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David Dickens
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You learn more by putting things together than by taking them apart. This is especially true of people.
You learn more by putting things together than by taking them apart. This is especially true of people.

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Another "look" at why biometric security, isn't.

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The Unreality of Modern Life.
My wife and I were talking last night after catching up on Doctor Who episodes we had missed. I noticed on the TV (muted) the channel had defaulted to some Disney-tween-sitcom. And I couldn't stop and gawk at the bizarro world presented there that was every bit as unnatural as the aliens of Doctor Who, but was presented as a sort of "what's really going on in the lives of the happy popular people next door." This article about Hammacher Schlemmer perfectly captures the experience.
In the white voids, beige beds, and green backyards of this universe, the men of Hammacher Schlemmer confront not just their purchases, but themselves. (Sometimes, in the case of the Best Fog Free Mirror, literally.) Their private terror is the struggle to prove that they are not similarly useless, that they endure disappointment and insecurity, shell out $9,950 for the Climbing Wall Treadmill, in the name of a worthy and manly fight for fulfillment, family, fatherhood. The catalog copy only reinforces the masculine anxiety in these images: the Pepperphile’s Peppermill, for instance, “holds over 2-lbs. of peppercorns and towers over table centerpieces or double magnums of wine, conveying the peppercorn’s dominance over all other spices in your pantry.”

The Hammacher Schlemmer website includes an entire section labeled “The Only,” featuring products unavailable anywhere else: the Only Unkinkable Garden Hose, the Only Music Box Espresso Machine, the Only Seven Person Tricycle. Let’s take this all the way: these men live in the realm of The Only. Theirs is the soul-consuming masculinity of allegiance to self-control and self-invention, a drive for purpose, a search for an imagined utility, as infinite in possibility as it is empty of meaning. They are the Only Men.

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From the days of my youth, days of orangeade and fries cooked in beef tallow, long now past. Also wood paneling, there was a lot of wood paneling.

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For what it’s worth, it doesn’t look like there’s malice here – just staggering incompetence.
I'm not sure that is worth very much. Not much at all.

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The latest production in Security Theater.
US Airline security is turning into a Hollywood production company. Someone read a 1980's guide to business management and now believes perception is more important than reality. "If we just looks like we're doing lots of securitish stuff, people will think we're keeping them safe."

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It takes a lot of guts to cover Otis Redding.
It takes even more to deliver.

And he does, yes, he does.

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No matter how many times it has been said, saying it again (with style) is necessary.

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Well, there's that then.

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They always say, "Be yourself," but what if you're a jerk?
Authenticity can be a sort of a trap where we fail to realize that identity itself involves a relationship with other people. It isn't just about who I think I am in abstract and trying to consistently be that person, but in realizing that me-father looks different to my children than me-employee looks to my organization because of how others relate to me in each of those roles.

I don't like how this article makes use of the chameleon metaphor, because folks who are concerned with not being false are specifically trying to avoid the hazards of having more than one face (morally and personally). We need a better metaphor than that.
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