A Small Howlerfest

By | 2006/10/21

I’m going through photos to find documentation of the existence of some items that are in my insurance claim. Along the way, I’ve run across some pictures from the 2003/04/14 Howlerfest in San Diego. There were about three weeks to go before my dissertation defense, but given the opportunity to hang with Ian Musgrave and Stephen Pirie-Shepherd, I had to take a break.

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Ian and Stephen pause in front of the imposing facade of the Institute for Creation Research “Museum of Creation and Earth History”.

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We weren’t so imposed as to stay outside, though. Inside, one can find such informative displays as this one on the Second Law of Thermodynamics, featuring a 45 RPM single of Dale and Grace’s “Bad Luck”.

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But all of us agreed in that the ICR partially melting the Dale and Grace single, and attaching it to the wall with a decking screw, demonstrate that even the ICR is capable of rendering some small service to mankind.

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Here Stephen and Ian play tour guide on the good ship “Ark”. Stephen notes part of a dinosaur visible in the background, and Ian draws our attention to the stegosaur bedded down in its stall.

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Engaging dioramas are all part of the ICR Museum experience.

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During the 1996 Howlerfest, one of a couple a bit ahead of our group distinctly asked whether this was the Rosetta Stone. If you have trouble distinguishing chiseled stone from printed-on cardboard like this, may I recommend a quick visit to your ophthalmologist?

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The tree of Evil Fruit is always worth a look.

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Following the ICR, what to do but seek out caffeine and knowledge? This La Jolla bookshop also serves up coffee.

Ian was in San Diego for a convention, and Diane and I were able to convince him to come visit our house one evening. We had a good and productive time, with Ian and Diane talking about some of the reaction time data she was working on from hearing tests with white whales and dolphins.

3 thoughts on “A Small Howlerfest

  1. Austringer Post author

    Somewhere I should mention that Ian introduced Diane and I to Arnott’s Tim-Tams, a chocolate biscuit that Ian says is responsible for divorces in Australia since the packages contain a prime number of biscuits.

  2. Dave S.

    Just got back a couple weeks ago from the British Museum, home of the actual Rosetta Stone. If your benighted correspondant should ever go there, I hope they notice that there are actually 2 stones, the real one (under glass) and a full size facsimilie, which allows close-up inspection.

  3. Lou FCD

    “…there are actually 2 stones, the real one (under glass) and a full size facsimilie, which allows close-up inspection.”

    Both are very neat exhibits.

    They’ll probably never bother but pictures of both can be found at my sock-puppet blog should anyone be interested.

    It was very cool to see the real thing, but also pretty cool to be able to check out the facsimile up close.

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