Got this in my inbox…
.. regarding one of my websites. If you go there, you’ll see that the site is really a one-note joke. For entertainment purposes, if you will.
Also as a web developer, I feel obliged to tell you that JUST an image for a website is kind of wrong, you should have some text too.
thanks for your time!
I answered back:
Thanks for the email. Best of luck correcting the mistakes on the Internet. It’s a big job, but we have faith in you!
"How did Bill Gates become the richest man in America? His wealth has nothing to do with the production costs of what Microsoft is selling: i.e. it is not the result of his producing good software at lower prices than his competitors, or of ‘exploiting’ his workers more successfully (Microsoft pays its intellectual workers a relatively high salary). If that had been the case, Microsoft would have gone bankrupt long ago: people would have chosen free systems like Linux which are as good as or better than Microsoft products. Millions of people are still buying Microsoft software because Microsoft has imposed itself as an almost universal standard, practically monopolising the field, as one embodiment of what Marx called the ‘general intellect’, meaning collective knowledge in all its forms, from science to practical knowhow. Gates effectively privatised part of the general intellect and became rich by appropriating the rent that followed from that. The possibility of the privatisation of the general intellect was something Marx never envisaged in his writings about capitalism (largely because he overlooked its social dimension). Yet this is at the core of today’s struggles over intellectual property: as the role of the general intellect – based on collective knowledge and social co-operation – has increased in post-industrial capitalism, so wealth accumulates out of all proportion to the labour expended in its production. The result is not, as Marx seems to have expected, the self-dissolution of capitalism, but the gradual transformation of the profit generated by the exploitation of labour into rent appropriated through the privatisation of knowledge."
Terrible website alert.
“Effective February 8th, 2007, SuperMom’s and SuperAmerica will no longer offer decorated cakes and party trays. We apologize for any inconvenience.”
This just in: Mentally infirm now cleared for graphic design work…
Just got a phone message:
Hi, my name is [whatever] and I’m doing a poster for [some thing] at Aqua Books. Can you send me a digital copy of your logo? My phone number is [blah, blah]. Thanks.
Um, sure I can do that. Let me just plug my USB into the phone. Or hey, how about giving me your email address?
An Old Lady Just Called…
Finally, an honest man…
…and asked if there was a restaurant nearby our store.
We have one right on site, I answered, EAT! bistro.
Oh, what do you serve?
If you have access to the Internet, you can look up our menu at EATbistro.ca.
Look it up? I’m just an old lady in a suite. That’s all. I can’t look anything up.
An email I got today from a good Irish boy on the Subcontinent:
“Hello and Good Day!
I am Francis, Marketing Manager with a reputed online marketing company based in New Delhi, India.”
While most spammers claim to work for a reputable company, Francis cheerfully admits that his employer is only a reputed company. Now here’s an honest man. A Good Day to you too Francis, and the Luck of the Irish to ya!”
I love Facebook. It’s awesome.
This Year in History - 2000
In honour of our 2000th Tumblr follower, I give you the year 2000. In 2000, the world did not end.
The space ship Enterprise NCC-1701D of Star Trek was fabricated in one-billionth scale by 30 kV Ga+ focused-ion- beam CVD using phenanthrene gas