Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Wannabe punks whinge

There's a cute little wannabe blog over there somewhere on the right called instapunk. Usual pseudonymous coward bloggers who like to talk tough while spouting the usual uninformed crap. Oh, and he drools over instapundit. Funny that.

A commenter on this blog claims to know "him" (or "them" - they say they're a collective, "alfa grey" seems to think it s a person); interesting stuff, in a sad sort of way. Lot of unresolved hostility there if "alfa grey" is for real.

As with a lot of the pseuds who hang out on the right fringes, instapunk has an apparent fondness for pseudo-scientific garbage; alternative cosmologies, intelligent design (not of course that he's a "creationist", really, just sure that evolution is wrong and that there is a purpose behind it all - usual lazy thinker who seems to think that just because he can't think of the explanation right now, everyone else is wrong). Instapunks aptitude for political and cultural analysis is about on par with his ability to understand science and academia.

Anyway, the instapunk has whinged.
I'll take the complement (Dawkins indeed) and let his own comments stand for themselves. Pretty sad.
"Help! Help! I'm being oppressed! Come and see the violence inherent in the system!"

Oh, and a "punk" who disapproves of "Cuntfest" and parties. Pathetic. Bet he wears a tie.

PS: link fixed; thanks to instapunk for checking it for me.
Management consultant, eh? I knew he wore a tie...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

good post... thanks.

my articles: business articles

4:44 PM  
Blogger Steinn said...

Folks - this comment smells of a robot.
Please, no one click on the "business articles" link above, the URL looks like a bogus redirect.

5:01 PM  
Blogger Steinn said...

Confirmed the URL "4uarticles" in the com domain is an alias to websitewelcome in the com domain, which is a blacklisted spam nest.

5:06 PM  
Blogger Sean Carroll said...

Congratulations! A "high priest of science" indeed.

(This comment is not spam.)

7:02 PM  
Blogger Robert said...

Cool. Your link doesn't even work.

Face it. You're a 2nd rate prof at a 4th rate university.

Sad. I wrote one of the greatest books of the 20th century. ( I know you'll try to trash it, but I also know you've never sold 100,000 of anything in your life. I have. I've also changed many lives by haing a teaching philosophy kinder than yours. I've sons and daughters all over the world.

Your whole life is about losing and sour grapes and playing the superior prof. Mine is about having fun. Which of my bikes do you want to race me on, sport? The 1971 Triumph Bonneville or the 2005 Harley Sportster 1200?

So sorry, pudge. Not impressed by your claims to fame. I already got my 1500 board scores -- 30 years ago. Your condescension leaves me cold.

I've read more than you have, written more than you have, made a hell of a lot more money as a management consultant than you have, and I'm still better looking than you are. Loser? Look in the mirror.

P.S. Want to compare pictures? Don't. You're a fat little nerd. I'm InstaPunk (i.e., ever heard of Dorian Gray? 9 out of 10 women will leave the bar with me before you.) And I still have a better chance of being remembered as a writer than you. I didn't start this fight. You did. You were warned not to start it.

Now, you're just an asshole.

2:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Argh. Neither of you are even taking a step back to look at the valid criticisms buried underneath the ad hominem attacks. Scientists sometimes sound condescending. The electric universe and intelligent design are just wrong, and science makes no comment on God whatsoever. Maybe both of you should count to ten before writing off more useless vitriol into the aether.

10:24 AM  
Blogger Steinn said...

Hey Sean;
So, I bet you don't tell your students about the Electric Universe either.
Still, it is a broad church, maybe you can be Grand Poobah, or Chief Operations Officer or something.

10:27 AM  
Blogger Steinn said...

Dear Robert,
I may be a second rate professor (although Penn State is comfortably second rank), but you're a management consultant obsessed with looks and material goods, who claims to be a punk...

Oh, and if you took your "boards" (is that one of these strange toy multiple choice exams used in the US?) 30 years ago, then you are also a boomer...

Face it dood, you're a hippie at heart. More Hopper than Strummer. I mean a management consultant in middle age worrying about ensconced boomers taking themselves too seriously?

So, get on your bike, flash some cash at the bar for another one night stand, and go back to fantasizing about having 19 year olds carrying out your revenge fantasies against the establishment you feel so bitter towards. It might make you feel young, and maybe less bitter for a moment or two.

I'll be playing with my kids in the park. I think I'll walk down to the park. It is such a nice day.

PS thanks for pointing the link out; I copied it from your website track back feature.
Oh, and you need to work on your id issues.
If the boomer bible is a collective effort, then "you" didn't publish it.
And, instapunk is awful "personal" given its claim to be a collective.

10:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now, Sigurds son, you've met Siegfried.

I'm still waiting to see any sign of professorship or scholarship show up in your writing. I can't imagine what a joy it must be to have a class with you - learning through intimidation.

If hippies can be Wall Street analysts and financial managers, surely punks can be management consultants. There is no more ferocious place other than the battlefield.

You started the petty name calling. Perhaps you'd like to stop it.

And by the way, Instapunk is not the Borg. It is collaborative.

12:21 PM  
Blogger Steinn said...

Dear alfa

Are all the instapunks pseudonymous cowards?
And is Robert Laird really the brother of Prof Susan Laird? Small world. Any relation to M. Robert Laird?

I am sorry if you are math phobic; most students who go to university can actually manage arithmetic and algebra. I think if you applied yourself you could get through Astro 1 (gen ed) - the other astro classes, not so much.

As to why punks can't be management consultants, well, if you actually knew what it is to be a punk, you could see why. Being a hippy is discordant but not irreconcilable with financial management ("socially responsible investing" anyone); if you're a management consultant, you are certainly no punk.
And what's with the military fantasies. You want to play soldier, go do it for real, the need is there.

Oh, and Robert A. Wilson and Robert Shea did it first and funnier.

12:31 PM  
Blogger Steinn said...

Oh, and alfa, dearie.
Siegfried is the ye olde german transliteration of Sigurdur... they are the one and same.

Your allusion is nonsensical. They're getting worse each time.

12:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cute! Blogging with yourself in different voices, eh? (though they don't sound all that different from one another)

1:41 AM  

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