Tuesday May 9, 2006
The Church of Scientology is reportedly about to unveil a center in Clearwater, Florida specializing in their "Super Power" training program, which trains you in, well, super powers. Shhh! It's secret, and scientific, too:
A key aim of Super Power is to enhance one's perceptions - and not just the five senses we all know - hearing, sight, touch, taste and smell.... Super Power uses machines, apparatus and specially designed rooms to exercise and enhance a person's so-called perceptics. Those machines include an antigravity simulator and a gyroscope-like apparatus that spins a person around while blindfolded to improve perception of compass direction, said the former Scientologists.
A video screen that moves forward and backward while flashing images is used to hone a viewer's ability to identify subliminal messages, they said.
This sounds strangely familiar. Wait! My inhumanly acute powers of memory are tingling...throbbing...yes, it's all coming back to me now—Doc Savage's exercises!
Sunday November 28, 2004
Incorruptible Cheese Sandwich
In a post over at point2point, Graham Lester proposes that the image on that very expensive sandwich is not, in fact, the face of the Virgin Mary, but rather that of Mary Pickford. This proposal has several things going for it, including superficial resemblance, and also a feature we could call Mary Invariance, but in the end I think Graham has misidentified the image. Fortunately, I have a counterproposal.