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Restaurants Are Museums Now

October 18, 2011 by

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I’ve been brushing up on my arts and humanities theory the past few months. My first step was to remind myself of the very basics. For this, I reread a text from undergrad, The Theory Toolbox. The book was written specifically to explain basic arts and humanities theories to undergrads, and its authors manage it […]

“Free to Be…Consumers”

October 4, 2011 by

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“Today, the utmost radical horizon of our imagination is global capitalism with a human face.” – Slavoj Žižek*     Now that the kids of America are officially back to school, it brings to mind the above commercial, which aired during last year’s back-to-school retail circus. The commercial, which is for Target, depicts three sisters, […]

Love Letter: The Mall

October 3, 2011 by

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So, uh, I come to bury The Mall, not to praise him. At the end of the day, malls suck. They’re soulless, homogenized temples to the sweatshop and the corporation, and the merchandise their stores sell is low-quality and overpriced. But you know all that already, and probably don’t want to hear more about it. […]

Simulated Materials in Two Disposable BIC Shavers

May 22, 2011 by

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Despite the fact that I have a beard and Caitmechanic doesn’t shave her legs, we both use disposable Bic shavers for trimming, etc. Here is a photo of the shavers we use: In the photo above, the pink shaver above is a model STWP101 “Twin Select Silky Touch” disposable shaver, marketed to women. The green […]

Fine Water

April 5, 2011 by

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I had a bad beer today. A bad beer that should have been a good beer. A six-pack of Fuller’s London Pride bought from the top shelf at the local beer and wine store. I should have known – it was imported, low-alcohol, and had probably been on that shelf for months and months. Lo […]