Green eggs and Sam.

Counts it out on his fingers. One Grande Latte on the way to work. Two cups of filter coffee post cereal but pre second breakfast. Green tea in the pm. That’s less than five. So basically zero. I’m counting this as a caffeine free day for Joey-san.

Well done me! Kudos and congratulatory blowjobs all round. Whoop whoop.

I wasn’t sure it was going to be a good day. My Chrome plugin was taunting me in the predawn gloom when I booted up this morning. Quoting Jean-luc Picard. Who does that?

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Even though it may be true. I don’t want to hear that first thing on a pseudo-Monday morning. Its defeatist. This is why I prefer James Tiberius* Kirk. Jean-luc is the worst sort of democrat. James T Kirk is like an old school republican. Before they all became a-holes I mean, republicans like Theodore and Abe. Not the douchebaggery of Richard, Ronald and George.

*Tiberius… is (sadly) on the veto list. The veto list of potential child names. My wife seems quite adamant about this. Personally I think it would  be beyond the thunderdome of awesomeness. But you know, opinion poll of one and all that…

I do have to mention that me and Ryan Holiday are now besties. Transcontinental BFF’s. He replied to my gushy fan mail a while ago. AND he liked my picture on Instagram that I tagged him in yesterday. So basically we’re like…

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I’m the strip of bacon. And Ryan Holiday is like the whole wheat health bread. And then Derek Sivers is like the sunny side up egg. Me and Derek are also besties. We had a six email exchange. Hope y’all are incredibly, incredibly jealous.

Sam Harris is not in this picture. Because he hates his fans. And… as far as I can tell only likes arguing with trolls on twitter. I wrote him mail. But he never wrote me back. But out of the three authors I’ve written to, two out of three aint bad.

 

 

 

Book porn

Ah. Blogging to the melodic sound of the basset licking his butthole on the bean bag. The soundtrack of my life. My wife and I diverge here on parenting techniques for the hound dog. I’m happy to let him lick his derriere. Clearly his rusty sheriffs badge is in need of maintenance. Who am I to stick/throw a spanner into the works? My wife however finds the concept of him rim-jobbing himself unsettling. First will come stern words. Then even sterner words with sinister undertones. (personally I surrender at this point) And then some form of thrown object. And then… depending on the trajectory of said object… possibly getting up and engaging the basset hound in some form physical confrontation. Sometimes it’s works. But mostly he’ll just glare at us, and then move off to some other location to continue his tongue to ass action.

In other outrageous news Joey is eating half a lindt chocolate bunny for dinner. We (my wife and I) briefly discussed the ethics of eating the sprogs easter eggs. Turns out we are both okay with it. ie. Basically we are honorless Ronin who burn villages and spurn seppuku. We’re saving her from a lifetime of sugar addiction and hardship…. is how we justify our actions. Next year old tricks won’t work so well anymore. She’s already wising up to our schemes and machinations. We will endeavour to up our tactics some in anticipation of next years hunger games/easter.

I’m trying a Tim Ferrissianism. I think it’s a Tim Ferriss thing in any event. I used to be such a hard core disciple. Now I’m more like an occasional adherent. Tim Ferriss is or maybe was, more like a gateway drug. For me anyway. I have outgrown the master and now need to find my own path. (which as far as I can tell slopes downwards and is over grown with weeds and thorny busges)

Anyway, one thing that he does which I like is turn books that have influenced him greatly outwards to face him on the bookshelf. The reasoning being some sort of reminder of imparted knowledge. I haven’t quite done that, but I’ve moved a few select works from my bookshelf to small shelf in front of my MacBook. That way they’re always in my line of sight.

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Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari should be in there. But my copy is so completely warped by water damaged that I’m going to have to repurchase it. In any event I often now myself staring at them, trying to channel some sort of zeitgeist from their cracked spines and dog eared pages. Make me ‘clever’ I murmur to them. In any event I find it reassuring that there clever people out there, creating great content, even if I am not. Gives me hope for the species. Thanks guys.

On cannibalism

Its one forty one in the morning. The child is sick and teething (looks like a pre-molar) and not sleeping. The wife is sick and not sleeping. I feel really useless and I’ll feel really treacherous if I go back to sleep now.  So instead the German (she’s very sensitive to the goings on in the house) and I have taken to the lounge. My options are working, blogging or building lego. I’ve already lost the online boardgame I was playing earlier to some twelve year old Eastern Bloc kid with an unpronounceable surname (with way too many vowels and WAY TOO MANY end of the alphabet letters). Son-of-a-bitch crushed me like an empty eggshell. I tried some Playstation. But that little Baba Yaga facsimile seemingly stole my mojo when he was kicking my head into the pavement. Which just meant ineptitude and me being a bullet magnet for forty minutes.

Thats the way I roll these days he said, tossing his controller down in disgust.

Otherwise my easter was okay I guess. Back in the day this was always a church marathon for me. Holy thursday. Good Friday. Easter Vigil. Easter Sunday. Somewhere in between all that you’d wedge in Stations-of-the-cross for extra credit. Either as an altar boy frenetically swinging the thurible, (which is that metal ball attached to a chain that the incense comes out of) or in some other role, reading, dispensing communion etc. I was a committed little zealot. No job to puny.

Now instead of waking up early to go to mass on a Sunday morning. I wake up early to take the dogs to Emmarentia, an all round much better use of time and energy.

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It’s quiet, misty and beautiful early. There’s no one around. Except those crazies in camouflage setting up their fishing gear. I worry about those people. And not only because of their woodland attire.  Well… why you would need to purchase ‘Vietnam level’ concealment to cast a line for catfish in a suburban dam is mystifying to me. Clearly a caste of beings whose mindset I don’t understand. I write it off as too much Rambo – First Blood when they were young and impressionable.

Different spiritual strokes for different folks. Some cram themselves into holy spaces to sing the praises of a mystical tea pot (called Russell). Some don ghillie-suits and bring death to barbel. To me, now, as an outsider looking in, their dysfunction is about the same. I hope they come around. But I figure they’re probably too far gone. Once you’re plumbing the depths of suburban water sources (for an inedible fish) dressed in Tiger stripe and Flecktarn I think you’ve reached some sort of mental event horizon where I can no longer see you. No pun intended.

In other news he said, glancing over at his home made pallet coffee table. My assembly square is coming along.

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Its slightly more than half way now I think. Ha ha. Yes, I realise I dismiss crazy people fishing at 6am on Easter Sunday and then proudly display my own personal psychosis in fashion that resembles a remark like ‘would you mind passing the butter’.

Hmm. Butter. (I’ve recently discovered the amazingness that is Butro, god, I’ve lead a deprived life up until this point) The problem with being up at this time is that you are damn hungry. That pre-dawn hour where you would stumble out of Doors (in Marshall street) and count out your silvers for a mystery meat* burger from the vendor cart positioned strategically between you and the Carlton center parkade.

*widely believed to be most likely rat or street urchin. Possibly a combination of the two. Now I don’t always condone cannibalism. Unless you’re in crashed plane somewhere in the Andes… or… you’re stumbling out of Doors or Le Club at 3am in the morning.

When Doors moved to Edenvale it lost alot of that… street cred. That element of danger disappeared. As did the ‘gastronomie mysteriis’. On the plus side the girls in Edenvale were pretty much guaranteed to have their front teeth… Not always a given when you crossed railway tracks…. these days edge of your comfort zone is Braamfontein. And the Maboneng precinct. So sad.

Wish I had some cereal. Fruit loops right now would constitute joy as well as happiness. Alas, I know there to be none. Having purloined the last of said cereal last week sometime already. Perhaps I should settle for toast. With Butro. And coffee. Of the Kronung variety. Will this sate my hunger?

You know that lifeboat morality trolley problem? And everyone has agreed that cannibalism is the only way to survive. And now everyone is debating how best one should go about deciding who gets eaten? The egalitarian/libertarians are arguing about drawing straws.

While all this is going on… you should nonchalantly pick up an oar. And then viciously… but surprisingly… smack the fattest person on head as hard as you possibly can. Even if you don’t kill them… you can argue their… eh… disability now marks them as the weakest link in your lifeboat. Sure people might be angry with you for bypassing the democratic process. But really, since they are still alive… they will be relieved. Also you have an oar… and have demonstrated that you’re not afraid to use it.

Also, doesn’t it make sense to eat the fattest person first?

Obviously this is more of a long term survival thing. Smashing people with oars when Captain Sully has just splashed you down in the Hudson is a less desirable trait.

The Death Box

So I happened to be walking past the CNA in Bedford earlier. I try to get my steps in. So I always park on the far side of Bedford and then walk all the way through. The post office and banks are on the far side, the CNA is sorta half way, next to the toy store I sometimes frequent. I hate really dislike Edcon. So I try not support any of their divisions. Unfortunately the independent stationary store in Bedford closed. So I grit my teeth and step into their overly fluorescently lit den of awfulness.

Despite the queue and that they only have one teller (with a fuck you attitude) I managed to complete my purchase without walking out, upending any magazine stands or headbutting anyone. Although the desire to misbehave is at times unbearable.

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Got myself a Death Box. Which, as you might notice, has already been labeled as such. Its slightly bigger than A4, relatively shallow. Maybe half a shoe box in height. Ie. Perfectly suited for the role of a Death Box. Im quite excited.

So post demise this box will hold all documents required to sort out my estate. Ie.

  1. Copy of my last will and testament
  2. My eulogy (to be read by someone capable at my funeral. ie NOT the priest)
  3. An affidavit of sorts that I ‘okay’ ANY organs to be harvested for transplant purposes only. (I gave this some thought, I don’t want some fuckwit medical student poking my gall bladder with a scalpel or taking a selfie with my penis, so sorry science) I’d like whats left of my body (after the organ harvesters are done) to be stuffed with combustible material and stapled closed in pattern that resembles a smiley face. I’m presuming a Y cut here. I’m also happy with a cheap plywood coffin. Since I’m going to be burned and then mashed with ball bearings into a fine powdery consistency anyway. Don’t waste your money. Don’t keep me on the mantelpiece. If you can’t shoot my ashes into space in a rocket that will clear the debris field. Scatter me somewhere nice. If you can smuggle me into Legoland in Denmark… that would be AWESOME. Otherwise… dropkick me off table mountain or something. (I’ll give this more thought in the meantime)
  4. Stack of birthday cards for my daughter.
  5. My Gmail and MacBook password.
  6. Guardianship stuff incase both me and my wife bite the dust at the same time.

Thats all I can think of at the moment. Maybe a cryptic map. Which leads to a buried treasure.  I try to imagine if I was a kid and my parents kicked off, what I would want a death box to contain.

I don’t have any a porn stash that needs to be burned. Ha ha. I got rid that stuff ages ago. *thinks* I’m not into anything dodge… like people aren’t going to find a secret room after I snuff it with whips and chains attached to the ceiling. I’m quite boring I realise.

Jinxing myself.

Monday. It doesn’t have a classic rock feel to it. But thats what iTunes feels I should be listening to. Ballroom Blitz by The Sweet. Thats about as cheddar coated as it comes. I’m tolerating it for now. Actually no… no I’m not. Next. Into Bullet for my valentine. Better for post double downgrade blues. And it completely obscures Jacaranda FM playing in the sales office. Which makes me want to self-harm with blunt-nose scissors. So probably a good thing.

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How Joey imagines himself. Only less smart. And way less wealthy. And with less hair. And without drum sticks. So basically nothing like the Michael Burry at all. But I’m totally channelling Christian Bale this morning. Ohmmmmm… motherfucker.

Actually I’ve had a pretty good day so far. Woke up at four twenty five am. Did fifteen minutes of headspace. Followed by calisthenics. Cold shower. Traffic was super mundane and no one tried to murder me. At work at six am exactly. So weirdly… so far so good.

I realise I’m totally jinxing myself. And that a bump in space-time fabric has just caused one of the celestial elephants to stumble, cantilevering our planet dangerously off to one side. It could all go down from here.

Vaguely I wonder if cantilevering is really a word. And more importantly if I’ve used it correctly. My thought process being, since there are four elephants holding up the planet (on the back of giant space turtle), one stumbling means, at that point the planet would be cantilevered? Ie, not supported. Anyways. I apologize if I got it wrong. I am not an architect or an engineer. And I think we can all agree if not a real word, it totally should be.

ALSO. The above assumes you have an understanding of Discworldian physics. How someone could get this far in life WITHOUT an understanding thereof is beyond me… but I imagine there are people out there. Living in a dark Platonian cave playing shadow puppets or whatever people do for fun in allegories of this type.

*I pat myself on the back for combining Terry Pratchett and Philosophy 101*

Oh. I left my MacBook charger at home. It begins…

And one of my IP addresses has JUST (randomly) decided it’s in conflict. Conflict with whom is unclear. Maybe Poland. Speaking historically. Or maybe this is more like a Saarland annexation. It feels like a precursor of greater fuckage to come. Why did I jinx myself?

I’ve realised recently there’s NOT a whole hell of a lot I am actually good at. All though I think I’m getting better at making scrambled eggs in the microwave… they have a not-quite-rubber consistency this morning. So vaguely edible. Which is different.

 

 

The end of the world…

Many of us like to imagine things that will end the world. We are drawn to apocalyptic scenarios like a moths to the blue light of a bug zapper. We amuse ourselves with schema that will most likely cause the end times. Asteroids. Artificial intelligence. Anthrax. Which are all very cute. But the real threat lives amongst us. They are known to us. We interact with them every day. We might even be fond of some of them. But these people are the walking, breathing embodiment of the end times. I’m talking about the greatest danger to continued human existence to ever walk the earth, I’m talking about the Baby Boomers.

And their stubborn refusal to die.

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Apparently seventy is the new fifty. My old man is turning 70 in two months. He is the walking embodiment of the problem we face. He is healthy, strong and certainly doesn’t fit the mold of the decrepit ancient person he should be by now! There is literally nothing wrong with him, besides the fact that he’s annoying… his doctor gives him a solid thumbs up once a year when he does his full medical. He’s even learnt how to use an iPhone. Which I find mind boggling. He comes from a generation of telex-machines, stock brokers and post cards.

The old man is anomalous in so far as he did the much vaunted retirement thing ten years ago. He contributed dutifully to his retirement fund. Did the whole living annuity thing which pays him out until he’s 99. Which he might actually reach. That’s 29 years away. His mother reached the venerable age of 99. (she was still driving at 90)

This is problematic for two reasons. Well maybe more. Lets see how we go…

REASON 1

Not all Baby Boomers planned for their retirement. Which means they have to carry on working. Which means they stubbornly occupy higher order positions in a company that should be cycling. Only its not. Because they’re not retiring… and they’re not dying. So they’re causing this strange bottle neck which cascades down the chain of command. Suddenly the middle manager is in position longer than his predecessor… the bottom of the barrel guys can’t move up the chain either… because the middle managers can’t move up.

Imagine starting out at a company… instead of up cycling every couple of years, YOU occupy the bottom tier for double the amount of time. More importantly your salary stays the same. ie. LOW. You dare not quit, because there are twenty five graduates with MBA’s and a mountain of student debt waiting outside for your job.

Your twenties and early thirties are supposed to set you up financially. But now being stuck at the bottom for longer means a whole bunch of things. One, if you have student debt… thats gonna take longer to pay off. And two… less disposable income. Why less disposable income, because old people aren’t dying, plus normal population increase means a lack of affordable housing. Just paying your rent in an area where it won’t take you two hours to get to work in the morning is half your salary. Plus medical aid. Old people are going to put tremendous pressure on health care. The fact that cancer is now treatable makes Discovery sad. They used count on cancer culling the population. Now people carry on living. The longer they live, the more expensive they become to maintain. Old people fall… break a hip, spend five weeks in the hospital… AND RECOVER. You know how much that costs Discovery? Lots. Suddenly the pool is getting smaller… and smaller… either they can cut back on what they cover… Or… they can increase the monthly cost to cover the shortfall because the Baby Boomers are sucking it dry. OR… they can try go into other things that they think are similar to their core… like banking. And hope that will supplement their insurance business…

REASON 2

Pensions run on mathematical formulas that hypothesize how many people are going to die and when. Up until now its been super accurate. It helps keep the pool of money at a healthy level. In fact pension funds had so much money they didn’t know what to do with it. So they bought shopping malls. Now that people are living longer… anyways… it creates a lot of headaches. Even worse headaches for developed countries like Japan and Germany. Where healthcare is free and people rely on government pensions. Those aging populations are economically not a viable anymore… but they’re going to cost a fortune to maintain. And you can’t just let them fend for themselves… because those people vote… and for the most part are politically more active than younger people. Just look at Brexit and the oldies totally shafting future generations.

REASON 3

No legacy. This sound a little cold hearted and mean, but its a real thing. Inheritance. The longer your parents live… the less you’re going to inherit. Legacy is a huge builder of intergenerational wealth. Its big part of  white privilege. The longer baby boomers live… the less there is at the end of the day to pass down to the next generation. Looks like you won’t be able to count on daddies death to buy you that Maserati anymore. Obviously this might not apply to you…

REASON 4

Burden. The other end of inheritance. Your parents never catered for their retirement. Or have run out of funds. You can abandon them on the street, which I hear some people do these days. Alternatively you can take them in. And care for them. They bring nothing with them to this party. You are responsible for their medical aid, they additionally burden you by eating your food, using your utilities and chipping your Le Creuset mugs. They also make you get DSTV because they can’t use Netflix. At the same time you have to buy diapers for your insanely expensive toddler you have to buy diapers for your insanely expensive father-in-law. Even worse if you eventually have to get a carer… or someone to bath them…

REASON 5

Your boss is an 80 year old. He remembers the war. Which war you’re not entirely certain… You remember seeing laser guided bombs on the history channel once… but you doubt that’s the one he’s referring to. In fact it sounds like he might have fought in one. You have NOTHING in common with your boss. He doesn’t understand you newfangled marketing ideas. In fact every single idea you pitch him is met with a glazed look. You’re just that over eager whippersnapper. Settle down youngun. Every day you think about how much you hate your boss… you often think about shooting yourself in the head. You imagine going home…. to your sanctuary. But then remember… you two screaming children and most likely your father in law has used all your hot water by now. You re-evaluate why you are actually alive.

 

The good news is. Well… I’m not sure if this is good news or not. But you too will likely live a really long time. Possibly being a burden on society and your children. If the world hasn’t imploded by then I mean.

Or you can get your shit together. Whatever.