Tag: commodity

Global shipping

john hutnyk , June 21st, 2022

sometimes these maps are so pro-capital its embarrassing. This one is of course, but its also informative. Here are the paths of need and greed, crime and time…


Perception test. Who can…?

john hutnyk , June 21st, 2022

I approached the bookseller to ask for 50% discount on this book because of its major flaw. Can you see it? Would you pay full price for this,…


Love Scams

john hutnyk , March 23rd, 2022

My (online) bank sent me the following five-pointed warning message about people online wanting to scam money from me, but there is something suspicious about this because each…


Predator journals target ISSH2021 – be warned.

john hutnyk , January 4th, 2022

So, a process warning to those not used to getting chatty friendly emails from parasite journals that will charge you to publish. The ISSH2021 conference gets hit by…


Soapbox: on slips and trips.

john hutnyk , December 6th, 2021

In the business of selling cultures for quids, and other random translations Once upon a long ago, there was a time when I was more rebelliously young, and…


Opium in HCMC

john hutnyk , September 27th, 2021

A lockdown post. Looking forward to continuing to explore the city one great meal at a time. Here are some of my notes on La Manufacture d’Opium, at…


Lost in the supermarket

john hutnyk , April 13th, 2021

https://norient.com/video/shopping-is-civil-war https://norient.com/video/shopping-is-civil-war


The Corporate Menagerie – Thesis Eleven

john hutnyk , August 12th, 2020

An article on the malaise that afflicts the UK university system, applicable to the US and Australia too possibly, not wholly tongue-in-cheek and riffing on true stories. Everyone…


Centrifugal Citation Conformity Machine

john hutnyk , January 10th, 2020

I was recently in an information briefing (which was very useful) about Web of Science and citations/searches. Here are some thoughts on how the system at present breeds…

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Mother of Pearl

john hutnyk , September 9th, 2019

Moving from detective fiction in Thailand to commercial reproduction makes sense when its Angela Savage. This is my next non-work read: Some review snippets lifted from Angela’s blog:…


How to guides… Poppy cultivation

john hutnyk , March 27th, 2019

This amazing detailed description is from a book I had been battling to get hold of for a year or more – Amer Farooqui’s “Smuggling as Subversion” 1998:…


‘Citizen Marx/Kane’ in “Marx at the Movies”, 2014

john hutnyk , December 9th, 2018

‘Citizen Marx/Kane’ – Hutnyk This chapter addresses the question of how, today, to start reading that rich book that is Marx’s Capital — of which an immense, even monstrous, accumula…


Innovations… Conference 4-5 October 2019, TDTU, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

john hutnyk , November 1st, 2018

Innovations in the Social Sciences and Humanities 4th and 5th of October 2019. Ho Chi Minh City, Socialist republic of Vietnam Welcome to the website for the conference Innovations in…


Smuggling – of tea to Scotland?

john hutnyk , March 29th, 2018

The Commission of Customs Scotland to the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury, reporting on the subject of trade with India, in 1812, examined Earl, Osborne and Ferrier (traders)…



john hutnyk , March 11th, 2018

Want Electric Ride.


Miniaturization is trinketization.

john hutnyk , January 29th, 2018

This looks great and would have been a good thing to attend, but my diary window – and budget – is far too small: *Small Interventions: Studies in…


English heritage trinkets

john hutnyk , May 29th, 2017

Apparently on sale at National Trust sites are mugs with this marking underneath.  Thanks Katherine S for the pointer. My view is to welcome this as an historically…


Brand PhD. #gnnnngg

john hutnyk , January 6th, 2017

Can’t imagine the mad thinking behind this branding. In several ways a sign of the downward spiral. Or, a niche marketing gambit. What next: administrative razor blades, higher…



john hutnyk , September 23rd, 2016

War criminal notes.  Someone scratched out his eyes.  Apparently when the note is wet and rubbed with a coin, the ink comes off. Still legal tender – money…


Shopping is Civil War (with videos)

john hutnyk , May 26th, 2016

Here from the NoOrient site is my commentary on some recent shopping trips…    Filed under: commodity, music, trinketization