Thursday, September 13, 2007

Today In Extraordinarily Odd

Even though “freak goth” as an angle is about as tired as Friendster, Marilyn Manson is still hammering out a living by shrieking and blandly and predictably shocking Christian housewives who never go outside. This time, he’s collaborating with a little Swiss Village to produce a line of Absinthe called Mansinthe. Ok – so here’s the thing. It wasn’t cool when Pete Wentz laid claim to eyeliner and then called it “guyliner” and it’s equally as much a cultural hijacking now that Manson is infecting absinthe with his unique brand of sell-out shock tactics. Yeah, but you know what? I don’t really hate him, I just think he’s petulant. He’s pretty stylish but it’s just unbearable watch him sit there and act out like a petulant douchebag who takes himself really seriously. It’s an act, take the piss. Tired. Not buying Mansinthe. EVER. [source]

Nigeria Senate President David Mark has publicly stated that images of women may not be used to promote banks. And when you think about it, there are so many other fascinating things about banks they could use without resorting to sexual imagery. Free pens, for instance. Also, there are those little forms that the kids can fill out while you wait in line. The kids can pretend they are writing checks and they can use the free pens with which to write the pretend check. Also, bullet proof glass and tired, data entry that never appears to end. See, there are a couple of angles to take. It doesn’t have to be all tits and porn. Good on you Nigerian Senator David Mark. You are leading the way to a much more interesting tomorrow. [source]

A Study conducted by the Myeong-Gu Seo of the University of Maryland and Lisa Feldman Barrett of Boston College has concluded that investors who include emotions into the mix of factors that dictate what their decisions are make better decisions. And yet, oh clever researchers - if we consider Brett Easton Ellis’ novel American Psycho an historical text, which, for the sake of argument we will, the idea of encouraging top notch finance professionals to express themselves emotionally is potentially reckless. Let’s actually approach this religiously and insist that facts and science be ignored and that we never let traders express how they feel ever. It’s easier for us all that way. I’m not interested in being eaten by a trader thank you very much.[source]

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