Thursday, 15 March 2018

Jordan Peterson 12 Rules Fo' life.

I've been following Jordan Peterson for a few months now. I'm not much of a follower or believer in anything in particular. If I was forced to I'd probably have to identify myself as an  Optimistic Cynic.

buy the banned version here 

So speaking as a person of Optimistic Cynicism.   

I think I've watched about 60% percent of his lectures on YouTube . I fall more into the line that Prof Jordan articulates what I want to say or do say, but better than I can, than looking for guidance on living.

After reading his book what I can say that its the sort of thing as a father I tried to instil in my children, how things work in reality, stand up straight, take responsibility for your actions, how to deal with tyrants, do good. Getting them to clean up their rooms was difficult, but then I liked to be a father so cleaning up after them wasn't a super big issue. But I'm also   the tyrant father yelling  'FFS! clean your room like I asked.'  

Peterson articulates the disenfranchisement of otherwise intelligent people who are constantly let down by a University and a school structure that pushes a line of post modern thought and philosophy.

One where 
  • life is an endless interpersonal power play
  • existence is meaningless 
  • the only correct politics to be had are those  that are vaguely left leaning, puritanical and immature  
  • Real Art can only ever be badly made, Avant guard nonsense
  • Science and facts are only science and facts from a personal point of view.  
  • 'Critical reading'  is taught instead of you know, actual reading. 
  • Marxist critical theory is the only way to understand anything. 
  • everyone is biased (because a sociologist read a paper once where this was important and proved that everyone is a racist misogynist, power playing nasty man) 
From an education perspective post modernism has corrupted the Humanities to the point where in an Art school there is a total refusal to teach any technique or have objective standards, facts are irrelevant, the politics are always PC and at its worst the Universities' fail to teach actual post modernist theory properly or with any real depth.

Kids think that if they have read the course outline they know every thing there is to know, and can thus face the world with smug glib platitudes appearing to be 'knowing' graduates, when in fact they know nothing. 

                The meat men were correct.

But back to the Book. 

Its good, its entertaining and deep. Easy to read, no stupid unintelligible post modern word salads, no pulling the wool over your eyes, even the illustrations are clear and concise. 

I'm utterly dubious about self help gurus and books. I've worked with many of those guys since I was a teenager in my television work. I find they usually just spout the same load of easy to digest nonsense that most Ted talkers, snake oil salesmen and wannabe messiahs always do. The main one being 'surround yourself with positive people' 'get rid of negative people in your life'. Which is such good advice until you have to, oh I don't know, deal with your spouse, parents, in laws, kids and friends. 

But Peterson's book is better than that, and doesn't try and give you all the answers. Its also a funny and wry take on philosophy, but not on the same comedic  level as Douglas Adam's Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy's sci fi examination of Plato's Republic and the meaning of life . You might disagree, but then I'm more in the Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics camp than Bible camp.  

What did strike me about 12 Rules for Life is how close it is to Hardcore Punk Rock attitudes. Whether it's seeking the truth, not blindly following leaders and those in authority, being a strong individual, anti Marxist, doing it yourself and finding your own path, being a good person and a man of honour. 

Punk rock, at least in the American Hardcore style from the 80s was always individualistic, wry, ironic and came with a tough attitude to life, a life we knew was going to shit on us and continue to shit on us so you learned you had better sort yourself out bucko!

I've picked a few songs for some of the chapters  to prove the absolutely important point that I'm making. I'm sure you could do it with any genre of music. (Perhaps not hair metal) 

Stand up Straight with your Shoulders Back 

 Crucial Youth 4  Rules While its an ironic joke by the New Jersey satirical hardcore band Crucial Youth: 4 rules captures hardcore punk's ethos of making rules in a scene of anarchy and chaos. Lots of bands did this, I just prefer Crucial Youth, because I found the annoying preachy Minor Threats of the world painful and patronising, Black Flag did the tough guy individualist thing seriously so here's Rise above  

Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping 
Bad Brains - Attitude HR tried to help himself with his P.M.A , we all tried to follow HR's lead, its only later we saw that mental illness is a tough bitch to crack. 

 Make friends with people who want the best for you 

Madball Pride  There were some malevolent evil bastards in the punk scene in the 80s, you learned to avoid them or hope someone took them out before you got screwed over or hurt. But ultimately in a scene of misfits you could always find the good people. On the flipside you might be that malevolent evil bastard and in that case you should probably read 12 Rules for life. 

Clean your room 

Just don't follow all of Cosmo Jarvis's Lyrics 

Don't lie. 

I'm going with Nine Inch Nails I always sing the lyrics as 'don't lie', its actually 'terrible lie'.  Trent is everyone's favourite nihilist, he's probably read Nietzsche so he fits here in an obtuse kind of way.  

Do not bother Children while they are skateboarding 

 Who else could I pick but Suicidal Tendencies? 😀

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Making stuff

This is Serious Mum

Made a few things for Redbubble. Its funny the things that actually sell, but the big seller from my store is an ugly tiki, the refined works don't sell as well as the gnarly quick fire sketch that I did as a test drawing while I worked on improving and critiquing the original piece. I have no idea what that actually says. Maybe I'm a terrible critic or self teacher? The first idea is always the best one? (something I always relied on in Law ironically)  
Ugly as bro

Had my YouTube channel demonetised. Not enough subscribers apparently. I never really made any money out of it. but  changing the terms of contracts after the fact is  illegal, but I don't think I have the stamina to sue the monolith that is Google for  breach of contract, its hard to define damages when you don't make that much out of them anyway. Google had been slowly pulling advertising from a lot of my videos, and because I shoot punk rock, with you know, immature adult themes and bad words. But I never made my youtube channel to make money or get famous or anything like that. Its was a place to put the things I make up for the world to see.

Surprisingly I have had a lot of views and clicks, write ups and links especially for some obscure shows I found of the Beastie Boys and Butthole Surfers  and Iron Maiden. The reason I do it is to document the local bands I see. I know they are going to split up in a few years and youtube will be there allowing me to make a document in time of things I've seen and done. Also gives me an outlet for my creativity in filmmaking, something I've been doing for 30 years (shooting bands in smoky, booze filled venues) After thirty years I think I'm finally getting the hang of it. 

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Image Banned by Redbubble of Prof Jordan B Peterson

I received this email from yesterday
It concerned this image

I responded  

And I replaced the image today with this

I would write a scathing polemic on censorship, political correctness, corporate nanny states but you know, a picture tells a 1000 words.

No response from Redbubble as of today

21/12/2017 Edit: It was Hitler , apparently also  the Germans.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017


Next time you're in class or at University or college or at work and someone says something like 'Marxism and postmodernism are kinda cool' turn to them, frown and make them look at you while you wear this shirt.  

Its way easier than having to say something like 'Oh you must be talking about magical communism, where it didn't end up in death camps, and a third of Cambodia killed off and tortured.

You know the magical communism that hasn't happened yet, that wasn't real communism, not like yours. Have you found your unicorn? I know you left it somewhere.... 

Its available at my redbubble store.

Its just way easier to state your case that they are wrong than having an argument about the relative merits of 60 million dead Russians, 100 million dead Chinese, and a third of the Cambodian population killed at the hands of Pol Pot. 

Saturday, 14 October 2017

This one seems to be selling

I'd probably prefer that people bought the completely original works, but hey you can't keep a good social satirist down right?

If you want original works go here 

If you want printed products go here and here

Friday, 28 July 2017

Art School

At art school they don't actually teach anything remotely involving skill or expertise and hide behind words like 'research' and 'creativity.

Imagine if they taught lawyers, doctors and nurses like that ?

It would be anarchy and stupidity all rolled into one.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Made the front page of reddit, got gold and I still have no idea how it works

I posted this to reddit's tiny trump section last night, and the votes started rolling in about 2 minutes later, By Midnight it was on the front page and someone sent me gold (not real gold, but internet gold) I also sold a sticker on redbubble and lots of people are commenting.

Internet love is the best kind of love right?

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