Archive for January 11th, 2008

11
Jan
08

A Cold Day In Hell

It snowed in Baghdad.

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11
Jan
08

Tank a Trade Show

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) just wrapped up in Vegas. This is one of the main shows were all the trendoids converge to gawk and display what’s going to be hot in the coming hours. Like any trade show of any size, there are a lot of display screens. And when a devilish group from Gizmodo decided to wreak a little havoc with their TV-B-Gone clickers… Can you imagine the chaos that would occur at a sports bar during, say, March Madness if this kinda thing happened?

11
Jan
08

I Get Mousepads

I’ve been in the process of starting yet another business venture to occupy the extra 12.4 minutes I have in each day. Filling out forms, securing permits and licenses, establishing wholesale relationships… It seems as though every single one of these touch points results in the arrival of a mouse pad. I have mousepads from a few dozen wholesalers, the bank has sent me one, one from the credit card merchant account processor, at least three from government agencies. Most of them are the cheesy, wafer-thin circle variety. Only one of them was the decent wrist rest type that I favor (thank you US Department of Justice). The rest have become floppy frisbees that seem to amuse the cats… There’s got to be something else that these things can do…

11
Jan
08

We Should Have Bombed Auschwitz

US President George Bush toured the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Israel. Wearing a yarmulke, Bush placed a red-white-and-blue wreath on a stone slab that covers ashes of Holocaust victims taken from six extermination camps. He also lit a torch memorializing the victims. Bush was visibly moved as he toured the site, said Yad Vashem’s chairman, Avner Shalev. “Twice, I saw tears well up in his eyes,” Shalev said.

The Allies had detailed reports about Auschwitz during the war from Polish partisans and escaped prisoners. But they chose not to bomb the camp, the rail lines leading to it, or any of the other Nazi death camps, preferring instead to focus all resources on the broader military effort, a decision that became the subject of intense controversy years later. Between 1.1 million and 1.5 million people were killed at the camp. “We should have bombed it,” Bush said, according to Shalev.

Interesting reaction.