Friday, 26 April 2013

'WARS: from your bedroom to your workplace, an in-depth review of the wars plaguing modern society'

It's disparaging to see the state of society these days, we live in a world where we are so coddled by our governments that we follow the wars that they deem important for us to view, and not other, perhaps even more important wars.

as it stands we live in a superposition of 'war'
we're in wars, and not yet in wars at the same time! this is the stuff that shatters paradigms people!

and we also have so many definitions of the word 'war' that we should basically assume there's a war on the very fabric of our syntax,

we're in a society where we've got 'traditional' wars, which played out exactly how Lord of the Rings did
(the governments are trying to keep that one a secret, but we're onto you).

but if you're reading this right now, you know, and probably all too forlornly (FOR ISENGAARD), that the time of traditional war is over, and you might not be able to handle what comes next.

over the next few posts I will be focusing on the 'wars' we face in current society, from the well known in-your-face type wars to the more discrete wars.  I will also attempt to prove that we may just have opened the can of worms a bit too early, and that we may soon reach the 'singularity' of imminent wars.

Friday, 22 February 2013

Target usurps Zellers in Canada

with Wal-Mart shopping at an all time high, and monopolizing Canada with it's chain of retail superstores, it was only a matter of time until it's true competitor came to the Canadian market.

Target has been setting up base in Canada since early 2012, and has been undermining fully homegrown and run businesses like Zellers, a retail chain that could be compared to Wal-Mart on a smaller scale.  Target had an interesting plan when they made their foray into Canada:
first, Target bought most (if not all) of the leases to the buildings Zellers stores across Canada, and waited on the leases to expire.
second, they took over the Zellers union, dismantling it and laying off employees.
finally, they 'saved face' by offering the old Zellers employees their jobs back - at a severely reduced rate, thanks to the deflated union.

it's companies like these that bring a marked shift to the employment sector, sure jobs are being created, but the majority of the jobs produced are at or close enough to minimum wage that the impact they have on the overall economy is almost negligible.

to anyone affected by this situation or any like it, try to make more work for the manager of the store - go shopping and on your way out demand copies of the surveillance tapes, put stuff back on the wrong shelf, or just take a dump in the dairy aisle, that would definitely get your point across.

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

the uphill battle of stupidity on facebook

some days it's hard to feel like there's anything good left in the world, and then you get on facebook and realize that there are a few good things left, but they're diminishing pretty rapidly.

facebook was founded on a principle,
i'm not entirely sure what principle, as the endless debate of Facebook privacy issues seems to placate the masses.  every now and then a quick nod is tossed to privacy concerns by a few citizen watchdogs who duly inspect Facebook's policy with caution and their fingers ready to spam post their unwitting 'friends' with notices every now and again, but the issue has evolved and no one has noticed.

for every 'like' companies like McDonalds gets, for every comment they get on their inane questions and absurd photos, they profit.  you've spent your leisure time promoting a companies grasp on you when you associate your name with their group, they can pull any information you've left mistakenly unsecured and use it to sell to other marketing companies, or worse.

i propose the next time you see a post from a company on Facebook with a question that needn't even be asked, or a photo that's posted specifically for it's ability to fulfill the old adage "a picture's worth 1000 words", maybe take some time, and spend that time doing something productive, like watching porn, or gambling on online casinos.

Monday, 14 January 2013

a short story - "perffect" - part 1

he's there again

it didn't take much to wake Sam at night, for every dream he inevitably fell into was just as tenuous as his grip on reality.
this time when he woke from his often punctuated slumber, he decided to take action.

sliding from his bed silently, Sam found his way to his shuttered window.
as he angled himself to see out the blind without being noticed, he heard the familiar scrape of a cheap metal folding chair.

>every morning that awful scraping waking him up in the early twilight had changed his biological clock, he managed to awaken just prior to the mysterious arrival early on.

peering out the corner of the shutters, Sam saw the folding chair, and a being garbed entirely in black clothing, to Sam's unadjusted eyes, it often just looked like an empty chair.

>he'd only noticed the presence of the visitor after a fairly provocative political message had been sprayed on the buildings parallel to his own.  not shy to admit his agreement with the quite expansive work that had seemingly popped up overnight, Sam took a photo and uploaded it to the internet.

backing away from the window the still silent Sam searched for the spotlight he had purchased specifically for this purpose, and found his way back to the window.

>the political message had remained up for weeks, it was surprising no-one had done anything about it, despite Sam's condolences, it was still a very controversial topic.  Sam saw interest in the photo skyrocket online, it was being re-posted and discussed at length all over the message boards and discussion forums.

sidling back up to the window Sam slid his binoculars and prepared to aim the floodlight right where he recalled the chair to be.  pulling back the shutters with the vengeance of many lost nights' sleep, Sam leveled his light and held his binoculars firmly to his face.  without skipping a beat he located the empty chair at breakneck speed, and his disappointment was overcome by shock when he noticed a new politically motivated message had popped up.  sighing a heavy breath of surprised relief, Sam sat back down on his bed, wondering if he had really wanted to see the artist's face.

the next morning, Sam woke up, and peered semi-cautiously through his blinds to admire the new message, when for the second time he was shocked at what he found:  the message had disappeared, though the folding chair remained.

scratching his head and walking over to his fridge, Sam tried to remember the message, but couldn't come up with anything.  it was only when he drifted off into sleep that night he faintly recalled the message, but was unable to decipher the message before drifting off:

                                                           " KEEP WATCH "

Monday, 16 May 2011

what does richard dawkins dream about at night?

first things first, fuck richard dawkins.  that 'atheist' prick loves to quote evolutionary biology and look down on religious groups, all the while with a smug, shit-eating grin on his face. he's such an obvious troll and goes nowhere with his arguements.

now i'm not saying he's wrong in any way, praying to a god is just as useful as bowling with no arms, try as hard as you may, the one time you knock down a pin isn't a sign to keep on truckin'.  but the way i see it, he's just trying to checkmate theism's view of evolution so he can sleep better at  night (complete with aforementioned smug, shit-eating grin).

this brings me to someone of credible authority, who we can all (hopefully) agree that has some solid points and is a general all around genius:

Stephen Hawking

the man has contributed so much to his fields of theoretical physics and the entire scientific community, i mean hell, just take a glance at his awards and credentials sections on wikipedia.
here you'll note that not only did he earn his degrees (dawkins receives honorary degrees on the reg.), but he receives awards that actually MEAN something. dohoho richard dawkins atheist of the year, congrats...

so when he goes all out and says
heaven is a fairy tale, for the weakminded
i feel more inclined to believe him (and so should you) than someone who sits in a chair and says "religion is a farce because derp, evolution is real, checkmate atheists" (keep in mind this chessgame may as well be with toddlers).  hawking has dealt with insurmountable odds his entire life, and look at the shit he's accomplished.  CPH over at 365 reasons to kill yourself might argue that if you can't pull the shit hawkings done, you may as well go ahead and kill yourself right now.

not only is stephen hawking not afraid of death, but he has more intelligence in one of his immobile pinkies than dawkins has in his entire body, nuff said.

just my two cents, but hey, the canadian dollar is worth more than the american, so more like 2.0265 cents,  well, it was..

as a parting gift to say thankyou for reading my ramblings, i thought i'd leave you with a chill track to bring down your rage towards dawkins and non-educated atheists the world over, enjoy!

Saturday, 14 May 2011

manchester orchestra... continued

i got some positive comments regarding the manchester orchestra song i posted, so i thought i'd toss another one to you guys, another one of their FUCKING FANTASTIC tracks from simple math, performed live on letterman last thursday.

the death of originality, or what i thought about while levelling a massive backyard all day

so yesterday ( or earlier today, this damn time zone change has messed me up ) i mentioned that No Strings Attached, the new Ashton Kutcher film carried similar plot points to When Harry Met Sally.  today i realized i'd been catching hollywood quite frequently at their horrible frankenstein-like mashups of movies these days. 

i mean there's the horribly obvious "pocahontas-in-space" that was Avatar, and then the straight up remake of Spy Kids 3D that was Tron: Legacy (yes i'm dead fucking serious MAJOR plot point synchonicity, also if you didn't catch at the very LEAST the first spy kids you're missing out).  and those are just two of the many i'm sure i could come up with if i spent more than two minutes thinking about it.

so what the hell happened? obviously somewhere along the line where sequels became notorious for being wayyy worse than the originals, the stereotype stuck.  i feel like it's come to the point where i'll end up KNOWING the film i'm about to view is terrible ( a sequel ) but i'm oddly at peace with it.

i am but a humble, little followed blogger at the moment, but hopefully i can get the word out to more than just my social group about the OBVIOUS rip-offs we're paying so much to see these days.

i mentioned No Strings Attached, Avatar, and Tron : legacy, am i missing any? let me know if you've noticed similar trends in movies, hell, even TV shows, and just exactly how you feel about it.

(also watch the spy kids movies ha-ha)