June, 2011


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Jun 11

You Know It’ll Happen

Self service cashiers, furniture you have to construct yourself–next we’ll have Self Service MORTICIANS.

“Fasten Attachable Gutters in kit to a large table to catch run off. Lay the deceased loved one on the table, face up, unclothed. Put on the gas mask and gloves provided, then use the razor to cut a slit in the abdomen area where indicated in fig. 2. Switch on the viscera vacuum, insert hose into slit at a 45 degree angle.

“Double check to see that extrusion hose is vented into container provided…”

SELF SERVICE EUTHANASIA AND CREMATION:

“Lie on the conveyor belt with your feet pointed toward the furnace opening. Important: DO NOT PRESS THE GREEN BUTTON WITHOUT INHALING THE PAINLESS DEATH VAPOR…Press it IMMEDIATELY after you inhale as death follows in ten seconds…”


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Jun 11

The Other Unemployment

Unemployment has multiple causes. Outsourcing and recession lay offs, yes, but don’t forget another cause: companies that sacrifice service quality to save money using machines. Phone menus, talking programs instead of customer service, automated gas stations where YOU do the work, supermarkets eliminating cashiers for self check-through, airlines pushing us toward self-check-in kiosks (where, again, they get the public to do the computer work)…

It’s all to fatten profits at the expense of quality…and it’s another cause of employment.

Additionally, people are now required, in most cases, to construct their own tables, bed frames etc, things that used to be made by workers. Those workers now are out of a job so that you can do free work for retailers and manufacturers. And o–it doesn’t make the stuff much cheaper, if at all cheaper, than it would be if that weren’t the system.


10
Jun 11

“Without a cigarette”

There are a lot of people who imagine that they have a philosophy. But what they have is an attitude. An attitude of “people who’re poor didn’t work hard enough” is not a philosophy. They construct demagogic pseudo-philosophical filigree around it and call it a philosophy, like “Objectivism”. But it’s just an attitude.

Not that there’s anything wrong with having “attitude”. Just don’t mistake it for philosophy.

“I have no attitude without a cigarette.” – Lou Reed

Me–very occasionally I smoke a cigar. At which time I have more attitude.


9
Jun 11

The Wave…and the Wave. And the Wave…

With 24 hour news, talk pundits & internet, we’ve become a crowd at a football game doing “the wave”. People ripple en masse with waves of agreement, one way; then the opposite way moments later. Not long ago, Obama was “a one-term President for sure” then recently it was “Obama can’t be defeated in 2012″; today it’s “Obama is a one term Pres” again. We react, react, react, no time to do anything but react, too much information; we’ve become like seaweed in changing currents. This way, that way, instantly.

We used to have time to think before responding…


7
Jun 11

Which Politician Today?

Some comedian said men would schtup a hole in a fence if no one was watching. Not true, it would have to be a greased hole in a fence.

“Male sexuality” should be in the thesaurus under synonyms for stupidity. (See, the Jon Hamm scenes in the movie Bridesmaids). In fact, it’s thought that parts of the brain are blocked and suppressed in males seeking sex. Which politician does this apply to today?

“Men know they are sexual exiles. They wander the earth seeking satisfaction, craving and despising, never content. There is nothing in that anguished motion for women to envy.” Camille Paglia


7
Jun 11

Refreshed or drowned?

Spirituality is good, the way drinking water from a spring is good; diverting a stream into someone’s house and flooding them, drowning them, is bad. And the latter is organized religion.


5
Jun 11

How many billions of stars in our Galaxy? How many planets? How much vast empty space?

And that’s just local. But don’t feel insignificant. Most of this is non-sentient matter. Sentient beings are sure to exist in the vast universe beyond our world–but scientists concur that sentient beings are probably relatively rare. Hence your capacity to suffer and feel joy makes you non-insignificant–makes you special, significant, in the big picture.

There may be almost 7 billion of us but in the scope of the mostly unlived-in universe, we’re a rarity. You’re a rarity.


5
Jun 11

Volunteerism as Anti Depressant

When I do volunteer work or something outside my usual instinctive selfishness, I have a blooming feeling of reward inside me, nature rewarding me sociobiologically for sustaining my tribe, helping it survive–but it seems to me it’s a kind of template representing a general plan, a *tendency* that creates the possibilities of consciousness in the cradle of simple survival…


5
Jun 11

Climate change Igloos in the American Midwest

If it’s the case that more, worse tornados and hurricanes are indeed a function of climate change, then inevitably people living in affected areas will re-think how housing is constructed. Something close to hobbit-holes may become the norm–or anyway houses shaped like half-melted igloos, that give vicious wind little purchase, more rooted in the ground too…transforming the suburban landscape…


5
Jun 11

People kept like trees in a garden by an unseen gardener

Strange thoughts come while walking down the manicured streets of my neighborhood, seeing the shaped trees in gardens, thinking that people might be like trees in a garden, personality characteristics like the color, shape, leaves of trees, imagining some entity shaping people in their lives so he can walk amongst them, in a higher dimension, thinking of them as the shrubs of his garden…