Cyber Monday is Coming

I thought there was only one Cyber Monday but there seems to be two. The one in the States is the first Monday after Thanksgiving whereas in the civilize world* it is the second Monday in December. Did any of you buy any thing on your Cyber Monday? Were there any good deals? In general what do you think of this reach for your cash?

*Japan

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8 thoughts on “Cyber Monday is Coming”

  1. I quoted this recently, but it’s evergreen whenever “cyber” pops up.

    The funny thing about the “cyber” prefix was that it had always meant bulls***.

    Back in the 1940s, the story went, MIT doubledome Norbert Weiner had wanted a title for a book he’d written about the electronic control of machines. Claude Shannon, also known as The Father of Information Theory, told Weiner to call his book Cybernetics. The academic justification for the word was that the “cyber” root came from the Greek word for “rudder”.  A “kybernetes” was a steersman, or, by extension, a mechanical governor such as a weight-and-pulley feedback device you might hook to your tiller to keep your sailboat aimed at some fixed angle into the wind. The practical justification for the word was contained in Shannon’s advice to Weiner: “Use the word ‘cybernetics’, Norbert, because nobody knows what it means. This will always put you at an advantage in arguments.”

    From Rudy Rucker’s 1994 novel, The Hacker and the Ants.

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  2. 10 Cents:
    In general what do you think of this reach for your cash?

    I’m against it. I don’t like shopping and think everyone is too interested in acquisitiveness. Most people already have too many things. At some point, possessions become a burden. Besides, that is not the reason for the season.

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  3. drlorentz:

    10 Cents:
    In general what do you think of this reach for your cash?

    I’m against it. I don’t like shopping and think everyone is too interested in acquisitiveness. Most people already have too many things. At some point, possessions become a burden. Besides, that is not the reason for the season.

    I still get a present, right?

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  4. I have mixed feelings about the commercialization of Christmas. It is not meaning of the season but it can have meaning when people give. A lot of stores and companies depend on this to stay open. Here in Japan there is not a lot of Christmas shopping or exchanging of gifts. Parents do buy presents for children from “Santa” but that is about all.

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  5. 10 Cents:
    I still get a present, right?

    Especially if you buy it for yourself, that way you’ll get just what you want. And don’t let Dr. Grinch harsh your mellow er, Monday, but rather let yourself be animated by the spirit of acquisitive materialism, aka The Ghost of Christmas Presents — lots and lots of presents. Here’s some music to get you in the mood:

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  6. Ace Fungo:

    10 Cents:
    I still get a present, right?

    Especially if you buy it for yourself, that way you’ll get just what you want. And don’t let Dr. Grinch harsh your mellow er, Monday, but rather let yourself be animated by the spirit of acquisitive materialism, aka The Ghost of Christmas Presents — lots and lots of presents. Here’s some music to get you in the mood:

    Thanks, Ace, it is good to know you are here.

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