The Corpus Callosum

Unflattering Comparison

In his article about what
is wrong with Windows Vista
, PC Mag’s John Dvorak
unintentionally disrespects northern Michigan:

Until now, Microsoft could sell code
better than anyone, but it seems the company would rather sell
services: software as a service, ads, search engine
results—you name it. This is like the local storefront that
opens as a knife-sharpening business and is soon selling junk jewelry,
moose heads, toaster repair, and cheap chocolate. In the meantime, the
knife-sharpening business goes by the wayside.

There are hundreds of businesses just like that in small towns in
northern Michigan.  Most of them are doing just fine.
 They are literally mom and pop stores, where mom does one
thing, and pop another: fishing lures and decorated pie plates, things
like that.  And moose heads.  They don’t sell cheap
chocolate, but they have some really good fudge.  It is a
perfectly good business model.  

Software comes and goes.  The demand for moose heads is


  1. #1 Karen
    November 13, 2007

    I would have said the demand for good fudge is perpetual. 🙂

  2. #2 stumpy
    November 15, 2007

    Some of them also sell magazines like “Soldier of Fortune”. Once, when I was living in Marquette, on the shore of Lake Superior, I was treated to some young kids dragging the bloody carcass of a deer they’d just shot, clear across the floor of one of these little mom-and-pop places, leaving a trail of gooey red slime. It was a long way from Ann Arbor.

  3. #3 Dan
    November 18, 2007

    All that unnecessary killing of animals. How disgusting.
    What is wrong with Michigan?
    One can only imagine what your idea of “doing just fine” is.
    Morbid obesity from the fudge creating an amazing layer of fat that makes it possible to swim year-round in Lake Superior?
    Thanks for reminding me why I no longer live in the land of Ted Nugent and Sea Cows.

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