Item from today's NTK newsletter at: http://www.ntk.net/ If anyone's lived the wacky geek activist life to the full, it's H KEITH HENSON. He co-founded the L5 society in 1975, to promote space colonisation (it merged to become the more stately National Space Society). He was somehow a friend to both Tim "LSD" Leary and Tim "Cypherpunks" May, the carved wooden bookends at the far edges of any gonzo futurist's bookshelf. He shares two patents with Eric Drexler, the godfather of nanotechnology. He's been involved in cryogenics. He was married to Carolyn Meinel, "Happy Hacking" hate figure for the haxx0r underground. He's the toastmaster for the extropian Far Edge Party, where the cloned copies of every uploaded human meet up at a prearranged point on the other end of the Galaxy in 10 million years, and show each other holiday slide shows of where they've explored. And, as of this week, he's 63 years old, bankrupt, and stuck in a maximum security jail, after being arrested by six Canadian Emergency Task Force officers in full battle gear. They'd been tipped off that he was a dangerous pipe-bomb wielding fugitive. He's certainly a fugitive; he's currently pleading asylum in Canada after being convicted of interfering with the Scientologists. He could well be someone you secretly hoped existed: his defence fund has a PayPal account. http://freehenson.da.ru/ - what *is* it with Russia hosting all these free speech sites? http://www.aeiveos.com/~bradbury/Authors/Engineering/Henson-HK/ - academic interests http://addall.com/New/compare.cgi?dispCurr=GBP&isbn=0201567512&location=20100 - see also "The Great Mambo Chicken & The Transhuman Condition"