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Ronald Walker

10 Days Ago

Inflation, Part Of Human Nature?

Being a "Star" was not enough so they created "Super Stars"," Mega Stars" and so on. Giving a 100% effort meaning giving it your all, not enough apparently you must give 110% ( which is funny since if that were the case it would be out of a thousand...so it must mean you are hardly trying. An artist producing multiple "Masterpieces" also humorous since the term refers to the work you presented to the art guild that got you recognized as a professional... wondering about your thoughts as well as further examples I am missing.

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REVAD David Riley

10 Days Ago

Well, as 80% of everything we do is to waste time, then it takes a lot of effort to make the 20% of worthwhile effort into 22%.

Seriously though, isn't it just an expression? A way of saying I am committed to this, whatever 'this' might be.

Or, put another way, the 100% I thought I gave my last task is insufficient for this one, so I'll steal an extra 10% from another part of my life, because I think this task is worth the extra effort.



 

Roger Swezey

10 Days Ago

RE:..."you must give 110%"

Approaching 85, I'm being told that I did my 100%

Now I'm on that extra 10%


Just been informed that I sold another vulture sculpture , this time going to New Orleans.
,
So once I hit "POST REPLY", I've got to dust off the piece, pack it up, and then deal with the elements to ship it out

I could make arrangements to have the piece picked up for shipment, but going directly to the post office is an excuse to Get Out of this place.


And now my cold basement, is calling me to come down and stick more crab claws into more mussel shells

 

Ronald Walker

10 Days Ago

Just thought of another one, it use to be the highest your GPA could be in school was a 4.0. Now by using the A+ stuff it can be higher, just more inflation to me!

 

Uther Pendraggin

10 Days Ago

The escalation of rhetoric is the (Abbie, I promise I won't go down this road) basis of political discourse today.

You can't just be ______you have to be more _______ than the last guy was, or you're considered to be less of a ________ than the other guy. We can't have that.

Net result being that people say things that they will now fervently believe... until it isn't enough anymore then your ideology must shift further to the ____ or you're "One of THEM!"

Yes, one-upsmanship has always been with mankind and there is no reason to think it won't continue... (Except for from me, because I'm just naturally better than the next guy anyway! ) ;-)

PLAU
UPD

 

David Manlove

10 Days Ago

It's the vicious "we (I) want more" circle

 

Ronald Walker

10 Days Ago

Uther, you are a Mega Super Star!

 

Uther Pendraggin

10 Days Ago

Only?


PLAUghing
UPD

 

Mario Carta

10 Days Ago

I don't know about inflation Ronald, but I know I got some inflammation going on now. Lol!

 

David Smith

10 Days Ago

I thought you were going to talk about waistlines.

 

Ronald Walker

9 Days Ago

Hang on Uther I’m sure we can inflate that soon! David S. Yipe, I won’t go there!! Mario all I know is you are far tougher than I am!

 

Mario Carta

9 Days Ago

On a more serious note Ronald, this tendency to inflate is what seems to dominate the world, it's in every crevasse of our modern living,I say modern but it also has been a thing of the past and it's probably what got us to this point.

Human nature, I'll reserve judgement on it. I pull into a a parking space and it seems every other truck is bigger, taller, wider,faster and of course way more expensive than mine. Go for a walk to the docks and every other boat out there is longer, faster, more colorful and yes more expensive than my cheap kayak.

Just when I get used to my new samsung phone and I think I got it down, they come out with a newer, faster,better and "betterer even" version and of course more expensive.

There seems to be a direct correllation between the inflated and the expensive. It's a merry go round I'd rather not get on but sometimes your made to take that ride even if you don't want to.

 

Abbie Shores

9 Days Ago

You know, 80% of people will read this and not care either way. The other 80% will care loads and join in

 

David Bridburg

9 Days Ago

To be googled or not to be googled?

That search is the question.

Whether it is nobler in the commercial market to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous ignoring?

Or to be found upon a lonesome island of sustainable economic growth?

Per chance to sleep no more, as the emails come in.

Shakespeare on Marketing by David Bridburg

Dave Bridburg

 

Ronald Walker

9 Days Ago

Uther, Ultra mega super star.

 

Andrew Lawrence

9 Days Ago

Inflated ego. Rafts. Inflatable beds. Inner tubes, tires. Balloons. All have inflation. And, worst of all, so does the cost of living.

 

Drew

9 Days Ago

Ref: oxford dictionary

noun: masterpiece; plural noun: masterpieces
a work of outstanding artistry, skill, or workmanship.

HISTORICAL
a piece of work by a craftsman accepted as qualification for membership of a guild as an acknowledged master.

Ron, apparently you chose to give us the rather inflated and even antiquated definition of the term "masterpiece" as a starting point of this discussion. Maybe to control the slant?

 

Janine Riley

9 Days Ago

Look at our Supersized meals, and our plus sized bodies.
There are some cultures that could not comprehend how much we spend on weight loss products.

I believe that when we as humans do not exercise our bodies enough to the point of ( almost ) exhaustion , or choose to spend our time pursuing what matters to us deeply and make us feel as if we are contributing to this world - we will crave every dang thing under the sun to fill that void.

There are several variations of a quote that say : " You can never get enough of what you don't really want ".


P.S. Pretty funny there Abbie.

 

Abbie Shores

9 Days Ago

We are that 132.5%, Janine

 

David Bridburg

9 Days Ago

It is not the chicken or the egg that came first.

It is whether we have breakfast.

Marketing sells us breakfast as a masterpiece at MCD.

Meanwhile I get what Janine is saying, I have gone to intermittent fasting, just in case I want to live longer.

Dave Bridburg

 

Jason Fink

9 Days Ago

"These go up to 11" - Nigel Tufnel

 

Alfred Ng

9 Days Ago

I always puzzled by the term "size 0"!

 

Doug Swanson

9 Days Ago

Humans always want to inflate whatever they're doing, but swings in popular culture tend to encourage or discourage it in different times. At the moment, we seem to be in a period where, if I take a stroll in the park, I post it on the web like I climbed Mount McKinley barefooted. The braggy BS on the web gets tiresome after a while, especially when the alleged mountain climber gets their dander up. Were somebody to make a remark that a stroll in the park isn't the same as climbing a mountain, they'd be accused of "stomping on my dreams".

 

David Bridburg

9 Days Ago

Doug,

Totally agree, in person at the lunch counter, folks that brag and never have actually done are easier to spot. Using small threads of the truth to claim all sorts of things begs the obvious, even online.

It is like having money, you do not brag when you have it.

Dave Bridburg

 

Uther Pendraggin

9 Days Ago

Ron,

In advertising there is a small trick. It's the best trick. The trick is "Best" in which an advertiser can advertise their brand as Best, because, the truth is they are all the same.

Better is problematic, because then you have to prove that your whatzit is more gooder then his widget.

But the real secret is in the descriptor "A" vs "The"

For example, I'm good as "A(n) Ultra Uber Mega Super Stud. But if I could be "The Ultra Uber Mega Super Stud." well then all them wannabe Ultra Uber Mega Super Stars would want to challenge me to a Really Really Bigshoo! But it wouldn't matter because... well, it's obvious innit?

When people don't understand the language to start off with (people thinking Fame is synonymous with Infamy, for example) they need to hyperinflate.

PLAU
UPD

 

Chuck Staley

9 Days Ago

My cable bill just inflated to a new high of $252.69.

Is that what we're talking about here?

However, I did deflate my body weight by 20 pounds to 159, so I guess it all works out in the end.

 

David Randall

8 Days Ago

I expected this to be about the Fed, economic manipulations, fiat monetary activities, the expanding national debt we can never pay. Oops

 

Joe Burgess

8 Days Ago

In God We Trust.

 

Abbie Shores

7 Days Ago

And Joe and David are taking a short forum break. They know why

 

Mario Carta

7 Days Ago

Inflation, when it's time to upgrade your phone and you need 5G, ,8k video 3 camera modes,128g storage and it only cost you $1699.

 

Doug Swanson

7 Days Ago

Tech companies have an addiction to bigger and faster, kinda like cars in the 1960's because it's how they generate sales and keep stock prices up. The current equivalent of 2 year replacement cycles on cars is phones, driven by things like more pixels and not having to push that infernal button to wake the phone...it sees your face...thank God I don't have to push that button anymore.

The other half of the addiction is convincing us that we NEED to keep the replacement cycle going. I would make the claim that tech gadgets have a level of maturity as inventions in their current forms. Screens are surpassing human eyes and processors have reached a speed where they're limited by quantum effects and can't get much faster. That's when companies need to start selling us on things like not having to press the button anymore.

 

David Bridburg

7 Days Ago

Chuck,

I got my parents last year to switch from cable TV with internet to Internet TV. The savings were $1200 per year. All the bells and whistles included.

Most people now have internet TV from the cable company.

Also do not be surprised if you up your data MB rates. It is a good idea very often. My folks went to 300 MB/sec, the difference on their old laptop was more than worth it.


Dave Bridburg

 

Joe Burgess

6 Days Ago

So anyway, printing that on your fiat currency is another example of inflated hyperbole.
Not sure why I got punished for observing a relevant fact.

My apologies to David Randall, as I'm sure he would have been left alone had I not contributed.

 

David Bridburg

6 Days Ago

Were you really punished?

Just asking for a friend.

Dave Bridburg

 

Joe Burgess

6 Days Ago

I certainly wasn't disciplined, Dave.

 

Roger Swezey

6 Days Ago

Ronald,

To me. your accompanying thought provoking painting/drawing says it all.

"SUCKING IT ALL IN "

 

Drew

6 Days Ago

Roger, imho a single image cannot encompass an idea completely. So what is it we are suppose to Suck in? Sucking in is more like an implosion not inflation.

BTW, Ronald has not been in this discussion in 3 days. Maybe that's the way he wants it.......

 

David Bridburg

6 Days Ago

Nah, Ron has been around, in his jury prep thread.

Dave Bridburg

 

Roger Swezey

6 Days Ago

Drew,

You can't inflate without sucking in.

 

David Manlove

6 Days Ago

As for what Ron's drawing represents - if I may reason one interpretation:

Some big mouth blowing enough hot air to grill burgers..…. and dogs, and chops, and I don't know, I guess there's a steak in there too. I imagine we all know people like this. Inflating their reality (or fantasy). And the flying house in the background? Fleeing the neighborhood? There's no escaping inflation.

Or conspicuous consumption? (definition via google) "...expenditure on or consumption of luxuries on a lavish scale in an attempt to enhance one's prestige."

You want more, but if you want more, I'm gonna charge more because I can, and you'll pay more because you want it.

 

Drew

6 Days Ago

Interesting metaphor Roger but not always true. There are hundreds of ww 2 submarine wrecks and thousands of submariners that imploded without inflation.

Dave B., Ron opening another discussion doesn't negate the fact he has missed about 3 days in this discussion.

 

David Randall

5 Days Ago

I totally understand the the "political" restriction.

However FAA might not display Guernica nor speak of Kathe Kollwitz work nor Goyas Black paintings as too, "political." Art speaking to power. There is a place for that. Maybe not here. Just sayin.

 

Drew

5 Days Ago

A lot of art is used as political and religious propaganda: here and everywhere. Many members find a way to sport their gang colors.

 

Ronald Walker

5 Days Ago

Bit of a space cadet this week. Valentine’s Day brings out the hyper in kids so it has been a long Tiring week. Next week we are off so I will try to be more attentive.

 

David Bridburg

5 Days Ago

DR,

The art being political is not a printed discussion in the forum.

What any of us do with our art is welcome at FAA, within the legalistic framework of not hurting others or threatening others etc. I take certain voices in society as intending violence. I think to a degree FAA has come around to that old post WW II stance.

Dave Bridburg

 

Joe Burgess

5 Days Ago

I think people have a hard time filtering fact from opinion, and therefore consider any observation of social reality as being a political statement.

Believe it or not, there are those who are able to have fruitful discussions about these topics based upon genuine understanding, but are often drowned out by those with none.

The more frightened people become, the more that discourse gets silenced...

 

Drew

4 Days Ago

"I think people have a hard time filtering fact from opinion, and therefore consider any observation of social reality as being a political statement.

Believe it or not, there are those who are able to have fruitful discussions about these topics based upon genuine understanding, but are often drowned out by those with none.

The more frightened people become, the more that discourse gets silenced..."

..............
..............

Very true Joe! FAA did have such a place where candid discussions were allowed BUT it devolved into a single individual's echo chamber; used as a place to vomit their hate based diatribes while attempting to squelch opposition to their POV.

Seems to me, so many simply want to project their perceptions of righteousness onto others that objective thinking has become nearly nonexistent.

One must join Tiny Tim and tiptoe through their 2 lipz to effectively communicate their POV with words without retribution or they can plaster their visual propaganda and usurp the intent of the principles of objective communication.

Inflationary techniques have to be deployed whereas one must know their audience and hope that said audience share enough common experience that the esoteric message is relayed. Direct candor will be met with countermeasures always.

Only through logos can truths or fallacies be determined. Pathos and ethos rely on an emotional response which is unreliable at best.

Imagine an A.I. worming its way through all of the internet looking for the dissident. How can anyone speak freely when our words are parced, dicected, ranked and stored to be used against us at anytime by those who claim righteousness and or in positions of authority?

It is not an inflation of facts to state: the machinery is in place to capture our words and actions such that they can be used against us at some point in the future. With this in mind, our use of liberty is being redirected and used against us. Our illusion of liberty undermines our actual individual liberties.

 

David Bridburg

4 Days Ago

Joe,

it is an open forum. We are on the same page. But others have every right not be on that page. It wont work here.

It is the wrong venue.

Actually Drew and I basically would agree on this stuff as well, but we can barely have a conversation on anything. Right Drew?

Dave Bridburg

 

Ronald Walker

4 Days Ago

One’s POV seems reasonable and rational. It is the other persons POV that is misguided and based on irrationality. That is the big challenge in keeping the threads civil.

 

Drew

4 Days Ago

Ron, ones point of view is exactly that: a single perspective by which an individual occupies a unique time and space unshared by any other.
It's not a matter of being correct but a matter of interpretation. This is why I find a discussion as an opportunity of exploration and find argument over correctness none empathetic. In fact it is purely self serving.

 

Joe Burgess

4 Days Ago

I hope you know how much I appreciate all three of you.
And you too, Abbie!

 

David Bridburg

4 Days Ago

Joe,

You worry a lot.

As mi dad used to say, "When I was 55 I stopped worrying about my golf game, and my golf game got a lot better".

Dave Bridburg

 

Joe Burgess

4 Days Ago

I appreciate that quote as well, Dave.

 

Ronald Walker

3 Days Ago

So true Drew but your thought does not counter what I said.

 

David Bridburg

3 Days Ago

Ron,

Refresh the rest of us, what did you say?

Dave Bridburg

 

Drew

3 Days Ago

Countering was not my intention Ron; I find clarifying perspective and perception helps with communication.

 

Mario Carta

3 Days Ago

I like my Cuban coffee strong and sweetened.

 

Ronald Walker

3 Days Ago

Thank you Drew, David I was just making the observation that no mater how odd ones interpretation of the facts might be , most people stand behind their interpretation and feel that other people are misguided. Drew was just rephrasing the thought I think.

 

Joe Burgess

3 Days Ago

I remember enjoying debate in high school.
One of the things I struggled with ethically was learning to make arguments for a side I did not agree with... and winning.
It's still something I practice, if only in rumination.

You'll never be right if you can't show yourself to be wrong.

 

David Bridburg

3 Days Ago

Ron,

The male side of my family is a long line of thinkers on a different wave length. It ends up being work to come up with our stuff, and then work to express it, and more work still when challenged. I have seen my grandfather lead discussions on certain topics, and then my father, now it is my turn. And there I am on FB with a tonne of old townies. We have fun....and it is not that I win at all, but the meat is served with some potatoes. The pearls are always a bit deeper in.

Dave Bridburg

 

Drew

2 Days Ago

"You'll never be right if you can't show yourself to be wrong."

For every thesis there is at least one antithesis. Every antithesis is a thesis.

"The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function."
Scott Fitzgerald

 

David Bridburg

2 Days Ago

Fitzgerald was most likely drinking heavily when he said that as a true romantic.

I have to wonder what Scott was thinking when he woke up the next afternoon.

Dave Bridburg

 

Joe Burgess

2 Days Ago

Fun Fact: My sister-in-law used to live in Fitzgerald's old Montgomery apartment.

 

Drew

2 Days Ago

Darn Joe! You retracted a forum fact! Oh well, I was going to call you Captain Obvious but now, where's da fun in dat?

 

Joe Burgess

2 Days Ago

My apologies, Drew.
It just felt... unnecessary. Lol

 

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