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Comments, Discussion Forum, Chat, E-mail

Published July 13th, 2007 by Bobby Henderson

Here’s an update on FSM communications:

Comments
Referring to the comments you can leave at the end of posts like this one. These are not moderated or censored in any way. We get thousands of spam comments a day, so there’s always some sort of automated spam filter running to fight that. I’ve been hearing that a lot of comments are being wrongly marked as spam and that some users are being full-out banned. I’ve switched back to the old spam-filter, but this one has it’s flaws, too. A few hundred comments a week are held in a “maybe-spam” folder – and I don’t have the time to check it every day.

Comments are more likely to be held if they contain a lot of links, or if you’re making many comments a day. I know a lot of people here like to use the comment system as a type of discussion forum, and that’s fine, but the spam-filter will target you and there’s not a lot I can do about it. Without an automated-spam-filter, the comment system would be unusable.

Discussion Forums
The discussion forums are moderated by a very hard working group. Anything written in the forums is subject to the moderators discretion, but they are very fair. Anyone who feels targeted by the comment-spam-filter here is welcome to move their conversations over there. The discussion forums are built on a user registration system, so spam is not as much of an issue.

Chat
We had a live-chat system up for a couple weeks. It was popular but the server couldn’t handle it. I’d like to have a remote chat system set up. The one I’m looking at is around $50-$100/month. I’m looking for an advertiser to step up and sponsor it.

Emails
I get a lot of emails. I read as many as I can. But I’m still way behind. If you *really* need to get a hold of me, put something like **important** in the subject field and I’ll probably find it quicker.

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I have knitted and then felted a tribute

Published July 8th, 2007 by Bobby Henderson

I have knitted and then felted a tribute to His Noodley Greatness. I wanted to share the flickr photo set of its creation with you.

Ramen!
Jen

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See the rest here

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Is the end near?

Published June 29th, 2007 by Bobby Henderson

I did some analysis on global mean temperature vs. the number of pirates and have come to a startling conclusion: Pastafarianism will bring the next ice age!

As demonstrated in the attached graph, by extrapolating the data we find that only 135752 pirates would be required to bring about the next ice age. This number of converts is well within reach! We’re doomed!

-Travis

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Familiar reflection

Published June 28th, 2007 by Bobby Henderson

Years ago, I took this photo on my seattle vacation.

I had no idea I would capture more than just a part of the skyline, and I couldn’t even figure out WHAT EXACTLY I photographed.

You’ve opened my eyes – Thank you so much!

-Markus

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That doesn’t look random at all

Published June 27th, 2007 by Bobby Henderson

I heard some ID believer say that “the probability that humans have emerged from natural selection is the same as the probability that a monkey composes ‘Hamlet’ by randomly typing on a keyboard”.

Well, I happen to have a monkey (Sheila) that likes to type at random on a keyboard. And today she typed this (see the attached picture).

Evidence!

Giovanni

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Worship at work

Published June 27th, 2007 by Bobby Henderson

We are pleased that the Flying Spaghetti Monster watches over our website development department at work. Things were dark and desolate before we were touched by his noodly appendage. But now all we sit in full pirate regalia enjoying our cubicles with thoughts of the stripper factory and beer volcano.

-Grog

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In the clouds

Published June 25th, 2007 by Bobby Henderson

I must admit I was a skeptic….

UNTIL——

this afternoon when I picked up some photos I had shot of a thunderstorm over Lake Superior two nights ago. This is one of the photos I took of the storm—I did NOT see this image of The Flying Spaghetti Monster until AFTER the film was developed at Wal-Mart! I SWEAR!!!

Praise Be To The AllMeaty!

-Bruce

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Pirate ships come in all sizes

Published June 24th, 2007 by Bobby Henderson

With the Grace of FSM on our side, my friends and embarked on a quest last weekend to end global warming.

-Kenny

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Global Warming, Pirates, and the Rise of the FSM

Published June 24th, 2007 by Bobby Henderson

The Cincinnati Beacon notices a relationship between global warming and pirates.

General consciousness about global warming seems to have reached a new critical mass, perhaps thanks to Al Gore’s movie and the growing awareness of green technologies.

But has anyone noticed, while more people become aware of global warming and take steps to combat it, that our culture has become filled with even more pirates? Pirates, in many ways, are experiencing a renaissance in America right now.

Read it here.

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An elaborate spoof on Intelligent Design, The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is neither too elaborate nor too spoofy to succeed in nailing the fallacies of ID. It's even wackier than Jonathan Swift's suggestion that the Irish eat their children as a way to keep them from being a burden, and it may offend just as many people, but Henderson puts satire to the same serious use that Swift did. Oh, yes, it is very funny. -- Scientific American.


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