A jury on Wednesday ordered an anti-gay Kansas church to pay $2.9 million in compensatory damages to relatives of a U.S. Marine after church members cheered his death at his funeral.
Category: Popular Culture
Old Email Addresses
I’ve been trying to capture my history on the net for some time now. The recent LiveJournal meme on earliest Usenet post got me to pull together some information on email addresses I’ve used over the years, so here they are:
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email@example.com was the real address, but posts seemed to be tagged with the workstation I was at)
- firstname.lastname@example.org (I find only August and September 1994 posts in Google Groups currently)
Oldest Usenet Post (Usenet Fogey Meme)
It’s going around as a meme on LiveJournal, for example here. It originated here.
The earliest I’ve found so far is message id <6589@decwrl.UUCP>, posted 29-Mar-1984, as email@example.com, to net.religion. I doubt that’s my actual earliest post, though.
Go though and do likewise!
The Matrix is, I’m given to understand, one of the best SF films that Hollywood has produced. Many of my film-going friends tell me this. It was up for the Hugo award for best science fiction dramatic presentation in 2000 (it was beaten by Galaxy Quest, in what is said to be a rather strong field). It’s currently (19-Aug-2001) #31 in the IMDB Top 250, with a rating of 8.5 out of 10.
Thoughts on Christianity
I don’t “get” the religious impulse. It appears to be widespread, appearing in essentially all cultures, across recorded history and most likely back into the realm of archaeology (though we must remember the tendency to categorize anything not understood as “religious artifacts”). It’s quite possibly hard-wired into the human brain. But I still just don’t get it. I don’t understand why people want any religion, or why they pick the ones they do.