Author Topic: Loose Time in Fat City, part 4  (Read 6283 times)

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Re: Loose Time in Fat City, part 4
« Reply #15 on: March 03, 2012, 05:35:12 pm »
"One of the most interesting things about loose time is that, while it gives you a good look at the past, it can also give you a few insights about the future."

Why?

Shall I just repost the entire piece for you special, or just tell you to read more than the first sentence?
I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, shattered underpance lies,
With blown elastic, and exploded back,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Doktor Howl, Spag of Spags:
Look on my ass, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

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Re: Loose Time in Fat City, part 4
« Reply #16 on: March 03, 2012, 08:33:51 pm »
This is a fucking brilliant piece... I missed it last year.
“I’m guessing it was January 2007, a meeting in Bethesda, we got a bag of bees and just started smashing them on the desk,” Charles Wick said. “It was very complicated.”


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Re: Loose Time in Fat City, part 4
« Reply #17 on: March 20, 2012, 08:18:03 pm »
Crushingly accurate analysis, if the public's education of marketing/memetics remains at a constant (which I am unreasonably optimistic it won't).

Also:
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Jerry Pournelle insists that peace is a fallacy that we develop because there are sometimes interludes between wars.

Damn.   :x

Education won't help, because advertisers have gotten smarter.  Previously, they shoved the images into your face blatantly (bikini-clad hotties draped over cars, etc).  Now they try to get you to mostly tune out the commercial, and let repetition do its job.  You don't even really listen, so you don't analyze.  You just, over time, begin to associate "Bluebell Ice Cream" with simpler, less-stressful times.  This forms an emotional - rather than an intellectual - bond between you and the product.

If the ads or packaging features fields, sunshine, trees, kids jumping into swimming holes and/or drinking lemonade with grandpa while sitting on haybales, front porches, rocking chairs, contented animals, smiling animals, hand-stitched quilts, horse-drawn carts, or guys in overalls, it usually came from either a lab or a feedlot.
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