Men like to sit with their legs apart, as a quick glance at a train—or indeed anywhere with seats—will attest. Sometimes, women don’t understand this behaviour; occasionally, they think that it is unreasonable and selfish.
I visited Brussels for a spot of Christmas shopping this morning. As I walked along Rue Neuve, I noticed that the side streets were barricaded with barbed wire and that the riot police were out in force.
“Many years ago, I sat down with a person—an American—who was trying to sell telephone extensions into the Japanese market. His sales pitch was that every family needs five phones—one for every room in your house. Japanese people looked at him and said, ‘Well, my apartment is so small that when my phone rings, I just reach across the room and pick it up.’ He wasn’t doing so well.”
It’s geeky and Japanese, so I can’t help but laugh at this Wikipedia article about “OS-tan”—cartoon personifications of operating systems and pieces of software. The operating systems are all female, whilst “Doctor Norton, an unspeakably lecherous old doctor, personifies the Symantec Norton AntiVirus software.”
Apparently, all the cool kids aren’t bothering with pirated versions of Windows XP any more. Instead, they download a time-limited evaluation version of Windows 2003 Server directly from Microsoft, hack out the time-limit code, and change some settings to make it suitable for workstation use.