Friday, October 28, 2005
Friday, October 21, 2005
Thursday, October 20, 2005
Gazing Upon ITS Devine Beauty
A Church I May Have To Join
The Church of Reality has been granted tax exempt status, now they are officially a church:
Welcome to the Church of Reality. Welcome to the Real World. That's our church greeting. And thank you for taking the time to visit our web site.(from boingboing)
The Church of Reality is a religion based on the practice of Realism, believing in everything that is real. Our motto is, "If it's real, we believe in it." Since no one knows all of reality, the Church of Reality is about the pursuit of reality the way it really is. We commit to being intellectually honest with ourselves and with others so that we can cut through the mythology. We want to know about the way things really are in the real world.
The Church of Reality provides a religious identity for people who have made a personal commitment in their lives to pursue reality the way it really is. The pursuit of reality is something that is a shared process. It's something we do together as a church, as a community, and as the human race.
Thursday, October 13, 2005
Jake recently launched a music blog that I'm part of: Playtherecords.com Several of us write many times a week about music history and current trends, new releases, album reviews, basically anything about music that compels us. There is usually a link to something interesting to, some new style of music explained, some album reviewed. Check it out.
(I post as vitriolix)
Monday, October 10, 2005
Friday, October 07, 2005
The Latest Rage: Great White Tickling
ok ok, so they are actually doing "science", but still... what the hell is going through those guys minds?
Religious Right Supports More Cervical Cancer for Girls
From Culture of Death
DEATHS from cervical cancer could jump fourfold to a million a year by 2050, mainly in developing countries. This could be prevented by soon-to-be-approved vaccines against the virus that causes most cases of cervical cancer - but there are signs that opposition to the vaccines might lead to many preventable deaths.
The trouble is that the human papilloma virus (HPV) is sexually transmitted. So to prevent infection, girls will have to be vaccinated before they become sexually active, which could be a problem in many countries.
In the US, for instance, religious groups are gearing up to oppose vaccination, despite a survey showing 80 per cent of parents favour vaccinating their daughters. "Abstinence is the best way to prevent HPV," says Bridget Maher of the Family Research Council, a leading Christian lobby group that has made much of the fact that, because it can spread by skin contact, condoms are not as effective against HPV as they are against other viruses such as HIV.
"Giving the HPV vaccine to young women could be potentially harmful, because they may see it as a licence to engage in premarital sex," Maher claims, though it is arguable how many young women have even heard of the virus.
Thursday, October 06, 2005
Autonomous Robotic Fish
I want a super science robofish.
New breed of 'fish-bot' unveiled
The world's first autonomous robotic fish are the latest attraction at the London Aquarium.
Biologically inspired by the common carp, the new designs can avoid objects and swim around a specially designed tank entirely of their own accord.
This new kind of cyber-fish took three years to develop, by a team of scientists from Essex University.
Dont miss the video link.
Tuesday, October 04, 2005
Secret U.S. trained killer dolphins loose in katrina aftermath
whoa... definitely one of the strangest cases of blowback from our cloak-n-dagger military research activities:
Armed and dangerous - Flipper the firing dolphin let loose by Katrina