Post it Notes
Had a nice meal of garlic crusted chicken and fetuccini Alfredo with a half bottle of Shiraz left over from Saturday night. Yeah, the grouchy old cripple can cook. For the uninitiated, a Shiraz is the Australian version of the Syrah grape grown mostly in the Rhone valley of France. Nothing creative tonight. I'm just gonna post stuff and comment.
My friend Cindy's grandmother died last night. She was 96 years old. Think of what she saw in her 96 years. She saw the invention of radio, television and manned flight. And didn't y'all think that after the incredible moon landings of the late 60's and early 70's we would be further along in the exploration of space? What ever happened to 2001? That allows me to segue into something I read over at USS Clueless.
There's a lot of interesting stuff in that post, but I just had to comment on one paragraph:
And that happens in computer operating systems, too. Where is the Amiga and OS/2? Gone, gone, dead and gone. Why? In the early days, each had substantial virtues by comparison to Windows, but each also had deep flaws. When the market was expanding rapidly, there was still room for everyone. But when the market begins that permanent switch from expansion to competition, the flaws became more important and they went into decline. In the computer OS market, the switch from expansion to competition can be seen when each product begins to adopt the features and market niches of the others. The Amiga, for instance, pioneered desktop video editing and for a long time was the only game there. But eventually others noticed it and moved in, and the Amiga could no longer take advantage of the fact that it was the only player there. By the same token, the Mac originally owned the cheap desktop WYSIWYG text editing business, but it doesn't any more.
First of all, since I was an OS/2 bigot, it was not an inferior system. The rocket scientists at IBM gave away the PC software business to Microsoft. IBM hired Gates to write an operating system for PC's and gave him the fucking store. He didn't even write the system. He took ZDOS a simple system that someone else had written, renamed it DOS, and sold it to IBM. IBM also hired him to write OS/2, but since he had already taken IBM to the cleaners. he told them to fuck off. OS/2 was a fully functional, 31 bit, multitasking operating system that was available and stable five (!!!) years before Windows 95. So what happened? Once again, the rocket scientists in charge of the PC division did not realize what they had and did not push it. It became a catch 22. No one wrote applications for OS/2 except Lotus (which is one of the reasons IBM bought it) and since no one wrote apps for it, no one wanted it for an operating system. Remember, the guy who invented the photostatic copying process went to IBM first and they turned him down. He found someone else and that's when Xerox was formed. As an interesting aside, IBM got into the copier business in the early 70's, Xerox sued them for patent infringement, IBM settled out of court, and got out of the copier business in the 80's. Enough about survival of the fittest. On to another topic.
So they're gonna let that disgusting, little cockroach Arafat free. And for what? He's gonna allow some Palestinians be imprisoned in Jericho, with British and American guards. All right, who thought this shit up? When a Palestinian mob storms the prison, kills the American and British guards are we finally gonna realize what a dipshit Arafat is and relegate him to the dustbin of history where his sorry ass belongs? Why don't we assign French guards? At least they can throw down their weapons and run away. Quick, what is the first thing a French recruit learns in boot camp? How to say "I surrender" in five different languages.
Ah...the French. Wasn't the election fun? Here is a neat article about the Eurosnots. I especially liked the following two paragraphs:
Absolutely. You'd have to have a heart of stone not to be weeping with laughter at the scenes of France's snot-nosed political elite huffily denouncing Sunday's result as an insult to the honour of the Republic. I was in Paris a couple of weeks ago and I well remember the retired French diplomat who assured me that "a man like George W. Bush is simply not possible in our politics. For a creature of such crude, simplistic and extreme views to be one of the two principal candidates in a presidential election would be inconceivable here. Inconceivable!" Please, no giggling. Somehow events have so arranged themselves that French electors now face a choice, as the papers see it, between "la droite" et "l'extrême droite." The French people have taken to the streets in angry protests against ... the French people! Which must be a relief to the operators of McDonald's franchises, British lorry drivers and other more traditional targets of their ire, but is still a little weird. Meanwhile, the only thing that stands between M. Le Pen and the Elysée Palace, President Chirac, has declared himself the representative of "the soul of the Republic." In the sense that he's a shifty dissembler with a long history of financial scandal and no political principles, he may be on to something.
And the summation:
A century and a half ago, Tsar Nicholas I described Turkey as "the sick man of Europe." Today, the sick man of Europe is the European -- the urbane Continental princelings like Chirac and Michel, gliding from capital to capital building their Eutopia, oblivious to the popular will except on those rare occasions, such as Sunday, when the people do something so impertinent they finally catch the eye of their haughty maître d'. I've said before that September 11th will prove to be like the Archduke's assassination in Sarajevo -- one of those events that shatters the known world. To the list of polities destined to slip down the Eurinal of history, we must add the European Union and France's Fifth Republic. The only question is how messy their disintegration will be.
The French and the rest of the Eurosnots down the Eurinal of history. Someone call Jonah Goldberg. It just doesn't get any better than this!
There are a lot of warbloggers out there and even some pundits like Michael Barone who have been saying that Dubya is playing a slick game here. Some call it rope-a-dope. He's playing for time until we rebuild our stock of weapons. The WSJ weighs in here.
Is this wishful thinking? Could Dubya be this smart? He's been underestimated throughout his entire political career.
Went on a lot longer than planned. Have to save the Cynthia McKinney and Michael Bellesiles stuff for another day. Ciao!