Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Are cosmetics the secret to happiness?



I started this blog as a disgusted reaction to Sarah Palin’s nomination for the Republican vice-presidential candidate in the year... god knows... 20 and a million years ago.  Hard to believe that politics could devolve further from that low point; but it has, it has.  So much so, that I can no longer even “get it up for it” in order to enjoy writing long masturbatory diatribes about current events under the illusion that caring deeply matters some.  I don’t know if the current state of things no longer makes me angry, or if I now just suppress my futile anger into an all-pervasive blues.

Feeling blue this morning, I went for a swim.  Our local pool has a weekly rhythm all its own, depending on who shows up on what day for what different water aerobics class around which I try to time my arrivals for lap swimming.  The whole tenor of the place changes with its shifting populations.  Tuesday mornings are low key affairs with only a small contingent of aerobics mavens. 

This morning, I entered the dressing room as two women I recognized from my Tuesday forays to the pool were, unusual for them, silent in their last preparatory stages for rejoining the non-aquatic world outside.  They never greet me when I come in, and I don’t bother them; but in a dark and nasty mood, I made a bet with myself that if the women were to start talking, their conversation would be about cosmetics.  As soon as I made my silent bet, one side or the other of me won it, for not so lo and not so beholden, they started what sounded like an intense conversation about, well, cosmetics. To be fair, it was not a high stakes bet; I have heard these women wax poetic about cosmetics every single time I've walked into that place while they get ready to leave. If I had not been in such a bad mood, I would have smiled.   

The two of them seem happy enough.  Maybe I should take up cosmetics as a subject of intense scrutiny. Could it be that face paste is the secret to happiness?  When I do think about the industry, it’s always along the lines of animal testing and exfoliating beads clogging up the oceans.  Alas, I must be doing something wrong.


Thursday, January 9, 2014

Upping the Ante: Chris Christie

I did not think it was possible for someone to be less graceful or gracious than President Obama.  

I was wrong.  


Chris Christie Jersey Shore


Thursday, January 2, 2014

It's Exciting!

691279

 I'm only on page 36,  
 but this is the most exciting book 
 I've read in years!  

Friday, November 1, 2013

Smoke and Mirrors


-          Let’s do a C.T. scan
-          Ok.
-          All C.T.'s are scheduled for Wednesday
-          Ok.  How much do they cost?
-          840 dollars. Some insurance companies cover 100%, others 80%, and  others....
-          Ooooh, I knooow my insurance most definitely does not cover 100%.
-          We give you a 50% discount if you pay in full when you come in.
-          Oh that’s good, I’ll do that, is that after the insurance pays their  part?
-          No.

Riddle: how much does a C.T. scan really cost?

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Business News



Facebook stock is up 40%.  Apparently the “biness” is growing; meaning there are more users.  It is also developing, or has developed, a mobile app; meaning more people are on it, in more places, at all times.  But it is revenue that makes stocks go up, not mere usage, and Facebook revenue seems to be up as well.  Good for Facebook and its stock owners.  A company that produces fuck-all and makes money selling advertising is doing better than the broader stock market with stocks of companies that actually produce tangible goods.  Granted Facebook “produces” a communication environment; and god knows, maybe those communicating on it actually exchange productive ideas... 
    

I’m nothing if not optimistic in my pessimism.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

2nd quote for the day

Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.
Pablo Picasso

gimme a hammer


…I miss the days when I used to come to my blog freely and just write whatever came to mind.  These days I feel more self-conscious: paranoia assumes a viewer.  God knows why, for the chances of people actually reading what I write in this miasma of information that surrounds us is very low, random, and in the end, quite meaningless (though once upon a time, it actually got read with consequences)

Assuming a viewer can sometimes be a good thing. I do think it can help one grow as an artist; but it can also act as a barrier to work.  What’s all that bullshit (though not such bullshit) Lacan said about the toddler facing himself in the mirror and “realizing” that his ego is formed by “others” (or some such thing), leading to all kinds of neurosis?  In theory: part and parcel of growing up…old(er). 

Sometimes I get blocked in the studio for the same reason I stopped blogging as often as I used to. Time to bust up the mirror.  As that despicable man and sometimes great artist (Picasso) said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up."