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In my happy place. 

Plenty of jobs are stressful, so why the special fuss about academia?

Apr 4

How Rare Are Anti-Gay-Marriage Donations in Silicon Valley?

My purpose here is not to weigh in on the ethics of Eich’s resignation or the protests of his appointment (see Andrew Sullivanand Will Oremus for different views on those topics). But I can provide some context about just how unusual Eich’s financial support of Proposition 8 was in Silicon Valley.

Proposition 8 passed with 52 percent of the vote in 2008, although it was opposed by 56 percent of voters in Santa Clara County and 62 percent of voters in San Mateo County, which are the two most associated with Silicon Valley. However, technology companies have a reputation for being liberal or libertarian on social issues, even by California standards.

Caring too much. That's the curse of the working classes

of course we are microcosms

No wonder creatives tend to orbit around despair: it is the artistic event horizon between the deep and crushing maw of existential emptiness within, versus a frantic grasping at an infinitely expanding and accelerating space of possibilities.

Lemonhope is The Voice of Gen Y + Millennials.

I am inspired to make this correlation on the premise of an elitedaily.com article published recently, regarding our generation as thus:

In what is arguably the most comprehensive and exhaustive report on Millennial cultural and social trends ever published, researchers found that the 18- to 33-year-old demographic is more detached from political and religious institutions, encumbered by debt, distrustful of people and less inclined to marry than any generation prior.

Furthermore, on the actual Pew Research page:

They are also somewhat more upbeat than older adults about America’s future, with 49% of Millennials saying the country’s best years are ahead, a view held by 42% of Gen X-ers, 44% of Boomers and 39% of Silents.

The relative optimism of today’s young adults stands in contrast to the views of Boomers when they were about the same age as Millennials are now. In a 1974 Gallup survey, only about half of adults under the age of 30 said they had “quite a lot” of confidence in America’s future, compared with seven-in-ten of those ages 30 and older.

These findings align well with last week’s Adventure Time episode featuring Lemonhope.

Lemonhope often appears to be selfish and uncaring towards others. He does not concern himself with the lives of other people and tries to explain this by saying, “I got me and they got them.” Lemonhope also does not like to share with others as shown when he refuses to give Finn any of his cupcakes by putting his thumb them.

Lemonhope conveys a lack of trust in others with his near-religious self-interest. The diversity in which he was born, and subsequent freedom from senseless tyranny, have not only matured him, but made him less interested in altruism. But as he regards his own interest highly, he is aware enough to know to respect that others may feel the same way. This is not callousness in the same way one cannot fault a seamstress for not being able to forge a sharp sword: he simply doesn’t know. And he protects himself from knowing with a veneer of respect for personal-space he extends to everyone.

With these in mind, I would conclude people in our generation (or the 18 to 33 age bracket from the Pew study) are dealing with explosive expansion of modernity by identifying boundaries between an “us” and “them,” and developing a vague sense of hope for technology (by attachment to strong personalities that would be sacrificed to make decisions on behalf of the population). 

Though, if it’s possible to longitudinally imagine civilizations, this development doesn’t seem very different from any other peripheral generation. Stay tuned.

Fear Customer Service, my puppets.

Thinking about how, within 20 years, everything will be automated, I got to thinking: what about food service? Surely, flavor and presentation are two things too human to mass-produce? Not for fast-food retail. Here’s how we’ll do it.

We’re gonna need a suitably fat sacrifice. A brand prevalent everywhere. Say. McDonald’s, or Subway: obvious choices. BUT! We could have a totally new brand too, but it will need a lot of market support, and it needs to ride on a good and reliable tech-wave.

Anyways!

The whole she-bang is going to function like a glorified vending machine. You go up to a counter, select your items, pay, and either retrieve or wait to retrieve.

In the background: handling food is nasty business. But this is why we have machines to compile simple foodstuffs for us. And who will watch the machines? The operation will be very minimally manned by a rotating crew of quality inspectors, who inspect via webcams. They will be paid at market-equilibrium wage.

All this sound inevitably like a Jetson’s future we all have been striving for, right? Here’s where it’ll get interesting, pay attention.

Say a customer doesn’t want what he ordered, and would like a full refund, or an exchange. Sure, at the value with which the company is producing the foodstuffs, we will have boatloads of capital to support customer satisfaction. In fact, we believe in the sustainability of our corporate capital enough that we will provide some limited amount of times a customer can receive his Just-Desserts, for free. It’ll probably be between 0 and 1. 

But what if someone REALLY wants their just-desserts? We have a way of handling that, even today: customer service representatives.

This endeavor is all for the good of humankind, you see. This automated system. The ease and efficiency with which we feed. Streamlining options to deter stress. And a lurking, instinctual understanding that, somewhere beyond bots, options, and frustration, a failed effort for satisfaction leads to existential awakening.

Global existential awakening.

Sip slow this bitter kool-aid, friends.

Women Recovering From Plastic Surgery

An incredible series. I wish there was more, and an addition of narrative to expand upon this human oddity.

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Mar 9

Throwback Saturday, whatever. 

I found myself humming the world music tune from this game, and now I HAVE to find a way to transpose it unto a fun instrument. Maybe a baby piano? Ukelele? ACCORDION?

Mar 6

26, unmarried, and childless -

Mar 6

For a good time…

Watch all of these

Don’t tell me I’ve never done anything for y’all.

Mar 4

This is what all TED talks sound like to me, minus the fun.

Reggie Watts, what a hero. /swoon