Keeping tabs on those ridiculous independents

Diverse, independent thought regularly becomes part of the mainstream when those non-standard ideas are adopted or appropriated by those who think they may be beneficial to their position.

Lets accept that, aside from very small corner cases, all thought is influenced by others and people generally like to be with other people.

In other words, no-one’s completely ‘independent’ and why does it matter if they say they are anyway?

Any rational independent politician or interest group has opinions and positions which will overlap accepted mainstream thought. And will attract interest and support from people who are also holders of mainstream positions.

Unless said Independents only wish is to be one day considered a crank or are afraid of being called a “sell out” do we really think they want to be permanently ‘independent’? They exist to get results and, unlike other outliers of society, they are willing to sometimes compromise their positions in order to get even the tiniest success to offer their supporters.

Despite that, we seem to continually feel the need to test the supposed independence of any interest group or politician who deigns to describe themselves as “independent”. Even if they have no obligation to anyone except their electors and supporters to “prove” their isolation from mainstream thought and explain the source of their funding.

Until such time as those outside the mainstream become “Team Authority“, certain among us should probably consider committing more effort to auditing those already running the game. There’s certainly a lot more improvement, and hence criticism, required there after all.

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On Steve Jobs and the discourse of intellectuals

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Since the death of Steve Jobs, the “intelligentsia”, “technology experts” and “Analysts” have been falling over themselves this past week in the race to get the most (ir)relevant opinion on reactions to his death, his legacy and Apple published.

At least those finely tuned technology experts, industry focused analysts or plain old Apple Haters, have some tangential knowledge of what they are writing about. But the intelligentsia should save themselves a whole lot of time. Instead, they should get a nice cup of Soy Hot Chocolate or a lightly chilled Pinot Grigio, curl up in their well worn armchairs under a vintage reading light with a Kindle or a Xoom and read a pithy insight from someone who actually gets Apple or an honest, open pointer on why you won’t have a clue about what you are writing about.

You’ll save yourself so much time you’ll be able to more quickly finish your finely crafted review of some novel no-one will read or a film most people will hate for a literary journal that even the bourgeois who work in real jobs will never ever hear of.

Believe us, it’s a much better use of your time.

Who’s the jailer, Richard Stallman?

While Richard Stallman and his friends luxuriate in the freedom of efficient computers running effective operating systems well supplied with software and entertainment, many millions of daily suffer in the shackles of a “jail” Steve Jobs helped create.

Stallman believes we should be glad that the jailer is gone, so people can return to creating and consuming in software freedom, instead of being locked up by technology choices made for them by the prison warden of the technology world.

credit: Michigan State University

A world where mobile phones exist as electronic tags for big brother doesn’t deserve the grace and benefice of Mr. Stallman. It’s time for us to return to a better world where computers were left to experts in their field and you needed a driving licence to use one.

Whose world is the Jail again?

The best movies of the 80’s sounds like a week in heaven

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Following some idle banter on twitter this morning, I went searching for some Turkey’s to align with the abysmal “Footloose“. Thankfully IMDB instead presented me with a selection of 50 of the best Movies from the 1980’s.

The next time I’ve a spare weekend, I’ll have to watch the 14 I haven’t seen. And some time later enjoy a week of all fifty in chronological order.

For the record, my favourite Movie on the list is probably Once upon a time in America, but there are many others which come close.

Let’s not start on the ones which I don’t believe belong on the list.

Which ones do you like best/worst?

Thanks Steve

For the little Mac SE/30 in the corner of the Type Setting Room in College in 1989 which introduced me to a world beyond the command line.

For the opportunity to work on the development of the original iMac, G3, Mac OS 8 and other cool stuff at Apple.

For the iPhone.

For this beautiful MacBook Air I’m typing on.

For Inspiration to me and to others.

Thanks Steve.