Motherland?

I got into this discussion today on the phone with my Mom that we have not had in a while.

It started out with her asking me if I wanted anything from Egypt as she, my Dad and my Brother are visiting Egypt in a week, and quickly turned into a discussion of my general disdain towards anything Egyptian.

I make no secret of my malcontent with the Egyptian culture. Despite the nervous stares that gets me from Mom’s friends at church and angry comments from some family members, I still hold the opinion that the Egyptian people as a whole will never advance beyond being a third world country and will always be those people who sing about the past and look only at their feet and borrow money from most of the world while internally holding a self righteous feeling of superiority.

I could go on for a while about things I don’t like in the Egyptian culture, but it all really hit me when hearing about how my aunt was refused admission to a handful of hospital, got driven around in an ambulance till she died in the ambulance because non of the hospitals wanted to ‘take the risk’ of her dying in their hands.

So…no…I feel no loyalty, no sense of belong and no respect for the country that finds it acceptable to do such a thing….it just happens to be a piece of land where my extended family has to live.

Bill…oh Bill!!!!

Dear Bill (can I call you Bill?..)

I think it is crazy that you wanna go out into space.

Why you ask? let’s see…

Space rockets are very intricate machines. They need a lot of computing power to make sure they can make the right speed and get the right pressure and the right velocity to make the orbit and then back.

Now, for a machine with such a complicated job it is obvious it will need a very well planned control console to give the right signals at the right time..

Not…say….a control console that moves DLL files out of the blue…

Not …say…a control program that acts like Big Brother when it basically is the idiot who left the front door unlocked

Not….say….a control program written by any of the idiots you hire

Not…say…a control console that runs Windows…

Because…it would be awfully funny if you go up there then the freaking control screen down here gets a blue screen….or a shared DLL error…..or decides to restart due to a patch it just decided to install

you’ve got kids you know….

Unless…..you go on a rocket that runs Linux or MacOSX….

Just to be on the safe side……