October 31st, 2008

Tunak Tunak Tun

This is one of the happiest silly videos ever. (Of course, I'm interested in other nominees for happiest silly video.)

He's not an expert dancer, and the special effects aren't exactly smooth. It's all in the voice, the smile, the good cheer, and the giddy story line.

Link thanks to onceupone.

Beyond nice: when does virtue work?

I just saw someone say that he'd said that Obama needed to fight fire with fire, and now he realizes that the high road was better.

And I just posted this video, which has quite a bit about how to get a good open source group by protecting where the group's attention goes. This includes avoiding fights while not avoiding useful feedback.

So, I'm wondering what virtues are needed in addition to distaste for conflict. I note that "ignore them and they'll go away" is frequently just not good enough, as was shown by Kerry and the Swift Boat problem.

So, does it take courage? Intelligence? Specific knowledge about how to deal with people? Something else?

A bet

A year or two ago, I told people I was willing to bet that GW would leave office when he was legally required to do so. Oddly, considering the number of people who said they were worried about a coup, I didn't get much in the way of takers. There was one person who bet $5. I can't remember who it was, but it was definitely at a phillydruids or dvpn get-together. And someone else who bet me an ice cream sundae, but I'd have to go to her home in New England to collect.

I'm still willing to bet that he'll leave at the end of his term.