Not really the point.Not everyone is an attending, my friend
Blowing $500 on an oversized iPod Touch and blowing the same amount on a laptop that runs a full OS are two ridiculously different things. Reality Distortion Field sure does make people unnecessarily aggressive.Not really the point.
$500 isn't much more than you'd pay for a really basic entry-level PC or netbook. Shoot, some people pay that much for a smartphone.
If you can't afford an iPad, you should pretty much shut up, because you probably can't afford the computer that you're using to reply to this message.
Those of you using a library or other shared workstation while eating Ramen noodles and wearing the same pair of underwear for the whole week can just save your breath. It sucks to be you.
It's Steve Jobs, not the Mac, that has been said to emit a "reality distortion field" capable of convincing people of practically anything. It was coined by Apple employees.If macs did emit such a thing it would help explain many things related to Macites and Jobists.
I observed Steve in action over the next few weeks. The reality distortion field was a confounding melange of a charismatic rhetorical style, an indomitable will, and an eagerness to bend any fact to fit the purpose at hand. If one line of argument failed to persuade, he would deftly switch to another. Sometimes, he would throw you off balance by suddenly adopting your position as his own, without acknowledging that he ever thought differently.
Amazingly, the reality distortion field seemed to be effective even if you were acutely aware of it, although the effects would fade after Steve departed. We would often discuss potential techniques for grounding it (see Are You Gonna Do It?) , but after a while most of us gave up, accepting it as a force of nature.