Archive for September, 2011

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you…

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

It seems like suddenly I’m posting daily, not sure why that is. Today’s post has kind of written itself through the feeds. It started with word that the OccupyTogether movement now lays claim to 66 ‘occupations’ in America and around the wider world, and is set to touch down at the London Stock Exchange on October 15th.

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Draper is mocking you

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

[They disabled the embed, the dicks. Find it here.]

It appears someone somewhere is asking us to take this seriously. Says it’s creator: “In all seriousness, the most compelling elements of Facebook’s Timeline are the ones that made Kodak’s Carousel popular. Reminiscing is a social activity. It always has been, and now Facebook is bringing that activity online.”

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“I go to bed and dream of another recession.”

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

This is such an immaculate portrait for the times. His American Psycho chic, the reverent zeal in his eyes as he lets us in on his little secret, framed by the astons of BBC News and the bewilderment of its anchors in the face of something approximating reality.

The ebullient indifference to the human dimension of recession, the assumption that all anyone could, should or would want to do in the face of it is turn profit.

This is the guy #OccupyWallStreet is gunning for, him and thousands like him getting their little dicks hard at night thinking about growing unemployment, failing education, unaffordable healthcare.

Remember his face. When things get worse, remember that guys like him are sleeping all the better for it.

[UPDATE 12:47 27/09/2011] Speculation now rife that ‘Rastani’ is actually an invention of the culture-jamming group the Yes Men. If that proves true, I guess the portrait has its artist.

[UPDATE 16:49 27/09/2011] It has been confirmed that Rastani was NOT one of the Yes Men, by the Yes Men. Leaving the rest of us to reflect on the fact that, when a trader broke cover and told us exactly how it is, our first reaction was to presume it satire.

A problem starting to #OccupyWallStreet

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Mainstream media coverage of the #OccupyWallStreet protest currently taking place in the Big Apple has been conspicuously muted thus far. It took the NYPD getting heavy-handed with some protesters at the weekend to bring it into focus for the New York press, and signs are there that the wider world is starting to wake up to this small but by no means insignificant movement. That being the case, these comments by Noam Chomsky couldn’t come at a better time:

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Those analogue days

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

In which the author: deactivates his Facebook account; pits Barrett vs Malick; discovers a forgotten email; reflects on life, and the human faculty of memory; realises that Mitt Romney must be a total ass-hat.

So I’m sat here, on a Friday night in. Ems and the girls are asleep upstairs, I’m sorting through a laptop I’ve brought back from work. It’s three or four years old now, I’m not sure what that is in computer years, but it’s definitely time to install pipe and slippers.

About half an hour ago I deactivated my Facebook account. Not an all-out deletion, but I’ve been building up to opting out for a while and I can’t see myself coming back any time soon.

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Gone fishing. Here’s Fisher.

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Haven’t posted much lately. Sure I’ll be back at some point. In the mean time, here’s a picture of Carrie Fisher and her stunt double catching some rays on the set of Return of the Jedi.

Libya: The Timeline

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

2011
David Cameron: “Gaddafi was a monster.”

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1984
“To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it, to believe that democracy was impossible and that the Party was the guardian of democracy, to forget, whatever it was necessary to forget, then to draw it back into memory again at the moment when it was needed, and then promptly to forget it again, and above all, to apply the same process to the process itself — that was the ultimate subtlety; consciously to induce unconsciousness, and then, once again, to become unconscious of the act of hypnosis you had just performed. Even to understand the word ‘doublethink’ involved the use of doublethink.”