In these troubled times, when little Timmy can’t turn on the TV without seeing a desperate, naked housewife jump a football player (it’s so sad they’re so desperate – when will the government do something about this epidemic of desperate housewives?!), it’s important for everyone who reads this site to think about what we are thankful for.
Whether you’re a long-time Mac user, a recent switcher, bi-platform or just Mac-curious, a technology buff, someone actually in the buff, a member of the law enforcement community, the Department of Homeland Security, or the Supreme Headquarters Alien Defense Organisation which all routinely monitor this site, you have much to be thankful for.
No, no. They took that away.
OK, wait, it’ll come to me.
OK, well, I know what I’m not thankful for. Maybe that’s a place to start, you know, just to rule some things out.
For example, I’m not thankful that every holiday season brings another Tim Allen movie. I don’t like that. I’m sick of watching him look more and more like William Shatner every year. It’s unpleasant. Distasteful. It burns the eyes and causes a redness that no drops will soothe.
I also don’t like the skin that forms on pudding when it’s left in the refrigerator. Why does it have to ruin something that only ever brought joy to the world?
Um, OK, something I’m thankful for…
Oh! Bison meat! Yeah, it’s got less fat than beef and it’s raised more organically and doesn’t have the threat of mad cow!
So, yeah. I’m gonna go with bison meat.
I polled the other people in the office (and we all know how painful that can be!) and here’s what they’re thankful for.
Chet said he was thankful for Tim Allen movies, but I’m pretty sure he just said that to piss me off. He’s been mad at me ever since I said I wouldn’t spring for him to go to Macworld Boston next year. And I’m not paying for his subscription to OS XXX Girls just because it has “OS X” in the title. I’m not. Also, he’s just abbreviating “OS”. It means something I can’t repeat even in these pages.
I’m sure that won’t stop you from speculating in the comments.
The Entity said he was thankful for the dark matter of the universe, without which all matter would go shooting off in all different directions.
Although I had never really thought of it before, I would have to say that I am also thankful for that. Because that doesn’t sound like a lot of fun.
Howard is thankful for kibble.
I’ll just take his word on that. He does seem to enjoy it.
Masako said she was happy for an Objective-C interface called NSPipe, which allows her to provide updating on processes as they occur, instead of at the end.
Right. You know, I understand about every fifth word that she ever says. It makes writing her annual review really hard.
Oh, one thing I want to note. Some people have asked why Scooter, the mail room guy, and our secretary aren’t on the staff page. Well, Scooter actually works for the company that runs the building, so he’s not technically a CARS employee. The secretary has simply asked that she never be identified as being associated with this site ever in any form. I think that back in the mid 1990s she was part of some militant Mac group that supported the violent overthrow of the Microsoft empire, and by court order she’s not supposed to be working on anything involving Macs anymore.
Either that or she’s just embarrassed to be working here. But I prefer to think it’s the former.
Anyway, to come full circle, Ugluk said what he was thankful for was, well, desperate housewives. I don’t know what it is, but married suburban women are on him like bronze on a bronze keyboard PowerBook G3.
OK, that wasn’t a very good analogy, but you get the idea.
So, see, there’s something we can all be thankful for. Except for you, the reader, as we’re going to be off tomorrow and Friday. Tough luck.
We hope you have a happy holiday, though!
Or, a happy Thursday and Friday outside the States.
But I want you to think about what we’ve talked about here.