Office prank: stay off the candy

A couple of colleagues recently made a deal: no candy or cookies for 100 days.

One of them then started candidly started strewing candies on the other’s desk.

The “victim” then wanted to send a message. This is what she did:

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Movies I've watched recently:

  • Macbeth (2015) - IMDb 9/10

    2016-01-23 21:49
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    This is a masterpiece. Where William Shakespeare's tale of betrayal, greed and blindness leaves much room for interpretation, this cinematic version goes beyond what could easily have been a flat, drab interpretation, and makes it come alive and breathe new air into the tale. I hope this adaptation goes around and is seen by all. Fassbender is really involved in this film, as previously seen in "Shame", as opposed the crappy role he had to play in "Prometheus"; Marion Cotillard elevates, both by herself and together with Fassbender. The calmness before the storm, breathtakingly filmed and shot first during the initial scenes, is cinematography, acting and direction in wondrous collaboration. It seems all actors are on-point, with one singular goal. This is truly brilliant. The language comes alive, through death and humanity.

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  • The Big Short (2015) - IMDb 6/10

    2016-01-22 21:23
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    Even though this is as big a tribute to capitalism as, say, "Wall Street" or "The Wolf of Wall Street", it's naturally a display of how capitalism is inherently flawed and will die - but keeps on ticking, due to bailouts and how the few wish not to share with the many - and it's actually more than fun to see wealthy egoists squirm. There's a good rhythm running throughout the film; still, having stated that, women are symbols and Brad Pitt's character is a veiled "God". All in all: read Noam Chomsky and assimilate.

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  • "Omnibus" Cracked Actor (TV... 8/10

    2016-01-22 08:24
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    From the cusp of Bowie's turning from Ziggy to The Thin White Duke, this is a 50-minute documentary on Bowie's touring America while explaining his world to some extent. Interspersed throughout interviews with Bowie - and yes, you get to see him doing serious ironing - there are fans and live footage. Pretentious in the extreme while everyday, this is a quite lovely documentary about Bowie. Wish it'd have been longer.

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  • Straight Outta Compton (2015) - IMDb 2/10

    2016-01-09 21:23
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    Ghurghgh. I loved N.W.A. for their gall, anger and methods, but hated their misogyny. Still, this film focuses on that, disses MC Ren's abilities to lift the group after Dre left, and yeah, there's more misogyny here, still. Drab. Sad. The best bits are of the band shaping their first album. The rest should be read in books and preferably forgotten. It's not hard to see why Ice Cube went on to surpass what Dre did later, even on his first solo album. I wish one would hear more dissing of Dre courtesy of Eazy-E, buuut--Eazy's dead, so Dre's words take precedence, I guess. And there's even a whole buckload of distasteful ad for beats headphones at the end of the film. Truly bad.

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  • Avatar (2009) - IMDb 2/10

    2016-01-08 21:21
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    What a piece of shit letdown. It's a simple, sad digest on racism and xenophobia - which is good - but it's told so badly, that even Rodney King did a better job at dismaying anyone from...anything? Effects, effects, effects, neon... It was not engaging and not worth anybody's time.

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Some of my collected stuff on David Bowie’s death

When I found out that David Bowie died, I was at work. I’ve seen fake death notices before, and I didn’t care much. I saw that Bowie’s Facebook and Twitter pages mentioned that he had died, but nothing, nothing more. And then, his son wrote that it’s true. It kind of fell through. People continued working, regardless. It’s as though I could not understand any of them. I grew to within. I cried in an office bathroom. Then came out and read The Guardian’s live-stream, which was a web page that continuously was updated throughout the day, with details and mostly remembrances from people who cherished him as an artist, and loved his music. I did, too; I do.

His last album, “Blackstar“, may be his best. It’s either 9/10 or 10/10, can’t decide. Regardless of that pithy stuff, here’s a list of stuff I collated and wrote just after Bowie died, trickled down in chronologic order, oldest top.

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My saved links (weekly)

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

The 62 richest people have as much wealth as half the world

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The world’s 62 richest billionaires have as much wealth as the bottom half of the world’s population, according to a new report from Oxfam International.

The wealthiest have seen their net worth soar over the five years ending in 2015. Back in 2010, it took 388 mega-rich people to own as much as half the world.

This is so fucked-up. Read up here.

Anybody still in doubt whether capitalism is the destruction of every living thing on the planet?

The income gap between the richest and poorest is also growing. The poorest 20% of the world — who live below the extreme poverty line, living on less than $1.90 a day — barely saw their incomes budge between 1988 and 2011, while the most prosperous 10% enjoyed a 46% jump.

“The global economy is not working to pull these people out of extreme poverty,” said Deborah Hardoon, Oxfam’s deputy head of research.

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The music I’ve listened to in 2015 – graded

It’s not albums released in 2015, it’s albums I’ve listened to in 2015. And really, it’s not just albums – it’s live bootlegs, singles, EPs – anything that’s basically released as one work. I hope some good comes out of this list, because I’ve seen some very strange misses in best-of-2015 lists, e.g. Torres‘ album, which is a container for remarkably good songwriting and performance, also Barbara Morgenstern‘s new album, “Doppelstern“, called a “collaboration project” by herself, which is astonishingly good – it’s my favourite of hers, which says a lot. Also, Du Blonde has single-handedly wrapped up glam rock without being the least dull.

Sleaford Mods keep being current and probably the best duo in Great Britain since they came up, The Charlatans came back from death and California with their best album yet. Speaking of artists getting stronger, let’s mention Alva Noto, Nils Frahm and The Libertines. Ah, The Libertines…talk about coming back from death, poetically speaking, here.

To sum up, either it’s been a year where I’ve not liked electronic as much as non-electronic music, but the electronics are at the bottom where the twanged stuff is generally at the top.

Still, as far as 2016 goes, David Bowie has set a target and standard of sorts by releasing an album that’s filled with electro-acoustic jazzy non-conforming stuff, and it’s still poppier and definitely more alive and better than most of what I heard in 2015. So here’s to the future, and here’s the past:

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