“While Dell and HP have solid ties to the Chinese market in terms of products and even strong local presence, one can potentially see that Lenovo’s purchase of the IBM PC group may turn out to be one of the most important business deals of this century. Not only has Lenovo been able to extend its brand into the U.S. through this acquisition, but there is a distinct possibility that it could eventually emerge as the number one world-wide technology company during this century. Some top tech execs I talked to here believe that Lenovo will use its Chinese power base to leverage not only its manufacturing capabilities but also its pool of engineering talent and marketing opportunities to eclipse its current global competitors. Interestingly, when the Lenovo/IBM deal was first announced, I thought that the longtime IBM execs were somewhat crazy to move over to Lenovo. Now it looks as if they understood this Chinese connection better than most of us.”
Backstory — early this week a commercial fishing boat pulled a body up in its nets about 20 miles east of Cape Cod, called the Coast Guard, and brought the body ashore for identification. Identification was performed and yesterday the district attorney said the corpse was one of two Bay Staters buried at sea in recent years, and this body was one of them (buried in 2001).
Images of a canvas-wrapped corpse, with a ballast stone at its feet, sliding off a plank and from beneath a flag, down to Davy Jones’ Locker …
Chilling if you think about it. Me? I hope to be cremated and scattered on the sea myself (I have my own elaborate ritual planned involving a bluefish blitz), but slip me over the side to become crab food? The creepiest part — especially for the poor fishermen clearing the net, was this:
“The corpse was in good condition, according to Walsh, with skin and face still intact. The only thing missing was a foot, he said. â€œI cannot believe it was in the water for six years,â€ Walsh said.
“Oâ€™Keefe said the circumstances of the burial were such that it is â€œvery understandableâ€ that the body would be in good shape. He declined to disclose any more about the circumstances of the burial out of respect for the familyâ€™s privacy. “
I feel for the family. Having one’s loved one exhumed in such a way has to be very difficult. One would assume a burial at sea is a very final act. Now they have to do it again.
Here’s the Navy FAQ on burial at sea.