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demure  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: The Rise of the WeWorking Class

    What's interesting here though is that "shitty life/work balance" is WeWork's implicit product... and I hadn't seen it put so starkly before. Because really, they're taking the shitty "have a kombucha now get back to the galley and row, slave" aspect of working in tech and offering it up for rent. They're offering it up to you, as an individual "entrepreneur", and they're offering it up to your company, as a way of literally outsourcing their culture. Most everyone else has been pointing out that WeWork is basically a rental middleman, adding a layer of techy bullshit to existing leases and skimming off the top.

Exactly--right on the nose. Glad you took another look.

    And 20 years from now, when we're all mocking the shit out of the terrible ideas of the teens, I sincerely hope we've come to our senses about what a terrible idea all this is.

Hear hear.

demure  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: The Rise of the WeWorking Class

The steady march towards work-is-life, life-in-work concerns me, even as I take part in the problem...

"Job stability" -> "Office drone" -> Office Space

"New wave" -> open office plans, company culture -> Google, IDEO, Silicon Valley

"The hustle" -> gig economy, independent contractors -> Uber, Instacart

"The hustle 2.0" -> company culture but you don't work always work for a company (or that company lacks the former) -> WeWork

    When I met McKelvey a few weeks later at WeWork’s Manhattan headquarters, he made it clear that the long-term plan was not just to make IBM a bit more like Google but something much more grandiose. The company’s CultureOS was about being “supportive to openness and conversation” and the “obligation we create to each other to be good humans to each other — to share a smile and some warmth.” We’ve learned the hard way from social media, he said, that “alignment along ideological lines is a shallow way of creating a human environment.” This, McKelvey said, is what he tells his team: “You’re not building work space. You’re here building a new infrastructure to rebuild social fabric and rebuild up the potential for human connection.” It was, he conceded, a “big leap.” But the company existed to give it a shot. “Who am I going to need in a disaster? The person I took a yoga class with versus the person I’m in the same Facebook group with?” The enterprise product could scale up that social infrastructure to unite millions and millions of people. On a hard-hat tour of WeWork’s new West Coast headquarters, in San Francisco’s Salesforce Tower, Adam Neumann told me: “Assuming we keep up our personal growth as a company, as individuals and as a company, there is no limit. Businesses, neighborhoods, cities — there are new cities being built around the world, and we want the call from those cities.”

Company/work culture as culture culture. Frightening.

demure  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Who Is Left on Hubski?

waves I'm still here!

Name: demure

Location: northern california

Age: the ripe age of twenty

Now: what can be learned? so much. also, at the moment rejoicing in my resumption of playing and learning the carillon

Then: let's just call it rocket science and leave it at that.

Soon: the future is bright and the paths are many.

On occasion: The Sunday Paper -- perhaps a publication resumption is in order.

The 1.0 burger was the same price as a beef burger at the SpaceX grill. I liked the taste enough to consistently order the Impossible Burger.

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demure  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: December 12, 2018

Tomorrow morning's my last final for the semester.

Winter brings skiing in Tahoe and a semi-impromptu friend-seeing tour that will take me to Boston, NYC, DC, and LA...

A bean maker makes a mean baker. Have means, buy beans.

A bean baker baking beans means well; break beans, break not the bean baker.

Ah. I don't subscribe to the WSJ, so I first had to get to the article in order to try things.


Last resort: use a user-agent add-on to your browser to pretend to be GoogleBot, and then print to PDF. suboptimal? you betcha.

edit: printing to PDF doesn't preserve the pretty graphs.

My guess is that WSJ exposes the whole article to the crawler that Outline is running (and other crawlers as well) so that they can have high SEO / discoverability. However, that can be exploited to get the article from out behind the paywall. Sometimes they catch on ( used to be a reliable way to do this but it's no more, eg

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