I’m just about in full pissed off mode. The only thing that keeps me from firing randomly into the crowd is this inexpensive organic red wine. Well, that and the fact that I’m tired. And have you seen the price of ammo? If you can even find .40 cal FMJ for plinking, it’s spendy, and never mind jacketed hollow points. Those bad boys are a buck a round if you can even find them.
Anyway, the thing that has my dandruff up is that we just cleared Halloween and everybody is all Jingle Bells and Santa Claus. I haven’t even started thawing a turkey yet.
Ten or fifteen years ago I went into a Sears store in a pretty nice shopping mall. It was mid-September. They had a Christmas tree trimmed. Ever since that day, not one penny has moved from my pocket into any company or business that I knew dealt with Sears. Not. One. Red. Cent. Christmas advertising before Thanksgiving is wrong. Christmas advertising before Halloween is beyond irritating. Christmas advertising before Labor Day is no improvement over the store manager posting photos of his hemorrhoids in the lobby.
And don’t even get me started on the dogdamn mountain of catalogues we already have with green and red and snowflakes and pictures of ribbons and bows, and fat, white-bearded pedophiles on the covers.
There’s an article over on Reuters that says the FBI claims that Apple’s secure encryption is bad because children. Children. Homicide. If the government can’t have access to your private conversations and data it will result in children being beaten, raped, murdered, deprived of Cap’n Crunch, and forced to learn English.
As soon as I hear, “It’s for the children,” from a federal person of any job description, I field strip a pistol and oil it.
Apple. There isn’t a lot of news.
Last week I was reading something that I thought was just about the dumbest-ass thing I’d ever read, on PC Mag. Out of curiosity I decided to look at the byline. It was John C. Dvorak. In Mr. Dvorak’s parallel dimension, John Sculley was a great Apple CEO. And now, John Sculley is somehow associated with another company that’s going to make a $25 phone. Apple needs to buy this company because John Sculley or something. You can read it if you want. I read it twice, hoping to make sense of it before I read the byline.
When I bought my first Mac, an SE, in 1987, JC Dvorak was writing the back page of MacWorld. I loved him, then, because I thought he was a humorist. I never thought he was serious. Now I realize he’s fooled people into thinking he has something real to say. He makes a living writing shit like that.