Stephen Colbert

Who is Bert Erhman you say?

Bert Erhman has been mentioned pretty frequently in the continuing conversation on Dave’s post about why he’s not an atheist.

Other than the fact that his surname is an anagram of Herman I didn’t really know who Ehrman was, or much about him. But luckily, Stephen Colbert, America’s most trusted news hound, has interviewed him…

So now I know all about him. And that he’s wrong.

The answer is that he’s an atheist writer who questions the validity of the claims that the gospels represent an accurate history of who Jesus is.

Colbert v Dawkins

Given that (thanks to PZ Myers) 90% of my current visitors are atheists, I’m going to keep writing about atheism.

Here you go, a nice dialogue, between two people, about God… both are smug.

Everybody wants to claim Colbert as one of their own – either he’s a Christian satire, a conservative satire, an actual conservative, or a Christian… He’s probably a mix of all of those. He certainly has a track record of active involvement in church. And he looks like Will Bailey from the West Wing…

Anyway. This made me laugh. If only atheists were really like Richard Dawkins. Online, anyway.

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Fun with photoshop

News that Iranian “President” Ahmadinejad has been photoshopping supporters into crowd shots is slowly making its way across the internet.

But making your election results seem more credible isn’t all that Photoshop is good for… you can also:
1. Wipe moustaches off the face of well known cultural figures…

Or unpopular political figures

2. Turn your favourite celebrity (or politician) upside down.
3. Produce some freaky family portraits.
4. Produce a racially diverse piece of marketing collateral

Super Conan Bros

Conan O’Brien has taken over Jay Leno’s slot on American television. Which I think is great. He’s much funnier – though no Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert. Anyway, it seems his set designer is a geek.

From here.

Colbert v Biblical contradictions

Stephen Colbert is a most fantastic interviewer – if you want the interviewee to feel particularly awkward. On Thursday he took on Bert Ehrman – who is pushing a new book about contradictions in the bible…

Colbert, a practicing Catholic, rips him apart. A bit. It’s interesting viewing.

When naming competitions go a wry

User generated content based competitions are all the rage. They encourage better consumer engagement and produce content and ideas a corporation may not have the budget to produce by itself. But they’re open for abuse. They can be hijacked – particularly if someone with a big enough following turns on you.

I like Stephen Colbert a lot. So I’m hoping NASA goes through with its promise to name a new space module after the most popular response to a recent competition.

“NASA’s mistake was allowing write-ins. Colbert urged viewers of his Comedy Central show, “The Colbert Report” to write in his name. And they complied, with 230,539 votes. That clobbered Serenity, one of the NASA choices, by more than 40,000 votes. Nearly 1.2 million votes were cast by the time the contest ended Friday.

NASA reserves the right to choose an appropriate name. Agency spokesman John Yembrick said NASA will decide in April, but will give top vote-getters “the most consideration.””

Let that be a lesson to anybody running user generated popularity contests – it means you have no control over the outcome. And if you do choose to exercise your right to disregard the competition it will be terrible PR. Unless you’re the people who put people into space – your coolarity is already so high that you can get away with just about anything.

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