Monday, August 27, 2012

Thanks to a documentary on Netflix and some Googling I now have the street address of the home of a Toynbee tiler who may be the genesis of an enigma I've been following for 30 years.
I could go sit on his porch now until he must come out and try to bond with him, but that seems an evil pushy thing to do even if we're both equally loony. I would if I must, but I don't see the need to make him suffer that.
It turns out he's a paranoid schizophrenic paranoid for a good reason (see the movie), and he doesn't want to engage the public. He just wants his meme known. He's been real creative and persistent about it, so I say lets give it to him. Lets validate his fantasy and explore the question he so desperately presents that he found a new way to engage us in his question, the tiles.
Let's have the public talk about Kubric's 2010, and how it references Toynbee's theories about molecular regeneration, and maybe resurrection. Toynbee's work was original and seminal to many other great works. Toynbee was an overlooked visionary genius. The Toynbee tiler was too, in a different way as he has forced us against our will to examine his premise through sheer persistence and force of will.
This needs must end with his participation in the discussion, but let's lure him out rather than forcing him out. Give him the respect he deserves for intriguing us for 30 years, and he just might speak and give us some insight into why he has teased us so.

Monday, February 06, 2012

Who Da Punk (Mini-msft) surrenders

The defeatist drumroll for Microsoft has overcome one of my favorite bloggers, "Who Da Punk" of Mini-MSFT fame.

Purportedly a senior manager of Microsoft posting an anonymous blog these last eight years, "Mini" has been an ineffectual - but insightful - proponent for change. His/her blog has also been a useful avenue for Microsoft insiders (and fakers purporting to be) to vent their anguish at the misdirection of the company, its processes and HR issues. It has also become a hater focus. The comments on prior posts are quite interesting and can give more insight into the Redmond giant's internal processes and history than they might like. They're still available.

But new ones are no more. In his latest post Mini makes it clear that he can bear the incessant depression no more. He's hanging up his insider geek hat and will not vet comments any more. After 8 years, he gives up. He may comment on the quarterlies, but he'll not allow comments until the blogging software (this very one!) allows user moderation.

That's the stated reason anyway. My guess is that Microsoft has upgraded their web intelligence and he's fearful of being found out.