Mimsy Were the Borogoves

Mimsy Were the Technocrats: As long as we keep talking about it, it’s technology.

42 Astoundingly Useful Scripts and Automations for the Macintosh

Work faster and more reliably. Add actions to the services menu and the menu bar, and create drag-and-drop apps to make your Macintosh play music, roll dice, and talk. Create ASCII art from photos. There’s a script for all of that in 42 Astounding Scripts for the Macintosh.

I married Rosie M’Donnell

Jerry Stratton, June 27, 2010

You know the movie where you come home from a long day’s work at the time machine/time warp research center, and you discover that instead of being married to Mena Suvari like you remembered, you’ve been married to Rosie O’Donnell all along? Cue the Munch Scream.

I brought the Mimsymobile down to Fashion Valley this morning to get an alignment done.1 That takes about an hour. While waiting, I wandered about the mall to see what was interesting. One obvious stop: the Apple Store. So I’m walking down the center promenade, see the Apple Store, and turn into it.

Something the greeter says unnerves me. I look around as I replay what he said in my mind, and it looks like they’ve done a slight remodel again. Looks like they’ve gone back to a year or two ago. Something’s wrong with the computers, too. Very wrong.

It’s nothing to panic about, and yet, it is something to panic about. It’s unnerving; even as there’s nothing obviously wrong, my brain is telling me that something is wrong, even as it doesn’t think I’m ready for the truth yet. As I’m not panicking, this is what I re-hear the greeter saying:

“Welcome to the Microsoft Store.”

What, what?

When people said Microsoft was “copying” Apple for their boutique stores, I expected it to be more like a Sony Style copy than a near-exact duplicate. I remember John Gruber calling it “creepy” and thinking it was just, well, Gruber. I mean, yeah, they’re copying the Apple Store, but they’re not copying it. Walking into it accidentally? “Disturbing” is a better word. Yeah, they’re copying it.

  1. Screenwriter’s note: the character’s car is “out of alignment” just like time is. But he doesn’t know it yet. Foreshadowing, the poor man’s story!

  1. <- Nothing is obvious
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