Sunday, March 13, 2011

Bill Nye, SCIENCE GUY

Yesterday, after the boys went to bed, I watched some TV. First, I watched a Ron White stand-up special. Then some of Ricky Gervais' An Idiot Abroad. Then I settled on CNN for a bit. Guys, I never get to watch TV, ESPECIALLY the news. It was kind of a treat. Am I lame for selecting CNN? Probably, but stop interrupting, because I'M TELLING A STORY HERE.

Anyway, they started talking about the nuclear issue at that power plant, and teased that they'd be talking to a special, because, as the confused-looking anchor suggested, "WHAT DOES THIS ALL MEAN?"

Enter Bill. Nye.  Yes, Bill Nye. THE SCIENCE GUY:


I was stunned. I mean, this issue in Japan: serious, right? Does the guy above make you think of, well, ANYTHING other than goofiness?  So, I threw up a casual tweet to share my disdain for CNN. Because, really, was Sid the Science Kid unavailable?!

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Guys, my silly little tweet was RETWEETED over a hundred times within like 15 or 20 minutes, and hours later that number was nearly 600. My phone was blowing up with constant updates. And suddenly, Bill Nye was trending. (Not from ME alone, of course, but I would like to point out that, later on, KEITH OLBERMANN joined the discussion, but could not surpass my Top Tweet status. ERGO, I'm WAY COOLER THAN KEITH OLBERMANN.):


So it was fun and it was good. But THEN,  people started getting mad at me for hating on Bill Nye. Someone even went put in the effort to click through my Twitter profile, find my blog, and go to my Facebook page to send me a message:

For an average American -stupid and ignorant- like you, Bill Nye is just OK... 

Aww, Andres. That must have taken a lot of courage to confront me like that. So, I'll put up your picture so everyone can love you right back, dollface!

Isn't he lovely?

Anyway, it was fun to take over Twitter for a while. I mean, it was no WILLIAM SHATNER, but I do what I can. (Imagine what kind of hate mail SHE got!)

Anyway, the purpose of me telling you all this is to state, for the record, that I'm sure BILL NYE IS A SWELL GUY. (Oh, and to point out that THIS is why I never watch CNN.)

31 comments:

  1. Hell hath no fury like that of a nerdy CNN fan scorned, didn't you know that?

    And yes, the shit going down in the Japanese nuke plants is serious as it gets.

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  2. Bill Nye is the perfect guy for the job. For years, he's been explaining scientific concepts to people with the intellectual level of 8th graders. Do you know that's the same basic criteria used for newspapers? Write it at the vocabulary level of an 8th grade kid.

    The tweet, though? Genius.

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  3. sqatlo: I have learned this! I'm still catching flack this morning. IT'S AWESOME. (Especially when my whole point is that this Japan issue IS SERIOUS, not BILL NYE-ish)

    unmitigated me: This seems to be the general consensus. I just think that they could've found another scientist that also knows how to talk. I'm sure there are some out there that don't stir up thoughts of song parodies and goofy bow ties. While we think of the devastation in Japan.

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  4. It's insensitive and irresponsible to seek comment from a goofball like that at a time like this. News outlets are just entertainment outlets. Please tell me he did NOT wear the bow tie and lab coat. They should have run an animated segment from Dexter's Laboratory.

    Andres has a girl on each arm -- So he's cool, look out for that.

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  5. That is AWESOME!!! I know that was exciting. Love it! I'm going to go see it with my own eyes now.

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  6. I don't know if kelley read your post, haha.

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  7. Andres Bustos: Bill Nye fan, hyphen abuser, and ladies' man.
    Also, I'm super depressed to learn of William Shatner's d-bag blocking move. He's been my old-man crush forever... looks like I may have to break up with him now.
    Maybe Andres is available?

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  8. Hahah, that is awesome. Wasn't that sweet little chubby Andres. New friends are nice, aren't they. You rock for posting that!

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  9. I'm starting to learn that a lot of news websites have creepy people lurking in the corners, waiting for their opportunity to start a web fight. Your tweet was spot on.

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  10. This makes you kind of famous. You should do an autograph giveaway now.

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  11. Bobby: *Exactly* (No lab coat, but he definitely wore a bow tie. My god.)

    Kelley: It was surreal. My favorite part was Andres, though. (Natch)

    nova: She's an optimist!

    AMo: The Shatner issue was resolved! I don't know the details, but they've all made up.

    TexaGermaNadian: I wanna pinch those cheeks SO HARD!

    Emily: I agree! The comments on news articles are shockingly awful most of the time.

    Ed: I concur. (::Googles "concur"::) Yep. Concur.

    The Empress: He does suck...GENIUS MOLECULES, that is!

    Edie: My hand spazzes every time I sign a credit card slip or something. Seriously. I always mess it up.

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  12. Bill Nye is a HUGE star in my 5th grade world! Which in turn makes YOU a huge star!

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  13. Bill Nye is my hero. When I was a middle schooler I felt ugly and awkward and watching his show made me feel better because his simple statement every episode of "...scientists like you..." made me feel like a worth while person. I figured if Bill Nye thinks I am alright, I must be, and it was very comforting. It made a few years a lot easier to get through.

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  14. Never got into Bill Nye. Preferred Beakman's World (with the dude dressed up as a rat!)

    Tell Andre if he doesn't like America, he don't have to live here. (and if he doesn't live here, he needs to shut up)

    Aye,
    Scratch

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  15. Yes he can put mentos in a coke bottle and watch it react... but I'm curious as to whether he had any real scientific knowledge on the topic. Was he any good? Or did you just get in a tizzy about the fact he was asked?

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  16. Andres is perfectly right. By the way: did u get his permission to public the photo?

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  17. I had a real eye-roll this morning when a Good Morning America presenter actually took a few (very inexact) steps to demonstrate what 8 feet was (the distance the Japanese coast shifted). So glad he could clarify that complicated concept for us! As for Andres - what a tool. Generalizing about massive groups of people is truly enlightened.

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  18. The image was so counterintuitive that it was both funny and apalling. It says more about the lamestream media and their "dumbing down" of mateMrial to warrant the interruption of news about Charlie Sheen and American Idol than it does about Bill Nye (who actually is well-educated, very bright, and able to complex things to a fifth grade audience.

    Andy H

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  19. I always knew you'd be twitterfamous.

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  20. I think Bill Nye got in trouble in the late 90's for soliciting a male prostitute in Vegas. He was with Louie Anderson, I believe.

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  21. They should have had a debate between Bill Nye, Beakman, and perhaps Elmo.

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  22. OMG, you are getting spammed by the boycot American women guy. I am so sorry. He is such a joke. (well it is not here now but it came in my inbox due to my subscription).

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  23. HOLY CRAP!!! If I would have been more worried about the world and less drunk from my own narcissistic need for reality television and all of its brain melting goodness I too would've been all "wtf, Bill Nye on CNN?" It's wierd....and also sad. I mean I love Bill Nye and all but, seriously, are Americans that ignorant that we can't even follow a regular scientist??
    And congrats! I'd much rather listen to you than Keith Olberman!

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  24. Sid the Science Kid was most definitely available - who would pass up a gig like that one :)

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  25. i have always found bill nye to be to funny. he isnt the right type of person to have talking about something very serious becuase he is to funny.

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  26. Sid the Science Kid was most definitely available - who would pass up a gig like that one :)

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  27. Never got into Bill Nye. Preferred Beakman's World (with the dude dressed up as a rat!)

    Tell Andre if he doesn't like America, he don't have to live here. (and if he doesn't live here, he needs to shut up)

    Aye,
    Scratch

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  28. The image was so counterintuitive that it was both funny and apalling. It says more about the lamestream media and their "dumbing down" of mateMrial to warrant the interruption of news about Charlie Sheen and American Idol than it does about Bill Nye (who actually is well-educated, very bright, and able to complex things to a fifth grade audience.

    Andy H

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  29. I had a real eye-roll this morning when a Good Morning America presenter actually took a few (very inexact) steps to demonstrate what 8 feet was (the distance the Japanese coast shifted). So glad he could clarify that complicated concept for us! As for Andres - what a tool. Generalizing about massive groups of people is truly enlightened.

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