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Monday,  04/30/07  10:13 PM

Day two of my return to blogging.  So far, so good.  Y'all can keep sending me email to tell me how glad you are I'm posting again, it's been great :)

Ivan BassoSo, this sucks - Discovery has released Ivan Basso, at his request.  "On Sunday April 29th Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team member Ivan Basso requested a meeting with General Manager Bill Stapleton and Sports Director Johan Bruyneel.  At the meeting Basso asked to be released from his contract, effective immediately, citing personal reasons related to the re-opened investigation by the Italian Olympic Committees (CONI)."  This is just bogus.  There is no proof Ivan has done anything wrong, and yet he is being convicted in the press.  I want cycling to be clean as badly as anyone, but doesn't there have to be a presumption of innocence?

Meanwhile Tyler Hamilton and Jörg Jaksche will start the Giro, despite being just as involved in the Puerto investigations as Basso - which is to say, their names have been mentioned, with no further proof.

The average American household spends $1,200 annually on gadgets.  I guess my household is not average :)

FuturePundit reports 60% Cancer Drop From Vitamin D Supplements.  "In June, U.S. researchers will announce the first direct link between cancer prevention and the sunshine vitamin.  Their results are nothing short of astounding.  A four-year clinical trial involving 1,200 women found those taking the vitamin had about a 60-per-cent reduction in cancer incidence, compared with those who didn't take it, a drop so large — twice the impact on cancer attributed to smoking — it almost looks like a typographical error."  So be it.  Yet another reason to enjoy the sunshine!

Saturn: Hexagon at the North PoleSo, what did you make of this: Cassini Images Bizarre Hexagon on Saturn?  "An odd, six-sided, honeycomb-shaped feature circling the entire north pole of Saturn has captured the interest of scientists with NASA's Cassini mission.  NASA's Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft imaged the feature over two decades ago.  The hexagon is nearly 25,000 kilometers (15,000 miles) across.  Nearly four Earths could fit inside it."  Whoa.  Bizarre doesn't even do it justice! 

I just love all the weird and wonderful stuff coming back from the Cassini mission.  (And all the great stuff from the Mars rovers, and the comet probes, and so on.)  I know all the arguments about feeding the poor people on Earth and everything, but this stuff is really important.  More important than feeding all the poor people on Earth.  And compared to manned missions, these unmanned probes are downright cheap.

I can't wait to seen Indoctrinate U.  The PC pendulum just has to start swinging back, doesn't it?  How much further can it go without falling over the top?  [ via Glenn Reynolds, who comments "I hope it gets seen".  Me too. ]

So, I'm seriously considering doing away with my Blogroll altogether.  It is grossly out-of-date, as I don't use it anymore; seems like it has been fully superceded by the OPML list of RSS feeds to which I am subscribed.  The Blog Roulette feature is kind of cool, though.  Maybe I ditch the blogroll and wire the Roulette wheel into OPML?  Comments?

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