MC Spoo
26Dec/110

Jobs

No, nothing for Obama...

Rather, I was given a copy of the Steve Jobs biography (ISBN = 978-1451648539) for Christmas by my lady. You picked well, my love.

I spent the majority of this day enthralled reading the book. It's well written, and flows rather well.

I'll admit. I was never an Apple guy. Apple never impressed me, except in Will's basement when he would load up these games on an Apple II. It was a slow as my Commodore Vic 20, but the games were nice, the hardware felt... I dunno. More advanced.

I have also always been an open source guy. I was influenced in this heavily by my initial computing experiences with Commodore. I was a Commie guy then. A Vic 20. C64. Amiga 500. At some point, we realized the Commies would die, and needed a new platform. At that point, Apple wasn't "Apple" (neither Jobs nor Woz). We slid into IBM, DOS, OS2, Windows 3.1 and Windows 95... then when I started working with TLN, Johnie and Mark got me into Linux (Debian) and VMS (thru John). Charlie and I farted with AIX... I never got to use Mac OSX really. Just "farting around" with it, nothing real.

Anyhow, the detail of this book... philosophies of open vs. closed systems, management... this is affecting me, and my mind is running loose. I'm attempting to cobble together something that explains what it means to me, but my soul is still digesting. It was meaningful at that level.

Steve Jobs was a collosal asshole. He even admitted it himself: but with the caveat that maybe being an asshole is how you get things done. I'm really disturbed on that point, because I do not consider myself an asshole on any level... I'm not mean, and I feel far too much empathy with almost everyone to be outwardly and knowingly mean.

Just a fascinating, full figured portrait of a life....

16Dec/110

Angular Momentum (from xkcd)

A lovely cartoon from XKCD

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4Dec/110

Politically Motivated

Some while ago, I stated that there's plenty of people who would actually make a good president. They're just not stupid enough to run for office.

Well, our first example this year is Herman Cain. Now, I didn't believe he was a good candidate to begin with... what with his inability to count to 10 (nine... nine... nine... nine? Nine! nein!) Now he's dropped out and blamed the media because... he liked to have sex with anything vaguely female within a 12 mile radius? and it's the media's fault for noticing this?

Mr. Cain... let's say in your strange world... it's acceptable to engage in multiple sexual relationships... and that's fine with your wife. and it's fine with God. Let's go to that strange, hardly normal place... on a planet far far away... let's posit that the rest of contemporary mores on that planet are the same as they are here. which part of having zero control of your sexual appetites makes you fit for the highest office in the land?

Don't bring up Billy C. See, Billy C. was already in office... and still the best president in the last 20 years, when he had an intern "polish the presidential wood" under the Resolute desk. He'd already proven his worth as a politician at this point. Mr. Cain has no such track record... I'm not saying it's right because he was in office, I'm saying they're all doing it, and that doesn't make it right. it doesn't disclude you as a candidate or officer either. It's the AFTERMATH... Can we trust you?

Stop going all Kwame on the media... sometimes... it IS your fault. And sometimes, you're a bigger and better man for saying I'm sorry.

It's NOT all right, dude. It just ain't. Not on this planet, and not in this country.

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