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It seems almost like fate that as the momentum builds behind the death of Michael Jackson, the novel is released. The news media is gnawing at his corpse, chewing on every single detail of his life, the media perception, trolling through his home, his things. Morbid curiosity glues America to their chairs, fingers flipping from one news network to the next. A giant circus of shills screaming “We’ll show you anything as long as you keep buying our advertiser’s products!”

This is it – The “American Death Cult”.

Celebrities are digested and shat out for all to see. The public keeps coming back for more. Obsessed with death, trying to hide it under the guise of hero worship. Praying at the altar of POP ICON.

And I’m the one who’s morbid.

Think about that next time you watch minute by minute coverage of fans gathering outside a hospital while someone mildly renowned slips into a coma and passes out of existance.

Again, Grinning White Teeth is available here.


Apparently L. Ron didn’t just make Dianetics up…

Scans on the internets of a book called Scientologie, published in 1934 Germany, have popped up.

My shenanigans detector is sort of going off (as this is almost too damning to be true,) but it’s still rather interesting. Though, Enturbulation prides itself on actively and truthfully fighting CoS – so I don’t see why they’d fuck themselves by getting involved in a hoax. Questions remain, though, such as “How do they know Hubbard read this thing?”


Watch the NY Philharmonic perform in Pyongyang online

Starting tonight at midnight, you can watch a video of the performance on PBS’ website.



WoW not so far ahead of everyone else?

It’s widely been recognized that WoW is and has been the king of the MMO market. Whether striking a nerve that EQ2 didn’t, or being so digestable that it brought in crossover players, it can’t be denied that Blizzard’s big hitter is number one. On the other hand, it has it’s problems. People have been screaming lately about the possibility that Age of Conan and Warhammer : Age of Reckoning might steal away WoW’s PVP crowd by doing it better, more intelligently, and with a little more care. Still, AoC and WAR are still a ways away from launch, and most likely won’t see a population boom for a few months after that. However, one other MMO has been slowly & quietly climbing the sales charts : Guild Wars.

WoW, having reached 10 million subscribers in late January 2008, has been the focus of the MMO industry’s growth. But it’s Guild Wars that should be the true mark of growth. While WoW has brought in players well and above the much accepted MMO player base (that is, an MMO only had to sell about 500,000 copies to be considered “wildly successful”,) the recent anouncement that Guild Wars has sold 5 million copies is the real news. People are still coming to MMO’s via WoW, but they’re now staying here and having a look around.

With the recent release of the sci-fi alternative Tabula Rasa, the PVE beauty LOTRO, & Pirates of the Burning Sea for the magic-hating PVP crowd, we’re seeing a huge boon to the MMO crowd. No longer is the genre content with carving up the same small player base, but now reaching out into the overall gaming world as the preeminent PC gaming destination. So what kind of numbers can we expect out of future titles like AoC, WAR, Star Trek Online, and Blizz’s proposed next-gen MMO? At this point it looks like the sky’s the limit.


Norway guards against the future, votes to protect plants

From Wired:

…Biblical references repeatedly cropped up as guests at the opening ceremony carried the first seed deposits into the vault in the remote Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard…

…”This is a frozen Garden of Eden,” European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said, standing in one of the frosty vaults against a backdrop of large discs made of ice…

…Svalbard Global Seed Vault, just 620 miles from the North Pole, is designed to house as many as 4.5 million crop seeds from all over the world. It is built to withstand global warming, earthquakes and even nuclear strikes…


An update on the power issue…

So, power here in my part of Tampa was down for about 45 minutes between 1 and 2 pm. It went back up and things seemed fine. However, everyone was able to get onto the web, and check out their tv’s to see that a huge portion of the state is out. Word around here is that everything should be back up and running by 6PM, shitty power grid not withstanding.

Jessickuh keeps calling me and saying that me and the woman can drive to Texas and bunk with her and her husband. While our power was out, sporadic text messages kept coming in to the effect of “I see the news. Y’all are having a fucking terror state!“, “Christ, that’s scary!“, and my favorite : “Going to DragonCon?

MIAMI (AP) — A mechanical failure to two nuclear power units at the Turkey Point facility south of Miami has caused statewide power outages Tuesday afternoon.

Service from multiple agencies, including Progress Energy, Tampa Electric and Florida Power & Light were affected.

Florida Power & Light spokesperson Bob Coleman said when the Turkey Point generators suffer mechanical failure the entire state is affected.

The State EOC in Tallahassee has activated to a Level 2, partial activation, in response to the current power outage in the state. The state’s emergency activation center will be partially staffed.

There are approximately three million people without power in the Florida Power and Light system.

Read more here.


Power’s been out this morning…

Apparently it’s out across the state of Florida.

TAMPA – An unknown problem in the statewide power grid has sparked widespread outages throughout the Tampa Bay area this afternoon, as utility companies scramble to figure out what went wrong.

Tampa Electric was fielding calls from customers whose power went out this afternoon, said Laura Plumb, utility spokeswoman. She said she didn’t know how many people were without electricity or when it will be fixed.

TECO is part of the statewide grid, she said, and because power is out in the Bay area doesn’t mean the problem has occurred here.

The Miami Herald is also reporting massive power outages throughout South Florida, including Miami, Doral, Westchester and Pembroke Pines. Reports of outages extended into Palm Beach, a Florida Power & Light spokeswoman said.

Stay with for developments.

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A writer, reader, commentator, music lover, art lover, futurist, tech lover, pragmatist, romantic, DepDecoist, and a bastard. Hopefully you enjoy.

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