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Technology continues to advance, often in leaps and bounds.  The amount of changes that have been made in the last few years alone is extraordinary.  However, I can’t help but noticing that some seem completely arbitrary and pointless.

Take for instance soap.  Using soap is relatively an easy thing to learn and master.  Whether it be bar or liquid, the principle is the same–lather, rinse, repeat.  Not only is it simple to accomplish, it also does not take an inordinate amount of time.  Both these statements being the case, what does having soap that is pre-foamed say about our culture?  It cuts the effort required to naught.  If soap usually ends in foam after you lather to wash your hands, why are we being given the end project and not what it is we need to accomplish the job?  Are we just meant to have the foam dispensed onto our hand to simply rinse it off without rubbing our hands together?  Does already foamy soap have the same ability to clean as the soaps of my youth?

One thing that I am curious about is how was it decided to make and market soap that foams itself for you.  It sounds like the people coming up with it were possibly a bit drunk, bored, joking, or on the receiving end of some sarcasm.

The possible bettering of life should be the striving goal technology aims to achieve in all its endeavors.  Though technology cannot always be useful to a large percentage of the population in that way, it still has some sort of use.  Generally.  Foam soap doesn’t seem to feel the need to conform to what one may expect qualifies as a good thing to be paid for.  I’m not sure the scientists that came up with it should get positive marks on their report cards, but they definitely get some respect from me.

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Several years ago I embarked on a wonderful adventure. This project has led me to many strange and beautiful lands as I slowly immersed myself into shoe culture. Specifically, I dealt with the unique culture of the Chucks, a nomadic group which separates itself into different tribes, each of which has a different migratory pattern. The group I joined was called the Skquéc, a name the people share with their language. In time I came to understand their language and social customs.

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I feel, in this first post of mine, that I should draw your attention to a specific part of the commercial world, a part that largely goes unnoticed and unquestioned by the greater society. This branch, I feel, has been cheating us for years without notice from any governing committee. Yet when thought about for a little while, one can already find many improbably norms. This brings into question whether the level of technology currently being marketed is the level of advancement of this commercial sector. The facts of my accusative inquiry into the nasal tissue companies are thought provoking and, with any luck, will lead to an investigation by the authorities.

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