I'm fascinated by our fascination with the professional athlete. It seems obvious to me that they are not role models, as Sir Charles Barkley once famously observed. They are not heros. They are normal people with a highly marketable skill that makes the rich and famous. We want to be like them (because they have a highly marketable skill that makes them rich and famous), so we turn them into heros and role models. … Register or log in to access full content
I was going to celebrate this inaugural blog post as OJ Wolfsmasher by doing the thing I enjoy most: Talking about me. However, Wordpress is showing me a nasty orange-ish message about my browser being out of date. I'm using Internet Explorer 8. At my day job, we literally JUST SWITCHED to IE8 as our company's "standard." And Wordpress thinks it's out of date, is filled with concern for my safety, and is giving me a link to a Wordpress-designed site called browsehappy.com, where five browsers are presented to me as options. You know which one is last in line? Internet Explorer. Looks like somebody at Wordpress doesn't like Microsoft. And who can really blame them? It's like the American Evangelical Christianity of browsers, in that it's pretty and popular and fits in, but doesn't ever do anything you want it to, and seems to be making its decisions based on its own agenda.