Thursday, January 26, 2006


En esta página hay un listado de advertencias estúpidas en algunos productos.

Éstos son algunos ejemplos:

  • "Do not eat toner." -- On a toner cartridge for a laser printer.
  • "May irritate eyes." -- On a can of self-defense pepper spray.
  • "Caution: Hot beverages are hot!" -- On a coffee cup.
  • "Please keep out of children." -- On a butcher knife.
  • "Do not use for drying pets." -- In the manual for a microwave oven.
  • "For use by trained personnel only." -- On a can of air freshener.
  • "Warning: Do not climb inside this bag and zip it up. Doing so will cause injury and death." -- A label inside a protective bag (for fragile objects), which measures 15cm by 15cm by 12cm.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Marshall Brain

Marshall Brain es el creador de How Stuff Works, que es una página donde explica cómo funcionan todo tipo de cosas, desde artículos electrodomésticos, hasta finanzas, ciencia y salud entre otras cosas.

Algunos artículos:

Escribe tambien ensayos de ficción, que publica en su página, como "Manna" (cap. 1).

Ahora publicó otro libro en internet llamado "Why Does God Hate Amputees?" donde intenta dar un argumento de por qué no es posible que exista un Dios como es descrito por las religiones principales.

Aparte tiene un blog, que a veces es muy interesante.


In the late 1940s, science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard declared:
"Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion"

Hubbard later created the Church of Scientology...

Scientology is a system of beliefs, teachings and rituals, originally established as a secular philosophy in 1952 by author L. Ron Hubbard, then recharacterized by him in 1953 as an "applied religious philosophy". Hubbard defined the word "Scientology" to mean "a study of knowledge."

The science fiction content of Scientology is revealed to followers after they have reached the state they call "Clear", meaning freed from the aberrations of the mind. On the "advanced" levels (called OT levels) above the state of "Clear" they encounter the story of Xenu. Xenu was supposed to have gathered up all the overpopulation in this sector of the galaxy, brought them to Earth and then exterminated them using hydrogen bombs. The souls of these murdered people are then supposed to infest the body of everyone. They are called "body thetans". On the advanced levels of Scientology a person "audits out" these body thetans telepathically by getting them to re-experience their being exterminated by hydrogen bombs. So people on these levels assume all their bad thoughts and faulty memories are due to these body thetans infesting every part of their body and influencing them mentally.

Many celebrities have become followers and even spokespeople for Scientology. Here's a brief list of some of them:

  • Tom Curise
  • John Travolta
  • Priscilla Presley
  • Beck
  • Jason Lee
  • Eduardo Palomo
  • Patrick Swayze
Some Links:

An award-winning piece on Scientology from Time Magazine (1991)

A transcript of an interview with L. Ron Hubbard, Jr. on PBS Late Night (1983)

Another interview with L. Ron Hubbard, Jr. on Penthouse Magazine (1983)

What Scientologists believe.


Este es un sitio que relata coincidencias reales, algunas de ellas muy interesantes (página dos).

No son muchas, pero la mayoría son bastante buenas.

This I Believe

This essay is part of a series on NPR called "This I Believe". It is an essay by Penn Jilette (the tall one from Penn and Teller) titled "There Is No God".

It's a very interesting essay on his personal point of view on faith.

Conservador vs Liberal

Aquí hay un ejemplo de cómo se desarrolla normalmente una discusión en foros de internet entre conservadores y liberales.

Lo peor es que he visto discusiones así varias veces.

Obviamente DailyKos es un sitio liberal, pero como quiera sigue estando muy bueno el artículo.