Saturday, August 25, 2012


Children are happy when they encounter a mysterious garden full of odd-looking trees and interesting creatures.

Much better than the predictable play area in a municipal park.

Tourists are happy when they come across an 'undiscovered' city, with exotic buildings and friendly natives.

Much better than the boring resorts to which travel companies like to send us.

In life there should be an element of serendipity.

(Although we should avoid extremes)

At New Scientist, Catherine de Lange suggests that we get out of the groove.

She writes that "an emerging body of research suggests that chance is a vastly underappreciated ingredient in human happiness."

Aangirfan researched the Nevada hotel occupied by Prince Harry.

In the days that followed, adverts for horrid hotels in Nevada popped up on the pages we looked at on Facebook, Flickr, YouTube etc.

Nevada is the ultimate boring, nasty resort.

Catherine de Lange points out that "recommender systems are algorithms that use your purchases, likes and browsing history, as well as those of other people, to work out what future purchases you might be interested in."

The big corporations want to remove 'serendipity' from our lives.

They want us to be predictable, "always going to the same bar on a Friday night, for example."

They want us to be an automatons, with no free will.

They argue that taking the uncertainty out of life is "a good strategy for happiness".

But, uncertainty can sometimes be a good thing.

When God plays golf, he does not always want to get a hole in one.

That would not be any fun.

Catherine de Lange points out that there is "a phenomenon psychologists call the pleasure paradox: we want to understand the world, but that understanding can rob us of the pleasure we get from unexpected events."

Try something new. Explore somewhere new.

Adding an element of chance can "boost our mood in the day-to-day".

The big corporations want us to get our news and for our purchases only from them.

They want us to live in a "filter bubble".

According to Danah Boyd, of Microsoft Research in Cambridge, Massachussetts, 'We've lost the recognition that connecting to people whose world views are fundamentally different is important.'

According to Catherine de Lange, "She traces that to a shift in attitude around 2005 when, she says, media focus on online predators led to 'a moral panic around stranger danger'."

"One of the most important things is letting your kids embrace serendipity," says Boyd. "That's what it used to mean to get on your bike and go out to wherever. We have lost that."

Over the past few years, the Pew Research Center in Washington DC has found that fewer US teens are riding bikes...

It's time to boycott the news and products from the big corporations.

No more Disney, no more McDonald's, no more Coke, no more BBC...

We need to demonstrate that we have free will.


aferrismoon said...

" In the great quasi "democracies,"
so far as the general scheming of things is concerned
the individual no longer exists.
Mass production anticipates
the individual's selective functioning."

No More Secondhand God - R.Buckminster-Fuller.

In many cities there are special pubs and clubs for the Brits and Irish groups to patronise, as they are unable to appreciate the individuality of any city they visit.

It seems many people desire predictability - sitting on the beach reading '50 Shades of Grey [ a telling title, 50 shades of the same thing], tweeting ' Im sunbathing' or flicking themselves off to the latest BatMovie, except that now Batman and Robin are played by Richard and Judy.


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A little old man is asked what he would do differently if he could live his life over.

"Sure, I would part my hair on the other side", he said.


Speaking of corporations wanting people to do the same things over and over, have you ever had anything to do with autistic/asberger people? Everything must be the same every time - from a kid who must have his pancake cut into exact 1" squares to a bloke who gets narky if it isn't the same night and the same pub.

And then we plug autism into a corporate promoted/government mandated thimerosol vaccination campaign and um... what do we get? As far as I'm concerned thimerosol isn't an accident but in all probability the point of the exercise.

I don't know that there's anything about autistic people that would count as bad as far as the death cult is concerned. Exhausted, penniless parents - good. Emotionless, tech-savvy automatons - good. People incapable of bonding or raising children - good. And consumers who buy the same thing over and over forever - it's all good.

God knows whether they designed thimerosol with this in mind, or just got lucky and ran with it, but either way it gets a death cult design award.

Anonymous said...


Stars Earn Stripes

War as "reality" TV. Don't know whether to laugh my arse off or weep like a baby. Maybe both.

The Evil Empire has now officially gone full retard.

I hope they have some realistic "missions". You know, like massacring villagers by remote control, transporting opium to be laundered by Clearstream and Citigroup. That sort of thing. For the sake of verisimilitude.

And, yes, the beautiful dark woman in the picture is Laila Ali, Muhammed Ali's daughter.

Yes, that Muhammed Ali: the muslim boxer who personally opposed the Vietnam war at great personal cost to himself.

Now his daughter is glorifying satan's soldiers, who murder muslims and now christians in the Middle East.

I wonder how much Laila got for her soul.

Such a pity. Mostly I feel sorry for her father.

Beauty and physical prowess offer no protection against incinerating Perfect Justice.

What a bunch of clueless, bloodthirsty clowns. Even now they are being quietly judged.

"You are no longer actors in a movie. You are five men in a helicopter... with three other men."

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