Who’s Getting The Attention Now?

Pink Shoes and Socks

I took this photo of this couple online in Starbucks this morning. 


It was very hard not to notice this guy’s sneakers and socks (on the left). 


Hot pink sneakers with matching Homer Simpson pink socks. 


I thought to myself that you’ve got to be pretty bold to go out and wear that. 


It’s funny how people love attention, and often it seems like they will say, wear, and act any which way they have to in order to get it. 


Maybe (good) attention is like currency:


– It’s valuable when your noticed (you become instantaneously cool, one to follow, maybe gets into the school or job you always wanted, oh and don’t forget all the likes on Facebook or the paparazzi).


– It feels good to have some (who wants to be ignored or looked down on? Positive attention is like an addictive drug to many people).


– You can trade attention with others (they give you some and you give them some–it’s like rubbing each others backs, but in this case it’s your egos instead). 


– Perhaps, you can even save some up in the (memory) bank (where people remember what a great gal or guy you are). 


Think about what do you do to get attention and is it something you are proud of or are you acting a little mischievous, naughty, and outlandish to get it? 


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Beautiful Currency For A Thriving Modern Nation

Money

So why is our dollar bill so darn green, grimmy, germy, and generally ugly-looking?


I took this photo of a painting of a pretty nicely designed (mock) $2 bill. 


Red, white, and blue–that’s cool. 


Distinct, bold, shiny, and clean–now we’re talking. 


We could have other bills in other color combinations, like Canada does–and it would be befitting to have a nice gold/silver combination for the really big bills.


And how about some modern representation of our republic–our technology, space exploration, medical achievements, advanced manufacturing, military prowess, world philanthropy, etc. 


Also, please-please weave in some antimicrobial agents to protect the people from all the sick germs being spread around on these things. 


If we already need physical currency and won’t accept the transition to credit/debit cards, Apple Pay, and bitcoins, then at least make the dollar bill something to be proud of. 


We’re so worried about whose picture (and gender–okay, it really is time for a women to be honored) is on or off the bill that we forget what the rest of it actually looks like. 


Obsviously with physical money, you need to build in security every which way to Sunday, but it’s still a counterfeiting and money laundering nightmare, and we should be focused on cybersecurity where literally our whole financial system (and democracy) is in peril. 


Who really needs the physical greenback anymore unless your a bad person doing black market, under the table, shady deals anyway–for the rest of us, it’s time to get with digital currency.


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)