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A Skeptics Oath

Posted in Random, skepticism with tags , , , on September 1, 2009 by Northernskeptic

Tip of the hat to the Green Lantern’s Oath for inspiration.  To those who think that skeptics shouldn’t have an oath, I’m just a geek having fun so NYA NYA.

In woo filled days, In spook filled nights

No flim-flam will escape my sight

Let those who schill the crackpots blight

Beware my reason, my skeptic light

Twitter Experiment in Follow-Bots

Posted in Random, Science, skepticism, twitter with tags , , , , on June 16, 2009 by Northernskeptic

On Saturday night (June 13) I decided to perform an experiment.  I sent  3 tweets to see what sort of followers I would gain, and today I present the results.

First the tweets that I sent the fourth was suggested by the totally awesome @SurlyAmy who you should be following:

  1. Network Marketing Opportunity
  2. HHO Water Power
  3. Subluxation align chiropractic
  4. Hippy Idiot Liar

Since that time which was about (9:00 pm mst) and now (10:00 pm mst) I have gained 27 new followers, I’ll break them down below.

  1. Tianna Lynn (TiannaLynn78): Generic pretty girl account already suspended
  2. Virginia Green (LuTachison): A single tweet and a link to the Library of Congress
  3. belle (belletyler111): average adolescent tweets, no deep details on the bio or linked site
  4. Mike Hobbs (mikehobbs): Network Marketing/MLM/Internet sales and he has a “Seminar” to sell too
  5. Jarod M Farnham (jarodmicah): Another Network Marketer
  6. Pam Thompson (bewellbypam): And another Network Marketer
  7. UC Chiropractic (bharshe):  Apparently he is a Chiropractor
  8. Rich OBrien (itsrichobrien): Network Marketer
  9. Mladen Bartolić (mbartolic): no tweets, no bio, no link
  10. MikeTheInfidel (freeplay): Skeptic/Atheist/Critical Thinker (my kinda guy)
  11. Joe Dawson (plumberjoeohio): A Plumber who tweets exclusively about…plumbing
  12. Greg Kelley (edumaster): A science educator
  13. zeta hanif (airempire95059): Suspended account
  14. plumbing guy (prettypipeplumb): Another plumber???
  15. Average Albertan (averagealbertan): Umm, an average albertan I guess.
  16. Edmonton Alberta (EdmontonFans): Generic gimick account
  17. Jenny Green (arithmeticsweep): Suspended account
  18. ilovebing (ilovebing): no bio but links to 4chan (please don’t hurt me anonymous)
  19. Marcus Richter (MarcusRichter): Vitamin pushing wootard
  20. Spray Adaptogens (SprayAdaptogens): The health product woo is strong with this one
  21. Néstor Pabón (HealthBeatToday): CAM homeopathy and Aromatherapy wootard and medical science denier
  22. Vancouver Canucks (canucksnews): A Vancouver Canucks fan
  23. Kerstin’s Chocolates (kerstinschoc): Edmonton based specialty chocolate shop
  24. Stargate Universe (stargateuverse): Fan of the as yet unreleased new Stargate spinoff
  25. pulseproject (pulseproject): Another Skeptic and follows the Awesome @SurlyAmy
  26. Nicole Draper (nicoleeislegit): another Myspace cam girl advertising for new “friends”
  27. Andy Lambros (andylambros): Internet “consultant”

From the looks of it I pulled in 4 network marketers, 2 supplement junkies, 1 homeopath, and 1 chiropractor.  I didn’t even get a free energy fanatic.

On the plus side I did gain 2 new skeptics and a science educator so that’s cool.

On the weird side 2, I repeat 2 followers who tweet about PLUMBING????

To fill things in I got the usual follow junkies, fansites and cam girls.  I haven’t checked to see if any of them are still following me I only went on the e-mail alerts so this is really an unscientific test but then again my targets weren’t that scientific either.  It is interesting to note that the keywords do tend to bring the woo-bots down on you.

Oh and in case you missed the subtle hints earlier follow @SurlyAmy.

Edmonton Skeptics In Cartoon Form

Posted in Awesome, Random, skepticism with tags , , , , on February 1, 2009 by Northernskeptic

The face of The Edmonton Skeptical Society has been caricatured by our friend and Skepchick Jill. I Feel truly honored to have such an awesome sketch made of me, and my friends. Those who aren’t friends with such an awesome person should be jealous.

In order Me (hey it IS my blog), Desiree, Sean, and Mike. Jill is full of awesome for these.

@northernskeptic Here you are. I re-did this about seven time... on TwitPic @teh_skeptic This is just a rough sketch. I promise it will g... on TwitPic

P on TwitPic And here's @Dippoldism...and my hand is officially dead and m... on TwitPic

Now go click on the hyperlinks and check out Jill’s site 😀

Vote For Me!!!

Posted in Random on January 10, 2009 by Northernskeptic

Head on over to the Q Transmissions blog and vote for me for the Fervent Unbeliever contest. My entry is #2, and yes this was a shameless plug. 😀

I Tweet so therefore I am.

Posted in Random with tags , , , on December 28, 2008 by Northernskeptic

So my friend Sean has pulled me into the world of Twitter. If you are interested in finding out what randomness crosses my mind in the day then feel free to follow me.