Update:It turns out Tom Cruise was actually being sarcastic when he made the statement about eating the placenta, trying to make fun of what people would actually believe he would do. Be that as it may, the fact that so many people actually believed he might go through with the stated intention will likely have some effect on his future PR strategy.

Original entry:In case you missed it (via newsvine)… here’s something to consider when deciding which movies to watch. Of course, we don’t know if the report is true, but I’m not sure how much benefit of the doubt I’m willing to give Mr Cruise these days.

“Hollywood actor and Scientologist Tom Cruise is planning to eat Katie Holmes’ placenta.

It is the latest in a series of strange revelations by the 43-year-old ‘Mission: Impossible’ star about the child he is expecting with fiancee Katie Holmes.

Cruise told GQ magazine: ‘I’m gonna eat the placenta. I thought that would be good. Very nutritious. I’m gonna eat the cord and the placenta right there.'”


Are publishers catpeople?

Still having problems with the server – or rather, more precisely, with the interaction between my installation of MT and the server’s Perl installation – so posting is excruciatingly slow and will only work through the regular interface. I would like to regale you, my gentle readers, with some fun impressions from my visit to the Frankfurt international music fair, as well as a nice photo from one of my favorite club’s closing party last night. Alas, visual amusement will have to wait until the above problems are dealt with.

Still, to end this weekend on a slightly positive note, while reading up a little on recent conversations about “citizen media” I found an interesting transcript of a panel discussion over at Corante. The most notable quote is from th Guardian Unlimited’s Simon Waldman, who may have found an analogy for online communities, offline publishers may be able to understand –

Owning a community is like owning a cat. You have to understand that it can leave at any moment. You have to show it a lot of love and affection and forgive it if it shits in your kitchen.

Still, even in case they understand the analogy, they might still be allergic to cats – or simply decide not become catpeople. We’ll see.


Unilateralisten unter sich.

Also, mal ehrlich. Wie sich die Hamas-Führung �ber den auf den wahrscheinlichen Kadima-Wahlsieg möglicherweise folgenden fortschreitenden israelischen Unilateralismus in der Frage des Siedlungsrückbaus in der Westbank aufregen kann, ist mir nicht so ganz begreiflich – schlie�lich propagieren sie selbst, zumindest offiziell, mit der Abschaffung des Staates Israel eine eher einseitig orientiere Grenzziehung…

“Ihr Sieg symbolisiert die Fortsetzung der Ungerechtigkeit gegen�ber dem palästinensischen Volk, da sie der unilateralen Politik von Ariel Sharon verpflichtet ist.” (Quelle: Hamas: Kadima “die schlimme Partei in Israel” –


Morning in Mainz

Morning in MainzHaven’t had an English post for almost a week. OK, sure, there were times when I did not update almost a diary for almost a month. But still, given the astonishing amount of German posts that I published this week, I felt an English one was overdue. So here it is.

It’s Morning in Mainz. And thanks to I can tell you that Bronko was there with his camera when the sun rose. Thanks to him for this great picture.

almost a diary, self-referential

Keine Jungs in der Peepshow.

Nein, hier geht es nicht Lyssas peepshow. Hier könnt ihr mich höchstpersönlich peepen – bei 25peeps – sobald der Link funktioniert.

Wer mich da sehen will, sollte sich am besten beeilen, denn Robert Basic hat natürlich recht – über kurz oder lang wird die 25 peeps “Hall of Fame” ein ein digitale Briefmarkensammlung weiblicher Schönheit werden.

Aber das ist ja auch gut so…

Basic Thinking Blog – Warum wir Männer bei keine Chance haben?

PS – Wer will, kann mein Bild als Preview natürlich auch schon hier bewundern.

oddly enough

Distance relationships can be problemtic…

but under no circumstances whatsoever should you repeat what this man in Chicago did because he had problems with his girlfriend in Poland. Dismembering yourself with stolen knives is definitely not a method to patch things up with a girl.

Man severs own penis, throws it at officers

Before cops threw the book at him, Jakub Fik threw something unusual at them — his penis.

Fik, 33, cut off his own penis during a Northwest Side rampage Wednesday morning. When confronted by police, Fik hurled several knives and his severed organ at the officers, police said. Officers stunned him with a Taser and took him into custody.

Doctors at Northwestern Memorial Hospital reattached Fik’s penis Wednesday, sources said. He was listed in good condition Thursday, according to hospital spokesman Andrew Buchanan, who declined to comment further.


Fik, who lives in the 5400 block of W. Berenice, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of criminal damage to property, said Officer Laura Kubiak. He told paramedics he was distraught over problems with his girlfriend in Poland, Dolan said. ( (Chicago Sun-Times)

Fußball, Sport

Thurk zu Friedrich für Deutschland.

Der beste Kommentar zur Spätberufung des Mainzer Innenverteidigers Manuel Friedrich in den Nationalkader kommt zweifelsohne von seinem Kollegen Michael Thurk –

05-Stürmer Michael Thurk gewann der Nominierung des Abwehrspielers auch aus anderem Grund Positives ab. “Da kann sich Manuel jetzt einen Mercedes bestellen. Der DFB-Sponsor gewährt Nationalspielern 20 Prozent Rabatt.”



Seeing Eyes.

Every once in a while I’m so impressed with news about medical advances that I simply have to blog them. Yesterday, I read about a team of researchers at Ohio state university who had discovered a new way to keep HIV from infecting human cells, and I did not post a link. So now I simply had to tell you, my gentle readers, about this hopeful medical advacnce:

MIT Researchers Restore Vision In Rodents Blinded By Brain Damage

“Rodents blinded by a severed tract in their brains’ visual system had their sight partially restored within weeks, thanks to a tiny biodegradable scaffold invented by MIT bioengineers and neuroscientists.

This technique, which involves giving brain cells an internal matrix on which to regrow, just as ivy grows on a trellis, may one day help patients with traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and stroke.

The study, which will appear in the online early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) the week of March 13-17, is the first that uses nanotechnology to repair and heal the brain and restore function of a damaged brain region.”


A day that will live in infamy.

It’s not brandnew information, mankind has apparently been able for about a month to artificially create temperatures hotter than the sun. But still, it’s probably worth mentioning… particularly given the last sentence of the quote: Record Set for Hottest Temperature on Earth: 3.6 Billion Degrees in Lab – Yahoo! News

Scientists have produced superheated gas exceeding temperatures of 2 billion degrees Kelvin, or 3.6 billion degrees Fahrenheit. This is hotter than the interior of our Sun, which is about 15 million degrees Kelvin, and also hotter than any previous temperature ever achieved on Earth, they say.

They don’t know how they did it.