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MORE CHANCES THAN YOU THINK

Posted by Cobaltsoul on January 24, 2011 at 9:28 PM Comments comments (1)

The end of your last year at school provides a striking example of damaging false thinking.  The false idea is the one that says your entire future depends on what university you get into. 


What a load of bollocks.


The false idea is even more stupid than that first formulation.  Working back from which uni you get into the all or nothing lie appears when students are choosing the subjects they will study years before their last year.  S...

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We Love Stories.

Posted by Cobaltsoul on January 21, 2011 at 4:52 AM Comments comments (0)

Why do we love stories?


Pretty much that's all I've got, the question.


Maybe you think you don't love stories.


Ha!


Do you love even one movie?


Do you regular WANT to watch even one tv show?


Is there even one song you love and will always love?


Yes?

Then you love stories, just like the rest of the human race.


But why do we love stories?


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Sudden Change

Posted by Cobaltsoul on January 16, 2011 at 9:11 PM Comments comments (0)

Most of us have our lives set up to support a simple fiction.  Pretty much the entire Western capitalist system is setup to support the same simple fiction.  Regardless of the news entertainment industry's relentless attempt to challenge the fiction we somehow manage to watch all the tragedy and disaster without grasping it's lesson. 


My life can change in one moment.


The fiction we cling to is that things will go along nicely just as they a...

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Humanity Is My Religion.

Posted by Cobaltsoul on January 7, 2011 at 9:11 AM Comments comments (0)

 

 

I don't consider religions to be bad but I do think the absolutizing of any one of them is a bad thing.


I think a concern for humanity is the thing to relativize all religions. Not comparing one religion to another, but measuring any religious stance in terms of it's effect in enhancing coroporate and individual human existence.


 

 

Now all religions are going to say they enhance more than the others, or en...

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Honesty and Christmas.

Posted by Cobaltsoul on December 25, 2010 at 7:13 AM Comments comments (1)

 

 

 

 

I am a BIG movie fan. I mean, multiply the girth of the universe by the number of hamburgers eaten by the average Aussie bogun in any given year and even THAT number won't be big enough to let you grasp how BIG a movie buff I am.

 

 

I think movies are THE modern cultural stream.

If you want to write a PhD thesis on modern society and culture, write it about Movies.

 

 

Do you wa...

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Not Really Friends.

Posted by Cobaltsoul on November 7, 2010 at 6:05 AM Comments comments (2)

In the taxi I was driving on Saturday night I had one short (Thankfully.) trip with four customers.  Four twenty something young women who were already far enough into their cups as to be somewhat careless of normal social constraints of communication. 


It was a very noisy trip because at any point at least two of the four were speaking and all of them on the same topic:  who was best friends with who and who had said what nice or nasty thing about who and th...

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Classic Gourmet Pizza

Posted by Cobaltsoul on November 4, 2010 at 1:24 PM Comments comments (2)

I've seen this kind of advertisement a few times but the latest one is a pizza restaurant in the city with a big sign out the front declaring, "Classic Gourmet Pizza".  A different version I saw was "Traditional Gourmet Pizzas" and in the US I once saw (Not kidding here.) "Original Traditional Pizzas". 


I'm pretty sure that "gourmet" pizzas are a recent innovation so there is no way any gourmet pizza recipe is old enough to qualify as a "classic".


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More Stoopid Software

Posted by Cobaltsoul on October 24, 2010 at 7:33 AM Comments comments (0)

A large company that will remain nameless, that makes a lot of the software most of us use, has gone and done the stoopid again.


This nameless company, could be any company, has a Messenger progam, used by hundreds of millions of people. 


Many of those people are in the second and third world, with still underdeveloped and sometimes dodgy internet infrastructure.


But big software company does not think about that.  Oh no.

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What ARE They Thinking?

Posted by Cobaltsoul on October 19, 2010 at 9:08 AM Comments comments (4)

I've been on a few internet dating sites over the last ten years, without long term success, but that's another post.  This post is about something I find entirely inexplicable except for sheer laziness. 


Here you are, a bloke joining a dating site.  Your goal is to attract the attention of women as your first step toward actually meeting at least one nice woman.  All the sites tell you that profiles with photos get massively more visits than profiles wi...

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It's Humanity, You Lazy Schmuks.

Posted by Cobaltsoul on October 4, 2010 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)

There was a time when we paid no attention to the way we used language to include and exclude people.  In some places language is still used that way. 


In the West, many people sneer at the idea of being "pc".  Such people are likely too stupid to understand the power of language and why it's important, if they are stupid they are probably also too stupid to recognise that in resisting egalitarian language they are helping to maintain the barriers that keep

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