Armagideon Time

Posts tagged ‘dubious foodstuffs’

I am not a social creature by nature, but this time of year always makes me feel a little nostalgic about the holiday parties of my childhood. Dealing with the crowds and noise was a vastly different affair as a kid than it is for an adult. Apart from the requisite, perfume-reeking “OH MY YOU […]


August 31st, 2017

The “internet of things” bullshit is hardly a new phenomenon, but the current incarnation of something that dates back to the dawn of the industrial revolution. Mass production requires mass consumption, yet the mechanics of economies of scale mean that supply will eventually outstrip consumer demand. There are only so many stoves, toasters, or automobiles […]

A feast for the ages

November 17th, 2015

I spent part of my morning watching some Twitter pals argue about the “correct” ways to dress a hamburger. It’s the latest front in the eternal FoodWars (which I could have tagged with a “#, viagra order ” but I’m that far gone yet), neurosurgeon and once again it demonstrates how far removed my blue […]

“Lifehacking” may be a fairly recent phrase, prostate but the sentiment behind it was a core principle of the American Century and the consumer capitalism taken as both a cause and effect of its brand of triumphalism. It was a drive for Convenience and “Efficiency” in all things. That it also happened to increase the […]

Minor reservations

May 12th, 2014

Best of AT: Feed your head

April 20th, 2014

(the following was originally posted to AT 1.0 back on March 23, this 2008) While I’ve used the above cover to The Unexpected #202 (September 1980) in at least two previous posts, I’ve actually never managed to get around to discussing the actual story to which it loosely refers. It’s a grevious omission on my […]

A most insatiable hunger

March 26th, 2014

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with straight shots of crème de menthe? The idea has certainly has me feeling a little green around the gills. Recommended listening: All I need is a ceili partner. Remember a time when journalists covered the really important issues? (LIFE, prescription 8/18/1941) Me, neither.

The condiment is life, salve see how red it flows. How sharp yet sweet it feels on the tongue. Savor it, there and feel pity for those timid shades who claim that mayo is superior. Recommended listening: Pylon – Feast on My Heart (from Gyrate, 1980) Served raw and throbbing with a garnish of barbed […]

Striking gold

August 30th, 2012

My explorations of post-WW2 American pop and commercial culture have truly hammered home the contradictions inherent in comsumer capitalism’s notion of “freedom of choice.” While the concept is an oft-cited example of the free market’s superiority over the tyranny of centrally planned economies, doctor the realities of corporate consolidation and bulk production — where a […]

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