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Mormons: Stop Baptisms of Dead Jews

This isn’t exactly breaking news; it’s been going on for far too long. Nonetheless the opening sentence caught me by surprise.

Holocaust survivors said Monday they are through trying to negotiate with the Mormon church over posthumous baptisms of Jews killed in Nazi concentration camps, saying the church has repeatedly violated a 13-year-old agreement barring the practice.

They were negotiating? Negotiating?! I hope that was just an unfortunate choice of words because this might be the very reason that the term “non-negotiable” was created. Negotiation should start and end with this: Stop being crass, self-righteous, insensitive jackasses. And do it right fucking now.

Nick Saban, LSU and Myopic Fans

After leaving the military, I spent three years or so at LSU and I’m a huge fan, follower and supporter of the football team. That said, I’m really tired of listening to other fans bitch, moan and whine about Nick Saban and question his integrity. I think it says more about them than it does about him.

Look, I wasn’t happy when he left either. I suffered through the DiNardo years. There were more bad years before that. Nick Saban did something for LSU that no one had done in a very, very long time. He turned the program into a winner. Not only did we win a national title with him at the helm (and two SEC titles, I believe), but we were competitive every single year. You can’t ask for much more than that. While his exit was unfortunate for the program, at least at the time, I think it’s absurd to blame Nick Saban. He had an opportunity. Maybe he thought it was his dream job, maybe he considered it a promotion, maybe it was just something he felt like he needed to do so that he never had to ask, “what if?”, maybe it was more money than he ever dreamed of. All of those are valid reasons to leave a job and many of us have taken other jobs for similar reasons (even if the compensation wasn’t even close).

If the reason he left is any of those, can you honestly blame him? When the NFL didn’t work out for him and he wanted to come back to college, what was he supposed to do? The LSU job wasn’t open any longer. Moreover, the school had managed to replace him with pretty decent coach in his own right who had maintained that same level of competitiveness. The Alabama job was open and it too is a fantastic program with a rich history. Why the hell would he not take that job?

Get over it LSU fans. He was our coach and not he’s not. Feel free to cheer for the Tigers kick the Tide’s ass all over the field, but drop the bitterness. It’s petty, it’s stupid and it makes us all look bad.

Rant complete. Now back to College Gameday, live from Baton Rouge.

Geaux Tigers.

The Safari Installer, Nay Updater

There’s been a bit of a huff the last few days over the fact that Apple has dropped Safari into its Windows “updater” even if Safari wasn’t previously installed. From the moment I heard about it, I was bothered by it, but it’s taken some time for me to figure out how to articulate why I don’t like it. I’m still not sure I’ve succeeded in doing so, but I was just reading this article at downloadsquad and decided that I needed to try in the interests of timeliness even if I’m not quite ready.

A number of folks, including Ian Dumych of the downloadsquad, are opining that this is not a big deal since Apple doesn’t install the browser by default. I get that, and certainly it mitigates any complaints, but there’s still something that bothers me. It feels underhanded. It feels like they’re trying to sneak something past me. It feels like the days before I switched to Foxit Reader, when an Acrobat Reader update would pop up only to offer one actual Acrobat update amid a slew of toolbars and other utility services.

No, it’s not the end of the world. Yes, Safari is a good browser. No, they’re not installing by default. Yes, other companies are more pushy. Does that make it okay to be even a little pushy? I don’t think so. A lot of folks are already afraid of spyware, malware and, at least to some extent, software in general, and not entirely without reason. When something unexpected pops up on their screen, it tweaks their Spidey sense.

Quite simply, it’s a trust issue. There’s absolutely no need to give people a reason to think they’re being used or even gamed. Want a better adoption rate? Increase the marketing budget. Don’t start throwing stuff I’m not using in my update list. It feels underhanded and it feeds and amplifies any mistrust users may already feel towards technology as a whole.

Let’s not make this bigger than it is, but let’s not dismiss it all together, either. If it doesn’t feel right then on at least some level, it’s probably not.