Family

Comrade Brezhnev Give You Keeeses

A picture named cbrezhnev.jpegThere's a game I play with Zoe with a Matrioshka doll set painted with the likenesses of Soviet leaders from Lenin to Gorbachev. She's fascinated with them, as she is with a more traditional Matrioshka we have, both gifts from my globetrotting aunt. One night recently , as she sat on my lap at my desk and she was fumbling with them, I took the second largest, painted like Leonoid Brezhnev, and said in a very bad imitation of a heavy Russian accent, “comrade Brezhnev geeve you keeses,” and pressed the head of Brezhnev up against her cheek, making kissing noises. She thought it was hysterical. I never thought Leonoid could be so funny. But I notice that the artist who made the toys conveniently skipped over Andropov and a few other, more unsavory Soviet heads of state in between Brezhnev and Gorbachev. I guess you could never make Andropov cuddly. Somehow, I doubt Putin will ever be made into a Matrioshka doll. Yeltsin, on the other hand, will undoubtedly be a Matrioshka–that conceals a vodka flask.

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Comrade Brezhnev Give You Keeeses

A picture named cbrezhnev.jpegThere’s a game I play with Zoe with a Matrioshka doll set painted with the likenesses of Soviet leaders from Lenin to Gorbachev. She’s fascinated with them, as she is with a more traditional Matrioshka we have, both gifts from my globetrotting aunt. One night recently , as she sat on my lap at my desk and she was fumbling with them, I took the second largest, painted like Leonoid Brezhnev, and said in a very bad imitation of a heavy Russian accent, “comrade Brezhnev geeve you keeses,” and pressed the head of Brezhnev up against her cheek, making kissing noises. She thought it was hysterical. I never thought Leonoid could be so funny. But I notice that the artist who made the toys conveniently skipped over Andropov and a few other, more unsavory Soviet heads of state in between Brezhnev and Gorbachev. I guess you could never make Andropov cuddly. Somehow, I doubt Putin will ever be made into a Matrioshka doll. Yeltsin, on the other hand, will undoubtedly be a Matrioshka–that conceals a vodka flask.

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Administrivia, General Chaos

John Dvorak is a flame-baiting hoser

Dvorak bashes web services. Peter Coffee quotes Gosling bashing web services. Does Dvorak think humming along with Gosling gives him credibility? I dunno. But I think Mr. Dvorak is just being contrarian to be contrarian, to raise hackles, to get links, to inspire flames.  After all, that's what a columnist lives for; I should know, I am one.

But a good columnist finds the conflict in the truth.  And truth is, I suspect, that Dvorak doesn't know a web service from a hole in the ground. His prattling on about big vendors in the WS-I “drinking club”  ignores the basic facts:

1) There are already web services being used to make money –they just happen to be mostly behind firewalls. 

2) There are for-profit software products in vertical markets that use web services now–and they're working without WS-I or any other alleged standards drinking club.

3)Web services? My hands are soaking in it.

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General Chaos

The LANlympic Games

Brainshare's next week in Salt Lake City; I'm going for two days. My wife Paula hopes I bring back a nice bag–the BrainShare backpack from 4 years ago has been our most used piece of vendor swag; it's been pressed into service as a diaper bag and general kid maintenance cache for nearly every major trip we've been on since.

Personally, I'm hoping Novell has a story to tell that's at least the quality of that bag. Or should I be starting a Novell death pool?

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Andersen gets death penalty

A grand jury just indicted Arthur Andersen LLP for its role in the Enron fiasco. The Wall Street Journal Online reports that the indictment said that Andersen employees “were instructed by Andersen partners and others to destroy immediately documentation relating to Enron and told to work overtime if necessary to accomplish the destruction.” Andersen officials said that criminal charges were the equivalent of a “death penalty” against the firm, and whined about the excesses of government power.

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