I’ve tried to enjoy schlepping water, thinking that it serves to keep us to some human roots.
Annoyances and upsets with the iPhone 4S have been more than offset by its screen, the silkiness of its surfaces, the camera, and the third-party market for both software and hardware.
After they finished watching the Bond movies, I figured the next series John Gruber and Dan Benjamin would discuss on The Talk Show would be Stanley Kubrick’s oeuvre. But Gruber refused — too personal for podcasting, he said. Disappointed, I rewatched 2001.
Instead of acknowledging the wisdom of leading from behind, the Right jumped on the Obama administration’s handling of Libya as yet another example of at best incompetence. They lost me there.
Steve Jobs we lost at the age of 56; when Frank Lloyd Wright reached that age it was still only 1923, the time of merely his second comeback with Tokyo’s Imperial Hotel.
It’s amazing, given the adulation he enjoyed elsewhere, that the Israeli public knew from the start not to trust this US President.
Nobody from usesthis.com has asked me what my setup us, nor is likely to anytime soon. So I’m just going to mouth off here about it. But first, some background.
On the Leon Wieseltier/Andrew Sullivan spat, Walter Russell Mead seems to want to have his strudel and eat it too.
Defeat in the Olympics bid may focus the mind in the Oval Office where it should be: Afghanistan.
There’s nothing else around here except empty desolate pretty hills. The Israel Trail passes by a bit to the west. It’s a hot July Wednesday morning. Things are reasonably busy. The shops are mostly franchises, almost all homegrown — Super-Pharm, Aroma, Tzomet Sfarim, Cup O’ Joe’s, LaMetayel, Mega, Fox, Castro, H&O.
President of the United States must be ebullient. If during an election neither candidate displays ebullience, he or she who demonstrates characteristics closest to it wins. I’ve wanted McCain to win, mainly because I view things from a Middle Eastern perspective, and believe that McCain will confront the bad guys more steadily, craftily and with a will to win than will Obama, whom I suspect will instead seek to elide the conflict and thereby ineluctably worsen it.
But to my mind McCain has performed disastrously at the three presidential debates, and even with our new wide-bandwith internet age, these are still the main event. He has seemed ill-at-ease, frustrated and rude, winning an ebullience quotient of approximately zero. These debates are not negotiations; there is no treaty to sign at the end. All they are about is how the candidate makes you feel while he speaks. McCain made me wince.
Why could we not see at the debates a McCain like we saw at the Al Smith dinner? How much more charming, dignified, grown-up, amusing he was here, and what’s frustrating is that reporters say this is more representative of how the man actually is. Even via the low-res YouTube video of the speech, the hilarity among the good and the great was infectious, the stately room electric with the presence of the greatest among them.
Stature plus hilarity = ebullience. How about the Republican campaign stop producing ads and instead spend its coffers running this speech in its entirety everywhere?
History Tonight, McCain vs. Obama