It’s been difficult to focus on work lately, let alone find the time to contemplate something worthy of a blog post. The distraction of the presidential race is too compelling. My wife and I are glued to the television, CNN, FOX, MSNBC. I’m starting to have lucid dreams about dastardly swifti-boat word documents. Just make it stop. Just make it stop!
Those of you outside the U.S. probably find all this a bit humorous, but its actually rather serious business. There has been so much media coverage lately and the mood around here is so pro civic duty, I actually spent a few minutes today thinking about who I might vote for in the upcoming election. Generally, I start by making a list of the pros and cons for each candidate, highlighting the ones that most correspond to and diverge from my own personal views, and then I wad it up into a ball and toss it in the waste basket, because when it comes down to it there is only one factor that matters to me any more, and that’s style.
It doesn’t matter so much what each candidate believes, what programs they are for or against, or their history of executing on them. It doesn’t matter what system they are affiliated with or what platform they choose to build upon. It’s just about style. A candiate with a good style, easy to understand, direct and to the point gets my vote every time.
I realize you may find this a bit unorthodox, but in my experience bad style is a sure sign of an unfocused mind; sloppiness leads to a whole host of potential problems. So before I punch my chit this November I want to have a few questions answered by both Bush and Kerry. Do you put the open curly on the same line or the next? Do you indent? How many characters? 4? 2? 8?!! Whitespace or tabs?
Style is serious.
But I digress.