Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Bigfoot Lunch Club Gets Skeptically Pwnd

First, let's talk about the word Pwnd (pronounced like owned, but with a P), a derivative from the word "Pwnage". You wont find it in the dictionary. We have to rely on the definition from the Urban Dictionary:
Pure Ownage as used in online gaming to stress your superiority on all levels. Spawned from the root word pwn, which originated as a misspelling of the word own. Hence this stupid word is two screw-ups away from anything close to english.

We will get back to the word Pwnd in a second, let's go to the beginning.

In our post "'Skeptics' Late to Debunking Bigfoot" We noted, how Bigfooters are usually the first to be skeptical about encounters and claims. The theme was that simple, and it was succinct in the post title. We can break it down though. Skeptics, (in quotes because we are not talking about real skeptics) were later than others to debunking a Bigfoot hoax. Simple. It seems Brian Dunning at SkepticBlog had issue with this theme.

To be fair, in our post we went further and critiqued Dunnings credentials as a skeptic. This is why we used "skeptic" in quotes, because real skeptics make better assumptions than Brian Dunning.

Dunning pushed back a few days ago and unfortunately, it turns out, that he still hasn't done his homework. He poorly ASSUMED Autumn Williams' synthetic hair analyses of a Bigfoot hoax was based only on the viewing of a you-tube video. Her analysis was, in fact, based also on hair photos that were emailed to her. If Dunning had read the post he was quoting, he would have figured that out. In this age of information how hard would it have been for Dunning to do this one-click research?

We think skeptics are honorable, pragmatic, critical and good at researching applicable evidence (or lack there of). Brian Dunning we wish we had empirical proof that you are deficient in these qualities, instead we can only provide evidence that you make poor assumptions due to laziness or ability.

Now, back to Pwnd.
Dunning admits to cooperating with John Rael of SkepticallyPwned.com to promote the Bigfoot video hoax. He called it, "a fun little lark." Just to be clear the definition of lark is: a harmless prank. A "skeptic" that promotes hoaxes and then waits a week before admitting involvement?

Rael, who produced the video, claims in his own words, his objective:
I decided a few months ago to create my very own hoax video...I thought this might inspire some crypto’s to ‘defend’ or ‘promote’ the hoax.

Well, according to his site, the only person who "bit" was Tom Biscardi, a known hoaxer. What a coup! You got a known hoaxer interested in possibly cooperating with you in your hoax! That said, even Tom insisted on meeting Rael personally before committing any effort.

We don't know who got Pwned, since nobody was fooled by John Rael's video. He didn't achieve his self-defined objective. Rael admits he poorly assumed "a crypto's would 'defend' the video".

The only revealing thing from all of this was: two people who call themselves "skeptics" make poor assumptions, due to lack of will or ability to investigate/evaluate evidence.

Dunning's assumption fest
John Raels assumption confession

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Sasquatch! A New False Positive

Bigfooters are used to false positives, in the field and on-line. Anybody who has ever Googled "bigfoot" knows you may get results for a giant blue 4x4 truck. To the right is a painting of the 4x4 bigfoot truck on the real 4x4 bigfoot truck. Its one of the false positives we kept, because one night everybody at BLC decided to get tatoos of themselves ON themselves and it reminds us those kind of ideas work better on vehicles than on humans. You would think the tattoos alone would suffice as reminders.

Getting back to false positives and seriousness. Within the last four years, every February like clockwork, we get a flood of new false positives in regards to web search. Its called Sasquatch! Music Festival. Check out the chart below. Mouse over the peaks over the last 5 years and you will see Feb, March, and then May.

Sasquatch! is a music festival held annually at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington. It is presented by the House of Blues. There is an emphasis on indie rock bands and singer-songwriters, although there are also alternative rock and hip hop acts. The festival features three separate stages (Sasquatch! Main Stage, Wookie Stage, & Yeti Stage).

It starts with buzzing, blogging and tweeting speculations about who should be on the playlist. Then its about who actually made it on the playlist. Then who's not on the playlist. At BLC headquartes we get them all as they ramp up from February and on until May.

We love any awareness the Big Guy gets and besides people looking for the festival may be getting their own false positives. I wonder how many You-tube videos of a guy in a suit they have to go through to find out if their favorite band is playing at Sasquatch! In the spirit of no-hard-feelings, here's is a gallery of posters from years past. And if you found us while looking for the music festival, tell your friends about Big Foot Lunch Club dot Com.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Trapping Yetis? Theres an App for that.

Created by developer Super Happy Fun Fun, Ace Yeti Trapper is a fresh take on maze puzzle games. Assume the role of the renowned "Trapper Jack" Bivouac on an exciting 40-level trek through the mountainous lands of Nepal!

Guide Jack through yak farms, secluded temples, and high-altitude wilderness on the quest for the ultimate prize: trapping the elusive, mythical yeti! Use touch controls to navigate mazes and bait traps while avoiding a beastly knockout. Cage trapped animals before they escape, and clear the level before the timer reaches zero. Establish your trapping fame up the the treacherous slopes of mount Everest where the rambunctious yeti call home… can you become an Ace Yeti Trapper?!!


* The Editor's Choice winning mobile game completely upgraded for iPhone

* Arcade-style action with simple touch controls

* Puzzle gaming fun with great graphics and addictive play

* 40 level maps to challenge your trapping skills

* Level goals, high scores, and achievements keep you coming back for more

* Facebook alerts for bragging your exploits to the world!


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