Living in France with a hardcore right-wing dwarf as president, with presidential elections coming in 2012, I'm glad to learn that 'the future is right to left'.
And btw, which is much more important, Max is really an incredible stuff for newcomers. And I guess you never get blasé about it.
Is it just me or does Max 6 sound significantly better? You always expect to get more gadgets when you upgrade but I never really expect products to sound significantly better but Max 6 seems to. Some of the gen~ examples like gigaverb, filtering, tuned feedback just sound so much better.
But the technology IS cool. It gives you the ability to explore creative possibilities that did not exist before. If it were not so, you would not be able to explore supercollider. Which is not very cool, CSound is way cooler. ;)