May 20th, 2008


If This is True, I'm Gonna Live Forever!

Found via susiebrightfeed:

It will make you go blind. It will make your palms grow hairy. Such myths about masturbation are largely a thing of the past. But the latest research has even better news for young men: frequent self-pleasuring could protect against [prostate cancer].

The protective effect is greatest while men are in their twenties: those who had ejaculated more than five times per week in their twenties, for instance, were one-third less likely to develop aggressive prostate cancer later in life.

Time to buy stock in Kleenex! But are they really suggesting there are men -- especially men in their twenties -- who masturbate less than five times per week? I find that hard to believe. I mean, given the opportunity I can match that number in a day, and I'm knocking on 40's door! Hell, I'm not saying I've got the world's most cancer-resistant prostate, but I hesitate to tell you what I was doing while cutting and pasting the news article here.

This is my favorite line from the article:

Men have many ways of using their prostate which do not involve women or other men.

I'm think it's time for a Cafe Press t-shirt!

All adolescent tee-heeing aside, it's an interesting article, one I don't remember seeing when it came out in July of 2003. It's also interesting to note that once again nature shows us she considers frequent sex not just good but necessary for your health, and doesn't give a rat's ass about social mores or what religious leaders shout from their pulpits. Never has and never will.

Who Changes Hands

The Internet is abuzz today with news about the future of Doctor Who:

BBC Wales and BBC Drama has announced that BAFTA and Hugo Award-winning writer Steven Moffat will succeed Russell T Davies as Lead Writer and Executive Producer of the fifth series of Doctor Who, which will broadcast on BBC One in 2010.

There is much applauding throughout the Internet too, and for good reason. Moffat is responsible for some of the very best episodes of the new Who, including the two-parter "The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances", which introduced the character of Captain Jack Harkness, "The Girl in the Fireplace", which singlehandedly convinced my friend Stefan Petrucha to watch Doctor Who after a year of my pestering him to no avail to do so, and "Blink", which was a highlight in what I thought was an otherwise sub-par third season.

A tip of the hat to Russell T. Davies too, on his way out. None of this would have happened without him, and I hesitate to think what the series relaunch would have been like from some other Executive Producer who thought Doctor Who was all silly costumes and celery-on-the-lapel eccentricities, like John Nathan-Turner in the 1980s. So Davies deserves much thanks.

Moffat taking the reins is great news. Now we're one step closer to having the awesome James Nesbitt from Moffat's Jekyll becoming Doctor number 11! (Though someone really needs to attend to Nesbitt's dentistry before this happens.)

Also, the next companion? Jeff from Coupling!