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End of Individualism and the Rise of the Bots

In Business on December 11, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Soon you will have an army of bots descending on your town – selling everything from biscuits to cauliflowers. The wheels are already in motion. You see the rise of botdom everywhere.

 I realized this while ordering a Re 300 Margarita Pizza at our neighborhood Pizza outlet.

 A unisex uniformed BOT took the order. No, I don’t remember the person taking the order. The Pizza Company had succeeded in taking the individual out of the person. It was  a mere shell of a person – a BOT taking orders. The BOT had a company manual compliant smile #1 firmly in place while it was taking the order. A medium Margarita Pizza, sir. Do you want ketchup? Do you like my company manual compliant smile #1 smile, Sir?

 I must say no effort was spared to ensure I noticed the company manual complaint Smile #1.  This was important because later on I was given a form with a single question – did the BOT serve me with a smile or not.

This is the end of anarchy.

Before you jump the gun and start lambasting me for harboring leftist ideology let me tell you anarchy is good. It is the only way to ensure equality in society by breaking down established orders.

A small businessman is an anarchist because he is not part of any organized order. He is there on his own – buying goods, selling goods. He is independent. This exactly the sort of entity the governments don’t like.  Variables are dangerous. They have a voice. They are not trained to act in a particular way or behave in a Pavlovian way.

 BOTS have no personality. They just serve their masters. The tragedy is they don’t even know the damage causing to PEOPLE. You can’t blame BOTS. They have been trained. You tell them to jump they will jump.

Biting into the Re 300 Margarita Pizza and hating myself I looked at the tea stall outside. The tea seller had more personality than any of the BOTS inside. Every time I went there to have my “Chai” he actually smiled and the smile actually registered on his face and None of that Company Manual Compliant Smile #1 you see at BOTDOM.

Each independent businessman is an act of anarchy in the face of standardization. Every “Samosa”, every cigarette sold, every “Chai” you drink supports anarchy.

It is an anti government as it can get because the government clearly wants them out. Get them in unisex uniforms, snatch away their freedom, give them an ID card, give them a number, standardize, standardize….

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There is a lizard dying under my table.

In Pets on December 5, 2012 at 2:41 pm

There is a lizard dying in my room. It has been dying slowly for more than a week now. A week ago, I found it lying near my bathroom door, motionless. I left it alone, fearing it would crawl up my thigh, or bite me, or worse. Do lizards bite? They certainly look like they do. The next day it was still lying there in the same position I left it the previous day. Curious, I prodded it with my toe, only to make it writhe in pain. Since I am pro nature, pro animal (I eat fish, chicken and goat meat though) I left it alone, although, I must tell you, the thought of throwing it over the balcony did cross my mind for a second.

At first I thought it was molting. I looked at the lizard and said “Hmm… Too pale…Maybe it is molting” Since I consider it a bad habit to disturb folks while they are in engrossed in the very private act of changing clothes, I let the molting lizard  alone, thinking, it would go away in its own sweet time, when it was ready, or when the full moon rose over the horizon, or whatever. But it didn’t.

Day four after my first rendezvous, I found the lizard strangely splayed on the floor. There was blood on the floor and one of its eyes was hanging out. The blood looked very human like – very dark like the kind you get on your hand after squashing a gorging mosquito.  The only explanation was that somebody had stepped on it, might’ve been me. It has been lying there for three days now. At first I thought it would recover and go wherever lizards go when they feel better. But I don’t think this one is going to go anywhere. It looks grotesque with its head bent at a ninety degree angle. I prodded it to see whether it is alive. It is still alive, but barely.

How on earth do you save a dying lizard? You know there are forums dedicated to saving dying lizards. Apparently lots of them just roll over and die causing varying degrees of discomfort to you and me’s of the world. I find it gratifying that people find the time to take care of dying lizards. I mean what kind of humanity would exists if there were no one to take care of dying lizards.

Here are the top Three Results to “how to save a dying lizard”

1)      Help! Dying lizard

Sunlight and water can save your dying lizard. Apparently the author resuscitated a dying lizard by giving the lizard some water to drink.

(http://www.reptileforums.net/forums/showthread.php?44302-HELP!!-dying-lizard)

Pretty girl pitches in with her bit. Ok. I Like her.

2)      How do I save this dying lizard?

Take dying lizard to wildlife rehabilitation. I don’t think my lizard is in a state where it can be moved to the neighborhood ICU.

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110706100921AAGMpr7

3)      Dying lizard, put it out of misery or nurse it

Dying Lizard Question:

“There’s a small lizard on my back porch, I saw it upside down and assumed it was dead. As I turned the body over, moreover to dispose of the corpse in the nearby lawn, it twitched, eyes blinking. I lifted it right-side up, it’s skin stuck to the concrete, gently ripping as I moved it. The gash was already there with a solidified pool of blood beneath it.

What in the world should I do!? I feel so bad for this thing, just lying there unable to move. I tried seeing if I could get it to move, but I think the spine is cracked, the gash that looks “almost” fatal is near it’s brain, to which I assume it injured some motor functioning areas. Whatever the cause, should I just put it out of its misery? And how? Or should I try nursing it back to help? Would rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide help the gash on its back or would it injure it’s brain even more? Please help! I can’t help but sympathize with this pour creature.”

Answer

“You need to put the lizard out of its misery. That lizard is beyond nursing back to health. If you take it to a vet, the vet will charge you a couple hundred bucks to tell you there’s nothing he can do and will euthanize it. I’ll get thumbed down for this, but you need to do it as quickly and painlessly as possible, and unless you have access to Euthasol (Sodium Pentabarbatol cocktail, a controlled drug used for euthanizing animals), you’re going to have to do what some people would consider gruesome. Get a good, sharp scissors or pruning shears and quickly cut off its head. Alternatively, you can smash it’s head with a quick, well-placed blow from a hammer. As I said, some people will think that’s gruesome, but it’s quick, and any pain it feels will only be for a split second.”

I like this one…

Get a pair shears and off with its head, or if you’re not squeamish, get a rock and squash its head. Get it done. Be practical. Save money and save your soul.

“You can also put it in a paper bag and place it in the freezer for several hours. That will kill it, but the ice crystals that form in the tissues will cause it excruciating, prolonged pain while it dies.”

This is not done.

I am not going into the other help pages. It is all so depressing.

Post Script

I wrote the above paragraphs yesterday. Today for the life of me, I can’t find it under the table. It is gone. I can’t find it.