technology leaps ahead fashion finds a rut, jingle bells wallpaper, repeating the same economic mistakes over and over

I try not to think too much about style – clothing and accessories and all the culture associated with it. Yet it is inescapable, if nothing else as a practical matter. I can’t go out in public nude. I wouldn’t even if I could. We are the naked ape. We have no fur or scaly armor to protect us from the elements. I have to wear something. There are choices. So I do consider – or my vanity considers what looks best. That in turn in tempered by practical considerations like cost and how much use I’ll get out of what I buy. Synthetic fibers are out because they irritate my skin. I don’t like looking like I was poured into anything or like  I’m wearing a recycled tent. I have an ego. Thus having enjoyed a few compliments on my fashion choices I am even more aware of making better rather worse choices. It has occurred to me on looking around that style or fashions have become somewhat frozen. There is still variation – the slim hip-hugger look versus the loose and comfortable. Men’s suits and women’s dress-ware has settled into the in-between, not loose, not too tight for most people. One of the reasons I enjoy old photographs of people is that clothes, shoe  and hair styles change. I can look at them and imagine what it was like to live in the 1920s or the 1950s. Fifty years from now – based on appearance alone, no technology in the background, it will be hard to tell if the picture was from 1994 or 2011. You Say You Want a Devolution?

Go deeper and you see that just 20 years also made all the difference in serious cultural output. New York’s amazing new buildings of the 1930s (the Chrysler, the Empire State) look nothing like the amazing new buildings of the 1910s (Grand Central, Woolworth) or of the 1950s (the Seagram, U.N. headquarters). Anyone can instantly identify a 50s movie (On the Waterfront, The Bridge on the River Kwai) versus one from 20 years before (Grand Hotel, It Happened One Night) or 20 years after (Klute, A Clockwork Orange), or tell the difference between hit songs from 1992 (Sir Mix-a-Lot) and 1972 (Neil Young) and 1952 (Patti Page) and 1932 (Duke Ellington). When high-end literature was being redefined by James Joyce and Virginia Woolf, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, great novels from just 20 years earlier—Henry James’s The Ambassadors, Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth—seemed like relics of another age. And 20 years after Hemingway published his war novel For Whom the Bell Tolls a new war novel, Catch-22, made it seem preposterously antique.

Now try to spot the big, obvious, defining differences between 2012 and 1992. Movies and literature and music have never changed less over a 20-year period. Lady Gaga has replaced Madonna, Adele has replaced Mariah Carey—both distinctions without a real difference—and Jay-Z and Wilco are still Jay-Z and Wilco.

 

Some of this is probably a practical matter. The cost of gas, health care, housing, insurance and utilities have all gone up. We’re still digging out of a recession, who wants to or has money to get experimental with their wardrobe.

oklahoma’s finest  garland’s drive-in-restaurant – opened in 1947

Rich People DON’T Create Jobs: 6 Myths That Have to Be Killed for Our Economy to Live. For what its worth wish OWS and progressive Democrats+ Sen. Bernie Sanders(I-VT) the best of luck in their pursuit of economic justice. Historically their chances are slim. The last great stride the U.S. made in economic justice was the New Deal. Its been down hill from there – slowly dismantled piece by piece over the last three decades in particular. There used to be and there still is a little hand-held, gasp, non-electronic game in which you try to get the little BB’s inside to go into little divets. It becomes more difficult to get them all in as you get the first two or three because tilting the game too much causes the beads to roll out. The game has certain natural tendencies towards thresholds of difficulty. Wall Street, the powers that be, the players, the suits that control finance – they have a natural tendency toward greed and rigging the game as much as possible. Many Americans, whether they are participating in OWS or more traditional avenues of progressive change are scratching their heads: why haven’t more Americans learned this lesson about Wall Street from 2008. The same reason people choose to forget the lessons of the 1980s meltdown, or the recessions/downturns/depressions of 1929, 1937, 1969-1970, 1836-1838 ( the U.K. also has the same short memory). Few of the very wealthy actually suffer the consequences of these economic downturns. They rebuild pretty much the same machine that existed before. They start pushing the limits to see how much money they can make and how much they can get away with. A new cycle of hurdling towards disaster starts over.

chromed black and white tree. i used an action on a black and white to get this effect. if you search google for photoshop+chrome+action there are various ones to try.

pagan bells

jingle bells wallpaper

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