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28 August 2008

Electile Dysfunction

Electile Dysfunction : the inability to become aroused over any of the choices for president put forth by either party in the 2008 election year.

Some love the gamesmanship, some love the partisanship. Some love the smack talk, some, well, create the smack talk.

Regardless where you fall on the political spectrum, the next two weeks (Dem and GOP Conventions, sports fans) will be full of pomp (and pompous assess) & circumstance (and circular logic). Somewhere in there though is the serious business of political operations.

When there is a vote to be made (and a bill to be presented in the first place), will your elected official represent your interests? If not, your choices are:

  • Put YOUR name on a ballot
  • Vote the bugger out while voting in the dude or dudette that you do like.

I know there are straight ticket sheep party followers out there, I just don't see the point. I don't know of any married people that believe in 100% of what their spouse believes so why would someone support 100% of what some slick talking politico and their party believes?

So the run up to the Presidential Election begins. I doubt I will weigh too heavily in on the topic except for moments of extreme absurdity. If I have something of value to add to the conversation, I likely will.

If Until that happens, enjoy the festivities and don't forget the importance of knowing how and when to separate the wheat from the chaff... it matters.....

25 August 2008

Computers are Absurd

"There is no reason for anyone to have a computer in his house."

- Ken Olsen, Founder & CEO of the Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), 1977


Absurd wouldn't you say?

As I find myself away from the Blogosphere for, um, extended periods occasionally, how about you guys occasionally joining me on a journey through Absurd Land?

Okay then. we have lots of stops so buckle your Absurd Restraints and keep your Absurd hands and feet inside the Absurd Vehicle. And don't forget to invite your friends along, hear?

For starters, by a show of hands, how many people are reading this on a computer? Okay, one...two...three....Wow. Seems unanimous. [Note to self: get your money back on that Blog Skywriting Service...it hasn't paid off yet. Rats.] How many are, can or have the ability to read this on a computer at home? Wow again. I bet some are/can even read this on a handheld while riding a train, bike or a Llama too.

Interestingly, the ever-knowing Mr. Olsen stuck around with DEC long enough to not only see home computers, but to sell the dwindling assets of DEC, aka Digital, to Compaq (who was later sold to Hewlett-Packard or HP) in 1992.

But not before he created SPAM (the inbox horror, not the mystery meat). The first spam message was sent in 1978 by a DEC employee to 400 of his, uh, closest friends. Yeah right. Some innovations (and company's?) should have died before they ever got started.

So we can conclude that absurdity doesn't live in a vacuum. Trying to suppress one of the most useful innovations of our time while simultaneously developing the first SPAM 'email' message? Wow, now where is my box of 'thank you' cards?

The good news is that despite some occasional absurdity, good and decent innovations sometime seep through anyway, like computers for the home. We'll go through lots more Absurdity, D3 Style, in future posts.


See ya then!