April 19th, 2009


Leaders, followers, and history

haikujaguar has a rant on the necessity of followers and how the Overculture (my term not hers) doesn't respect people who would rather support than lead. She calls for society to respect the sergeants as well as the lieutenants, the spear carriers as well as the heroes. I agree that the Overculture doesn't do this much, perhaps because most people in supporting roles aren't as charismatic and newsworthy as the heroes. I think there's also a point to be made that the Overculture has lost (or never had) the Catholic attitude that work gives dignity to the worker, whether that work is flipping burgers or running a multinational conglomerate. Personally, I suspect that one aspect of the Treason of the Clerks that goes largely unremarked on is the disrespect for anyone who is not an academic or some other member of the intelligentsia. This is evident in the now-infamous video of the CNN reporter at the Chicago Tea party; she had no respect for those people or their cause, and held them up for ridicule on a national news feed. So, yeah. We have a culture in control of the schools that tries to force everyone into a mold that produces chiefs and intellectualoids but no Indians or auto mechanics; the bastard spawn of Ayn Rand by John Dewey, these schools are, which is all the more reason to keep your children out of them and teach them yourself.

On a less serious note, beatonna put out the Geek Signal for non-Anglospheric history recommendations, and now has over 200 comments from people. I'm not sure you can find histories after the 19th century uncontaminated by Anglo culture, myself, since the sun never set on the British Empire and even that parts of the world that weren't part of Queen Victoria's turf were being run or heavily influenced by Englilsh-speaking types. Just for amusement value, what histories of the non-English-speaking world have caught your interest, oh well-read denizens of my f-list? Movies and anime are acceptable replies, if they're sufficiently historically accurate.

lol wut?

For the purposes of this post, I would dearly love to have an icon of Ursula Vernon's Biting Pear of Salamanca rendered in ASCII style, but since it is SSuiseiseki Sunday I wouldn't be able to use it anyway...

...moving right along, the makers of the Failbox responded promptly to my e-cry for help by basically telling me I needed to reinstall the BIOS and reset the CMOS and a few other things which I don't feel even remotely competent to attempt. So I forwarded the e-mail to P, who is no doubt laughing herself silly over it, and we shall see what happens after she gets back. Maybe she can talk me through it.
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