Nikolai Bezroukov has an essay on Softpanorama considering aspects of the Open Source movement, as typified by Slashdot comments, as a form of Lysenkoism. For the confused, he offers the following definiton of Lysenkoism in the essay:
"So Lysenkoism is not only about intellectual pogrom, destruction of real science by pseudoscence committed in the name of political agendas and more or less openly
supported by the ruling party/governmental officials. It is also (and probably more important) a cult-like system of distortions, omissions, and lies that are designed to
support faulty or fraudulent research of the selected "politically correct" pseudo-scientists."
Heady stuff. (Disclaimer: I found this because one of my comments is cited in the essay. That fact means very little, really, but feel free to construct conspiracy theories if it makes you happy.)
The folks at Paperveins appear to be behind two of the oddest hoax sites I've seen in a while. POP! The first male pregnancy is about... well, a male pregnancy. I'm pretty sure it's a hoax. ;-) And Genochoice, billed as "the ecommerce site of the future", is a mockup of where genetic engineering might be headed. It purports to allow you to get "genetically scanned", and then design your child. You can even "Upgrade" to get rid of those pesky defects, like Alzheimer's and brown hair. It's really funny for a while, and then suddenly gets *really* creepy.
On a lighter note, The National Enquirer goes "Man Bites Dog" one better with Dog Shoots Cat Dead. Pull qoute of the week:
WHEN an annoying cat started teasing Lumpi the
hound, the dog didn't pussyfoot around -- it shot
the cat dead!
Note also that "Lumpy" was the name of Chewbacca's son in the Worst Filmed Entertainment of All Time, the Star Wars Christmas Special. Coincidence? Well, yeah, probably.
The toons at Badtech read K5. Check out the strips from the 13th and the 15th. Alright, so there's maybe, just possibly, a chance that their creator and I have been, shall we say, "in contact". Again, theorize conspiratorily at your leisure.
Dep't of Cool: New Scientist has an article about Self-Assembling Robots. Seriously. They genetically breed a design to accomplish a specific task, and then "print" themselves on a thermosplastic 3-D modeler. More info at the project homepage at Brandeis U.
And last, but far from least, the entire text of Neuromancer is now available online, courtesy of Nootrope. Score. If this has been around forever, please chastise me. I hadn't seen it before.
Many thanks to Robot Wisdom for a couple of these links. Others came from people on #kuro5hin.