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January 3, 2006

Her Majesty's Playlist?

Jonathan “Jony” Ive, senior vice-president of design at Apple, was made a Commander of The Most Excellent Order of The British Empire for his work on the iPod. Oh were to start? Guess we'll keep it simple.

There are three jokes here:

First: The thought that a president or vice president is in any way responsible for truly innovative design is laughable. Example: Jobs wasn't responsible for innovative design in the Macintosh, that was Hertzfeld, Atkinson, Smith, and Espinoza. Jobs just provided the motivating tantrums.  Vice presidents are overhead. The best ones protect their employees from the presidents and stockholders.  The worst get praise for the work their people do.

Second: That modern Britan is so hard up for heroes they recognize the candy-colored Macintoshes by awarding a chivalric order. Wow, how'd you get the deep creative inspiration for that Apple?  Oh yeah... Lifesavers.

Third: Britan. It's a funny little country with a funny little government.  A celebration of inbreeding that the US has only been able to come close to with our efforts in Arkansas.  Look no further than the fact that their leaders believed W. So amusing. Fun to watch at least.

Jolly good show, eh wot?


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