Monday, October 8, 2007

Mac share at Princeton is skyrocketing

See here. Forty percent of students and faculty at Princeton now use Macs, up from 10 percent in 2003-2004. Much love, Crimson. And congratulations on beating USC.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

People say we’re getting arrogant. My response? Fuck off, stupid.

Seriously, Apple faithful, this new theme about how Apple is all arrogant and doesn’t care about customers and is putting its own needs ahead of everyone else’s is just really starting to spread, and I’m friggin sick of it. Check out this article for just one example. Or this one, which says “the only problem with Apple is that it has no gratitude. Or humility. Or generosity. Or manners.” Or this one which says we’re alienating our loyal customer base.

I’m just so sick of being told that I’m arrogant. I’ve been hearing this all my life. I’m not arrogant. I’m smarter than everyone else, and I have better taste. That’s not arrogant. It’s just true. Do you have any idea how maddening it is to be this smart and to create perfect products and then have frigtards tell me I’m arrogant because I won’t let them mess with perfection? Did Leonardo da Vinci finish his big statue of David and then say, Hey, any frigtards who want to add an extra leg or a third eye right in the forehead or whatever, well, go ahead, have at it? No. He did not. He said, Get the fuck away from my statue, jackass. You can look at it. That’s it. And oh yeah. Pay me.

Apple faithful, do me a favor. Keep an eye out for stories like this and send them in. This is a dangerous time for us. Clearly our enemies are pushing an agenda aimed at undermining our momentum. As those of you who know me will attest, I’m probably the least arrogant person on the planet. And to anyone who says otherwise, I say this: Fuck off, stupid. (Photo: Barry Lunger, Jobs-God Magazine.)

UPDATE: Much love to the commenter who alerted me to this gem of a bash job in Macworld of all places.

iPod considered as new global currency

Okay, that’s not exactly true. But some banks in Austria are now using the iPod as a way to compare purchasing power in different countries around the globe and compare global currencies. See here. Much love, Austrian bankers.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

I stand corrected

Much love to the helpful readers who wrote in to inform me that (a) Bono is Irish, not Scottish; and (b) the Troubles were in Ireland, not Scotland; and (c) the six counties are not in England. Man oh man. Think of it as a Homeric nod, eh? Also, my deepest apologies to the Scots who took offense at my depiction of them as belligerent hooligans who don’t speak English. See all the very helpful comments here. Great thing about Europeans is you can always count on them to jump right in and correct your mistakes. It’s why we love doing business in Europe. Even the dumbest, least educated European is still so sophisticated and advanced compared to any American. They’re always ahead of Americans when it comes to design and style and grammar and history and knowledge of other cultures and languages. And the great thing about the Internet in general and the blogosphere in particular is that it gives these really clever Euros a place to put their cleverness on display. Anyhoo. Much love, Euros. You make this blog better by participating in it. Honestly. I mean that. I will strive to live up to your high standards.

By the way Bono himself emailed me last night to call me a jackass. He’s like, Man, we’ve been friends for wha now, like ten years or sumfin? And after all we’ve been through together, ya still don’t know where I’m from? Man oh man. I’m Irish, brother. And not just Irish but a Dubliner. And not just a Dubliner but a northsider. Go read up on your Roddy Doyle if you want to know what dat means. But put it this way. What do ya call a northsider in a suit? The defendant. Ya fooktard.

UPDATE: I’ve been informed that my correction above is itself incorrect, because the Troubles took place in Northern Ireland, not Ireland. Jesus. Who the hell is writing this blog? I’ve got to talk to Katie Cotton about this. Heads will roll, I promise.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

It’s called "zeitgeist," have you heard of it?

Every picture tells a story, and a picture is worth ten thousand words, and “Un bon croquis vaut mieux qu’un long discours,” as Napoleon once said to Josephine. [enough! we get it! ed.] Much love to Dear Reader Tom who was inpsired by my earlier post about our stock price and spent some time creating this wonderful graphic using the Web 2.0 mash-up tools in Yahoo Finance. Also, Tom, thanks for teaching me a new word. I don’t speak Dutch but it’s cool to add to my vocabulary. And since you alluded to this in your email, yes, as the Dutch would say, I am engaging in a bit of schadenfreude.