Thursday, March 22, 2007

Hi-Tech Scientology Churches

Scientology Hamburg
Originally uploaded by scientologytoday.
I posted a while ago on the new hi-tech Church of Scientology in Berlin, with its many displays, films, etc that allow one to easily just walk in to the place and find out what Scientology is, and what it does.

However, the Church of Scientology Berlin represents what really is a whole new breed of Scientology Church - one where the intensely workable technologies of Dianetics & Scientology are communicated at a quality level commensurate to their workability.

Churches like this are going up all over the world now, as the question of "What is Scientology" is just as hot in the United States, Spain, Denmark, England, etc as it is in Germany.

Pictured is the Church of Scientology in Hamburg, Germany - another Ideal Scientology org.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Chewy at the St. Louis Arch

I was actually looking for a great shot of St. Louis, as I was going to talk about the new Church of Scientology which is shortly being constructed in the city - something I'm actually quite excited about. But then -- Chewy? It was so random, I had to blog it.

Also, as one of my fellow Scientologists has a Chewy blog, where he blogs just about everything Chewy. Well, honestly, what's not to like about Chewy?

In any case, in an attempt to try to veer back on-topic, there is a new Scientology Church in St. Louis which is soon to be constructed - where they're renovating an old, historical building into a magnificent new Church. One of my best buddies is a staff member at the St Louis church, and is definitely excited beyond belief.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Church of Scientology of Kansas City getting New Building

Kansas City
Originally uploaded by andropolis.
The Church of Scientology Kansas City, which has been expanding faster than just about any other area of Scientology on the planet, is soon to get a much larger and more magnificent premises in Kansas City. I've only heard of it so far, not seen the real deal.

Friday, March 09, 2007

R2D2 Mailboxes! USPS Celebrates Star Wars 30th Anniversary

"I guess we'll have to find new ways to mmmotivate them..."

-- Darth Vader

The US Postal Service is getting into the spirit this 30th anniversary year of Star Wars. Apparently, they’ve even got a website planned :

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Sun "Raptor" Cluster at Mississippi State

Originally uploaded by Roger Smith.
A new high-performance compute cluster was recently set up at Mississippi State University, which is now the fastest all-Sun cluster in the world. It has 2048 AMD Opteron 2218 compute cores and has a total of 4 terabytes of memory. It has a peak performance of over 10 trillion calculations per second (10 TFLOPS).

I just recently got myself 5 of these new Sun "Aquarius"-class warships, of the x2200 variety - each running 2 dual-core AMD Opteron 22xx processors. Now, these new Sun boxes sport a brilliant green system status light (the only LED on the front panel) which is bright enough to light the room up if you turn the datacenter lights out. I always wondered what a full rack would look like, but here's a ton more than that -- and what amounts to what's now the fastest all-Sun cluster in the world.

I've grown to really like these new Sun boxes, even if they are at the low end of the spectrum. The integrated lights-out manager rocks -- lets you just plug in and watch the thing from power-up, through the bios, all the way into running the system -- all via a Java-based window in your browser.

They're also fast as all hell.

No, Sun didn't pay me to write this. I just happen to like Sun equipment (or any Quality equipment for that matter) and when I saw this post on Flickr, I had to say something. I know most of my posts are on the Scientology end of my "Scientology Network Engineer" beingness, but sometimes I just have to gush about hardware. :)

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Scientology in New York

The Church Of Scientology
Originally uploaded by Ozzdo.
This is a beautiful photo someone posted of the Church of Scientology of New York. Clearly (based on their comment on the photo) they've not gotten a chance to go inside and meet the staff. I have, and they're some of the most down-to-earth people I know.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Anticipating Soreness: Soccer this Weekend

Throw In
Originally uploaded by jetteroheller.
If you've ever read "The Way to Happiness" by L. Ron Hubbard, the precept I'm applying right now is "Take Care of Yourself".

Unfortunately, sometimes that sometimes means beating the bejeesus out of your body.

I've started running again on a daily basis, after a period of slothful computer geekage. That has helped, significantly, and this weekend I'm going to hit the soccer field again after a long period of inactivity. I'm preparing for the Monday morning "aaaarrrgh".

However, as any soccer player can tell you, being sore as all hell, barely being able to move, etc -- there's sometimes nothing sweeter than that feeling.

As L. Ron Hubbard said in a lecture from the Philidelphia Doctorate Course in 1952, "...this body was made to be threatened with death three times a day. There's nothing like being threatened with death to bring somebody up to present time." - LRH

Sure beats just trudging in with the morning Starbucks. :)

Team Dianetics Takes Another One

Well, this didn't just happen - but was one of my Maryland photos that I decided to blog on today. Why? Because I can. Flickr rocks.

My friend, my wife and I, when living in D.C., had a Team Dianetics relay team, and would go around racing at various area bike/run/swim type races.

This one was some type of fat-tire fiasco, with around 1000 people there all geared up to go.

My wife was a pro backstroker, but hadn't done any racing in years, and so was a bit flipped out about even making it around the lake. It was a good half-mile she had to swim, flat-out -- and the other heats had their swimmers starting out, doing the first 1/3 of the race in FLY. Nuts. So, she finished her heat in something like 115th place, tagging me to do the mountain bike thing.

I took off on the bike, and luckily I had been riding from our house to the Church of Scientology D.C. each day, and was a bit more in shape. I passed about 100 people on the trail, and by the time I tagged our runner, we were in 10th place. John then cleaned up on the 5k trail run, and we ended up winning the thing.

Anyhow, one of my funner runs, and another thing where I try to keep myself from being a total computer geek. :)

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Scientology Volunteer Ministers in Mozambique

This will be my first post using the Flickr integration into the Blogger beta. I'm definitely finding this to be a useful app - especially when one has a photo story to share.

This particular photo is one that a guy from South Africa sent me. He has Scientologist friends who just left for Mozambique to assist the Scientology Volunteer ministers there with organizing clean-up efforts. It really is quite a disaster there, with hurricanes and flooding providing all manner of issues. Destroyed houses, mowed-over towns, theres a few hundred thousand people displaced. Not a lot of fun. So, I know his friends are there working their tails off to try to get people back into their homes and get the place rebuilt.