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Tuesday, July 22, 2008


When I become Dictator of the World, there will be a very substantial 'Ugly Tax'.

The Ugly Tax will apply to ugly boats (particularly), ugly cars - specially those that look like blobs on wheels, ugly houses, and ugly buildings of all sorts. Particularly offensive are lines that do not flow. Ugly clothes will be taxed too but not ugly people since they are not able to control their appearance and I would not wish to be a shill for the plastic surgery trade.

Starving artists will be hired as part time tax assessors but they will need to be careful lest their own work be classified as "ugly" too!

To be serious, it is really sad that there are so many designers and architects who are desperately trying to be original but lack the talent to provide something that is both useful and pleasing to the eye. Perhaps they should take into consideration this quote from Tom Stoppard in his play 'Artist Descending a Staircase':

Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art.

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