Ole' One Eye

Representative Bookbag

I'm clearing some of the books out of my bag, and I thought I'd list what I'm carrying 'round as a representative sample.

The Secret History of the World
Rather silly mix of new age thought, positive conspiracy history and selective comparative myth. At least the author is well read. Fun, I like it for its use of the great year and the astrological ages, which have always been one my favorite parts of astrology.

Cowgirls, Cockroaches and Celebrity Lingerie
Rainbow's End
Busty
Radical Ecstasy
Lucifer 2: Children and Monsters
Gregory's Compact Street Directory
Games TM Issue 71
Luminous
Flashman



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Ole' One Eye

Good Advice

Normally I dislike "heh, here is something funny I found on the internet" type entries, but this was funny and subtle enough that I had to share.

Good Advice



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Starbucks closures 2

I felt the need to say a little bit more after yesterday. I considered flocking this entry, but that would imply I have something to hide, which I really don't.

Management organised 3 (or maybe more) simultaneous big meetings, one for store managers, one for partners who were staying, one for partners who were going, to explain what was happening. They allowed an hour and a half, but to be honest, most of the stuff could be covered in 5 minutes. They also gave us in information pack with a question on how to explain things to people. "10. There is alot of change going on at Starbucks. If I'm asked by someone outside Starbucks - including family, friends or customers - about what is happening, what should I say? Let them know that Starbucks continues to be focused on being one of the most respected and recognised brands in the world. While transformational change entails challenging decisions at times, we are confident in commitment to ensure that everything we do supports and enhances the Starbucks Experience." (emphasis original) Which is a masterpiece of doublespeak, generalities and saying nothing.

But I wont be saying anything else.

Now, as some of you may be aware, I dislike capitalism (the trickle down effect is a lie), don't see why democracy is that much better than any other system of rulership (the tyranny of the majority) and feel that most corporations down their best to prop up a bad system (with a fair number of them being no better than robber barons. So why should I remain loyal to the corporation that employs me?

The answer is twofold. From a political standpoint, until I can present a viable alternative to the current system and make it work, at least in miniature, I can hardly make claims to be exterior to that system. From a personal standpoint, I see myself as an honorable gentleman, and in ageeing to a contract in good faith with this group of people (remembering that a corporation is a mythical construct, a primarily legal shorthand for a changing group of people) I bind myself to certain conducts, I agree not to disclose their secrets and so on (with the obvious caveat, that I do not bind myself to committing immoral acts, such as fraud, "following orders" is not an acceptable defence).

Starbucks actually does their best to encourage similar (although less formal) attitudes to the "personal standpoint" I have described above, which I respect them for. Extensive training, a code of conduct, calling their employees 'partners' and so on.



LJ: Ω KA: Α B : Ω M : Α T : Α E : Α
Ole' One Eye

Starbucks closures

Some of you may have seen the news regarding mass closures of Starbucks Australian stores. Now I'm loyal enough that I'm not going to discuss any company secrets, particularly as they pertain to partners' jobs. But, as the official announcement has been released, I think I can talk about it. My store is one of the ones that is safe. I feel sorry for those who have lost their jobs, but I'm glad that I'm safe.



LJ: Ω KA: Α B : Ω M : Α T : Ω E : Α
Ole' One Eye

My workday

Today was way too busy at work today. But, in a way, that's good, the day does go alot faster. Also, in spite of making $1.5K, I still balanced to the ¢. Hurray for me! I like/hate work.



LJ: Ω KA: Α B : Ω M : Α T : Α E : Α
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Drops of Pure Ice!

My mint of choice at the moment are Ice Drops. I was admiring/mocking them in the chemist, amused by their claim of "1 Drop on the Tongue for Instant Fresh Breath." I was dubious, but my wonderful Lil' Miss Evil got them for me. They really do work. I love the buzziness that transforms skungy mouth into overly minty mouth. Sometimes the simple pleasures are the best.

Thought of the day: I don't really know if anyone uses the hyperlinks I insist on including in an entry anytime I have a pertinent noun, one I feel would be unfamiliar, ambiguous or just weird. I search for a suitable page to explain what I am talking about without intruding on the text of the entry, most of the time the best result is at Wikipedia. I feel that hypertext is a huge advantage that the internet enjoys over other media. But regardless of whether anyone else uses it, I find these searches amusing. For instance, today I learned there is a whole webpage dedicated to reviews of mints. Someone felt that comparison mint shopping was a big important thing, I love the zeitgeist.



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The maddening voice of God

I've been buying one graphic novel (or "comic book" if you prefer, the distinction isn't meaningless, but talking about "graphic novels" can easily sound pretentious) a week to slowly grow my personal collection without blowing my budget. This has been going on since my wonderful Lil' Miss Evil gave me a whole mess of them for my birthday. I've been collecting a number of series, pricipally whatever happens to have the next volume on the shelf that week. So I wandered into Kino (I divide my graphic novel shopping pretty evenly between Kino and Kings, if I have time I like to compare what they have on the shelf. I'm a great lover of bookstores, as much as I love each store in its own way they all get a piece of my heart.) to see what they had. They had the next volume of Lucifer, and the next one, and the next one, an'... Now Lucifer is rapidly becoming one of my favorite comic series (I love The Invisibles, Sandman contains the beautiful "Dream of a 1000 Cats" and "Three Septembers and a January" (which, as a Discordian I am required to love, unless I decide otherwise), but there are so many stories I love.) but it has rarely seemed to be available, sooo I now have the first 9. But I'm limiting myself to reading one a week.

While reading through Dinosaur Comics I came across this piece of masterful theological succintness. I've found that I enjoy webcomics more when I digest a bunch at once. So while there are dozens on my My Yahoo page, there are only two I keep "up to date" with. The rest of them I read according to mood.



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