Tuesday, August 26, 2008

If the race is a dead heat, is McCain winning?

Here are some known facts:
  • Bush has royally screwed up the economy.
  • McCain is generally hated by rightwing hardcore republicans
  • Obama is bringing hope back
  • Obama is cool and McCain isn't
  • McCain votes 95% of the time with Bush
  • We are all worse off than we were 8 years ago
If all these are true, why is the race so close less than 3 months to the election? Remember when we all thought McCain's presidential campaign was dead in the water? I think Obama should be really really worried. I think unless things change, McCain will win the election and democrat will, yet again, be the chronic underachievers.

How can Obama turn it around? I don't know! If I knew, I would be in DC peddling my services :D

Monday, August 25, 2008

Why would you think it's ok...?

Why would anyone think it's okay to take pictures from a designer's website, post it on a facebook group without getting permission first or giving credit to the owner? And when the owner says "You shouldn't have stolen my pictures of my designs and posted it on your group", the person responds "I was offering you free advertising. You (the designer) should have come to tag your pictures".

Seriously, why would anyone think this is appropriate? Free advising on a free website? Just stupid really. Luckily for her, they weren't my pictures. Otherwise, she'll be explaining her case to facebook instead.

The scary thing is she's not alone in thinking like this. And it really scares me that people of my age-group and younger still have retarded thought process like this: I am going to steal your stuff, post it on my group where people copy designs and when you complain, I am going to act like you are not recognizing the HUGE favor I did for you.

Monday, August 04, 2008

America as software

I think America is like a piece of very well designed software. In the beginning the framers of the constitution put every everything they could conceivably think of: freedoms of speach, religion etc; separation of church and state; checks and balances with the 3 arms of government. Truly, the constitution was a very well designed framework upon which to build a country. And that's what we did.

But like every piece of software, I am thinking the time is near for a redesign of America. If you are a software developer you know what I am talking about. You can only tweak a design so much before you have to start from scratch. It's like trying to make additions to a house. Sure you can do amazing things using your existing foundation but at some point you are gonna need to redo the foundation before you can make further changes.

Maybe I am wrong. Maybe I am just disillusioned with America. It's like dating the prom queen only to find out she's worse than the local "day time prostitute" (My Name is Earl). Growing up in Nigeria, America was like the epitome of everything right in government.
  • If you hear about someone getting beaten up in police custody you knew it couldn't happen in America (wrong: America now approves of torture).
  • If the current despotic dictator creates a decree and backdates it, you knew it couldn't happen in God's own country (wrong: they just passed a bill that retroactively protects telecom companies that helped the govt illegally spy).
  • If you heard about govt officials embezzling money, you knew that couldn't happen in the US of A (wrong: bridge to nowhere, cash in freezer, free home renovation for Sen. Ted Stevens).
  • When you heard of ignoramuses in power, you thought surely not in America (wrong: Brown in charge of FEMA, Sen. Ted Stevens in charge of regulating the Internet).