I like this cartoon by American artist Natalie Nourigat
THE MAN IN THE WHITE SUIT directed by Alexander Mackendrick (UK, 1951)
Built-in obsolescence has become so much the norm these days that most us take it for granted.
Part of this is due to the rapidity of technological advances but as devices get increasingly smaller, lighter and thinner, it often gets to the point when these ‘improvements’ become simply ways to induce the public to buy the same product over and over again.
It also seems self-evident that it is not in the manufacturer’s interest to produce a perfect product that will last a lifetime.
This is the premise for ‘The Man In The White Suit’ in which Sidney Stratton (Alec Guinness) is a brilliant research chemist in a textiles factory who invents a material that never gets dirty and never wears out. Continue reading
Courtney Barnett’s ‘Pedestrian At Best’ might just might be my song of the year.
It’s certainly one of the most savagely funny.
Watch the video and check out these lyrics and I dare you to disagree: Continue reading
Any blogger (and cat!) will relate to the funny cartoon strip courtesy of The Oatmeal in which an increasingly desperate feline seeks ever more elaborate strategies to attract the attention of the internet addict. This is my favorite panel: