Resounding at the Engine Room right now

Dear Reader,

Glynsky wrote about classics in pop twice not too long ago. Mr. Alzheimer’s forgot, that we had plenty about that way back when. But I will refresh his memory later. Today I would like you to enjoy a masterpiece:

Also sprach Zarathustra“, by the Brazilian Eumir Deodato. You know this song in its classical version among others as the opening of the genial 2001 A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick.

Engine Room

Dogs can’t see?

Dear Reader,

After making fun of cats here, Glynsky insisted that fairness and balance require something about dogs. Always obedient, I deliver.

Obviously this dog has bumped into too many doors and gave up on them:


Or maybe he is trolling his owner? You put it in, you open it.

Thanks to imgur.

Engine Room

96 club march, 1…

Dear diablog,

There was an amount of discussion (for better or worse) earlier this week on Astons so I thought for you all I would open with the one that made the early March meet, a DB6


with in the background


the mobile coffee shop much frequented by Engine Room (yes, he made it at last) during the morning


in between telling everyone his name was ‘Shames’.

Personally I though this much more his style


as it included his effigy…

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There’s no honor among thieves

Dear Reader,

A few days ago I wrote about how IBM is trying to spin its way out of the NSA / GCHQ dilemma. And last week the founder and CEO of F*c*book pulled an all-important David-Cameron claiming to have made that phone call to Barack I-don’t-care Obama. Also this week Google co-founder Larry Page claimed to be disappointed, that the US government does all the spying without “telling us”, while his chairman Eric Schmidt has declared Google is secure.

Too bad for Zuckerberg, Page, Schmidt et al, that we know already from the Snowden files, how they cooperate with the NSA. And sometimes are paid handsomely to do so.

But it seems, the big American IT and internet companies are under pressure from clients.

Update: IBM announced on October 2013 a drop in its China business by >20%. All together IBM seems to have lost 40% of sales.

Or they might have recognized, that the base of all business is trust. To regain trust, they try to blame NSA / GCHQ for everything and claim innocence, or at least ignorance about the whole matter.

What has that to do with the title of this post?

Well, it also seems, the NSA had enough of taking all the blame. And as if to remind everyone of what we learned from Edward Snowden, the

NSA general counsel Rajesh De says big tech companies like Yahoo and Google provided ‘full assistance’ in legally mandated collection of data


Don’t get me wrong. I am neither gloating, nor am I giving any of those shmocks any credit.

What I am happy about is

  1. that we left Google and F*c*book quite a while ago and
  2. that you seem to be doing the same.

Actually, you and many, many others. That makes me proud of all who do, and it makes me very happy.

With a big thank you,

Engine Room

the simple truth…

Dear diablog,

Thank heavens for Christinachristina

who keeps me sane by writing:


Lovers help each other undress before sex.

However after sex, they always dress on their

Moral of the story: In life, no one helps you
once you’re screwed.


When a lady is pregnant, all her friends
touch the stomach and say, “Congrats”.

But, none of them come and touch the man’s
penis and say, “Good job”.

Moral of the story: “Hard work is never

and follows these with…


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Hit where it hurts

Dear Reader,

There is a famous line: “No CEO ever got fired for buying IBM”.

It originates from the 70s, 80, and 90s. At that time, CEOs having no clue about IT and playing it safe, pretty much always authorized purchases from the then market leader. Even when IBM products were inferior or – more often the case – were insanely over-prized. The quote is still used in the marketing world, when describing how a market leader with a corresponding image can take advantage of ignorant clients and charge a premium.

But now IBM is under pressure. In an open letter by its Senior Vice President, Legal and Regulatory Affairs, and General Counsel, IBM is trying really hard to distance the company from the NSA spying on everyone. Imagine under how much pressure the sales people must be, if they get one of the top dogs to concern himself with this matter. I’d say, the shit hit the fan there. And American companies are being hit where it hurts, in the wallet.

The letter is pretty much the same spin you get from any American IT or internet company these days:

We are just complying with the law

Everything we do is legal

We are just follow orders

If the last one rings a bell, it should.

Because IBM has a very ugly history, when it comes to data collection and processing for government. And that is mostly ignored by the mainstream media reporting about the above mentioned letter.

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trying to get pete back…

Dear diablog,

Pete and I had a luverly lunch together recently and in conversation found ourselves debating how much control of our own lives we had.

Answer, in both cases, nothing!

This then is probably why he is missing – though he claims that it is because he has nothing to write about!


Maybe the best thing to wind him into action, as I guess he is not football orientated right now,


would be to bore the hell out of him and talk about cars – for the whole week (have I got a piece of film for you/him!) linking it, first, to a sexist advert.


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