I think I have seen the laziest and somehow most pure click bait of all time. The picture below was on the Comcast (or Xfinity, however you want to frame that) home page today.
Someone got paid to put that up. Someone else got paid to put it together. Let that sink in.
Speaking of confusing uses of time and money… One of the email boxes I mind for work is for the fax machine. We can still send and receive documents via phone line, but without having to print out paper on the receiving end. This is a very good thing because in the two years I’ve worked for this department we have yet to receive a single fax for a legitimate business purpose. Sure, a couple personal faxes have come in that I forwarded to the right office mates, but that is it. A couple. An actual pair. Two. One a year. And yet!! Yesterday the box received three spam faxes. Someone sent those. Someone paid for a list of fax numbers. Someone thought that was a good idea.
Those two previous examples are removed. They happened though a medium. We can see the stupidity of it as a random act sent into the digital ether to separate the extremely foolish from their money.
Every Friday I spend about half an hour walking around my building and taking down the paper equivalent of spam (“Want to be in a drug study?” “Do you have acne?” “Attend this unaffiliated Grad School!”). As I work in one of the older building on the campus, it still has old fashioned bulletin boards in the hallways and classrooms. Any building newer than this one doesn’t. I’ve chased down many a back alley to have these dinosaurs moved to extinction but as is a painfully common problem here, everyone agrees “something should happen” but no one will do the actual work. Turns out the guidelines for posting material in campus buildings is a political firestorm of such intensity and personal animosity that the university officially has no written posting policy for physical bulletin boards so that administrators don’t have to mediate church basement level disputes about individual posters meet/don’t meet the guidelines. I have also been told I am not to take these bulletin boards down myself. So, every Friday, The Spam Walk. I’m on good terms with the maintenance folks and it turns out, they have all reported, there is a woman who once a week or so layers each board with posters. She uses a heavy duty staple gun to do so. This week she put up 4 posters, two of which were for events that were done and dusted. She doesn’t work here. She isn’t a student. She gets paid to put up posters. She avoids campus community members by coming on the weekend or at 6 am (which is just after the building opens). While it is a very mild annoyance to take these down, it is a real existential drag to consider that someone out there is paid to do this and I am paid to immediately undo it.
The cosmic wheel turns.
Taking a break from the Audience Participation series this week.
Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… Originally mixed the week of 3.18.16
NOTE: New “The Funkomaticjamatron Presents…” podcasts are generally posted on Fridays. The show archives are around ten shows deep. Beyond that, if the link isn’t active, the mix has been deleted to make way for new material.
Song – Artist – Album
Say Something – Traci Lords – 1, 000 Fires.
Vanilla Monkey (Martinez Hungry Ghost Mix) – Underworld – Vanilla Monkey 12″ single.
Naugahide (Remix) – Master Cylinder – Ponga: The Remixes.
Get Bizzy Time – Voight Kampff – In To The Mix II: The 2nd Coming.
Renegade Soundwave (Leftfield Mix) – Renegade Soundwave – In To The Mix [Disc 1].
Ping Pong – Bassnectar – Vava Voom.
Strict Machine (Benny Benassi Sfaction Extended Mix) – Goldfrapp – Strict Machine single.
Ciao (Advent Remix) – Empirion – Digital Empire: Electronica’s Best [Disc 1].
Blank – Joris Voorn – EC Records Presents: Made in Rotterdam.
Moan (Trentenmoller Remix) – Trentemøller – Moan.