Thursday, October 06, 2011

Death Notices

1. Sarah Palin's presidential dreams:
"After much prayer and serious consideration, I have decide that I will not be seeking the 2012 GOP nomination for president of the United States."

My husband's reaction to this news:
"Maybe she just wants to sit on her porch and stare at Russia."

My niece's reaction to this news:
"I like that even God told her not to run for president."

2.Herman Cain's presidential street cred after the politically stupid remarks he made about the Occupy Wall Street protesters:
"I don’t have facts to back this up, but I happen to believe that these demonstrations are planned and orchestrated to distract from the failed policies of the Obama administration. Don’t blame Wall Street, don’t blame the big banks, if you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself! [...] It is not someone’s fault if they succeeded, it is someone’s fault if they failed."

3. Arthur C. Neilsen Jr. , the man who's market research savvy  influenced the  programing decisions at all the major television networks for 60 years.  The Neilsen Family, a small sampling of television viewers who kept a TV diary that recorded their television watching habits,  was the engine used to used to decide which programs were popular and therefore profitable.

My husband and I were members of the Neilsen Family  in the early 1990's.  By that time the Neilson company had developed a box that electronically kept track of  the times when the television set was actually on.   My faith in the Neilsen system was drastically undercut one day when my husband walked into the living room and found the television set on and only the dog watching it. He called the Neilsen company and asked whether or not he had to record the fact that the dog was watching TV in our TV diary.  The person on the line said yes since we were obligated to write down any program anyone was watching when the TV was on.   Arthur is probably rolling over in his grave after reading this bit of insanity.

4.  Steve Jobs , the face and co-founder of Apple Computers.   A lot of outpouring online about his death.  I was shocked to hear he died since he was only in his mid-fifties but my feelings about his death do not seem to be in line with that of the public. In the future, will he be remembered the way Alexander Graham Bell  is or forgotten the way Philo T. Farnsworth  has been?


Ally Bean said...

"<span>I will not be seeking the 2012 GOP nomination for president" </span>

I doubt that we're rid of her yet.  She said "GOP nomination" which means the Tea Party nomination is still an option in her rattled mind.  

My answer to the question posed in #4:  I'd say Alexander Graham Bell.  Jobs changed my life dramatically-- for the better.  I hated all the Microsoft machines and had given up on ever learning about computers... and then I got my iMac and computing made sense to me.  I've never touched anything Microsoft again.  And I'm saying this as a person who doesn't even own an iPhone-- which, I guess, is the end all to beat all!

la peregrina said...

<span>I doubt that we're rid of her yet.  She said "GOP nomination" which means the Tea Party nomination is still an option in her rattled mind.</span>

Oh, I too doubt that we are rid of her, I'm just reporting the death of her presidential dream.  Getting nominated by the Tea Party will not put her in the White House.

<span>And I'm saying this as a person who doesn't even own an iPhone-- which, I guess, is the end all to beat all!</span>

I don't own one either and am glad to find other people who haven't succumb to advertising pressure.  :)

Rain said...

I hope we all save that Herman Cain quote in case he actually does run for president. I think we might need it.

On Jobs, I had very different feelings than the majority of what i heard also and am glad to see someone else who is looking at his death without canonization in mind...

Darlene said...

Sarah Palin's star is on the wane.  She didn't get close to the coverage of her statement that she will not be running that Chris Christie did.  I am sure she is fuming in frustration.  I don't think we will hear much more about her in the future.

I do think Steve Jobs will be noted in the history books because the Information age turned our culture upside down and he was one of the biggest parts of that movement.

Blue Witch said...

I've just listened to a gushing obituary on BBC Radio 4.  I haven't got around to writing about Job yet, and I expect when I do it will be much-attacked by certain of my readership - but I'll copy and paste a comment I made elsewhere:

"Steve Jobs was a Buddhist.

He never gave a philanthropic penny to anyone (unlike Bill Gates who apparently is the most generous benefactor in the world), and his company abuses its third world production workers (disgustingly).

I do not have any respect for someone like that.

Interestingly, if our governmint were to research him a bit, they'd find that he was adopted, by a very ordinary family - proof that you don't need special treatment just because you come from a disadvantaged background.
T<img></img>here have been many excellent TV programmes on recently showing just how lucky Apple have been, and how they have thrived because other companies (with technologically better products, at one time) haven't made good business decisions. It's only comparatively recently that Apple have become the shiny must-have toy for the teenagers, gays, and over-monied markets. Originally they were boring beige boxes, and there were many PCs that were prettier and sleeker and easier to use and had more functionality.
And we won't talk about Apple's appalling environmental record, or poor CSR record either."

la peregrina said...

Ladies, thanks for your input.  No question Jobs will make the history books but still not sure if he will be remembered as Bell is or just be a footnote like Farnsworth.  Maybe with the work and environmental issues he will turn out to be infamous instead of famous. That can happen when you are identified so closely with your company.  Only time will tell.

la peregrina said...

Canonization, that's the word!  And the reason why I find it all so disturbing.