Reality Plays

Week in recommenced. Huzzah! Even gym was passably good this morning. Not too dense with educationalists and weight bouncers, everyone seemed in a good mood, and the podcast was an episode of CBC’s “Best of Ideas”

The episode was about Inuit “stories”, fables or such like, and they had all of the appeal that Hollywood cannot put in its movies for fear of censure and censor.

These fables were all about nasty aspects of life. The most recurring themes were about wives running away from their husbands, or, in one case, plotting to get their brothers to kill the husband. In another a wife “witches” a fish bone to kill her husband. Makes one rather suspect the Inuit have a strong matrilinear bent? Of course there was also evil spirits, starvation, and cannibalism. Rather makes one understand why the Europeans thought these people primitive, for the realism of how they exposed the reality of life.

In Europe, of course, they have all this but it is not discussed or related to children as life lessons. Ah, the benefits of the veneer of civilization and too many people.

Along that azimuth, I note that Hewlett-Packard is shifting its resources from computers to slabs. [Link] Given the roaring success of Winders Ate, this would hardly be a surprise. But given the groaning failure of W8 – MegaHard has supposedly already announced W9 and the rumor mill has it even further from the business base – and the density of Android slabs, the move seems as suicidal as MegaHard’s.

I admit that I am not a great fan of slabs. Yes, they have a good use for consumers, but I can’t find any constructive use for them other than as a reference monitor. They are very nice to let me access dictionaries and the like, but I can’t do anything creative and useful with them. Unlike GEN Y, I do not – obviously – consider entertainment utile – except for those who want to sit on a population of bogs rushing lemming-like for the cliff.

My long love-hate affair with HP is known, dating back to the days when we thought the greatest thing in computing was the HP-35. I still have mine. And I still use calculators daily. Somehow the HP-48 emulator on my slab and cellular telephone are not as efficient nor effective – nor trustworthy – as the real thing. And my desktop is too dense for such. Perhaps that is why I also dislike the tile GUIs?

Anyway, I am beginning to rather wish that HP would go off into the night – quietly. This cake walk of seemingly endless management incompetence is not entertaining. It bears the same relation to those Inuit tales that Hollywood does. And I shall not comment on how it is also a similar failure.

The problem is that when entertainment has become a right and a necessity it has become so mediocre that 1890’s parlor activities seem refreshingly good. The quality of acting and singing and dancing has deteriorated to nothing more than cartoon digital airbrushing and digital filtering. Actual cartoons are more appealing than live performers. Humans have become second rate, trite, tired, and tedious.

And Hewlett-Packard? It has become a phosphorescent paradigm of what is wrong with Amerikan industry. I look forward to sitting kaddish for it.

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