January 8, 2006 @ 4:03 pm by sean
Last night, the 26-4 Pistons didn’t play like they had the best record in the league and lost to Utah. Now they’re 26-5 and the 26-8 Spurs don’t seem so bad anymore.
7th ranked MSU just got dominated by 24th ranked Wisconsin.
I don’t get it.
I think it’s a Nokia commercial, the one with the Salt N Pepa song ‘Ah, Push It’ where the guys are dancing in the office because they have all this free time because of their technology. I think that demonstrates a misunderstanding of technology and automation in an economy like ours. These things don’t make our jobs easier so we have time to dance in the office and not work but still get paid. They replace us. That technology will take away the jobs those guys have because those guys aren’t needed anymore. It’s a funny commercial, but I’m not sure they’ll be dancing and we’ll be laughing long. This has been happening since the industrial revolution, and probably before it. But we always seem to hold on to an idea that technology and advancements will make our jobs easier, and us richer. But it doesn’t work that way. Jobs do get easier, because what job is easier to do than a job you’ve been fired from, and we get richer, provided ‘we’ are white collar heads of business who make more money when jobs under us get cut and replaced by a cheaper service.
First machines started taking away factory jobs, jobs which were eventually replaced by office work. If office work starts to get replaced by cheaper services – outsourcing and technology – what’s left?
And again I say, Ecclesiastes 12:12 But beyond this, my son, be warned: the writing of many books is endless, and excessive devotion to books is wearying to the body. (NASB) I just got back from Border’s due to a 30% off coupon that expired today. There are so many books I’d like to read, it is nearly frustrating. Some books I feel I have a social responsibility to read – books on racism, poverty, urban crisis, consumerism, etc. Some books a personal and art responsibility to read – graphic design, product design, art/design history, artist/designer biographies, etc. Some books a conversational, pop responsibility to read – current humor, current events, current technology, any thing current. Some books an intellectual responsibility to read – literary classics, various histories, science, etc. Some books no practical responsibility to read – any novelty book. I want to read them all. Fortunately some of the categories to over-lap. I feel somewhat guilty though for purchasing art books near the least. Art is something I rarely do outside of assignments. I rarely draw, rarely do art on the computer, rarely paint. Photography is the only thing I do outside of an assignment, but I don’t really regard it as ‘art’ necessarily. I think those are all things I am ‘supposed’ to do, or at least am expected to do. I think this probably hurts my artist development, but that isn’t motivation to do it. Art isn’t my first choice of free time. I thouroughly enjoy assisnments and all my major classes. But I also thouroughly enjoy science, and social issues, and automobiles, and some novels, and yet-to-be-explored-by-me philosophy, and God things, and politics/current US and world events, and sports. So I don’t know what to do. Do I forgo all those interests for the sake of my career interests? I certainly intend to involve some of those other interests in my artist career, but how much do I concentrate on other interests when design is my ultimate career? I suppose that isn’t true. Public service is my ultimate career, I will be using design to acheive it. That justifies my lack of extra-curricular art/design education to an extent, I still think I’m expected to and ‘supposed’ to. Ugh. This is certainly wearying to the body.
On top of written stuff, is people and tv. I like people, and what they have to say orally. And I’ve had an uncertain apprehension to releasing the TV from its duties, and I’m not sure why. I still rarely prompt it to action, but even if I’m not the person who initiated its services, if I am left with it, I am reluctant to say good-bye. I watched some of the Ford/AQHA word championship today. But I’m not sure of my motivation. I certainly have little interaction with horses beyond my former chores at the estate I still occasionally work at, but watching them ‘cut’ and ‘rein’ was something I’d never seen before. I’m just not sure if it was my interest or my indolence that prevented me from just turning it off. Some historical trial in Canada is certainly interesting, but again, interest and indolence don’t always speak so loudly as to which is my motivation.
And the room which houses the TV is unfortunately also the only room of the house suited for reading comfort. And perhaps my continued writing on this is due to an unwillingness to go fight the battle of entering a room with an on, yet unattended TV when I have many words I’d like to read.
The TV seems to be providing me company in my, self-induced, admittadly, lonliness. I’m not sure I’m prepared to admit that. I don’t know how to react to that.