It's a little weird to hear the virtues of an Intel processor extolled by Apple, but I am prepared to let bygones be bygones if it means we're talking about some dual core shit and ultimately some modern Goddamn clockspeeds. Let the long war be over! Let a single hardware spec run both operating systems and be done with it.
I'm wondering if it's possible to love my operating system. Is that wrong? I don't love Windows. I like it, and though many people don't like admitting it Windows succeeds because it does everything most people need. It's like the Phillips head. But I don't love the Phillips head, it just happens to turn a lot of screws.
In some bizarre way, I feel like they're taking a step closer to me by utilizing a traditional PC component. I feel like the hand is out and they are saying Tycho, I mean Jerry, whoever the fuck you are, haven't you seen how our windows warp when they are minimized? You can minimize a window, and your video will play in there, only smaller - a small person could watch that tiny screen and be happy. Why can't you be happy, Jerry Tycho?
Come mimimize one of our elastic windows.
I had a fantasy where I completely segregated work and play onto different pieces of equipment, and this appealed to my left brain immensely. Initially I had typed "my left Brian," and no doubt he too would be pleased by the shift. But it's simply not realistic. A low end Mac for my "writings" and a next-gen system for my amusements simply won't satisfy in aggregate.
I don't get excited when I hear that Dell has announced a "quad SLI" gaming rig, I actually get a little sick, imagining the day when such a thing becomes de rigeur - along with dedicated physics processing and God knows what else. I can do without the mutant, fetish extremes of the hobby. But as frustrating and costly as gaming on the PC is, I can't be without games like Neverwinter Nights 2 and quirky Korean Massives. The independent channels that are now beginning to course with content aren't delivering at full pressure on the Mac or home console. Bioware would be a comfort to me in that cold place, but I can't give up the PC even in protest.
These are all the things I tell myself, and usually they work. They've almost entirely lost their vigor. Don't be surprised if I upload a post via Safari next month.
but them boys shot him
January 11, 2006