Space Station Colbert

NASA ought to abide by the outcome of its online poll for the name of the new part of the spacestation.  Comedian Stephen Colbert got 230,000 viewers to send in votes for his name on the station, which was within contest rules.  
 
NASA has difficulty maintaining relevance and generating interest.   I think that Space Station Colbert would probably help their PR. 
 
The second choice, Serenity, makes me cringe.   NASA is already boring enough, spending enormous amounts of money on things of questionable value. 
 
They are already the butt of jokes so they may as well run with one of them. 
 
Such as, NASA launches $700 million into space: http://www.theonion.com/content/node/47977
 
 
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wee puns of mass destruction

The double entendre in Britney Spears’ song If You Seek Amy, which becomes a little more distinct if you say "eff" instead of "if", has been causing a furor recently with the usual busybodies.  
 
If the worst thing that is going on in the life of you and your family is that you don’t like a song on the radio, you don’t apprecite how lucky you are. 
 
Because the people that protest songs are usually right wing lunatics, I wouldn’t be surprised if not a single person protesting the song raised a peep about the conquest of Iraq for greed, with the murder of hundreds of thousands of innocent people and the ruining of the lives of millions more.
 
I won’t bother spelling things out elliptically. Get your heads out of your asses and get your priorities straight.   The commandments didn’t say anything about singing.

MRI Feng Shui

 
It is interesting that a person’s positioning in relation to things can cause such a profound change in their thought patterns that it can be picked up with consistency on MRI scans. 
 
I’ve suspected that much of so called "feng shui" is not about the external world being changed but more about how different external arrangements affect how a person’s neural networks are affected by it.    There could be an evolutionary reason for this, e.g. the brain having an instinctive feel for what the ideal dwelling arrangements are, or it could be a more random thing much like how acupuncture uses what are short circuits in the way the nervous system is constructed. 
 
It would be interesting to use similar experiments to see if different room configurations lead to MRI results that would be predicted by feng shui in some cases.  If this is done via a virtual room then the issue of whether there are "energy flows" as suggested by feng shui enthusiasts is screened out and the neural impact of various configurations can be studied.