Tag Archives | Boredom

A Saga of Shrooms and Nude Modeling

Psilocybin

Psilocybin (Photo credit: Spencer Mann) (CC)

I must give it to this guy, I know from experience that tripping in public is a brave move. I can’t say I have experienced nude modeling though.

via Medium

The great thing about drugs is that they’re an instant cure for boredom. And I’ve been pretty bored lately. Rather than do something constructive, I decided to entertain myself by picking up a half ounce of shrooms and doing some nude modeling at an art studio. I figured it would be an interesting story to tell at the bar afterward with some friends. Maybe have a few drinks, a few laughs, and forget about the whole thing the next day.

 Wrong.

 It’s this kind of impulsive naivete’ that resulted in one of the more horrific and sexually confusing episodes of my life.

 I’m not entirely sure how legal this whole thing is, so I wont get into specifics, but what I can tell you is that the studio I decided on was actually a large theatre in a decent area of town that doubled as both a visual arts center as well as a ritzy cinema.

Read the rest
Continue Reading

Bored. Of Everything.

Im BORED (3303387519)Umair Haque (author, economist, slayer of zombies) says he’s bored – of everything – in his essay “The Bullshit Machine” on Medium. It’s a common condition, but one mysteriously under-investigated. For anyone wishing to get to the bottom of this affliction, check out Albert Nerenberg’s documentary Boredom.

Here’s a tiny confession. I’m bored.

Yes; I know. I’m a sinner. Go ahead. Burn me at the stake of your puritanical Calvinism; the righteously, thoroughly, well, boring idea that boredom itself is a moral defect; that a restless mind is the Devil’s sweatshop.

There’s nothing more boring than that; and I’ll return to that very idea at the end of this essay; which I hope is the beginning.

What am I bored of? Everything. Blogs books music art business ideas politics tweets movies science math technology…but more than that: the spirit of the age; the atmosphere of the time; the tendency of the now; the disposition of the here.

Read the rest
Continue Reading

Weekly Poll Update: ‘What current issue is most important?’

Old Poll

Our first weekly poll was a relative success. In light of our soon-to-be released Boredom, we asked your opinions on one of the issues raised in the film. It seems the majority of you agree with director Albert Nerenberg’s conclusion. The results are below:

Are Smart Phones Making Us More Bored?

  • Yes (69%, 121 Votes)
  • No (31%, 54 Votes)

Total Voters: 175

Poll

New Poll

This week’s poll is comparatively longer: “What current issue is most important?” For each answer (except Immigration and Guns rights), we have a documentary that addresses said issue. I’ve linked them, if any of you are interested.

· Climate Change – Greedy Lying BastardsUnacceptable Levels, Into the Cold

· Overuse of chemicals and plastics – Tapped, Unacceptable Levels

· Education – Boredom, Equation of Life, Journey of the UniverseDrawing with Mark

· Disappearance of Bees – Bee People, Vanishing of the Bees

· NSA/Government Surveillance – War on Whistleblowers

· Corporate Corruption – Koch Brothers Exposed, Greedy Lying Bastards, Mobilize

· Immigration

· Economy (in general) – In Debt We Trust

· Military-industrial complex – Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars, Whittle: The Jet Pioneer, Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers

· Gun rights

· Gay rights – The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls

· Torture and Government Conspiracy – Doctors of the Dark Side

· Religion – American Jesus, Exorcist in the 21st Century

Another Shameless Plug: Since I’ve already shamelessly promoted a dozen or so of TDC’s films, I might as well do another plug about our new donate button.… Read the rest

Continue Reading

Polls Galore

Boredom_coverStarting today, Disinfo will be hosting a weekly poll. They will go live on Wednesdays, last for a week and will be tied, in some way or another, to our documentaries. I will make an announcement each week with the new topic and the results of the old topic.


This week’s poll is about BOREDOM. One of the issues Albert Nerenberg discusses in BOREDOM is whether or not smart phones are making us more bored.

What do you think? You can answer on the right hand side of our homepage.

BOREDOM will be released on August 12, but we have limited quantities available for pre-order, if you’re interested.

Read the rest

Continue Reading

Time Wars

Picture: Alan Cleaver (CC)

Science fiction is tackling the issue of economic inequality using the metaphor of rationed time and mortality. Radical blogger and professor of ‘cultural analysis’ Mark Fisher doesn’t see this as too far from the truth.

His writing examines autonomy, workerism, post-Marxism, post-Fordism, punk, post-punk, neoliberalism, new atheism and anarchism. As fear of losing one’s job, debt closing in, mortality, apocalypse, the devastating end of capitalism or Malthusian collapse tick away in our background, all of us feel that constant tremor, further emphasized by the endless updates to our devices, making us addicted to our own anxiety. Society stalls and experimental innovation is crushed under the systemic pressure of time constraints. As he writes:  “Given all of this, it is clear that most political struggles at the moment amount to a war over time.

Via Gonzo Circus:

For most workers, there is no such thing as the long term.

Read the rest
Continue Reading

Is Your Job So Boring It’s Killing You?

Bored PrincessLondon researchers studied 7,524 civil workers, and concluded “those who report being bored are more likely to die younger than those who are not bored.”

Severe job boredom made them 2.5 times more likely to die of cardiovascular disease, and this article argues chronic boredom also “lures desperate humans into ‘make-me-feel-alive’ behavior like over-eating, alcoholism, sex addiction, drug dependency, smoking, self-mutilation, off-road racing, fist-fighting, pathological gambling, and vandalism…”

There’s also a helpful list of the most boring cities, books, and jobs, plus the countries where you’re most likely to commit suicide. It’s the #1 reason people oppose immortality, according to one survey, but fortunately, this article predicts boredom will vanish in the future — “especially after all redundant work is performed by robots.” Still, if you get bored while reading this, click away to safety!

“I don’t want your death on my conscience.”

Read the rest

Continue Reading