Friday Fun Blogging!

In the spirit of today's Mark Morford column on

"Work hard and the world respects you. Work hard and you can have anything you want. Work really extra super hard and do nothing else but work and ignore your family and spend 14 hours a day at the office and make 300 grand a year that you never have time to spend, sublimate your soul to the corporate machine and enjoy a profound drinking problem and sporadic impotence and a nice 8BR mini-mansion you never spend any time in, and you and your shiny BMW 740i will get into heaven."
today will be about fun stuff. First up: Willie Nelson, one of the Immortal Pantheon of High-Quality Country Music Performers, released his long-awaited reggae album on Tuesday. "Countryman" prominently features several marijuana leaves on the cover, and in the liner notes' acknowledgments, Nelson apologizes to anyone who may not have been thanked, for he was "too blunted" to remember everyone.

But all's not fun and games and blunts on the marketing side of said album. The incomparable BoingBoing points out that Nelson's label, Universal Music Group Nashville, has created an alternate album cover for Wal-Mart stores. The less-offensive cover is done up in the same red, yellow and green as the original, but features a benign palm tree in lieu of the kind buds.

From mental pleasures to guilty pleasures: Josh Rubin's Cool Hunting reminded me of the always enjoyable (and time-sucking) fun of reading other peoples' secrets. Josh links us to PostSecret a fascinating, amusing and disturbing blog made up entirely of anonymous, hand-made or -modified postcards with people's secrets written on them. It's art, it's confession, and it's really, really entertaining.

Similar in content but minus the art, one of my favorite sites is, the original anonymous confessions website, and the site that spawned possibly the best book title of all time, "Murder, Incest and Cat Food Sandwiches: Collected Confessions from" (it's neck-and-neck with "Sewer, Gas and Electric: The Public Works Trilogy).

Last but not least, we'll file this under "blessing or a curse?" By way of LinkFilter, we find the Money, Meaning and Choices Institute's analysis of Sudden Wealth Syndrome. It's pretty much what it sounds like, the physio- or psychological problems caused by having all the money you could ever need. Some of the symptoms MMCI lists include:
  • Marked increase in anxiety symptoms or panic attacks -- it's like turning up the volume on your baseline level of anxiety
  • Sleep disorders, such as insomnia or early morning awakening
  • Money-related ruminations: recurrent, persistent thoughts, impulses, and images that are experienced as intrusive and inappropriate, causing distress. Here anxiety and uncertainty can take on the proportions of obsessional thinking. As these symptoms worsen, the person's daily life activities are intruded upon by thoughts or feelings about their money
  • Irritable mood
  • "Ticker Shock": marked cycling of anxiety and depression in response to stock market volatility. For those who work 60-80 hours weekly for little pay in the hope of cashing in on the sale of a company or stock options, stock market volatility, or uncertainty and bad news about their company's business prospects, can result in increasingly troubling symptoms of anxiety and depression
  • Excessive guilt that inhibits decision-making and undermines pleasure. Guilt about having money.

Maybe I'm asking for trouble, but when I say I'd like to witness first-hand what SWS is like, I'm really just asking for a winning lottery ticket.

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