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“But the 8-hour workday is too profitable for big business, not because of the amount of work people get done in eight hours (the average office worker gets less than three hours of actual work done in 8 hours) but because it makes for such a purchase-happy public. Keeping free time scarce means people pay a lot more for convenience, gratification, and any other relief they can buy. It keeps them watching television, and its commercials. It keeps them unambitious outside of work. We’ve been led into a culture that has been engineered to leave us tired, hungry for indulgence, willing to pay a lot for convenience and entertainment, and most importantly, vaguely dissatisfied with our lives so that we continue wanting things we don’t have. We buy so much because it always seems like something is still missing.”
— Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed raptitude.com/2010/07/your-lif

I hope you're not going to have to spend alone. But if you are, I have a few tips for you as well as a heartwarming (?) Christmas story.


Kids these days...

Yesterday, my 5yo misbehaved.

I told him that it was a very bad idea to do that just mere days before . I threatened to tell . He doubted me. I started to talk to Santa looking up the sky.

He looked at me with a "WTF are you doing, do you think I'm going to believe this?" look on his face.

So I grabbed my phone to text Santa instead...

He behaved...

Oh, by the way, the very official Orwell's Animal Farm video game is out.
And I'm totally playing it tonight.
Oh and while we always talk about 1984, and you should indeed (re)read it, despite the fact that it's not as much talked about, you should also definitely (re)read Animal Farm... and pretty much every other Orwell writing.

Should I try being active on here, or there is no point?

Is anyone reading this?

Oh yes, ... I'm pretty sure I'll be too busy for it this year, but let's start anyway.

Mon pays est quand même un pays formidable.

Le monde entier fait face à un nouveau virus dont on ne sait presque rien sur le court terme et encore moins sur le long terme.

Sauf en , où là, il y a 65 millions de spécialistes qui savent.
Ils savent et ils débattent en n'en plus finir, tous aussi remplis de certitudes les uns que les autres et sans absolument tenir compte de ce qu'il peut bien se passer dans le reste du monde.

Un pays épatant, je vous dis.

Time to bring back the guillotine (online first, in the real world second):


So apparently, wearing a mask on campus has become optional again for students, despite being in the middle of a second wave that is worse than the first wave.

Spoiler alert: It hasn't become optional, it's just that the number of students who are complete idiots is higher than you'd expect.

I've always wondered what the student club near my office was about. The only things they seem to be doing is laughing so loud that you hear them in the corridor, and not caring about social distancing.

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Just saw the first cherry blossoms of the year... In front of a public toilet... That is all.

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One of the main reasons I love living in #Japan in one pic.
These are a dozen or so #guitars and more left completely unattended on campus.

Their owners, nowhere to be seen, probably out for lunch a couple of buildings away.

None will get stolen nor tampered with.

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While the artworks and museums are currently closed because of you know what, they won't always be.
So, I assumed that you could be interested in my updated art guide for #Naoshima for 2020.



#Japan #Art #artsetouchi

My attempt at reproducing you know who.
I'm not sure what to think of it. Sometimes, I really like it, some other times, not so much.


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