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nil  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 11, 2019

That would be sweet. I have a b.a. in economics and like two second year level computer science courses. I have a general idea of what's out there, I've done a bit of searching. Analyst positions at banks, government jobs, software development? Somewhere in or near London, Ont. (Iglooland)

nil  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: What do you make?

I make music. It's all I make. I made a rap mixtape. I was in a band in high school. I'm more passionate about the rock and roll though. We played alternative psychedelic rock funk? What was our genre? We had a minor amount of clout. 5k plays on SoundCloud from just randoms. I tried to start a band in university, but we didn't really practice much though and wrote 5 songs. It wasn't the same. We were fearless.

I used to write a lot of code. That was the original possession. I made websites, backend tools, regular games, flash games, an uncompleted platform game in Android, some nuisance program in C in the seventh grade. Tried to type in assembler to get my own OS to boot. For some reason I stopped doing all of this halfway through high school. I was so bored in programming class then I ended up getting suspended.

I still produce music uncontrollably and made a teen angst novel but it was pretty bad. I am good at coding but the urge is gone. How can you lose passion for something? These urges pull me away from everything else. And like a lot of us I guess I beat up on myself too hard for not doing more. I need more.

nil  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 11, 2019

Hey Hubski.

I am searching for full-time corporate employment as we speak.

Still in school but I'm not sure if it's worth continuing at this point. I only paid tuition for one semester. I feel as if I've "buying time" in some sense, so it's time to stop doing that. I can feel the clock ticking boys.

The circus awaits.

Bourbon is sweet! I love you all!

Don't forget about inflation. If the rate is 2% your savings are losing value at a rate of 2%/year. If you aren't getting a salary increase you're losing money at a rate of 2%/year. And factor that into interest rates when you invest or borrow money.

nil  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: And Now, a Word From a Fanatic

Yeah, I suppose you are right. But I'm not sure if people ever had a clear sense of what they wanted to "do with their lives" or what "manhood" was supposed to mean. I mean, as a kid you could ask an adult but they'd usually just say "well I liked x job."

I definitely agree with the culture shift though because fanaticism is through the roof and angry young dudes™ keep going crazy and shooting places up. There's an overall sense of doom and gloom even if you can pull a nice life together.

Okay, I have a few things to say and I didn't want to make 3 replies.

A) The original tweet itself was not offensive or excessively demeaning in any way.

B) This is an "emperor-has-no-clothes" type scenario where a person in "power" tells the truth and people go nuts because business is about stroking, both inside and outside.

C) Silicon Valley tech culture and business culture is based on paranoia in general hence the arguing for PR agents. Young professionals who have no idea how the game is actually played are trying to impress people more than anything hence the dogmatic behavioural standards. Elon Musk is fucking insane and surprise he's expanding clout. The president is on Twitter.

D) When the younger investors grow up they'll realize that the centre does not hold and the trick to adulthood is ngaf.

E) My YouTube channel from when I was 12 is still active and it's funny as shit. You'll still be cringing about your posts from when you were a 29-year old, trust me on that one.

F) Gen-X is not semi-old.

    Founders, teachers, employees, students, they’re all real people with real lives, feelings and stories. They’re much more than 280 characters.


    But most Americans don’t. Seventy-six percent of cars in the U.S. are black, white, silver, or gray. There are a variety of financial reasons for this — you can’t mess with a car you lease, and if you intend to resell quickly, customization only hurts you — but finances aren’t what are keeping the majority of vehicles looking stock.

This whole article is just complaining about conformity. A car is a device designed to take you from point A to point B and most people don't want their neighbours to look at them weird so they don't make their car have bright colours. Even wearing clothes, sure, some people might dress up as hypebeasts but the aesthetics are nothing compared to customizing a rainbow clown car. It can also be changed easier.

So in the capitalist system I dress in soothing indoor tones and drive a black minivan. If anything complain about the aesthetics of NA cars compared to Japanese ones.

That being said, I don't disagree. We need all the see self-expression we can get.

"I think if human beings had genuine courage, they'd wear their costumes every day of the year, not just on Halloween." - Douglas Coupland

nil  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: And Now, a Word From a Fanatic

It's #lolbrooks, you gotta follow the hashtag. I followed the extended version too.

nil  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: And Now, a Word From a Fanatic

That's hardly the problem though. Kids generally love it when you tell them they can do anything, because most of them are absolutely terrified of the future. Beats saying "you'll have to go into your dad's business." And when your parents usually come home from work screaming and stressed out there isn't much of a rush to get there. TLP is a crazy man who forgot to take his lithium.

Since this is Hubski, I'll point out that your original post is just an edgy comment unrelated to the discussion about how Hubski is being ruined by "pontificates" with no specifics (but technically still poetry because this is all art right?).

Afterward nil responds to snark with snark because this is like the third person he's seen do it in an unrelated thread and is wondering why they keep feeling the need to yell into the wind about this website sucking instead of a) making a separate thread or b) just ignoring the people they don't want to follow, but instead c) reply as if what I said was not snark or a joke but instead a deep intellectual statement that has to be critiqued as if was a thesis statement in a Chicago-format essay in full-condescension mode. Where you assume I don't know what NIMBY is in spite of the fact what you're essentially complaining about is discomfort, people's grandstanding and/or tone of voice which is a conversation that's been beaten to death.

"Pontificates" is a noun that refers to a bishop or pope, but you're probably incorrectly using the verb definition as a noun meaning to "express one's opinions in a way considered annoyingly pompous." So somebody is preaching and it is unclear if this is referring to an individual or group of people but regardless Hubski is an insular enough community that it's almost certainly meant to be an attack against someone, or some group who is allegedly acting "pompous" or "dogmatic" but we can't tell who it is.

And then we remember that several good members of the community have quit because they can no longer talk to people without risking offending someone over their "tone of voice" and given how hard it is to parse context in text-based communications it wouldn't be a far leap for someone like you to label them as "arrogant" or "pompous" at times in an impassioned argument, because again, only egotists say what they feel rather than sulking in the corner.

So a certain guy that used to post dope astronomy pics left and I miss him dearly but it's irrelevant. Cops, police, are generally a designated body of persons with authority to use force against individuals under the supposed legal-rational authority of the state. Max Weber describes the state as having a "monopoly on the legitimate use of force in a given area," however this legitimacy is only a mental construction of an average number of citizens' opinions in said geographic area.

The unilateral hate, which isn't actually hate given the joking nature of my statement which blew over your head comes from the ancient religious idea from Christianity that "violence begets violence" or "hate begets hate," and so even supposed "good" violence under the system of legal rational authority (of which the vast majority of it is essentially a collection scam for the criminal justice system over minor administrative infractions) is in of itself wrong and psychologically destructive towards individuals and communities. Given the vast majority of arrests are for minor infractions and cannot be viewed as preventing greater violence overall, the system itself is inherently violent and destructive and as such it attracts people who have no problem locking humans in a cage and extorting families financially over a nugget of weed.

"Pseudo-collective authority", aka social norms can oppress people through both direct emotional violence, e.g., normalized sexism, racism, whatever, denial of opportunities, or by simply creating an environment where certain ideas cannot be expressed. And since you clearly didn't notice the word "tone" in my post, you felt the need to jump straight to the idea of social policing in general, like showering, wtf, rather than the address the specific factor of the tone, of which it's certain tones of voice being unfairly prohibited to distort and ignore valid arguments rather than a bizarre metaphysical harangue about "society" and "normal people" you'd expect from a conspiracy blog.

Good night and be the change you want to see in the world.

nil  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: $70,000 minimum wage update

I knew this wasn't going to work. People say "human nature" is a clichéd argument to the max but so much of the capitalist system is people grinding to get that senior position.

You can lose a lot of that motivation if the barrier to entry is low and you start off making crazy money. Not to mention that part of what also gets you the FU money is the fact people are dedicating years, sometimes decades of their life to a business. Part of what keeps that going is the company adjusting salaries to maximize the grind and profitability. Sure, it's not California style but $70k is a lot in most of the world.

Because otherwise people are tone policing and I hate the police.

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