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Saturday, March 31, 2007

This Week in Health, Fitness and Science

For those of you who don't know me my name is Zach! I'm Simon's older brother studying medicine, proctology, African Dung Beetles and small little things called adams! Since I am a medical student I thought I would post an intermittent blog called "This Week in Health, Fitness and Science". My intent is to find and quickly summarize some new fun tidbits in the aforementioned topics. Don't worry I don't plan on posting journal articles on things like "The efficacy of Lovastatin compared to Placebo in a randomized double blind control trial". I'll leave the light reading to you! So give me some feedback and comments and enjoy!

This Week in Health, Fitness and Science
By Zach

  • Good Week for:
    • Hairy Women - A recent study showed that spearmint may help reduce breast and facial hair on women.
    • Chicken Legs - Those of you with small legs may have hope! MSN health and fitness shows some leg workouts to beef up those tiny legs.
    • Prostitutes - A recent study showed that Green Tea may help prevent HIV infection.
    • Chocolate and Berries - More evidence showing that chocolate is beneficial for the heart and black raspberries can help reduce GI cancer. So add it in to your bacon rich diet!
    • Fish out of water - Swiss researchers have come out with a 'Swimming Blimp'. A new blimp looks like it swims like a 'brook in the water'. Check it out!
  • Bad Week for:
    • Men who drink tea - Since evidence shows that spearmint may decrease testoserone levels in men and women. Verdict is out women more tea, men more beer, everyone wins!
    • Smokers - another strike against smokers. Aparently new research says that apartment tenants don't appreciate their neighbors bad habits. So some cities are looking at banning smoking from apartment complexes.
Weird but interesting - A news report tells the story of a woman in Britain who 'reacts' to cell phones, microwaves and modern day technology with headaches, tingling, eye swelling and other crazy symptoms. She's 'allergic' to the modern era and can't even be around areas with Wi-Fi, no Starbucks for her. I guess on the flip side you don't need your PC or Palm to tell you where you can access your email and check out the latest post on teh SiBlog. Sounds crazy, but I read it on the internet so it must be true!

Map and calculate your running mileage - a pretty sweet website for runners.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Polls and Surveys added to Teh SiBlog

I have added a "Polls/Surveys" section to my blog. As you can see this section sits to the left of my posts (if you are looking at the computer) and right above the "Archive" section. Please feel free to vote!

I need some reader help for this new section:
-How often should I cycle a new poll/survey? Weekly? Monthly?
-Where on the page should I display the polls/surveys? Is it fine where it is at?

I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry

Here is one of my infamous lazy Friday posts

I ran across this funny video of an up and coming movie starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Jessica Biel. The plot is - Two straight, single Brooklyn firefighters (Sandler, James) pretend to be a gay couple in order to receive domestic partner benefits. I actually think that this movie is going to be pretty funny. Check it!

Thursday, March 29, 2007

What is an Osteopathic Doctor or D.O.?

Some of you may be aware that I am a medical student at DM University. DM University, as well as many other universities, is an Osteopathic Medical Center. What does that mean? Well D.O.'s are trained doctors with and extra modality of treatment called Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM). OMM is characterized by using manipulations to treat ailments of all types throughout the entire body. Some manipulations may include 'cracking ' backs or necks. Or using patients own muscles to work on restoring normal function and range of motion. We are also trained to utilize 'tenderpoints' for muscular tension and problems as well as a number of other modalities.

Many of you may have Family Practice doctors who are D.O.'s and not even realize it. D.O.'s function off of a different principle than M.D.'s and tend to treat patients in a more holistic sense.
So if you see Walter Stonewall Vaan Allen D.O. you'll know what I'm talking about!

Can D.O.'s prescribe Medicine? Yes
Can D.O.'s become Surgeons, Neurologists or Family Practice doctors? Yes
Can D.O.'s specialize in OMM? Yes
Can D.O.'s do lab and clinical research? Yes
Are D.O.'s chiropractors or massage therapists? No

Here is a definition from Medline:

A doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.) is a physician licensed to perform surgery and prescribe medication. Like an M.D., an osteopath completes 4 years of medical school and can choose to practice in any specialty of medicine. However, osteopaths receive an additional 300 to 500 hours in the study of hands-on manual medicine and the body's musculoskeletal system.

Osteopathic medicine is dedicated to treating and healing the entire patient as a whole, rather than focusing on one system or body part. An osteopath will often use a treatment method called manipulation -- a hands-on approach to assure that the body is moving freely. This free motion ensures that all of your body's natural healing systems are free to work unhindered.

Osteopaths hold to the principle that a patient's history of illness and physical trauma are written into the body's structure. The osteopath's highly developed sense of touch allows the physician to palpate (feel) the patient's "living anatomy" (the flow of fluids, motion and texture of tissues, and structural make-up).

The osteopath's job is to "set" the body to heal itself. To do so, the Osteopath gently applies a precise amount of force to promote healthy movement of tissues, eliminate abnormal movements, and release compressed bones and joints. In addition, the areas being treated require proper positioning to assist the body's ability to regain normal tissue function. This process is called osteopathic manual medicine (OMM) or osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT).

Doctors of osteopathic medicine may be found in nearly any health care setting, from community clinics and private practices to academic medical centers.

Like M.D.s, osteopaths are licensed at the state level. Osteopaths who wish to specialize may become "board certified" (in much the same manner as M.D.s) by completing a 2- to 6-year residency within the specialty area and passing the board certification exams.

Technorati Profile Walter Stonewall

"Google Twin" in Wikipedia - Keep or Delete?

About a week ago I posted an article about my "Google Twin" and the growing use of "Google Twin" as a term, entitled Eveybody, Meet My Google Twin. When I created that post I looked to Wikipedia for some help (like I always do), but found that there was no entry for it yet. So I took this opportunity to create my very first Wikipedia page. This was something I always dreamed of doing but never found the right opportunity to do so....and here it was. So since I created the "Google Twin" page on Wikipedia, it has been rearranged and changed for the better, but it has also been added to the discussion forum of AfD (Articles for Deletion). In this web forum moderators and people across the world discuss whether or not a particular article/term should be deleted or not. So far the discussion has been back and forth on whether or not to keep it in the Wikipedia index. Check out the AfD page for "Google Twin" and state your feelings on whether or not "Google Twin" should be deleted or kept in the world of Wikipedia. I am not lobbying for everyone to write a "Keep" statement for me, but rather to take a look at the arguments and let everyone and Wikipedia know what you think.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Joost Invite Please?

Joost, the online TV software from the creators of Skype and Kazaa, is in its beta testing stage right now and you can only become a member by invitation. Each member has two invitations send out to their closest buddies, who will then have two invitations, and so on and so forth. My wish is that an amazing stranger will see this article and send me an invite.....good luck, right!? So I have been searching all over the internet for any kind of invite and the best thing I have found is joostswap. This site is specifically designed to hold Joost invitation swaps, hence the name. I have seen people offering everything from 100 webclicks/day to their first born child for this new software. First of all, I don't have anything worth swapping. Secondly, I don't even like TV! So why do I wanna get Joost? Just because!

Joost History and Info from Wikipedia

"Joost (pronounced 'juiced') is an interactive software for distributing TV shows and other forms of video over the Web using peer-to-peer tv technology, created by Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis (founders of Skype and Kazaa).

Joost began development in 2006. Working under the code name "The Venice Project," Zennstrom and Friis have assembled teams of some 150 software developers in about a half-dozen cities around the world, including New York, London, Leiden and Toulouse. Joost's CTO is Dirk-Willem van Gulik.[1]

The teams are currently in negotiations with TV networks. It has signed up with Warner Music, Ministry of Sound TV and production company Endemol for the beta.[2] In February 2007, Viacom entered into a deal with the company to distribute content from its media properties, including MTV Networks, BET and film studio Paramount Pictures.

Company representatives have gone on record as saying the name should be pronounced as "juiced"[citation needed]. This differs from the pronunciation of the Dutch first name Joost, which is pronounced 'Yohst.'

....

P2PTV technology and is expected to deliver near-TV resolution images. It turns a PC into an instant on-demand TV without any need for additional set top box. News updates, discussion forums, show ratings, and multi-user chat sessions (often linked to the active stream/channel) are made possible through the use of semi-transparent widget overlays.

The current version of the software is based on XULRunner and the audio management re-uses the ZAP Media Kit. The peer to peer layer comes from the Joltid company, which also provided the peer to peer layer of Skype. The video playback utilizes the CoreCodec, CoreAVC H.264 video decoder."

Reviews

franticindustries has a very good and thorough review
Jigsaw hc's Rants & Reviews

Samsung announces 64GB Solid State Drive

Taken from digitaltrends



"Samsung announced today (actually yesterday) that it plans to ship a 64 GB solid state drive in the second quarter of this year. The announcement comes on the heels of SanDisk announcing a 32 GB flash drive only a couple weeks ago, and Fujitsu announcing solid state drives as an option in selected LifeBook portable computers.

Not only does Samsung's new offering increase the capacity available in solid state drives, it increases the performance as well. Samsung claims the respective read and write performance on the drive have been increased by 20 and 60 percent: the 64 GB unit can read 64 MB/S, write 45 MB/s, and consumes just half a Watt when operating (one tenth of a Watt when idle). In comparison, an 80 GB 1.8-inch hard drive reads at 15 MB/s, writes at 7 MB/s, and eats 1.5 Watts either operating or when idle.

Samsung plans to start mass production of the 64 GB solid state drive in the second quarter of 2007, although the company didn't release any estimates on the unit's price to OEMs or consumers."

Earlier this year I posted an article about the new solid state drives and their impact on power and processing. To read that article click here.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

5 New Firefox Add-ons


New Add-ons found on Lifehacker and Digg

Auto Copy
This extension is for all of you avid Copy and Paste-rs out there. Auto Copy allows you to copy any text to your clipboard by simply highlighting it. AutoCopy also remembers past clipboard contents items, can append text to the existing clipboard, or open wrapped URLs on a web page in a new tab.

Customize Google
This one I found pretty interesting. What could you possibly want to customize about your favorite Google apps? A whole lot, actually. With CustomizeGoogle installed, you can:

* Remove ads from Google search results
* Add links to results from other search engines
* Anonymize Google's query tracking cookies
* Remove Gmail's Spam folder and invite box
* Automatically use Gmail and GCal's secure connection
* Filter out the sites you never want to see again from Google's search results

Firedoodle
Now this extension is kinda wacky. Firedoodle allows you to draw doodles on any website and save it for the next time you come to that site. At first it sounded really immature and juvenile but after I messed around with it I realized it actually has some good uses. For example, say you are in college and reading many different online articles for your term paper. You can simply highlight the important data as if it was your own book and then come back to it later on when you are writing the paper. Check out this tutorial on it -


Adblock Plus
Tired of all of those annoying advertisements? With Adblock, you can block images, iframes, flash movies and other web annoyances that you can configure.

FireFoxMenuButtons
Adds 41 new Buttons from Firefox Menu on the Toolbar! New buttons: Save as, New Navigator, Open file, Save frame, Send Link, Page setup, Print preview, Print, Import, Offline, Undo, Redo, Delete, Select All, Find, Customize toolbar, Enlarge text, Reduce text, Source, Add Bookmark, Send message, Extensions, Themes, Preferences, Help, Bookmarks Manager, Bookmarks, JavaScriptConsule, Dom inspector, Page Info,Clear private data, Select Next Tab, Select Previous Tab, Normal Text Size, Full Window, Configuration (about:config), User's profile, AddonZilla, Google mail web page,Yahoo mail web page and Hotmail web page.
This version included translations: English (en-US), Russian (ru-RU),Slovak (sk-SK), Polish (pl-PL), Portuguese (Brazilian) (pt-BR), French (fr-FR), Danish (da-DK), Italian (it-IT), Spanish (es-ES), Japanese (ja-JP), Hungarian (hu-HU), German (de-De), Dutch (nl-NL),Chinese (Simplified) (zh-CN), Persian (fa-IR) and Ukrainian (uk-UA).

I had to add this because it is just plain silly

Monday, March 26, 2007

Balki B Dance

Remember Balki from Perfect Strangers? I am sure you do, but do you remember his Dance and Rap? Unfortunately the quality is pretty poor, but it is funny nonetheless. Check it!

Friday, March 23, 2007

Eveybody, Meet My Google Twin

Have you ever Googled your name and found that someone else has your #1 spot? This other person that you don't even know has your same name and rides above you in the eyes of the Google-bot, what else could be more frustrating! Some people have begun to obsess about their Google Twin and their lives!

So lets take a look at my Google Twin....I have seen him on the web for over a year now and from time to time I check in on him to make sure that I still have the #1 spot secured. If you Google my full name you will see that my Twin shows up on the second page in the second spot! I recently (as in yesterday) became official Myspace friends with him and he now sits in my number one "Top 24" spot (sorry Amy)! We have sent a few emails back and forth and my first question was...what is your middle name? Surprisingly, we don't have the same middle name but that would scary if we did! Anyways, let's not dwell on me but rather take a look at the life of the other Simon.

Simon (translated version too)lives in TRIER, Rheinland-Pfalz Germany and plays the bass guitar and vocals (I believe) in a sweet band called Second Nature (that is Simon in the middle). I also believe they reside in the genres of "funk" and "jam band" but I will let Simon clarify that one. Simon has lived a life around music ever since the tender age of 5 (or 6) and has been with multiple bands and even some solo stuff (Thanks Google Translate for helping me out!).

Now that I have given you a brief history of Simon, let's look at our similarities:
-We both have the same name!
-We both like Music!
-Simon's influences are Chicago, Doobie Brothers, Sting, Jamiroquai and others....Guess what! I like those artists too!
-We both are devilishly handsome!
-Simon is German, I am three-fourths German!
-Simon can write and read English, I can too!
-Simon can write and read German, I took German in High School but can't write a thing!
-Simon is cool...sometimes I like to think that I am cool!

....Could we possibly have been separated at birth?


Give Simon's band Second Nature a listen on Myspace!

*I created a page on Wikipedia for Google Twin. This was my first time creating a new Wikipedia page so I was kinda nervous and conservative. Feel free to mock me.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Yahoo! Pipes

Yahoo! has come out with a new product called Pipes that could very well revolutionize the way people get their information on the web. Yahoo! Pipes aggregates RSS feeds and websites based on user defined settings. The tool is very powerful and very user friendly at the same time. The idea is fairly simple - Connect to multiple internet sources, apply some user define preferences and settings and then pipe out the final feed.

After playing around with the tool last night I made a few quick Pipes to show you. First off, I made a simple Pipe of Teh SiBlog. As you can see there are no user defined preferences, but just a straight output of my blog. From there I applied some user settings such as constraints and sorts to get different results. At the end I had a Pipe that pumped out only posts containing "Firefox" or "Bacon" and then sorting them according to title......totally useless but I gained a better understanding of the tool. After that I wanted to create something that i could possibly use or even build on, so I went out to a few of my favorite sites, got their RSS URLs, and built a more complex Pipe of Digg, Mozilla Headlines, SiBlog and DSXchange. I made a filter to only allow Digg stories that had been dugg over 100 times as well as an unique filter on the DSXchange post so that I only get one (since the posts get update many a times). After that I merged all the sources together, sorted them based on their publication dates and piped them out. Waalaa, a Pipe that is somewhat useful!



Give Pipes a look and see what you can build or even find out there from other people (there are thousands)! You may be able to build a Pipe that covers 90% of what you do on the internet! Check out some of these tutorials to get started on making you first Pipes!

*Another important fact I learned yesterday is that you can get an RSS feed of SiBlog or any Blogger blog by simply apply "/atom.xml" to the end of your URL. For example here is a link to mine - http://thesiblog.blogspot.com/atom.xml.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

America's Most Sacred Mystery Food

Their is a lot of history behind this phenomenon we refer to as the 'hot dog'. Hot dog historians argue the roots of the peculiar name. Most people have no idea what's in a hot dog. However we all agree that we don't care about the history, the name or the ingredients. We just know that we like hot dogs. So here are a few guidelines for you when you are at your next cookout! And remember only beer, no wine when your consuming America's sacred food!

Dos and Don'ts: Everyday guidance for eating America's sacred food

Don't...
put hot dog toppings between the hot dog and the bun. Always "dress the dog," not the bun.

Condiments should be applied in the following order: wet condiments like mustard and chili are applied first, followed by chunky condiments like relish, onions and sauerkraut, followed by shredded cheese, followed by spices, like celery salt or pepper.

Do...
serve sesame seed, poppy seed and plain buns with hot dogs. Sun-dried tomato buns or basil buns are considered gauche with franks.

Don't...
use a cloth napkin to wipe your mouth when eating a hot dog. Paper is always preferable.

Do...
eat hot dogs on buns with your hands. Utensils should not touch hot dogs on buns.

Do...
use paper plates to serve hot dogs. Every day dishes are acceptable; china is a no-no.

Don't...
take more than five bites to finish a hot dog. For foot-long wiener, seven bites are acceptable.

Don't...
leave bits of bun on your plate. Eat it all.

Don't...
Fresh herbs on the same plate with hot dogs over-do the presentation

Don't...
use ketchup on your hot dog after the age of 18.

Mustard, relish, onions, cheese and chili are acceptable.

Do...
Condiments remaining on the fingers after eating a hot dog should be licked away, not washed.

Do...
use multi-colored toothpicks to serve cocktail wieners. Cocktail forks are in poor taste.

Don't...
send a thank you note following a hot dog barbecue. It would not be in keeping with the unpretentious nature of hot dogs.

Don't...
bring wine to a hot dog barbecue. Beer, soda, lemonade and iced tea are preferable.

Don't...
ever think there is a wrong time to serve hot dogs.

Don't...

Spout out commands to your hot dog! They will not obey you, unless of course you just order them to taste good! (Ok I actually added that one)

Don't...

compare hot dogs to hamburgers. It's like comparing apples to oranges!

Taken from The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council

Beer Consumption by Country

Because St. Patty's Day just passed I thought I would post this....

Once again Wikipedia comes through with some great information.....according to this open source encyclopedia the US is ranked 13th in the world when it comes to annual per capita consumption of beer. Rounding out the top three are Germany, Ireland and in the number one spot......a surprising Czech Republic (would have never guessed)!


After reading this I was interested in total consumption, not just in per capita measurements. If you scroll down to the bottom of the Wikipedia page you will notice that there is a link to the original report. When I went through this report I found that the US is actually in second place behind China when it comes total consumption. All the way USA!

Monday, March 19, 2007

Please Welcome Zach to Teh SiBlog

Guess what! There is a new poster to Teh SiBlog and he just so happens to be my big brother. His name is Zach and he likes long walks on the beach...pay attention ladies! Anyways....hopefully we will see some sweet posts from him soon *hint hint* so that you don't always have to listen to my rambling nonsense.

Two Newly Found Firefox Add-ons

I have recently added two more add-ons to my firefox browser that I figured I should share with everyone.

ReloadEvery - I have been looking for something like this for a long time. What this add-on does is refresh specific webpages based on the time that you designate to it. For some this may not be useful, but for people like me that use digg, webmail and other sites, this add-on is amazing. I leave my browser open all day and it drives me nuts when I have to keep logging into email, forum accounts, and news blogs. So what I do is just set a refresh time amount to each different website that I want and leave the rest alone. Now if I need to run to a meeting for an hour I can come back to my computer and not have to worry about logging back into everything!

Foxmarks - I was a little hesitant about this add-on at first but now I am completely sold. This add-on came in real handy recently because I just got a new computer for work and wanted to get all of my bookmarks off of my old work computer and my home computer....now all three are synched up! What you do is download the add-on and create a Foxmarks account. Once signed into your account it stores all of your bookmarks out on a Foxmarks server. If you edit or add to your bookmarks it will synch it up once you exit the browser. If you want to synch up your bookmarks to another computer just download the plugin to that computer and then have it grab all of your bookmarks stored out on the Foxmarks server. It is also great way to backup your bookmarks list in case your computer crashes.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Leeroy Jenkins on the cover of Westword


Check out this sweet article about Leeroy Jenkins (Ben Schulz) in the Westword newspaper. The article is very well written and explores the world of Ben, Leeroy and all the whole hype around the character in WoW.

Earlier this year I posted a short explanation of Lerroy Jenkins, his video and the fact that I met him through a friend at a bar a few months ago. If you are not familiar or have not seen the video check out the post here

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Anti-Meth Commercials From One of My Favorite Directors

Darren Aronofsky, director two of my favorite movies (Requiem For A Dream and π), has created some disturbing commercials about Meth addiction called the Montana Meth Project. If you have ever seen Requiem for a Dream, you can probably imagine what these commercials are like. They are not as intense, but they do get the point across.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Four new addictive games

I periodically check various sites for new addictive web games and here are four new ones for you

Particle
You are a blue ball and you have to stay away from the red balls....simple enough but it gets hard once more balls get added. I only made it to 7 but that was on my laptop touchpad.

Linegame
This is a timed game where you guide your dot through the maze with either your mouse or keypad. My best was 16 seconds on the first track

Base Jumping 2
Object of this game is to not be the last base jumper to touch the ground....but don't hit the ground too hard or else you will die! I beat the amateur level but ended up dieing on professional from injuries sustained during my jumps.

Electricman 2 HS
This game is sweet! You are a stick fighter and you have to battle other bad sticker fighters! There are many sweet moves and even slow motion ones that are more damaging. I beat this game on both the normal and hard settings and had a score in the top 50....I am probably the coolest person I know.

Word to your mother!

Monday, March 12, 2007

Sealand

Now I know this post is a few months late.... but when I was out on the cruise for vacation thought about this little nation and wanted to post something quick on it

Let me give you a little bit of info and history of Sealand courtesy of Wikipedia: "The Principality of Sealand is a micronation (a self-declared but unrecognized state-like entity) that claims as its territory Roughs Tower, a former Maunsell Sea Fort located in the North Sea 10 km (six miles) off the coast of Suffolk, England, at 51°53′40″N, 1°28′57″E, as well as territorial waters in a twelve-nautical-mile radius. Sealand is occupied by the family and associates of Paddy Roy Bates. The population of the facility rarely exceeds ten, and its inhabitable area is 550 m² (5920 sq. ft).

Since 1967, the installation has been occupied by the associates and family members of Paddy Roy Bates, a former radio broadcaster and former British Army Major, who claims it is a sovereign and independent state.[1] Critics, as well as court rulings in the United States and in Germany, have claimed that Roughs Tower has always remained the property of the United Kingdom, a view that is disputed by the Bates family.

Sealand's claims to sovereignty and legitimacy are not recognized by any country, yet it is sometimes cited[1] in debates as an interesting case study of how various principles of international law can be applied to a territorial dispute."




Recently Pirate Bay, one of the worlds largest file-sharing websites, tried to purchase this micronation off of the coast of England. Pirate Bay is based out of Stockholm, Sweden and looked to purchase Sealand to escape legalities of file sharing on the web. Unfortunately for Pirate Bay, the government of Sealand did not like the idea and refused to sell to them. Pirate Bay has now gone to plan B, which is to find a small island to buy.

Check out the official site for Sealand and Pirate Bay

Friday, March 2, 2007

Siblog on Vacation

This weekend I will be leaving the frigid Rocky Mountains for a week and heading to the sunnier parts of the US and Mexico! Unfortunately during this time I will not be able to make any posts to my blog. I know you are all worried that you wont get to read or see complete nonsense for a week, but please tune in because someone just might step in and make a few posts for me! Eat some bacon for me while I am gone!

Slalom Skateboarding Record

I caught this video on Digg the other day and thought I would share...plus I am really lazy today

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Uncomfortable Questions: Was the Death Star Attack an Inside Job?

This is for all you silly conspiracy people....I read this news off of Digg yesterday and thought I should share it all with you. All I know is that there is no way Porkins was involved in this!

This was taken from websurdity.com:

We’ve all heard the “official conspiracy theory” of the Death Star attack. We all know about Luke Skywalker and his ragtag bunch of rebels, how they mounted a foolhardy attack on the most powerful, well-defended battle station ever built. And we’ve all seen the video over, and over, and over, of the one-in-a-million shot that resulted in a massive chain reaction that not just damaged, but completely obliterated that massive technological wonder.

Like many Americans, I was fed this story when I was growing up. But as I watched the video, I began to realize that all was not as it seemed. And the more I questioned the official story, the deeper into the rabbit hole I went.

Presented here are some of the results of my soul-searching regarding this painful event. Like many citizens, I have many questions that I would like answered: was the mighty Imperial government really too incompetent to prevent a handful of untrained nerf-herders from destroying one of their most prized assets? Or are they hiding something from us? Who was really behind the attack? Why did they want the Death Star destroyed? No matter what the answers, we have a problem.

Below is a summary of my book, Uncomfortable Questions: An Analysis of the Death Star Attack, which presents compelling evidence that we all may be the victims of a fraud of immense proportions.


Uncomfortable Questions about the Death Star Attack




1) Why were a handful of rebel fighters able to penetrate the defenses of a battle station that had the capability of destroying an entire planet and the defenses to ward off several fleets of battle ships?

2) Why did Grand Moff Tarkin refuse to deploy the station’s large fleet of TIE Fighters until it was too late? Was he acting on orders from somebody to not shoot down the rebel attack force? If so, who, and why?

3) Why was the rebel pilot who supposedly destroyed the Death Star reported to be on the Death Star days, maybe hours, prior to its destruction? Why was he allowed to escape, and why were several individuals dressed in Stormtrooper uniforms seen helping him?

4) Why has there not been an investigation into allegations that Darth Vader, the second-ranking member of the Imperial Government, is in fact the father of the pilot who allegedly destroyed the Death Star?

5) Why did Lord Vader decide to break all protocols and personally pilot a lightly armored TIE Fighter? Conveniently, this placed Lord Vader outside of the Death Star when it was destroyed, where he was also conveniently able to escape from a large-sized rebel fleet that had just routed the Imperial forces. Why would Lord Vader, one of the highest ranking members of the Imperial Government, suddenly decide to fly away from the Death Star in the middle of a battle? Did he know something that the rest of the Imperial Navy didn’t?

6) How could any pilot shoot a missile into a 2 meter-wide exhaust port, let alone a pilot with no formal training, whose only claim to fame was his ability to “bullseye womprats” on Tatooine? This shot, according to one pilot, would be “impossible, even for a computer.” Yet, according to additional evidence, the pilot who allegedly fired the missile turned off his targeting computer when he was supposedly firing the shot that destroyed the Death Star. Why have these discrepancies never been investigated, let alone explained?

7) Why has their been no investigation into evidence that the droids who provided the rebels with the Death Star plans were once owned by none other than Lord Vader himself, and were found, conveniently, by the pilot who destroyed the Death Star, and who is also believed to be Lord Vader’s son? Evidence also shows that the droids were brought to one Ben Kenobi, who, records indicate, was Darth Vader’s teacher many years earlier! Are all these personal connections between the conspirators and a key figure in the Imperial government supposed to be coincidences?

8) How could a single missile destroy a battle station the size of a moon? No records, anywhere, show that any battle station or capital ship has ever been destroyed by a single missile. Furthermore, analysis of the tape of the last moments of the Death Star show numerous small explosions along its surface, prior to it exploding completely! Why does all evidence indicate that strategically placed explosives, not a single missile, is what destroyed the Death Star?