Apple is no Mango

On my recent trip to Pakistan, my father loved the simplicity of OS X.3 and asked me to find him an apple powerbook in Pakistan. I went to Hafeez Center – the tech center of Lahore – and inquired around for an Apple reseller. Ha! No one in 4 teeming floors had heard of such a thing. Sure, they knew the legends of Apple but none had seen one with their eyes. The common view was the hardware was too expensive and that no microsoft software runs on them (which effectively puts you out of the piracy market).
I would have left my powerbook with my father but I knew there was no support structure for him and a tech call every 2 years is not cool.
Today I read that the state of Apple is bad in India as well. It is a shame that Apple is not pursuing such markets as South Asia and China. With the best OS in the game, what are they waiting for? Like Om says, they can at least sell the eMacs at a competitive price.
Apple: If you are interested, I have the business cards of several Hafeez Center entreprenuers who salivated over my powerbook.

Donnie Darko Extended

One of my favorite movies from 2001, Donnie Darko is getting an extended cut in the cinemas. Richard Kelly (writer/director) spilled some beans to the Empire Magazine:

It will expand the meaning of the film and offer more clues and more solutions to the puzzle and create an additional layer of mystery for the audience. There really is a tremendous amount of new material – some of which will surprise even the most die-hard fans. One thing I am really excited about is the new sound. I was really unhappy with the mix that we had in the first cut. We never really had time to go in properly and design the sound. We can go back and really get it right this time. I’m very excited about the new sonic elements of the film.

I am really looking forward to this. My guess is that the Grandma Death storyline will be fleshed out and maybe the noah wyle character. Hopefully, it will answer whether Donnie wakes up in an alternate reality or does he only have the power of knowledge? Not so sure about the music bit. I happen to love that score and the soundtrack was perfect.

Mac rumors

I need to sell my laptop and my desktop G4s. I keep meaning to put them on marketplace but I forget. In the meantime, dust is accumulating in the giga-flopping chipsets.
Of course, I am selling them to clear room for the G5 powerbook. Oh yeah. Let me tell you as a registered Apple Developer that nothing will be hotter than the G5 PB. Nothing. My G5 desktop (dual 1.8GHz/1G RAM) needs 7 fans to cool it off as it applies my latest Fill Tab command in Office X.
The PB will then either need to be operated entirely inside a Coke vending machine OR it will come with it’s own portable Industrial Strength Cooling Fan 2000XD-L. Either way, I am psyched.
What about the rumors of a liquid-cooling system? Well, I happen to know the inside track there as well. The liquid-cooling system is fully operational and tested. It works great. The only hitch left to solve is to keep the water from spilling when you tilt the powerbook. They are working on that. There are also efforts to do something like the original iMacs (with colors) by doing a branding tie-in with Gatorade to cool the machines.
The ingenuity of Apple engineers (should they be called Macineers? like Imagineers of Disney) knows no bound though. They know that in hot climates, when people wanna stay cool, they put loose, meshed clothes that keep the body temperature down. So, along with liquid-cooling, they are clothing the new G5 PB in mesh. Maybe they can do tie-in’s with Gatorade AND Banana Republic!
I cannot wait.
In other news, there are signs of life at iowablog!

The Socratic Method Man

Today, we were discussing the Khilafat Movement (1920) [i do not have a good link here because the stuff on the internet is terrible. I will write up a short thing if interest is shown by anyone remotely interested]. I have read and thought about this mass movement in India and I was hoping that I can convince my students to note the development of the political use of religious symbols as an anti-colonial practice.
My students are smart kids. Very smart kids. But they all suffer from the same epidemic – let’s take these writings at face value – which prohibts any critical engagement with the text. I prodded them. I poked them. I stopped that guy who had not even DONE the reading. I even laid out my thesis in clear bullet-point.
Yet, I did not make it through. Or at least, I don’t think I did. They were un-impressed. They did not buy it.
As I walked back from the class, I thought to myself…what if I am the one who is wrong? Why is my interpretation any more valid? Is my job as a teacher to make them see something only I see? Or is it to come to a consensus as a group? Or is it just to throw non-sequitors into the empty, booming space?
I am not sure. This is my first seminar class – so, hopefully, answers will come with experience. Hopefully.