Monday, August 22, 2005

VC -->Flying Spaghetti Monster-ism

It's hard not to like a religion based on such a tasty food. We have Bobby Henderson to thank for the newest net-trend of Intelligent Design via Flying Spaghetti Monster. Mr. Henderson employs a pirate-global-warming regression as a persuasive argument for his new religion, where God is a flying set of spaghetti and meatballs.

The amazing thing here is not the astounding revelation of marinara and meat-balls, but the scads of money Mr. Henderson is apt to make from tee-shirts, mugs, and bumperstickers sold through Cafe Press. Cafe Press is one site in a burgeoning online industry for converting creative design into cash flow. Think of it as blogging for tee-shirts: it's super easy to put whatever dumb slogan or brilliant new religious revelation into mass production. VCs have been super excited about this. Kleiner Perkins recently jumped behind Cafe Press competitor Zazzle, for example.

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