MENTAL NOTE

"Though we cannot make our sun stand still, yet we will make him run."
Blue, resist the urge to use facebook. You can do it. Good luck.
Cats and dogs can be friends. So can cowboys and indians. So can we.
Why try to be the best when there's no hierarchy in heaven?

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

When Collectors Belong in a Museum and Nothing Is Yours

Have you ever wondered what life will be like, say, 1,000 years from now? Or 1,030,719,428,000 years from now? Will the internet still exist or will it be akin to that stone axe I once saw in a museum — you know, that thing we kept using for a whopping million years until finally a relative of mine invented the gun to shoot his neighbor? If my crystal ball can be trusted, in 2364 bald but handsome Starfleet captain Jean-Luc Picard is going to explain that "a lot has changed in three hundred years. People are no longer obsessed with the accumulation of things. We have eliminated the need for possessions." So now I'm wondering: really? What's wrong with the accumulation of things? 

I love possessions. There are things in my house that I love more than most of the people I know (but do not want to know). Oh, I know, we have all been effectively brainwashed into believing that loving our possessions is wrong and that unstoppable thing-hugging should not be mentioned on Facebook. That it is not only politically-incorrect to touch your stuff and stroke it but, much worse, biblically-incorrect. "Thou shall not covet thy iPhone or hole-y skinny jeans! Blasphemy!" Right. As if heaven and iPhones don't match. As if there are no CDs in heaven that I can use as a mirror when I'm six feet under. Give me a break and go sit on a horse. Possessions rock. One look at my hard-earned deluxe comic book collection and you know what I'm talking about. Wait! I said, "Look." I did not say, "Touch." It's great to finally be able to say that to somebody else. Usually it's what I am told or tell myself when I'm about to explore all things nature in my bathtub.

Unfortunately, bald and handsome Captain Picard may not have been far off the mark when he pointed out ever so eloquently that the millennium you and I now live in is the one in which all of us are slowly but surely saying adios to our possessions, and it's not like we have any say in it. One word: music. There was a time, a happy time, a nexus time, when you would buy your favorite songs (those black vinyl disks the size of a luscious pie) in a record store. Then you would go home and be impressed by the artwork that someone had obviously put a lot of effort into. Your collection rocked. It felt like being wrapped in joy. Then everything got shrunk to the size of a CD and, unlike me in my tub, you needed a microscope to find the artwork. Why?! (Imagine an impressive echo.) Whyyyyyyy? Little did you know that things would get much, much worse. In spite of the seeming return of vinyl, we're now heading toward a world in which your music collection is in fact somebody else's collection and all you've got is a lame subscription giving you access to a bunch of, well, links. That's it? Yeah, that's it. Say it ain't so. I just did.

The same can be said about movies, your favorite series, and books. They won't be yours. They will be somebody else's. In a sense, life is becoming one gigantic video store or library and all you've got to show for is a digital membership card to take a quick peek. That's the future, my friends, and it's not like you've got a choice. I know, you can download books and movies and call them your own, but that's just a bunch of ones and zeros. It's like owning a digital Van Gogh. Would you say that's the real deal? My five-pound Spider-man omnibus... now, that is the real thing. A digital version of the same book really is not. Mind you, I'm not opposed to digital books. I just want to have a choice, is all. But with the whole world hating paper so much (because of those poor trees) while feeling great and not guilty at all about charging their tenth iPhone twice a day (because that's good for the environment), I don't think that's going to happen any day soon. Smoking is bad for you and so is real stuff.

Well, they can go sit on a horse.

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Did I say, "Penis"?

54 comments:

  1. Hate to break it to you, Randy Mandy, but your collection will one day turn into dust :)
    WHat does that ending mean, Blue, go sit on a horse?

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    1. Dust? DUST?? D.U.ST.?!!!!! Say it ain't so, Dezzmeister.

      It means screw that!

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    2. Imma gonna watch WestWorld tonight, Blue, will report on impressions, but I usually boo and hiss and spit on everything coming from that devil's lair HBO (HorridBeelzebub'sOffice)

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    3. I did love the music in it, haven't heard such a great music for a TV series in a long time. The story is typical HBO torture porn crap... that serves their slow progress into fascism.

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    4. Well made but no fun. The music is good, yeah.

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    5. although I did hear Thandie Newton will be bum nekid in the second or third episode, so be sure to watch it :)

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    6. In episode 2. Was quite the treat.

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  2. Some bands I still purchase the actual CD, but otherwise it's a download. Which, once it's on my computer, it's mine. And movies we still purchase. I do like the box.
    Other than my guitars, I really don't have any possessions I covet.

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    1. I guess the problem I have with downloads that I buy is that I can't touch them and there's nothing to look at - no artwork, nothing special, just the song.

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  3. I'm actually one of those "simple is better" kind of people who could live with only the basics and be happy. As long as it fits in my head, it's mine to keep forever. That's how I keep music. No kidding. And books. Sometimes even movies. (But not often.)

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  4. What I find super duper annoying is you can't even get things all in one spot. You have to go to 10 friggin sites and have 10 friggin subscriptions to get the lot. And 90% of the crap you don't even want access too. But this site has the rights to that and this one to those other few. And then you can't get access in lots of places as well. And then many an internet connection is not swell. And then your paying a subscription fee to each of the greedy sons of bitches and then you have to deal with the more often that not glitches. And the stupid set up that some have as well. It's all annoying as hell. I don't collect stuff because I find it to be fluff and of course for it you need dough. But if it doesn't make my life better, away I go. I'm glad for the likes of netflix and amazon too or I'd never have books in view. But it does get to be one big headache with so many in which to partake. Each out to make a buck. I say do what you want and don't give a fluck.

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    1. Yep, it's all about the dough. Ten subscriptions sounds like nine too many. Are you telling me you'd rather have a digital omnibus than a beautiful hardcover? Yes? No?

      Glitches and passwords and keys and more passwords and more glitches... They can keep them.

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    2. Rather have digital indeed
      Less dust magnets at my feed
      and it costs less if you get a dud
      No coaster to give a thud
      But pffft to subscribing everywhere
      Can keep that at their lair

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    3. They shove it and shove it good
      Up there in some neighborhood

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  5. Hold the iphone.....it's on loan. What about synchrony? Just this week all my old vinyl flamenco records went the way of the buggy whip. Cry and moan as I must, it had to happen. A voice from on high parted the clouds and uttered, "Lighten your load." So I did. Amen.

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  6. The worst thing about having a lot of collections is that some people will incorrectly accuse you of being a hoarder!

    And I miss album art on vinyl LPs.

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    1. I know what you mean. Ones and zeros don't do it for me.

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    2. The Silver Fox is a hoarder. He refuses to own up to it. An intervention is necessary. I nominate the Blue Grumpster to take charge. Send all his good shit to me.

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    3. Do you reckon Mr. Fox would be amused if I did?

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    4. I'd be amused seeing the look on Blue's face as he packed up all my comics... to send to Janie.

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    5. I'd be amused seeing the look on Janie's face if I gave her mine too haha.

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    6. I'd head straight to a comic book store to unload them.

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  7. When I was a kid, I read a book about what the economy would be like in the 21st century. (I was a weird kid.)

    And in there, it said that all of our entertainment and much else that we did would be by subscription services. We wouldn't own anything.

    That has happened (even though I still buy music and movies and books, but again, I'm weird)...

    I hope that hard copies albums, books, and movies are always available. I got burned on that with "Doctor Who" - I trusted netflix to be my means of seeing it, and then they got into a fight with the BBC and now I can't watch it.

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    1. Now you can't watch it. My point exactly, dammit.

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  8. When it comes to music, I buy the CD if I really like the artist, other than that it's iTunes for me. Actually, my CD player is broke in my car and I can't get the CD's out and Ford will gladly replace the system for a mere $450.00 so the CD's will remain stuck :( Now, I just sync up.

    Oh Blue, I do enjoy the feel and smell of a real book. The wonder of turning those pages filled with words and magic. (Don't look Blue, you might blush I'm softly stroking my book ;)

    What will the world be like if we all go digital, what will happen to real artists, you know those who actually paint on canvas?

    I have all these old photos and today everyone takes pictures with their phones and they store them in a cloud or external hard-drive or memory stick. I wonder how many people actually go on their computers and say I think I'll look at some pictures?

    That's one classy Picasso you have there Blue?

    How are you Blue? What are you drinking there? Is that a martini or margarita? I could use one of those? Pour be a double.

    Ok, this song just came to mind...enjoy

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-F-UhbDjjo

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    1. $450.00... That sucks big time. I'm looking, blushing, and loving it. People who blush know they are alive. I don't mind blushing one bit. Bring it on!

      What will happen to real artists? Beats me, True. I know comics aren't the same as paintings but looking at a digital copy gives me the creeps. It's fake, not the real deal. I guess I'm old-fashioned. If I could choose between a 6-pound hardcover and a digital copy, well, you know which one I would pick.

      I almost never look at the pics stored on my computer. I can't touch them. They're just ones and zeros.

      That painting is called The Dream. It's a very naughty one.

      How am I doing? Well, my back hurts a whole lot (no idea why) and I'm fed up with that never-ending jetlag of mine, but other than that it's all good.

      Pouring you a double. Sweet Vermouth on the rocks with a twist.

      Thanks for the song :)

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    2. Hi Blue I shouldn't use the term "real" artist as there is some amazing graphic artwork out there.These people are still artists of their crafts. I guess I just prefer the feel of tangible, it must be the sentimental side of me. Don't laugh, but I have what I call a treasure box.

      Comic books, my mom found a trunk with some very old comic books. I am not kidding. She has a very old Superman and Spider-Man comic. I guess someone in the family enjoyed comics? I cannot believe how cheap they were 5 cents to 25 cents. That is a bargain for an adventure as they didn't have the technology we have today.

      My mom found some very old photos too and it is so cool to touch them and try to pick up on who they were.

      Yes, I think we are alike in that way!

      Blushing is a human trait, so let our fingers linger on sheets of white and spill ourselves in the covers of delight!

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    3. Maybe those comics are worth a ton :)

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    4. Could be to the right buyer!! How do I find that buyer?

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  9. I like things. I have some things that I like a lot more than almost everyone I know. I have a lavender vase in my living room. It probably didn't cost much, but it was a gift from someone who was a good friend to me when I needed a friend desperately. The vase had flowers and a poem in it. My son likes to say that my possessions are "just stuff" because he treats just stuff like shit, including his own just stuff. But if it's just stuff, then why does he bother to buy it? I am grouchy today. I am afraid I'll see Donald Trump and he'll grab my pussy. I love my cat. I don't want my cat touched by that orange creature.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Keep your pussy out of Trump's reach. Or his son's for that matter. I heard him say women tend to blow (no pun intended) things out of proportion. He can go sit on a horse. Better yet, let some horse sit on him. Oh you were talking about your cat. Well, I hear he can't be trusted with pets either.

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  10. Oh how I miss the joy of buying a vinyl album and playing it until it is all but multiple tracks of scratching noises. How I loved getting new records.

    I appreciate the ease of digital music, movies, and books but I still prefer the real deal. I like the feel of turning real pages in hardback books and sitting in a theater with a soda and some popcorn.

    I wonder how much history will be lost to digital files. For all the years that I have been saving photographs to my computer, music to my MP3 player and saved at least part of my books to Kindle...when I die, will any of it be seen or heard of before my computer (which we can assume will be considered obsolete no doubt) or other devices are tossed on the huge heap of electronic waste.

    As for the bookcases that continue to hold real books, maybe just maybe, my survivors might thumb through them and pick out a few interesting titles.

    Not that I worry about it much and since I will be dead and therefore probably won't notice that 1-800-Junk is hauling off my computer along with thousands of photographs that show my life in pictures, I still think it is a shame that so little thought is given to having at least SOME possessions to pass on to future generations.

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    1. I used to buy a couple of 12" records on a weekly basis. I have quote a collection. Now, people look at me and think I'm nuts for wanting to hold on to them. I see digital music and movies as a backup thing, you know, to read or listen to when I'm commuting or on vacation and I don't feel like carrying around that stuff. But a digital book is not the same as a hardcopy. No way.

      You're making an excellent point about how much history will be lost to digital files. A book is a book and can last forever but a file needs a program so it can be read. I'm disgusted by the easy with which youngsters just delete their music as if it were nothing. It's so easy to delete a file. In a way it's like spending money using a card or using bank notes. It doesn't feel the same.

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  11. I often wonder what the world is going to be like in another 100 years. What will my great great grandchildren be doing during the day? Will any of my grand kids have the same fun with the photo albums that I've had for the past 30 years and have made sure to write on the back of the hundreds of pictures to make sure that future generations know who I was, who my grandparents were? In reality I don't hold out much hope for future generations if the people in the world right now are any indication of of how people are going to act in the near future...we might just implode before I have great grand kids.

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    1. Your great great grandchildren... Or your great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great grandchildren. Wouldn't it be great to take a peek, Mary?

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  12. Blue- I still read REAl books and I recently bough a FILM camera. You're so right; everything is at the push of a button in a vast place and belongs to no one. I don't think I like that. Senses need to be sated. Touch, smell and taste baby!

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    1. A film camera... Is that a fact? Well, I applaud you, Jules. Still am, always will, you know that. Tocuh, smell and taste, baby! Could this be my new mantra?

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    2. Yes. It's your new mantra. Fight for the cause! Love ya!

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  13. What societal differences will be like in 100 or 1000 years is something that has fascinated me for as long as I can remember. I imagine progressively more stuff will be consolidated into single units (as it it already becoming) until we reach some sort of technologic plateau.

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  14. Still fighting against the "onesandzeros" uh?! Collect experiences, not things! In your case (and mine) things often are experiences. Cause we were thought so. But these young people, .... damned....they collect "onesandzeros"

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  15. I think the older I get, the less I give a crap about possessions, so the digital age really doesn't bother me. I save my money for travel and good food. I want to have experiences, not things in this life. I'm on a huge purge right now trying to rid myself of all the extra clutter in my home. The less I posses, the less I have to clean.

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    1. That makes perfect sense. Whatever makes you happy, Theresa :)

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    2. under possessions to de-clutter she does not mean clothes and shoes....

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    3. You are, as always, well-informed.

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  16. They might not want to sit on my horse...

    I'm in the process of trying to pare down the things that I own and "collect" simply because they're not enjoyed by me enough for them to merit the space they take up and the dust they collect. I am still having a hard time giving up my comic book collection but a lot of the books I have need to go

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    1. Because your horse is gonna kick some butt. Haha

      Tell me about your comic book collection.

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  17. I'm hunter and gatherer of all types of collections. I love rummaging around in antique stores and thrift shops and finding treasures. Someone once told me that someday when I'm gone my kids are just going to consider all my "treasures" as junk and take them to a 2nd hand store. They miss the point...I enjoyed them today and I will enjoy them until the day I'm gone and then they go back to the happy hunting grounds for someone else to find them and enjoy them and treasure them...you can't do that with the art you get on an iFrame 1!!!

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