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:: posted by buermann @ 2008-08-19 00:44:46 CST | link

      If I could write, I would write a book called The Fatuous Faust. Its protagonist would be a happy-go-lucky, techno-utopian warrior manager who loved his workers, and gadgets, but loved artificial scarcity and stupid corporate infantilization tricks much more. His workers keep making gadgets that would save them all, but he rises to each occasion, in spite of his happy-go-lucky ways, and turns them into means for further undermining the basis of production. He eventually becomes dimly aware that something is going horribly wrong. So he sues the workers for using company intellectual property in their DIY shops.

    posted by Zomg @ 2008-08-19 05:49:09 | link

      Ha ha. Next you'll be moving to the 'burbs. Come and fix my blender, while you're at it.

    posted by leahaz @ 2008-08-19 07:47:13 | link

      Can't help with the blender. In the settlement agreement I signed, after the being sued, I promised never to fix anything ever again. Ironically, my eagerness to sign got me promoted to middle management, in the cheese-moving division, where I bundle the anticipated yields from lawsuits into bonds, the sale of which has returned the company to profitability. We don't actually make anything more, I'm sorry to say, but my star is rising and my ARM doesn't reset for another year.

      I could sell you a subordinated blender repair voucher...

    posted by Zomg @ 2008-08-19 08:16:02 | link

      Thank God we live in an apartment. Even you have to admit there's no room for a saw mill in an apartment.

    posted by Hecate21 @ 2008-08-19 12:27:36 | link

      I've been thinking about how I could run it down the back porch as a gravity mill, actually.

    posted by buermann @ 2008-08-19 12:29:23 | link

      Yea I envy such things, until I remember that I live in an apartment and can't afford otherwise. Why hello reality, nice to see you.

    posted by js @ 2008-08-21 10:13:15 | link

    go ahead, express that vague notion

    your turing test:

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