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ThatFanficGuy  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: My Opa

    I saw him give profit sharing to his employees, even in the lean years. I saw him offer tuition reimbursement and I saw him continue to pay terminally ill employees well after they left his charge.

There is something about this that I find grand, so unbelievably huge for a person to hold forth.

Your Opa sounds like an amazing person. You are so very lucky to had him in your life.

Condolences, and stay strong.

    Reimagining it with modern science isn't likely (or IMO possible)

If, one day, you'll find a prominent neo-alchemist theory enjoying a following online... I'm so terribly sorry.

I don't disagree with you, but for some reason, I don't see it happening.

I think people who write about something should know about it before publishing the story... and yet, it feels off, for some reason, that they would take courses on the subject of their story. Maybe it's because I don't know how journalism works. Maybe, deep down, I think it's too much to ask. I'm not sure.

I know how community tags work - which is why it confused me that (1) it didn't change after I tried to make it, (2) it refused to allow me to actually change it afterwards.

...I wanted to change the community tag of this post to #commentshitshow, but Hubski'd on me, and now I can't change anything. mk

Well, they're taking him off the air. Temporarily, supposedly:

    “We have had a positive working relationship with Chris Hardwick for many years. We take the troubling allegations that surfaced yesterday very seriously,” AMC said in a statement. <...> “While we assess the situation, ‘Talking with Chris Hardwick’ will not air on AMC, and Chris has decided to step aside from moderating planned AMC and BBC America panels at Comic-Con International in San Diego next month.”

    I know there's been studies linking social media and depression

I did a project for my Psychology course in the uni, a translation of a study. The point of study was that there are two ways in which people compare themselves to others: upward (when you look up to someone and feel sorry for not having it just as good) and downward (when you look down and someone and pity them for not having it as you good as you do). It's especially prominent in social media.

Upward comparison leads to narcissism and self-centeredness. Downward comparison leads to decreased self-esteem and is a contributing factor towards depression.

    Job prospects and having hope in the future are an issue too I'm sure

I can only speak for my country, but it seems like it's a problem present in both Russia and the US, to varying degrees. Here, most people insist that you need "the paper" (a uni or similar higher ed diploma) to get a job. Most people study just to get it, regardless of the degree or the university, because they believe it allows them the promised prospects.

Government jobs necessitate it, which is understandable, but there are plenty of jobs where skill is all you need yet where "the paper" is a requirement. Translation, for example: if you possess a decent level of the language, it's easy to see what is a good translation and what is not.

I don't have a clue whether it's as bad as people say it is. I've only ever been in semi-official positions: car wash, construction; neither asked me for the diploma. "Get to work". "Yes, sir".

My sister's first degree is in beer brewing. Her mother insisted she get "the paper", and my sister still had no specialty job; closest she got to beer was bartending. Her second is in legal; she had a migration service job for a while, then moved on to court office. She's been trying to get the education she wanted - social work - for a few years now, and every time there's a bump on the road - and she can't enter the uni that year. She's 33.

Our Economics 101 teacher, much as I dislike her, made a good point when she said that higher education gets devalued through the increase in student influx. When everyone needs a degree even to mop the floors (which a cliche people use when describing the situation), you get overcrowded classes, a ton of students who don't give a crap about the field and, therefore, more work for the same small staff of teachers. Her point was that, with more students who get into higher ed because they "have to", there are fewer genuine specialists ready to work in the field, and in an already-oversaturated job market, it can only lead to people working somewhere other than their field of expertise.

Thank you.

If you ever compile anything, do let me know.

Have you, by any chance, compiled a list of books you'd recommend in a heartbeat? I keep stumbling onto popular authors and books, only to find how reeking of bullshit they are. Nassim Taleb was on the list, with his Antifragile, which sounds like something I could use.

Thank you.

Semi-relevant: have you read anything by Nassim Taleb?

ThatFanficGuy  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 13, 2018

Interesting. I've never met anyone my generation with joy for academic work. Thank you for sharing.

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