Archive of October 2015

Oct 30, 2015

Anyway, how odd would it be if only one narrow characteristic were the answer to all-round success? Or if phenomena like depression never served any purpose at all? When it comes to the quest to find the one best kind of personality, perhaps it’s time to take Churchill’s advice, submit to good sense, and give up.
But perhaps the problem is not the drugs but the cage.
As if the logo wasn’t weird enough they built out inflatable versions. It’s the equivalent of a killer clown: friendly on the outside, scary on the inside.

Oct 29, 2015

That is unser Kerngeschäft.

Oct 26, 2015

Die Weltgesundheitsorganisation WHO hält verarbeitetes Fleisch für krebserregend.

Oct 24, 2015

Another exercise that is very effective is walking on colors. Pick out all the reds on a street, focusing only on red objects–brick, lights, sweaters, signs. Shift to green, blue, orange, yellow. Notice how the colors begin to stand out more sharply of their own accord. I was walking on yellow when I saw a yellow amphibious jeep near the corner of 94th Street and Central Park West. It was called the Thing. This reminded me of the Thing I knew in Mexico. He was nearly seven feet tall and had played the Thing in a horror movie of the same name, and everybody called him the Thing, though his name was James Arness. I hadn’t thought about the Thing in twenty years, and would not have thought about him except walking on yellow at that particular moment.

(From “Ten Years and a Billion Dollars” William S. Burroughs in The Adding Machine: Selected Essays, Arcade Publishing, New York, 1985)
William S. Burroughs, in one of his essays from the 60-70s, suggests "color walks" as a method of exploration. You select a particular color and look for it. This allows you to pick up on details you would otherwise miss (from personal example, a potted geranium on a third-storey window ledge). A great thing about this practice is that it allows you to "travel" in your own neighborhood. Streets that may seem overfamiliar can be viewed through a fresh lens, so to speak.

Oct 9, 2015

If the unexamined life is not worth living it’s equally true that the unlived life is not worth examining.

Oct 6, 2015

“If there’s something you really want but don’t actually need,” writes the economist Juliet Schor, “there’s a good chance that a recurring symbolic fantasy is attached to it. A faster computer? The dream of getting more work done. A remodelled kitchen? The hope of eating proper family dinners… Laying bare the fantasy illuminates the often tenuous link between the product and the dream.” The Diderot effect hurts your bank balance, but even if it didn’t, it would still be futile, because the things we’re really looking for can’t be got that way. Diderot, in his dressing gown, was chasing a wild goose.