The Fishman Affidavit

In reading about trusted computing and censorship, I came across The Fishman Affidavit, which exposes a lot of documents concerning the upper levels of Scientology. Naturally, the Church of Scientology wants the information suppressed, but after almost 10 years of litigation, was ultimately unsuccessful. Fascinating and disturbing, it even includes Hubbard implying that Jesus was …

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A New Pope

Described on YouTube as “coverage of a sci-fi ceremony in a galaxy far, far away”, A New Pope is the Pope’s funeral from last year with a Star Wars-style soundtrack. Also from the author’s blog, the “Bin Laden press release” is quite funny, especially if you’re a fan of Ali G.

Save NPR and PBS (again)

Everyone expected House Republicans to give up efforts to kill NPR and PBS after a massive public outcry stopped them last year. But they’ve just voted to eliminate funding for NPR and PBS—unbelievably, starting with programs like “Sesame Street.” Public broadcasting would lose nearly a quarter of its federal funding this year. Even worse, all …

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I met up with the guys for some beers last week, and I learned of a fascinating phenomenon and the web site that chronicles it, the Urbancougar. No young man should go out drinking without consulting this site, paying special attention to the classifications.

Still More Cowbell

Never able to get quite enough cowbell, I’m very thankful to Paul Frank and for selling this More Cowbell T-shirt. Bruce Dickinson would be very pleased indeed. Speaking of “the cymbal’s evil third cousin”, Wikipedia has impressed once again with its very thorough coverage of this topic.


Despite the recent struggles of 40s@5, such as the recruitment failure in Seattle, and Casey and Kelley departing Austin, the new 40s@5 blog emits a glimmer of hope.

Habaneros Kill Cancer

My love of spicy food has been justified once more: The American Association for Cancer Research released a report today claiming that capsaicin drives prostate cancer cells to kill themselves. According to a team of researchers from the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, in collaboration with colleagues from UCLA, the pepper …

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