the Prussian Officer selection matrix
You seem to be implying that energetic + competent is the optimum - in the version I know, energetic + competent is good for administrators, but for officers in command you need lazy + competent.
The point is that most folks find it easier and more enjoyable to do it with Apple.
I appreciate and understand why Unix/Linux etc is superior but I still can't be bothered with it.
Let's pretend I'm not geekily pointing out to you how OS X is Unix.
Why read books on this and not actual books?
Project Gutenberg. Probably 50% my contact time on my Touch (ie. not just listening to music) is spent reading Public Domain works with Stanza.
There's no multitasking in the OS at all
That's not strictly true - the OS is multitasking all the time - it's just that Apple won't approve any 3rd-party apps that try to make use of it.
If I open a terminal on my (jailbroken) Touch and run 'top', I can see a whole screenful of processes running at once. Even Safari is left running when you aren't using it (presumably to make it appear to start up more quickly).
A cycle route that is constantly crossing a well-used road is a major FAIL.
But isn't the recommended solution generally to treat bicyclists like first class road users, not funky semi-pedestrians?
The important distinction is "constantly crossing" vs. "constantly part of". For utility cycling, a cycle route that is properly integrated with a major road is a wonderful thing; one that requires you (in theory) to constantly dismount, cross as a pedestrian and remount (hello, Green Lane/Great South Road) is worse than nothing.
"Prominent", as in "Prominent Entertainer", or from a few years back "Prominent New Zealander".
Oh, I don't know: could paleogism be the new word of the year?
For the record, it's paleologism.
Fiction writers can't use footnotes? Maybe some fiction would have its flow spoiled by footnotes. Endnotes maybe?
Infinite Jest? Of which a large proportion of the 300+ endnotes are citations to a pharmacological dictionary (ab)used by one of the characters to find new and novel ways to get off his nut... and the rest are bits of narrative left out of the main text specifically to mitigate spoilage of the flow. Bastard of a book to actually read though, wonderful as it is.
a concert isn't like the CD at home which you turn down to talk over, and the sound is never going to be as pristine as that shiny disc
But there's a certain point on the gig spectrum these days, where there's enough money for decent PA gear but the venue is small enough for some intimacy, where the two are getting pretty close. Sonic Youth's ATP gig on the shore a year or two ago was like that - we sat in comfy seats, listening to crystal-clear sound at a comfortable level, watching four middle-aged people playing a 70-minute album from start to finish. It was more than a bit unnerving, but SY are energetic enough and Daydream Nation sufficiently noisy and chaotic that it never quite got boring.