My Review of Bob’s Book: *Shakespeare & the rigidniks: a study of cerebral dysfunction*, Port Charlotte, FL: The Runaway Spoon Press, 2006
By: Knitwitted 30 January 2013
My review of Bob’s Book begins with his comment on Skeptical Humanities’ “Spot the Looney: A lot of bad evidence=good evidence http://skepticalhumanities.com/2011/11/10/spot-the-looney-a-lot-of-bad-evidencegood-evidence/ , a post written by Eve Siebert and posted on Thursday, November 10th, 2011 at 2:03 pm. Said post was filed under “academia”, “Anonymous the movie”, “conspiracy theory”, “critical thinking”, “history”, and “literature” according to some alphabetically-endorsed filing procedures, all being possibly topics of interest to the Skeptical Humanities’ bloggers. We should note Eve’s qualifications for writing her own post on her own blog per her opening statement: “I just got a new tablet computer.”
Proof that I had encountered Eve’s post is documented at January 18, 2013 when at precisely 2:12 pm I posted the following comment which may be read in its entirety here http://skepticalhumanities.com/2011/11/10/spot-the-looney-a-lot-of-bad-evidencegood-evidence/#comment-13133 :
“Hi Eve! Off topic for this post, but have you had a chance to read about de Vere’s Bible? http://shake-speares-bible.com/bible-faq/ The overlap between the marked passages in his Bible and the Bible passages used by Shakespeare as identified by Carter, Noble, Milward and Shaheen is a significant argument. Several of the themes of de Vere’s marked passages as identified by Dr. Stritmatter also overlap known themes in the Shakespeare canon (especially the theme regarding the discrepancy between truth and appearance). Dr. Stritmatter also found Bible passages in Shakespeare previously missed by the prior authorities. I’ve purposely not read Mr. Looney’s book so can’t respond to your comments but hope you won’t decide the outcome of the authorship question based on just one book. Thanks very much for your consideration! And please say “hey” to Bob for me!!
For notoriety’s sake, please note my “hey” to Bob was in reference to Bob Blaskiewicz, another blogger on the Skeptical Humanities’ team. It should be further noted that I deem Bob to be quite a highly intelligent individual as witnessed by my comment to him on June 3, 2011 at 10:23 am http://skepticalhumanities.com/2011/06/01/hey-maw-im-famous/#comment-3297 : “Dang Bob! Ur lookin’ good!”
On January 18, 2013 at precisely 3:24 pm http://skepticalhumanities.com/2011/11/10/spot-the-looney-a-lot-of-bad-evidencegood-evidence/#comment-13135 , Bob Grumman attempted to make his first comment on Eve’s post. We can with 100% certainty say that Bob posted his comment 72 minutes after mine. Whether or not Bob thought I was saying “hey” to him has yet to be determined. Future researchers may wish to ascertain the conclusiveness of such false hope.
Further, Bob Grumman says on January 20, 2013 at 2:08 pm http://skepticalhumanities.com/2011/11/10/spot-the-looney-a-lot-of-bad-evidencegood-evidence/#comment-13233 regarding his own Book:
“So far laughter is as close as any of you cranks has gotten to attempting seriously to refute it, Knit. If you promise to post a refutation of it of more than a few hundred words, I’ll send you a free copy.
For simplicity’s sake, we should note Bob did not fully sign his name. I suggest the Skeptical Humanities’ blog log of viewers by ISP be reviewed so we may ascertain this “Bob” is indeed Bob Grumman who later on January 28, 2013 at 4:09 pm http://skepticalhumanities.com/2011/11/10/spot-the-looney-a-lot-of-bad-evidencegood-evidence/#comment-13513 posted his mailing address as Port Charlotte FL 33952. If it cannot be determined that the signator “Bob” is “Bob Grumman” we may legally not be able to hold him to his comment as posted on January 20, 2013 at 2:08 pm http://skepticalhumanities.com/2011/11/10/spot-the-looney-a-lot-of-bad-evidencegood-evidence/#comment-13233 regarding his own Book:
“So far laughter is as close as any of you cranks has gotten to attempting seriously to refute it, Knit. If you promise to post a refutation of it of more than a few hundred words, I’ll send you a free copy.”
For full disclosure, I retrieved my copy of Bob’s Book from my mailbox on Monday, January 28, 2013 at approximately 3:36 pm which said curbside mailbox stands at the required vertical height of between 41-45 inches from the road surface as mandated by the United States Postal Service Code regarding City Delivery Service http://faq.usps.com/eCustomer/iq/usps/request.do?create=kb:USPSFAQ&view%28%29=c%5Bc_usps0916%5D&varset%28source%29=sourceType:embedded#City and is situated in front of my legal residence as listed on numerous legal documents which may be obtained for a fee from the local courthouse (research fees and mailing costs extra). On that same occasion, it should also be noted that in my mailbox were local store ads from Super One, Albertsons, and Lowes. For those interested, I no longer receive store ads from Piggly-Wiggly as they closed their stores locally some time ago. An interesting fact may be noted that the Piggly-Wiggly grocery-store chain began operations under the auspices of my paternal grandmother’s first cousin’s husband, the said first cousin’s husband having also enlisted the employment of his wife’s half-sister’s husband in running said operations who, needless to say, was not to be outdone by his said wife’s half-sister’s husband, for this said husband’s son-in-law later opened the first Ford dealership in his hometown. In further interest of documentation, Bob’s Book was sealed in a brown envelope lined with poppy bubble wrap.
The Book arrived in excellent condition.(fn. 1) On first glance, I found the Book’s spine to be highly informative. The placement of the title, then the author, then the publisher *all on the same line* by an apparently highly skilled and highly unionized typesetter is to be highly commended.
The front cover appears to be a non-Escher-like pictation of a William Shakespeare-like portrait. I was highly encouraged that the Book would indeed be about the poet and playwright William Shakespeare of Stratford and not William Alton Shakespeare of Park City, Utah http://www.intelius.com/results.php?ReportType=1&formname=name&qf=William&qmi=a&qn=Shakespeare&qcs=&focusfirst=1 .
I think here we should take a break and reflect on what the back of the Book tells us. We are told “the author of this book, lives with his cat, Shirley, in Port Charlotte, Florida.” I was indeed relieved with this statement as we can now verify that Bob’s mailing address as Port Charlotte FL as posted on January 28, 2013 at 4:09 pm http://skepticalhumanities.com/2011/11/10/spot-the-looney-a-lot-of-bad-evidencegood-evidence/#comment-13513 is correct.
As for Bob’s cat, Shirley, I would like to note upon my further due diligent research into the life of Bob Grumman, I have discovered his cat is actually named “Spike” http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/about.php?author=488 . I think we can at this time surmise that at some point between the publication of Bob’s Book and this authoritative notice http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/about.php?author=488 , Bob’s cat indeed had a sex change operation.
In conclusion, I suggest Bob’s Book is highly-provocative though sublimely challenging in its appearance and deserves much acclimation to its own solely refutable intrinsic merit. I can truthfully say I have enjoyed my review immensely.(fn 2)
(1) My thanks to Bob for carefully packaging his said Book.
(2) Per Bob Grumman’s comment on January 20, 2013 at 2:08 pm http://skepticalhumanities.com/2011/11/10/spot-the-looney-a-lot-of-bad-evidencegood-evidence/#comment-13233 regarding his own Book: “If you promise to post a refutation of it of more than a few hundred words, I’ll send you a free copy.” to which I would like to respond: Bob, I expect the return of my money order forthwith as my review of your Book as posted is 1,189 words long.
Copies of the Book may be lease-to-purchased per Bob’s long and boring instructions at http://skepticalhumanities.com/2011/11/10/spot-the-looney-a-lot-of-bad-evidencegood-evidence/#comment-13513 .
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