Oh, Great — More OWS Stuff

I like Floyd. I especially like Meddle, Dark Side, Momentary Lapse of Reason, and Division Bell. I even appreciate The Wall…

Now, go watch the video on this page.

Consider that the current costs of a

  • concert ticket to The Roger Waters’ The Wall 2012 (the Denver show) $375 each — prices vary, but that’s the cheapest I’ve found so far
  • a newly-remastered, newly re-released box set of each Floyd album: $110 each — and there are several

I’ll be skipping the show for sure. No, not because I can’t afford it (I could easily save and take a few friends — that’s how finance works) but because Roger’s logic doesn’t follow.

It goes something like this:

  • 99% of people are being raped financially by 1% of people
  • We should redistribute the wealth from the 1% to the 99%
  • I’m rich beyond my wildest dreams because I’ve become part of the 1%
  • I’m going to charge you out the ass to see my show because I know that you’ll pay

Gargle my balls.

I’m going to go to Australian Pink Floyd instead. Sure, I know you’re a founding member of the original Tea Set, er Pink Floyd, but I simply don’t like you… so I’ll give my money to somebody else.

Carry on.

Last Chance! Buy Now!

I think the marketing department for dead-tree magazines needs to go back and think carefully about their sales model.

I used to have a subscription to a certain magazine that focused on Pacific Coast/Mountain lifestyle and modern architecture. I didn’t renew. So they poured on the marketing to try getting me to resubscribe. I keep getting these stupid-assed “Last chance to renew!” “You’ll never get another!” letters, postcards, and emails.
Really? Last chance? Never get another? I don’t think those phrases mean what you think those phrases mean.
What’s to stop me from picking up another copy from a newsstand, taking out one of the four hundred little post-paid subscription cards, and filling it out to get another 24 months for ten bucks?
Oh, right: my loss of interest in your magazine.

A Good Step

A nation that deports foreigners who are on welfare? Say it isn’t so!

Okay, it’s not the US. It’s actually Switzerland (original here). It’s almost enough to make one want to move there to become a productive member of their society because obviously they care about what happens to their nation.

Alas, not a whole bunch of jobs for *nix engineers in Switzerland from what I’m told. So, this is where I’ll stay.

It’s Up to Me?

Last July (maybe August) I bought an older, used 4×4 from a local, well-known car dealer. They knew I was on a budget and we haggled the price a bit. There’s more to the story (they kept trying to get me to use my cash for the outright purchase of a used car instead as a down payment on a new car… if I WANTED a new car and a hole to dump money into, then I’d have asked for it.)

Anyway, so I buy the car, drive it off the lot, runs fine. Everything is pretty much as I expect it. But why the hell did they want my email address before they’d hand me the key?

A week later… and every week since, I found out why: they keep sending me an email every single week asking me if I’m satisfied with my car and whether I’d thought about buying a new or used car from them… complete with glamour shots of their current inventory.


I mean, the way they’re carrying on, it’s as if their whole fucking economy is completely dependent upon my buying another goddamned vehicle.

Is it really up to me?

It occurs to me that they owe me a free “detail” of my used car every three months. Maybe I should take advantage of that… except for the fact that I’d have to wait around for it to be done and tolerate their continuous barrage of sales tactics.