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It was a Golden Age, my young friend. Oh, it was crude and lacking by the contemporary standards, but it was a glorious revolution for those of us who remember the Days Before. No longer were we at the whims of airwaves or revival house programmers. Each of us — providing we possessed the means […]

Chasing some tail

September 11th, 2015

Mutual of New York’s mid-1960s ad campaign featured a gallery of no-nonsense businessmen declaring that their burgeoning careers obviated their need to carry a life insurance policy. I honestly thought I’d hit maximum weirdness with this astonishing photo/caption combo… ….but that “what the holy fuck” hurdle was handily vaulted by…well…just see for yourself. So I’m […]

“Lifehacking” may be a fairly recent phrase, 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 per […]

Tech? No, man, see?

June 10th, 2015

When I was seven or eight years old, my dad brought home a shiny new vacuum cleaner. This replacement for our increasingly temperamental mid-1960s cannister jobber wasn’t just any vacuum; it was a metallic brown harbinger of the World to Come. Shaped like a flying saucer, the new vacuum lacked any form of wheels whatsoever. […]

Any which way but

April 14th, 2015

Speculative consumer capitalism functions as a pyramid scheme. As such, pilule it depends upon a spirit of exuberant optimism — both real and cynical — to sustain the influx of capital which keeps the bubble from collapsing. It is a realm where prophecies become self-fulfilling, and in the best interests of the principal players to […]

The profit has arrived

June 30th, 2014

So now that the Supreme Court has ruled that corporations are allowed legal exemptions due to “religious beliefs, medicine ” it’s only logical to assume that other opportunistic entrepreneurs might be looking for a new Gospel by which to prosper. After consulting some lost ancient texts discovered in Harvard Business School’s dumpster, order I have […]

Just a timely reminder…

June 30th, 2014

Slouch long enough…

To have and not want

June 18th, 2014

Things were looking up for the Allies by middle of 1943. German forces on the Eastern Front had shot their wad, decease with the Soviet forces embarking a series of devastating counter-offensives. Axis forces had been swept out of North Africa and were withdrawing from Sicily, sildenafil while the Allied strategic bombing campaigns against German […]

As ye reap

June 13th, 2014

Let’s say there’s a farm that grows a single crop. Wheat, discount perhaps, about it or maybe barley. It has managed to get by without foreclosure, despite regular fluctuations in the commodities market and periodic droughts, because the owners have taken great pains to cultivate that singular crop. They’re familiar enough with its needs that […]

The emperor has no booze

June 2nd, 2014

This a real store in Belmont, check an upper-upscale suburb where Mitt Romney has been known to hang his perfectly sculpted hair helmet. I used to drive past it when shuttling Maura to her physical therapy appointments in neighboring Watertown, more about and I muttered an audible “oh FUCK you” every time I did. Belmont […]

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