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3 O'Clock High: Minyanville Mailbag & Fallen Heroes


"Be leery of cults in any form... you know, except Minyanville"

Yesterday I wrote a Buzz with the Snark Heading: My name is Jeffmacke and I use a Macintosh?

Why was I sheepish about something as seemingly impersonal as opting for Apple (APPL) vs. the Win/Tel (MSFT, INTC see also: Going Nowhere) duopoly? Let's go to the Responses!

Keep this rule of thumb I'm just now making up in mind: 30-minutes is the Mendoza line of reader feedback. If you start getting emails within 30 minutes you've managed to ruffle some feathers. While generally a good thing, the same could be said of Jerry Springer; it might be time to lay off a little bit.

If the feedback comes more than 30 minutes after you posted a column the note is apt to be more of a Reader Think Piece. Even when voicing a dissenting opinion ("being wrong/ confused") this type of email is generally more calm and friendly in nature.

in terms of "relationship," the difference is about the same as that between a particularly emotional interaction with a store clerk and a good dinner conversation.

Within minutes, Minyan Christian e-mailed:

"Yeah! Dude, your Apple will knock your socks off and if you aren't wearing socks be careful. I've had an Apple for a couple years and will NEVER go back. If you have any questions about your Apple the discussion site on is AWESOME! As is the support at the store. Give me a shout if you have any questions (please make them simple as I'm not an in-depth computer expert; but I can find my way around pretty well.)


26-minutes after my Buzz, Prof Kevin Depew wondered:

Professor Kevin Depew: Not allowed to use Macke's G5

And inching in just under the 30 minute Line of Apathy, Minyan Magic Mark wrote:

"Congrats on your new Mac! Here's a user's guide (Danger: Contains cursing)."

For the record, my socks remain well and truly attached to my feet. All I'm looking for is a user (wife) friendly computer that doesn't freeze. Mac is better than PC's and I'm totally comfortable stating that as fact without feeling an overwhelming desire to head down to the Mac World Expo, join a drum circle and play hacky-sack with a guy who insists people address him as "Mulder."

Let us give the swirling waters of pointless controversy a wide birth to better our focus on social commentary with which we can all agree:

Homophobia Runs Roughshod Over Hollywood

My local paper, the San Francisco Chronicle, is on fire lately. Less than a week after running a color picture of Herb "Available for Wedding Receptions" Greenberg, the paper today runs the front page, top left headline: Theories Abound on Why 'Crash' Beat 'Brokeback.'

Calling the victory of Lionsgate Film's (LGF) Crash over the more hyped Brokeback Mountain "one of the most shocking upsets in Oscar history," the paper suggests the outcome resulted from "Academy voters who just weren't ready to support a love story about two gay men."

While this appealing conspiracy theory would explain the Academy overlooking Top Gun, it violates the Most Obvious Available Explanation Theory which suggests that Crash was simply the better film.

What's more, the Oscars have been irrefutably fixed and irrelevant since Kevin Costner's Dances With Wolves ("Hello... gentle... savages. Where... are... your... white... women?") beat Scorsese's Goodfellas for best picture. Until that 1990 travesty is explained, the Academy will remain dead to me.

The Most Underrated Baseball Player of All Time

Kirby Puckett died last night after suffering a stroke. Minnesota Old-Schooler Sid Hartman eulogizes Kirby in the Twin Cities Star & Tribune today.

To Sid's words I'll only add that I was lucky enough to be at game 6 of the 1990 World Series. The Twins were down 2-3 against the Braves and facing elimination. Before the game, Kirby walked into the locker room shouting for his teammates to "climb on the bus, Kirby's gonna take us home."

And he did, famously scaling the plexi-hefty bag wall in center field to rob the Braves of an 11th inning go-ahead run. Then, in the bottom of the same inning, ending the game with a homerun over the exact same spot in the outfield.

You can lead by word (Vince Lombardi) or example (Bill Russell). I'm always partial to the guys who do both; putting the pressure on themselves, and off their teammates, prior to backing it up in an enormous way. I doubt I'll ever be lucky enough to see a better example of that "follow me" brand of leadership than Kirby Puckett in that game.

He was a squatty ball of genius that night and it was a privilege to be there.
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