June 13, 2009

Politics is Important

The recent events in Iran provide an unambiguous answer to the question I asked in 2006: should our focus be on the weapons, or the politics? The Bush-lead world decided to worry about the weapons.

However, we can see now: Iranian politics is the right focus.

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June 17, 2009

Two Steps Behind

A fascinating and short observation from Matt Steinglass today:

Obama Always Stays Two Steps Behind Them
...this has always been Obama’s MO. He’s always a step or two behind where his supporters want him to be, getting pulled along by their enthusiasm, rather than out ahead of them where he might get cut off. It’s a community organizer’s MO. You never get out ahead of your constituency. Instead you shape the playing field so that your constituency’s desires flow towards where you think they should go, and allow them to carry you along behind them.

That is a remarkable style of leadership.

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June 30, 2009

What is a Floppy Disk?

Playing Pictionary the other day, my 7-year-old Piper asks "What is a floppy disk?"

"It's those cartridgey things," my 10-year-old Anthony explains, "We used to have a computer that you can stick them in. Haven't you ever seen one?"

"No," Piper, quizzically.

"Oh, you've seen one. It is the icon on the button you click when you need to save something," Anthony, helpfully.


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