Thursday, 20 September 2018

Unused Objects.

A wonderful example of early modern simplicity and transparency.  Just read the inscription and know what is due to you. 

Every unused object we own costs us £1 a year.

  • This may seem surprising but let us imagine a spare bottle of shampoo sitting on the side of your bath. It is costing you money in all of the following ways.
  • Depreciation- the product will deteriorate over time or become outdated.
  • Capital costs- if you had not bought it then the money would have been used for other purposes.
  • The object requires attention (dusting, sorting and so on). It becomes a time drain.
  • Physical clutter often leads to mental clutter and stress. This leads to depression and loss of vital energies.

The war on your mind.

Retailers love the emotional shopper.

We all have our weak points. Some people buy bogus reductions. My own weakness is for locations. I fall under the spell of magical places.

  • A supermarket will place it's most profitable lines immediately ahead of us and slightly down. This is in our direct line of sight and most people look no further. Above and below we may find greatly cheaper products in less appealing packaging. The difference in quality is often less than the difference in price.
  • Be wary of 'buy one get one free' offers in perishable goods. These often turn into 'buy one, throw one away' offers.
  • Never buy confectionery at the checkout and never (ever, ever, ever) get a child in the habit of demanding you do so.
  • Retailers employ the finest psychologists in the world and their aim is to make us into impulse shoppers- the most profitable kind of shopper.

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Kindle privacy.

The most recognizable statue in London is someone who never lived.
We may mind our own business and bother no one but this does not mean someone is not minding ours. Keep personnel ignorant of your views. 

  • Punishment for wrong opinions does not come from the law. It comes from an army of gossips you will never identify.
  • Many of us have Kindles now. These are useful because they have no picture covers but they can still be read over the shoulder. We may prevent the snooper from knowing the title of the books we read using the following methods.
  • Set up an access number on the front screen. This prevents the idle snooper from tapping the screen and seeing all that one has read recently.
  • Organise ones reading into 'collections'. The primary purpose of the collection is to make it easier to find books we already have. They also keep the titles of the books we own off the top screen and out of view of snoopers.
  • Turn off 'suggestions' if it is possible to do so (not everyone can). Suggestions is an Amazon marketing tool that suggests things we may like based upon past reading. The problem is that if someone else sees our suggestions they will have a good idea of our reading habits.
  • Most normies are so bored they may persecute us out of boredom.

How to be lucky.

Those who are open to adventure are open to luck.

I make new friends, see opportunity and am generally 'lucky' in new environments. In familiar environments I get stuck.
  • The more we mix and combine with other people the better. We may seem to socialize uselessly but we are actually giving the world the opportunity for a lucky chance encounter.
  • It is not that some people are born lucky. It is that some people place themselves where good luck may be found.
  • To be lucky, to discover life- ditch planning. Wander. Take every free thing that life gives you. Say 'yes' more.