April 28th, 2008

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Pantene Beautiful Lengths: give your hair to a good cause!

Today I bundled up my hair to send off to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, which uses the hair to make wigs for women who have lost their hair due to cancer. They encourage you to spread the word, so I thought I'd go ahead and post to say: if you have nice hair and can be patient enough to grow it for awhile, this is a great and relatively easy (and cheap) way to help women who have lost their hair for one reason or another feel more confident, and to brighten up their day when they look in the mirror. This particular charity accepts ponytails of 8 inches and over in length, and gives easy instructions on how to donate, including hair length and condition requirements.

Although Pantene's wigs go to cancer patients, there are several groups that accept donations and give wigs to children facing hair loss for various medical reasons, (such as alopecia areata, an autoimmune disorder that destroys follicles and results in hair loss), and other selected groups (many of which require 10 inches, so make sure you don't cut too soon if you are donating to one of those!). I have heard that Beautiful Lengths is one of the more trustworthy ones, and that some other charities sell a lot of the hair received to commercial wig-makers, so make sure and do your research before donating. Here's an article that lists some different charities.

I first learned about the hair-donation idea from midnight7, who did it back in college and donated a lovely looong ponytail at one point. :) She looked adorable with her newly short cut after the donation, and I'm really, really enjoying my short cut, so that's an added bonus to the nice feeling of trying to help out in some way. (Dave likes my new cut, too. ;) Sadly, I am sure we all know someone who's been diagnosed with cancer, and I know at least one person who has alopecia, so by donating, you may even be helping someone you know; or someone who's experiencing the same condition. So...grow that hair!
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Douglas Adams, Infocom, and the unreleased sequel to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy game

This is fascinating.

This guy somehow got ahold of an old Infocom network drive from 1989 - which includes email correspondence between employees regarding the in-development sequel to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy game. The sequel never got made, and these emails give some insight into why.

Aside from the obvious points of interest in the article, the comments themselves are fascinating. A bunch of the people quoted in the article (Michael Bywater, Marc Blank, David Lebling, Anita Sinclair, Tim Anderson, Amy Briggs, Steve Meretzky) show up with their various takes on what happened, whether this guy should have published these emails, whether he has the RIGHT to publish private emails (it's unclear where he got the drive and who might have given him permission to publish these things...), whether he should have contacted them first, etc. As a journalist, I find the discussion of whether this was proper journalism very interesting, particularly with regards to the comments discussing the changing style of journalism in the "blog age," so to speak. As a lawyer, I find the choice of Baio to publish private emails without permission to be potentially questionable. As a blogger and a person, I find the sense of entitlement of some of the commenters both fascinating and repugnant - "we want to see it, ergo we deserve to see it - consideration of others, legality of publishing, journalistic integrity, and unbiased reporting aside!" Hrm.

Thoughts on this, anyone?

Bonus! Play the original HHGTTG game!