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Mac Pro

Mac Pro with 4 cores.
Things are better when shiny.

It's simple numerics, really. The new Mac Pro has four CPU cores, which is better than one. One is how many CPUs my current desktop machine has, a 1.5 year old iMac G5. Just think of all the things I can do with four cores that I can't do with one! What, you can't think of them? Well, boremeister, it's a good thing I have some imagination.

One idea is to hook it to one of my previous wish list items. I'll need all four cores to support all the things I'll be running on all those monitors. Just think of it! A movie on one - web pages on two - my live stock ticker on another. On one screen I'll be running a simulation to cure cancer while on another I'll be writing a new, effective constitution for Iraq. I'm serious about this. If you buy me this computer all these things will come to pass. If you doubt me and fail to come through, world strife will be on your conscience. Do you dare to be the one that could have done something, but didn't?

It's only your money. We're talking about human welfare here!

Michael Jackson as Howard Hughes

Michael Jackson as Howard Hughes

Mr Burns as Howard Hughes

C. Montgomery Burns as Howard Hughes

I saw this story about Jacko today. I usually wouldn't even think twice about him, but I'm beginning to see a parallel between Jackson and Howard Hughes, last milennias most famous OCD sufferer. You see, just as Hughes slowly retreated away from reality and society, Jackson seems to be as well. He has gone a whole month without talking to people who want to save him millions of dollars by charging him, well, fewer millions of dollars. It's not like ignoring your own lawyers will convince the plantiffs to drop the lawsuit.

Howard Hughes pulled similar tricks. He frustrated business partners and only showed his face at very rare occasions. But when he did make a public appearance, he did his best to seem as normal as possible, something Jackson can't even manage. Last summer I read this book which was a decent glimpse into Hughes' life.

Hughes : Jackson
Spruce Goose : The Invincible album (or really any of his unpopular albums)
Crashing Airplanes : Touching Little Boys
Breast Fixation : Plastic Surgery Fixation

It will get worse from here on out. Don't forget - he's got two children, so his legacy of insanity will continue when they pursue a career in show business, and you know they will. Paris Hilton is just a warm up act.