December 11th, 2012

tats

Capitalism, I did it.

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?

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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?