Tuesday, April 27, 2010

"Next Slide, Please!"




The NY Times reports today about the U.S. Army and the PowerPoint Slide from Hell.

You have no idea how addicted the Army is to PowerPoint.

I was in Bosnia when the first Lord of the Rings movie came out. I was sitting in the front row, surrounded by senior staff officers in the movie theater, when the Council of Elrond scene came up.

"The Ring cannot be unmade by any craft that we here possess. It must be taken to the fires of Mount Doom."

Pause.

"One of you must do this."

And immediately behind me, some staffer piped up:

"Next slide please!"


ADDENDUM:

"No bastard ever won a war by making a Powerpoint slide for his country.

"He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard make a PowerPoint slide for his country."


- with apologies to General George S. Patton



P.S. It says here that Bin Laden "laughed" when warned that the US response to the 9/11 attacks would be overwhelming.Musta been during a Powerpoint presentation.

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