Re: Adam-esqe rambling

I Find Karma (
Fri, 15 Aug 1997 17:19:21 -0700 (PDT)

Yay verily, vomiteth upeth with this:
> Ok, so this week I have found out that I'm both a "PEN"

Right. What's a PEN? Profound Enema Needer?

And Tim, hasn't the speech recognition software been bundled with
the system for more than a year now? Why did you first decide to
sit down and use it today???

> Eventually, the Rhapsody audience is going to include most personal
> computer users. However, at the beginning, it is going to include
> users who are relatively sophisticated and who need powerful solutions.
> The representative core market for Rhapsody is the publishing, entertainment,

Basically, the people who embraced Mac OS 8 this month?

> and new media (PEN) market.

Oh, a PEN is someone in new media. Do they profoundly need enemas, too?

> and a cusper
> (

| Meet the cuspers. Born 1955-64, they are the cream in the middle of the
| generational Oreo. For years, the voice of these confident 30-somethings has
| been obscured by the media hype showered upon the surrounding boomers and
| Gen Xers. But the cuspers are now ready to speak.

Oh, great. And just when we had whining down to a science.
Get a job, disco-lover. You're over 30, so we don't trust you.

| They resent being pegged as disco-lovers and indicate that the
| "Don't trust anyone over 30 group" has kicked them out and that
| grunge holds no appeal.

Actually, grunge holds no appeal to anyone anymore. This is 1997, the
economy is good, pop and ska/core are king and queen.

| They like to be thought of as different rather than lost.

Bzzzzzzzt. Rationalization. 15-yard penalty, first down.

> While the PEN classifaction doesn't bother me, I have real problems
> with the cusper.

Sure, PEN lets you hang out with cool people.
Cusper lets you hang out with losers.

| "Did our childhoods count statistically -- or are we not
| assertive enough as a group???? When there were the hippies and the
| social rebels, we were in grade school. When there were the computer
| wizards coming onto the scene, we were in high school. Then, it was
| disco - we were too young to drink.

Like that stopped you.

| We listened to 'Frampton Comes
| Alive,' 'Rumours,' 'Eagles Live,' 'Bob Seger Live Bullet,' and perhaps
| a little Seals and Crofts, old Beatles and pop radio like 'I Shot the
| Sheriff'-but no one acknowledged our age group." - KellyGMyth
> huh? let's see, ZZTOP, Pink Floyd, Kraftwerk, Sex Pistols, Clash, Eno,
> Bowie/Eno, Buzzcocks.

Yup, you're definitely a cusper.

| "We don't feel we belong to the 'boomer' generation, yet we do
| not identify with those presently termed 'Generation X.' Most of us
| were babies during the exciting, turbulent, generation-identifying '60s
| and seem to drift along the edges of society. We're not into body art
| or piercing, and often listen to jazz and write poetry (sort of the
| beatniks of our time). We're too old for Grunge and too young for
| guitar rock and Disco. I think we're being misidentified." -
| DavNPaulin
> 10 tattoo's, 3 piercings,

Yup, you're definitely not a cusper.

> jazz I agree, poetry?

Your posts are a poetry of sorts, Tim.

| 2. Despite the obvious grudge many cuspers hold against the
| attention-grabbing boomers, they would rather be identified with
| boomers than with the Gen Xers below them.

How can they say this? Boomers definitely profoundly need enemas.
Especially with friends like us.

| In the American Dialogue
| MeterTM cusper poll, 80 percent of respondents said they would rather
| be thought of as older than be associated with today's youth.
> yeah, I identify with 50 year olds. I don't even relate to my own
> cuspers it seems.

To heck with them, Tim. Join us. Our demographic group has far more
cute young women to offer you than they do.

> Well there is more on the Chait|Day site. Now I have to go cruise the
> fat farms looking for 50 year old women to relate to....

Tim, there are two kinds of people in the world, the pinball people and
the video game people. And you are definitely video game people.

By the way, nothing I have said this week did I say as a recommendation
for anyone else to do. You do your own thing, I'll do mine. I can have
my moral code (e.g., "killing is wrong, ...") and use it for me and me
alone. I'm not judging anyone. I really don't have time for that. I
barely have time to judge myself. But I do. And I thought y'all might
be interested to hear how I live my life.

Of course, I do believe that moral relativism is extremely dangerous.
When a classroom of college students refuses to take a stand and say
that racial genocide is wrong, then society is seriously in trouble.


Everything is theoretically impossible, until it is done. One could
write a history of science in reverse by assembling the solemn
pronouncements of highest authority about what could not be done and
could never happen.
-- Robert A. Heinlein, _Between Planets_