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A Busy Week

Wow, that was a really busy week. I'm not used to being busy at all - back in the day I had all the free time I could possibly imagine. Maybe it's about time to revisit polyphasic sleep? Here are some things that made me busy :

Work, of course. I've been waiting for weeks for a company to send us a new computer for our data center that lets me do fancy things. Last week it seemed like every day was going to be the day that it would be ready, so I would just wait all day for it to be set up. Then there would be some problem, and the process would repeat itself the next day. Finally this week it got all set up, so now I have more to do than I have time for. Yes! I love having things to do. It just so happens that this particular task is really fun too.

My car broke AGAIN. I have a 1994 S600, which is known to be one of the hardest (read : most expensive) cars to maintain. The reason is that it's a V12. Since it's basically two V6 engines stuck together, it also has two of a lot of components. Twice as many things to be broken. It also has a hydraulic suspension, which is what broke on mine. Of course this time I didn't take the car to the dealership.

Barefaced simplicity

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Go into any department store or supermarket and you quickly appreciate the overwhelming number and variety of products available to keep you looking young and beautiful and smelling attractive. Much of the advertising in magazines, on billboards and television market these products - we are bombarded daily, all with the same message: you need this product to be healthy and/or attractive with the subtext: you are not enough as you are.

Even though we know that people on television usually wear a thick layer of make-up, and that air-brushing and photo-shop routinely hides every blemish in photos in magazines or on the internet, we still allow our perception and expectation of beauty to become ever more unattainable. The beauty ideal is to remove almost all hair from our bodies, except for our head of hair which should be thick and shiny and coloured. Eyelashes for some bizarre reason should look thick, dark, long and curled. Our teeth have to be straight and bleached whiter than nature ever intended. Frown lines are frozen, lips plumped up and a layer of perfectly applied make-up is needed. Even the 'natural' or 'nude' make-up look requires at least 10 types of product to achieve. Nail polish is now nail art.

Despite being more media-savvy than ever, we remain susceptible to the clever billion-dollar marketing campaigns promising us the next perfect fix to solve the problem we never knew we had. And yet we let ourselves fall for it over and over again because more than ever we are judged on how we look, not on who we are. The more occupied we are with our appearance, the less time, energy and resources we have to spend on less superficial, more worthwhile pursuits.

As a result, look into most bathrooms and you'll find many of the following, most of which are completely unnecessary.

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