14 November 2011

Adam Curtis: All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace (1/3)

I realize that I am desperately late to this particular party. Everyone has probably already watched the documentary, read the inevitable backlash, and digested the response to the backlash. Nevertheless, here are my notes on the first episode. Part 1: Love and Power Barbara Branden’s comments about Ayn Rand being disappointed by the reception of “Atlas Shrugged” are hilarious, yet sad. She reports that Rand was desperately upset when the people in her inner circle who had how much they liked the book, failed to stand up and say what genius it was when it was being excoriated in the press. ... Read more

8 October 2011

Steve Jobs: dissenting voices

As a followup to my posting about Steve Jobs, some links to other people bucking the hagiographic trend. First of all, David Streitfield of the New York Times points out that Steve Jobs was never one to let tact stand in the way of criticism. Mike Daisey of the New York Times points out that Apple ultimately became the very thing its 1984 commercial railed against. Richard Stallman says it in more bluntly Jobsian terms: ... Read more

7 October 2011


“You have that English accent and well groomed appearance which always lures me into thinking that you’re incapable of crudity. You’re like a dick joke ninja.” — Fred Scott

6 October 2011

Steve Jobs

At the risk of sounding like a Mac hipster, I was a Mac user before it became fashionable. For 20+ years I’ve used Macs, even staying with the company during the 1990s when it looked like Apple was about to collapse. In the house at the moment are four iPods, two Macs, an AppleTV, and an iPad. You might think that I would be joining in with the collective outpourings of grief. ... Read more

4 October 2011


Who is this person named Tony Baloney? Why is his facial expression so stony? Is he really a cop, or is he a phony? Does he ride a police horse, or is it a pony? Who is this person named Tony Baloney? What do we know about Tony Baloney? He’s not all that fat, but he’s not all that bony. Is his TV a Samsung, or maybe a Sony? Does he like a plain hot dog, or favor a Coney? ... Read more

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