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Capitalism, I did it. - Tactical Ninja

Dec. 11th, 2012

10:06 am - Capitalism, I did it.

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Huh. I've been working with Microsoft Office applications since *mumblefuck*, and I only just realised that the little taskbar icons have letters on them - W for Word, X for Excel, O for Outlook, P for Powerpoint. I guess either I'm not very observant, or that wasn't particularly good design. Hmm..

Meanwhile, call me a grinch but I'm over Christmas carols already. It's not that I'm against Christmas or anything, but they stick in your head and GIDDY UP JINGLE HORSE PICK UP YOUR FEET is not something I need to be thinking over and over all day, you know? What the fuck is a jingle horse anyway? Can I get one in Skyrim?


I don't do a lot of Christmas acknowledgement, but I do give gifts to a few people. Because of work and shearing and the geeky nature of the pople I care about, I try to do as much shopping as I can online to save time wandering around the shops. I know I could make stuff but I'm not sure my friends would appreciate hastily-thrown-together copies of Dragon Age staffs, you know. Or, home made undies from fun fur. Hey, I might be onto something there... uh..

So, um, thank fuck for the internet. Yup.

What this means is that for the couple of weeks before Christmas, parcels arrive one after the other. Yay parcels! It's like I get presents, then I get to give them to other people! Two gifts for the price of one!

But in some cases, it's literally two gifts for the price of one. I bought *thing* from *internet shop* and they sent it to me. Then they sent it to me again. Now I have two *things*. They are exactly the same. I have a home for one of them, but the other is, well, not mine really. I didn't pay for it. I didn't pay shipping for it either - I only paid for one *thing*.

But in order to return it, I have to send it back, and because I live at the arse-end of nowhere in global terms, that means shipping it back costs almost as much as the product is worth. I could probably get refunded for shipping, but I've read the returns policy and it doesn't actually say anything about if they send you extra stuff by mistake.

So do I keep it, or send it back? It's not something I would use but I could give it to someone else. Or I could be all dutiful and go through the hoops required to get a refund for the extra cost to me of returning it.

Oh, the dilemma!

Yes, this is the biggest problem in my life right now and for that I am thankful.


We've started watching a documentary series about the 20th Century, called The Century of the Self. The first episode is about Edward Bernays and his belief, based in the idea of his Uncle Sigmund, that people should be manipulated en masse to keep them docile. One of his first 'successes' in public relations was convincing women to smoke. His view was that cigarettes represented a penis so women who smoked would feel they had one of their own, and thus feel empowered. I guess that's possible, but it could also be the empowerment of participating in an act of rebellion - the men say I shouldn't smoke and look, here I am, smoking! Ha!

Anyway, it seems this guy is responsible for a lot of the foundational stuff of consumer culture. From what I gather, it seems he was also a sociopath. Awesome.

In other news, I have sunburn behind my ears and on the back of my neck, up in my hair. I have to put sunscreen in my hair. Who does that?

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From:pombagira
Date:December 10th, 2012 09:24 pm (UTC)
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for me that would depend on the company that the item came from. if it was a large corporate kinda place like amazon etc, which for me would say that they can afford to feck it up on occasion and send someone two items.. i would keep it. however it is was a smaller company, owned not by a corporate conglomerate, then i would be more likely to sent it back, mostly because i like to support smaller companies who pay their taxes and provide good service and good products.. err yeah

for me its a scale thing... as for the second item.. i would ponder giving it to someone else who needed/wanted it, in a somewhat anonymous supprise present kinda way... if that would be possible... *ponders this to* of course that would depend on what the thing is... *beams*
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From:tatjna
Date:December 10th, 2012 09:34 pm (UTC)
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Heh, your comment made me go and look up some background information on the company. Turns out it's a public company that recently sacked a bunch of people, sold a whole lot of subsidiary companies, and appointed an entertainment industry executive to its board of directors. It's not a huge company but it seems to be doing quite nicely. Hmm..
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From:pombagira
Date:December 10th, 2012 09:38 pm (UTC)
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ohh now i am thinking of twinkies.. cause of the whole sold subsidiary companies..
also often when a company asset strips i reccon they are mining for money, so to speak.. and not always for fair purposes, usally for greedy ones.. so profits become king and people become equipment... ack..

i'm so judgey *grins*
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From:tatjna
Date:December 10th, 2012 09:59 pm (UTC)
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Yep, everyone's getting Twinkies for Christmas. Because they don't go off. Ever.
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From:pombagira
Date:December 10th, 2012 10:00 pm (UTC)
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ohh.. yay.. can i have a flying pony made from twinkies?


*is silly*
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From:bekitty
Date:December 10th, 2012 11:56 pm (UTC)
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Unless you buy them from a snack machine, in which case they come pre-expired for your convenience.
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From:tatjna
Date:December 10th, 2012 09:56 pm (UTC)
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I'm going to wait till I've watched the whole thing before forming an opinion. However, based in having watched the first one only, it doesn't seem to me that consumerism as the main driver of social change in the 20th Century was really his thesis.

So far he seems more interested in what Freud had to say and how that affected the various processes of social control in context.

But you and I both know that we're really just wanking because there hasn't been a good shitfight on here in ages.

[edited because I can't even get my double negatives right today]

Also, I'm a hanging rack girl myself:



Edited at 2012-12-10 10:04 pm (UTC)
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From:tatjna
Date:December 11th, 2012 12:56 am (UTC)
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Ah, I couldn't tell whether you were being unrelentingly intelligent or obscurely meta. I'm still not sure tbh.

Anyway, I think seeing Adam Curtis for the first time after having watched stuff by Mike Moore is likely to give me a different perspective. And while that parody has a point, I think it underestimates people's intelligence - which is one of the arguments I saw in last night's doco. This is apparently something common to many creators of media.

Meanwhile, I detect something of myself in Curtis's writing style. Whether that's good, bad or just egotistical I'm not even gonna touch.
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From:_fustian
Date:December 12th, 2012 06:18 am (UTC)
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I spent a week last month watching All The Adam Curtis. I absolutely love it, not least because it depicts in a serious and rather po-faced manner a political worldview largely indistinguishable (albeit absent most of the David Ickeyness) from the pananoid conspiracy metafiction I've spent the last decade not actually finishing. I highly recommend "The Trap", which explains how the shadowy Rand Corporation employed the movie-famous schizophrenic and sociopathic mathematician John Nash to develop Game Theory from a cold war strategic weapon into the central ideological thesis of market capitalism, and in the process doomed society. Pure genius.
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From:caycos
Date:December 10th, 2012 09:48 pm (UTC)

Returning unasked for things

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If it was in NZ, and if the value of the item was more than, say, $10, I'd probably just send it back.

Overseas though, I'd probably email them and say 'hey you sent me two, do you need it back? if you do, can you please send me a pre-paid bag?'

And they'd probably either not reply, or else say 'we can't, so I guess you keep it'.

I think I'd feel bad about just not doing anything..
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From:tatjna
Date:December 10th, 2012 09:58 pm (UTC)

Re: Returning unasked for things

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That's a good idea, I just emailed them. ;-)
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:December 10th, 2012 09:50 pm (UTC)
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BTW - I bought something on trademe to be sent to your work (since I didn't know my work address).

But given what the object in question is (a power adaptor), I'm guessing it's not the duplicate item you are talking about!
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From:tatjna
Date:December 10th, 2012 09:59 pm (UTC)
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A power adaptor? For me? You shouldn't have!
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From:thesecondcircle
Date:December 10th, 2012 10:29 pm (UTC)
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Boy is he romantic! ;)
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From:russiandolls
Date:December 10th, 2012 09:59 pm (UTC)
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I'd contact the seller and let them know.... More than likely it won't be worth their while bothering to get it back, and then you won't have any choice but to hold onto it(/give it away).
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From:dragonvyxn
Date:December 11th, 2012 01:25 am (UTC)
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oh my god, i hate bernays. i was sooooo pissed off when i found out about what he did with smoking and women. so disgusted. such a sick twisted jackass. yeah. sorry that has no substance. i'm just mad.
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From:richaarde
Date:December 11th, 2012 01:33 am (UTC)
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Keep it. It isn't your problem if they don't know how to keep their orders straight.
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From:downwardlashes
Date:December 11th, 2012 04:19 am (UTC)
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Keep it but find someone to gift it to. Yay all around, right?
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From:bewarethefish
Date:December 11th, 2012 05:09 am (UTC)
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Fishpond? I sent duplicate copies back the first couple of times and then thought fuck it your systems are broke and your delivery is too slow and I'm not going to buy anything from your any more anyway and didn't bother returning the duplicates the third and fourth times.
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From:dreadbeard
Date:December 11th, 2012 05:27 am (UTC)
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Pretty much all of Curtis' stuff is well worth a look. I have ranted about CoTS many times.
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From:vernacularity
Date:December 11th, 2012 05:28 am (UTC)
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and there I am NOT receiving the wookie hoodie I ordered 5 weeks ago.
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From:khaybee
Date:December 11th, 2012 08:59 am (UTC)
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spray sunscreen is good for in your hair, because if you are anything like me, sometime late next week, the peeling sunburn will look like The Worst Dandruff Evar. Kinda adds insult to injury.
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From:tatjna
Date:December 11th, 2012 07:05 pm (UTC)
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Mmm, something to look forward to!
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From:slavezombie
Date:December 11th, 2012 06:58 pm (UTC)
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I would wait. Sooner or later somebody will realize what they did and bill you for it. Either that, or send original package which was paid for and get a refund. Then you can call yourself such things this season as grinch or scrooge which is still within the Christmas spirit of things.
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