Tag: Internet culture

Defining Wealth

A technological Sword of Damocles, welcome to the 21st. century. A modern progression, being surrounded by creature comforts makes you reliant, taking those comforts for granted so that when they are removed or disrupted, chaos ensues. To wit, this morning I awake and fire up the computer like I do every morning, but this morning is different. No, not the blue screen of death, much much worse, no internet connection. After doing the usual trouble shooting and wasting about 2 hours with AT&T tech support (customer service is dead, forget ever getting help over the phone, you will have much more luck finding a mated pair of dodo’s) I find out that there is an outage of some sort in my area with no time estimate for repair.

Sadly, I am a creature of habit and do not like being taken out of my comfort zone. Each morning is usually the same, grinding my coffee beans, spreading out the local paper and the WSJ on the kitchen table with Foxnews in the background, after my second cup of coffee I go to my office and get on line. First stop is usually to see what you trouble makers are up to then on to the news of the day. All this was waylayed this morning, bastards. So I hit the tennis courts and ran some errands with my internet connection restored when I got back:

Ah ha, I knew “the rich” were good for something, so all technological advancements and the subsequent drop in prices for newer and better models are all because the rich ponied up the cash to be first in line. So I guess I can wait for the iphone12, when it will be about 20 bucks, cool.

Although I am happy to get my life line back to the outside world, it is disconcerting to find out how my life can get placed on it’s head so easily by something so innocuous as the internet, must reevaluate.

Two Of My Favorite Guys

The internet really is a marvelous invention, I wish they would have thought of it sooner. Not only can we communicate with people all over the world in real time (CM can bust my balls from 7000 miles away) but those that we would never even hope to meet can bring us some joy and reflection through that other cool invention, youtube.

Two youtube personalities that I now can’t live without (OK, I probably could, but I would not like it) is Pat Condell, that irascible God fearing (hardly) Brit who has that religion of peace all figured out, and drinking with Bob (not sure what his real name is) who had Barack Obama figured out from the start (but have a drink first, it will all make sense.)

Their latest rants have to do with The Middle East, shocker , first, Pat:


It does seem odd that such a small number of people can be a burr under the saddle of so many, imagine if Muhammad actually knew a Jew and had something nice to say about them.

Now Bob:


Don’t worry, he likes to hyper ventilate, it calms him down, that, and a couple of drinks. Peruse his site and you will find many pearls just lying there waiting to be picked up.


Both these guys are off the charts popular because they have used brevity and wit to tap into what many people are thinking (but don’t have that British charm or the liquor tab that Bob can afford). And, if you can work in a joke by making fun of someone worthy of derision, all the better.


Any youtube personalities you follow on a regular basis?