hold a candlelight vigil in front of the Church of Scientology to remember the death of Lisa McPherson, a woman who died while under the care of the “Church.” More info on the non.violent forums. (Aside: speaking of Anon, if you’d like to help in their ongoing campaign to educate the public about the CoS, you may consider donating to support the site WhyWeProtest.net, which costs volunteers about $870/month to operate. More info here.)
- Also in the Boston area, tomorrow I’ll be attending the Harvard’s Humanist of the Year award, given this year to Dan McGowan of parentingbeyondbelief.com. It’s free and happening in the Fong Auditorium of Boylston Hall in Harvard Yard, and there’s a seminar afterward for a fee.
- Next week (Saturday, December 13), I’m taking the Boston Skeptics on a trip to the Museum of Science, followed by Skeptics in the Pub! Info is here.
- Also on the 13th, Maria will be at Atlanta Skeptics in the Pub! See the Events Calendar for the details.
- Also next week, A will be hosting Drinking Skepchickally in San Francisco on the 10th, and with Carr2D2 in San Diego on the 11th! See the Events Calendar for the details.
- See the same calendar for more events around the world! Okay, mostly in North America and the UK. Those of you in other places are encouraged to submit your event here.
Okay, on to the COTW!
We had thousands of comments posted this week, but one among them received the rare triple-nomination. Sam’s call for readers to vent their every frustration was sure to get some entertaining rants, and Oakes’ comedic use of over-the-top violence certainly delivered:
Oakes // Dec 4, 2008 at 4:19 pm
I know this seems somewhat petty, what with all the horrible shit going on in the world, but the thing that annoys me most consistently are commercials.
I donâ€™t watch a lot of TV, but the few shows I do watch are constantly ruined by insipid, innane, intellectually-stunting pitches. I usually have a book handy, so the second â€œMythbustersâ€ cuts to a commercial, I can mute the TV and read for a few minutes.
But sometimes the filth breaks through the filterâ€¦
Iâ€™m not a violent man, but I swear on the perpetually-pissed soul of Buford Pusser that, if I ever see that â€œCan you hear me now?â€ jackass from the Verizon commercials, I will chop him in the throat with no warning. And I will feel good about it.
And that â€œbandâ€ from the Free Credit Report.com commericals? I would kidnap them, chain them up in an abandoned house in the country, and violate every single Geneva convention. Twice.
Oh, Oakes. Never have I seen such an adorable armadillo (I think that’s your avatar?) lash out with such well-aimed fury. For your comment, you get one free month of Skepchick Anger Management ClassesÂ® at the Learning Annex, where you’ll learn skills like calmly explaining the basics of evolutionary theory to a creationist, and quietly sitting in the presence of strangers reading horoscopes aloud. Congratulations!