TGI(B)F?

If the image appears a tad blurry it’s because pretty much everything out there is in vigorous motion.

Well, it’s not what I would call black, but then neither is it exactly a bright, bright, sunshiny Friday out there.

We are presently enjoying a thundering east wind that is extreme even by New Mexican standards, and as a consequence the options for working off yesterday’s holiday feast seem limited.

What a fine day for huddling indoors and bargain-hunting at a Bug®-safe distance! Coincidentally, my in-box runneth over with various pitches, entreaties, and pleas. A cantankerous senior citizen on a fixed income is a target demographic? Who knew?

B&H Photo & Video, for starters. They were first to pound on my digital door, at 4:18 a.m. The early bird catches the worm, don’t you know. They were followed in quick succession by Guitar Center, Brydge, Rudy Project, Brazos Walking Sticks, GoPro, Gore Wear, and Outdoor Research, all before 8 a.m.

And this is just the lot that made it past my extensive network of junk filters, mind you.

They sense my frailty. Every minute I stay in this room, I get weaker, and every minute some marketing poge gets a click-through from his email blast, he gets stronger. Each time I look around the walls move in a little tighter. …

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15 Responses to “TGI(B)F?”

  1. debby511 Says:

    Happy Capitalism Day, comrade. Resist!

    I don’t buy anything anymore. The marketeers have pretty much all given up on me. Did get an email from the Sunrise Movement encouraging me to buy t-shirts and beanies from their online store.

  2. Charley Says:

    We watched The Social Dilemma documentary last night. Scary, well worth the time.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Whoo, that looks like a rough 94 minutes. I find it amusing that at the bottom of the site the filmmakers confess to the irony of promoting their work via social media.

      When I still worked for a living I dabbled in social media — mostly Twitter and Facebook, though I sampled Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr, Flickr, LinkedIn, and a couple other deals whose monikers elude me. I’ve since killed all my accounts, save for Twitter and LinkedIn, neither of which I use; why I keep them around is a mystery.

      When my employers insisted on trumpeting our works via social media I asked why. “Because,” was the answer. It felt to me like the same kind of online product giveaway that helped put newspapering in its present precarious situation. Magazines soon followed. So it goes.

      I don’t want to come off like a doddering old get-off-my-lawn type, which of course I am, but still. There’s some good to be found out there, a few diamonds in the dung. That said, getting anything of value from social media feels like trying to drink from a fire hose. It’s too much, too fast, and you don’t know who’s on the other end of the hose.

      And it’s not just the incoming — there’s the outgoing to consider, too. While they’re hosing you down with one hand, they’re picking your digital pocket with the other.

      “But everyone uses it,” they say. “It’s so easy,” they say. Sure. So is a crack hoor. “Hel-lo, sailor!”

      • Pat O’Brien Says:

        Twitter gave us plenty in the last four years. I wish Biden would tell twitter and facebutt to take the president accounts and shove ‘em where the sun don’t shine. Somehow I think he could still communicate with us. I mean he has people for that.

      • Pat O’Brien Says:

        If you haven’t already, watch .”In The Age of AI” on Frontline. It was broadcast inNovember 2019, but you can stream it. After that, you will probably want to cancel all your social media accounts and use Duck Duck Go as you your search engine.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Manual labor

        The old typewriter looks better every day.

  3. JD Says:

    Meanwhile, anxious and curious Mad Doggers want to know …… wait for it ….. how is Hurben’s sandal tan line progressing? 🙂

    • Pat O’Brien Says:

      Yea, Hurben, and remember, pix or it didn’t happen. It’s summer time there and the virus is under lockdown instead of the people. Put a women in charge is the real deal. We will trade you the pouting pumpkin for Jacinda.

    • Hurben Says:

      It’s not going well JD & Po’B.

      I’m back in full time employment for a few months & the weather over the last few weekends hasn’t been conducive to sandals, (mind you, the true blue old time Kiwi would be out in his black singlet, shorts & sandals even in a snow storm).

      I’d forgotten how much a 40 hour plus work week intrudes on your life.

      Thanks but no, we’re keeping Jazza, I can’t of anywhere that I hate enough to wish Trump upon.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Work and foul weather? A real double-whammy. Still, if the weather won’t cooperate, might as well be earning, eh? Right now I have shite weather and no paying work, a variation on the old one-two punch.

  4. khal spencer Says:

    I don’t even look at the ads, most of which get diverted to the Spam box. Just “select all–delete”. I guess someone sold my geezerness because in addition to all the junk e-mail to buy physical crap, now I get junk e-mail to sign up for all sorts of Medicare related larceny.

    I do want to look around for a spare set of thru-axle wheels for the Ti-bike, so I can put road rubber on a set and consider thinning the herd a little.

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