“What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.”
[Cosmos, Part 11: The Persistence of Memory (1980)]”
Black Friday is great. It’s a chance to buy that Nicolas Cage Morphsuit you always wanted. Online today i saw an advert for a £250 item reduced to £50. Unlike another member of the xxjfg hive mind I’m not an economist, and thus have no idea how that is possible. One thing i do feel is that while as a consumers I love to pay less for something as a workers I need to get paid a living wage to survive – or i’m going to have to start eating people.
Eating people might not be too bad if they are already dead (see soylent) or rich but as a lifelong vegan its going to be a hard change – even if meat is grown from a petri dish or wants to be eaten.
A living wage is important. Consumerism doesn’t make you happy. One of the xxjfg hivemind is getting married today to someone they love. This is the stuff that makes us happy, so here is a happy mixtape.