Maybe it’s not the end of the world after all…

Ok.  This is an easy one.  I think you all know what I’m talking about, but give me a second to break it all down to you all simple like.

1.  We are bred to consume.

Everything that lives consumes.  Plants consume sunlight, (which is pretty cool if you think about it) and animals consume plants, (as well as other animals) CRAZY RIGHT!?!

2.  We are expected to consume.

Today we are in a “break it, you bought it” society.  Before the industrial revolution we were probably closer to “If you can’t make it, you can’t have it,” meaning that you could get the good stuff if you had the money, but if you didn’t, you had better be good with your hands.  Over time, the industrial machine has allowed things to be made cheaply, and now there is IKEA…  The people that own the machines, that make the things, expect you to pay for them, and you do, because that is the society we live in.

It is the same society that has crept up around us and specialized us away from traditional craftsmanship.  It is this society that has left a void; a void, which modern consumerism has yet to completely fill.  This void can’t be filled with such ideology, because the desire to consume within a population increases in direct relation to the number of different items (or choices) available to the population at any one given time.  Add the internet to this system, and both the seller and the consumer are able to increase their sample data.  They not only know that you are going to consume, they probably have a pretty good idea of what it is, and the funniest part is that, you are most likely the one who told them.

3.  “So what do I do?”

The easy answer doesn’t exist, but things have become quite interesting.  The world is full of voices, and people are talking to one another.  My one friend likes Coke, and my other friend likes Pepsi.  Things are kind of weird now, but that’s basically how it works.  Traditional advertising hasn’t completely disappeared, but people are becoming more aware of some of the greater evils

Just try to be aware, because your friends are watching your every move, and they want to be just like you.  Don’t let them down!

Europe is ready to ban pesticides!

The future of currency?

The Bitcoin has been getting a lot of press lately, and now is the time to separate the hype from the fact.

The Bitcoin is a form of currency favored by the Internet underworld. The benefits of Bitcoin are anonymity, security, and decentralization.

I wouldn’t say that I am Bitcoin expert, but I feel confident that in the coming years the Bitcoin will be a major player in the world economic system, but will not necessarily replace any one local currency completely. Right now the US is apparently the big loser, but looks can be deceiving, and time will show the current Bitcoin/USD exchange rate to be ultimately a good thing for America and the rest of the world.

We all know about the 1% from everybody Occupying Everywhere, and it is a big problem for the Great Eagle, because our production system is stagnating as a direct result of the continuance of corporate greed. Our people suffer an incredible ignorance because of it’s perpetuation. But it is the goal of the machine to continue operating, and there is no way to dismantle it without considerable bloodshed, amidst other destabilizing factors. This is where Bitcoin comes in.

Bitcoin is seen by many in power as a threat to their assets, but Bitcoin is not a threat, it is the solution to a problem that has long since plagued our current definition of wealth – inflation.

Bitcoin is designed to naturally deflate over time. This means that the longer the Bitcoin is around, the more worth it will have, until it is eventually not needed as a currency at all, (either because local economies are intrinsically strong, or because new technology allows for a new, even more secure, form of cryptocurrency to develop).

The talk about the “Bitcoin Bubble” is rather misleading, because the perceived “Bubble” is actually more like a balloon, that inflates and deflates in accordance with the local currency’s level of stabilization to the world mean. In other words, Bitcoin thrives when local currencies are in jeopardy, and stagnates when all centralized currencies have the appropriate amount of faith and followers (this second is important to note, because never in the history of the world have all the currencies had the “appropriate amount” all at the same time). The dollar is the lowest it’s ever been, and Bitcoin is there to provide some cushion for the people that know how to take advantage of the opportunity.

Do NOT!!!! I repeat, do not put all of your money into Bitcoins!!! Especially when 1 BTC is valued at almost $50USD!!! You should, however, pay more attention to this underground currency, because it’s starting to show wings and it will eventually fly. In the meantime you might want to start thinking about investing in a cheap Bitcoin miner, and hope that the Bitcoin doesn’t crash before you can get a return on your investment. The good news is that if the Bitcoin does crash you will be ready to buy in at the reduced rate, and rest assured, when (not if) the Bitcoin’s value rises back up, you will be ready to take your place at the table of redistributed wealth.

We saved a seagull the other day. 

He was trapped in our fence. 
The crows were pecking at him. 
He was not doing so hot. 
We took him to Spark’s Ark,
So he could mend his broken leg.

More info on the future of human civilization…

We are approaching a technological singularity where the human animal will bond with the information machine.  I believe that we have already crossed the event horizon towards this metaphysical point in our species evolution, and are fast approaching a society that will have no native memory of the one that proceeded it, i.e., the 20th century will become a romantic memory, unconnected to how we identify ourselves as modern humans. We will see our 20th century counterparts as quaint historical figures who lived in the time of emergent computing technologies, and we will understand their history as a natural progression attributed to sustained technological advancement in direct accordance with Moore’s Law. 

Before you start doubting that the event horizon is behind us, look at the device in your hand, and think about how much your life would change without it.

When in Rome you do as the Romans do, but what do Romans do exactly?  I don’t know exactly, but I can tell you that they had great PR people.  I mean look at these uniforms, they are so badass! Also that kerchief really makes the one on the right look pretty dashing, as a shield support guy really should.

But this really isn’t about the Romans and what they did.  It’s about how most people don’t know how to interact with most other people in any sort of reliable, and mutually beneficial fashion.

This is the origin of the art of lawyering.  People could represent other people’s interests, and present their clients identity in a more culturally acceptable way than the person themselves could ever do.

But lets say that you are you, and you have a business.  You are the only employee, and because your business is service related, you have to set what your price is to the end consumer.  This can lead to tricky situations if you aren’t prepared, and don’t understand what you are worth, and this is why you need someone to tell you.

A PR guy is not a Yes Man, he is someone who finds out who you are, and what you do.  He then works with you to develop your skills, and from there he strategically markets your skills to others.  The reason why everybody needs a PR guy now, is because field specialization is increasingly creating micro-niche economies within well established funneled wealth.  At the same time the divide between the middle class and the working class is fading away, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. We all work now, and If we don’t work then we definitely have a PR guy, because he’s doing all the work for us. 

The fact that we all work, means that the level of specialization in every industry has increased exponentially.  I don’t have numbers for you, but I can easily state that the internet connected device has the power to do great good for the placement of highly specialized people if used correctly, and has done so ever more efficiently over the past few years due to the increased affordability and portability of ICDs.

The prevalent use of ICDs over the next few years will lead to massive socio-cultural change.  Everybody knows that it is coming, but nobody is exactly sure what the other side of the singularity will look like.  I expect that we are within the event horizon right now, because I have issues comprehending the past, and difficulty seeing into the future.  It’s as if everything is happening all at once, and nobody knows how to assemble the signs into the message.

To succeed in the new world one has to be on the internet, but not everyone knows how to represent themselves appropriately, and in some cases, representing yourself can be detrimental to your cause. There is plenty of historical evidence to support that in some cases people have been killed and imprisoned just for trying. 

The PR guy is your best friend, but only if he’s on your side.  You want him to give you a five star review every single time.  You want him to write carefully and engagingly.  You want to be able to trust him with your internet presence, because that’s the field he specializes in, and his field is growing every day…

Everybody needs a PR guy.