To the Copier’s Hum

I’m once again at work, wiling away the hours by reading and, just now, eating some delightful Thai noodles. This night is my longest shift of the week, clocking in at 14 hours, so I have plenty of wiling ahead of me. I have a couple good books with me, so I’m content.

Sunday night Sara asked me to a masquerade happening at her school the weekend before Hallowe’en. I’m actually quite excited to go, despite my clumsy, big feet’s impedance of dancing. Here’s hoping I’ll not make a fool of myself.
On Moday I headed out to Bayer’s Lake, a nearby shopping area, to find a costume. I wandered around Value Village for a while until I decided on a black robe that I’m going to try to use for a sorceror’s costume. Sara will be going as a fairy princess and a wizard was one of the suggestions she had for what I could go as. I’m not entirely happy with the costume so far, but I’ll be trying to prefect it over the coming days and work on a makeup scheme that might fit.
After my costume shopping I visited Chapters, where I bought two books I’m excited to be reading. In the bargain area I found a book on yoga by Christy Turlington titled Living Yoga: Creating a Life Practice, which so far has been an enjoyable and informative read. What I was most excited to find was Ken Wilber’s novel Boomeritis: A Novel That Will Set You Free. Ok, so I’ve been on a Wilber kick lately, but for good reason; the man is arguably the greatest living philosopher-sage and is hilarious. Boomeritis has so far been very entertaining and I’m already plotting about introducing people to integral theory through it. That it’d make an ideal Christmas gift for so many of my friends has been a lingering thought.

With 12 days left in the month, it looks like I’ll still be living in the same apartment as of November 1. I had hoped to be moved out by then, but it looks like that won’t be happening now. I haven’t managed to find someone to take over the lease here for the next year, so I don’t have many options. It’s a very nice apartment, and I won’t mind remaining, but I was definitely looking forward to a change. Perhaps some miracle will fall into place in the next week, but I can’t count on that. C’est la vie.

I recently read an interesting piece, “They Want You“, by Max Barry about desensitizing caused by advertising. He asks us to observe ads and think of why the people in ads would look at you as they appear to.

If where you live is anything like where I live, you’ll find that for a very high number of these, the situation would have to be one of:
1. They want to have sex with you
2. You just told them the funniest joke in the world ever
3. You just told them the funniest joke in the world ever and now they want to have sex with you

He addresses the sex focus of ads and our indifference to that quite humourously and asks whether it carries over into the rest of our lives. I think it’s a valid question, and an interesting exercise to help us be more conscious of what is happening in the media space around us.

I must return to my work now. Namaste.

4 comments on “To the Copier’s Hum

  1. ah, I read his novel “Syrup”. Found it sitting in my brother's bookshelf once and thought it amusing. It's also about marketing and superficial personalities that self-market themselves, it's a fun, fast read

  2. ah, I read his novel “Syrup”. Found it sitting in my brother's bookshelf once and thought it amusing. It's also about marketing and superficial personalities that self-market themselves, it's a fun, fast read

  3. I've read Max's Jennifer Government but not yet Syrup. He's working on a screenplay for a movie version of Syrup at the moment, which sounds promising.

  4. I've read Max's Jennifer Government but not yet Syrup. He's working on a screenplay for a movie version of Syrup at the moment, which sounds promising.

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