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spencerflem  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What's up with tech stocks?

Reading this made me think about life & the world & where everything is heading and that was not a good feeling :(

Think you're right on about this. Everything feels so bleak and pointless. At my job right now I'm doing stupid busywork fiddling with the UI for some garbage product nobody is going to buy so that some asshole venture capitalists can enrichen themselves. And since I'm living at home not paying rent most of that is going towards stocks which are of course doing dismally.

And a new job would maybe pay more (whopee) and then I could be making richer and more prestigious venture capitalists money working on a product that's competently evil instead of just not very good.

Or if I wasn't doing anything things would be pretty much the same except with too much free time and I'd feel a little guilty but if I got fired tomorrow it'd be kinda whatever. Which is a very privledged take I know but aaaa what's the point of doing things if it barely makes your life better and probably makes the world worse off overall.

I think that's a lot of the appeal of FIRE, certainly is for me at least. What else is worth spending money on other than getting Out.

Anyways sorry if this was off topic just what your comment reminded me of

spencerflem  ·  25 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Eddie Vedder with Tom Petty, “The Waiting.”

Oh man, Petty Theft is the greatest name for a cover band I've ever heard

spencerflem  ·  33 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Paul Graham: Heresy

Yeah, that's obviously rediculous. Someone on the internet wanted a quick hit of moral supremacy and made some poor PR person's life worse for a day.

I guess that's pretty emblematic of my feelings on "cancel culture" tho - people on the internet are being annoying but really it's mostly an internet problem. The school wanted good PR, they were needlessly attacked, they apologized anyways because the whole point was to get PR, life moves on.

The only people really affected are entertainers where people's perception of them is what they're selling. I personally have a hard time enjoying something like standup if it's from a person who's views I hate.

Meanwhile in my state of Florida, they just passed a bill allowing teachers to be individually sued for mentioning anything about gender, but none of the "cancel culture" types like PG seem to be nearly as upset.

I guess it makes some amount of sense - people posting online a lot disproportionally care about what people online think. But really, 90% of the time a Twitter mob just makes it unpleasant to use Twitter. Which isn't great, but nowhere near the death of society. And the cancel culture articles almost always paint this as an exclusively left wing problem which is just not true at all.

Left wing ppl have the Twitter numbers and can be annoying, whereas right wing cancel culture people are writing their hereseys into Law

spencerflem  ·  34 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Paul Graham: Heresy

I do legitimately think that twitter-ized discourse leads to taking things out of context, really uncharitable reads, and the "boom, x destroyed" style arguments that try to end the discussion as quickly as possible.

It makes sense for Twitter where there's really no time or point to engaging earnestly, and it sucks when this bleeds over into the real world.

But holy hell the cancel wars are so boring. Paul Graham has billions of dollars, he'll be fine. All "cancelling" is to him is people being pissed of and not reading his blog.

spencerflem  ·  34 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Paul Graham: Heresy

Stolen from part of a hackernews comment:

I'm curious how he can look at anti-"critical race theory" laws and "don't say gay" laws, which quite literally restrict freedom of speech among academics and teachers, and _not_ view this as a damaging and dangerous politics"

spencerflem  ·  182 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The billionaires are angry

On principle, it's undemocratic for so fantastically much power to be held by unelected individual people. And with basically all productivity improvements going toward lining their pockets, with wages trending downward even before inflation, with their short-sighted destruction of the environment, the American economy, privacy, etc...

It seems like basically every bad thing that's been happening in this country is a direct result of billionaires. When companies gut themselves, lay off all workers, outsource, and make a good brand garbage, some billionaire is getting rich. The billionaires lobby and oppose pro-worker legislation, are almost uniformly conservative, and after decade after decade of hoarding essentially all of the rise in GDP, flaunt their wealth with pointless and extravagant vanity projects.

Not to mention that it's billionaires who own the oil companies that have been ruining the environment for the last 50 years. And the same billionaires that conveniently bought all the good real estate in chilly Canada.

I hate them so much. And they only exist because we, as a society, allow them to. You can't get that much wealth by working. You get it by capturing the value that would be going somewhere else. Jeff Bezos didn't make all of Amazon have two day shipping. His army of underpaid and overworked wharehouse employees do that, for none of the money or benefits. The "heros" are actually doing the labor while bezos earns another hundred billion in the middle of a pandemic that (surprise) only benefits the billionaires.

If they stopped existing (taxes or otherwise), maybe the 6 Trillion the government printed would have gone to real people instead.

Their wealth in corporate stock only exists because we say it does. Hell, private property only exists because we say it does. So why the hell do we as a society say that one Jeff is allowed to hoard the entire GDP of some goddamn countries while people starve in the streets.

spencerflem  ·  182 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The billionaires are angry

Totally agreed that the artist market is terribly skewed against creators, and anything that improves that is great

I'm still not sure why I, as an fan, would want an NFT, though. What I'm excited about is the actual movie or book or furniture. And for artists, how is an NFT more helpful than supporting them directly on Patreon?

spencerflem  ·  184 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The billionaires are angry

I hope so, they'd be more fun at least. I really don't see how though, who has the money to drop millions into art except people who are currently billionaires?

NFTs don't seem to solve a problem other than a more efficient and creator-friendly way to let rich people speculate without the overhead of auction houses

(I really am earnestly trying to understand NFTs, I've read kleinbloo's very thoughtful comment earlier, and the take on how it avoids taxes makes sense but not why I as a normal person would want one)

spencerflem  ·  184 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The billionaires are angry

The government can make weird and fun things too, like all the national parks. Having societal decisions made by people living in a different plane of reality just isnt healthy, even if we occasionally get a Carnegie Hall or Gates Foundation.

Imo, if more people can afford to be artists, that would be the biggest improvement to culture

Also, totally agreed that there is a distinction between making value and financial engineering

spencerflem  ·  184 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The billionaires are angry

I completely agree, but treatments can be helpful too

spencerflem  ·  184 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The billionaires are angry

imo, the problem is not billionaires taking loans, the problem is billionaires. a wealth tax makes a lot of sense if the goal is to knock them down to size

spencerflem  ·  184 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The billionaires are angry

At this point, I'd be happy for the billionaires to lose all their money even if nobody else sees a cent of it. Destroy their value. Screw them for ruining the environment and the world for the rest of us

spencerflem  ·  191 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How Four NFT Novices Created a Billion-Dollar Ecosystem of Cartoon Apes

What you posted about using a NFT as a subscription is exactly what I don't get about NFTs - for digital things like a photo that can be used without actually holding the NFT, what's the value in scarcity other than the hope that someone will buy it later for more? And for something like a website subscription, the value comes from the centralized blogger hosting the website and writing new articles, so what's the advantage of the subscription being decentralized?

I get the use of crypto for currency and stock type things, and I kiiiinda get NFTs for art speculation, but everything else seems about as easily done in a centralized way & with less hassle. Everyone here seems legitimately into them, so I'm sure I'm missing something fundamental about what the normie use cases are going to be, but I really don't see them

spencerflem  ·  201 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Netflix employees walk out to protest Dave Chappelle’s special.

this take feels exceptionally correct, it sucks so much that when i buy anything my money is being routed straight to things I hate

I don't want to support that! but I also want to live.

90% of the funding for the Alt-Rightier-than-Fox network OAN comes from my ISP AT&T and I'll be damned if that doesnt piss me off at least as much as OAN itself

spencerflem  ·  222 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Buster Keaton : The Art of the Gag

I watched Keaton's Sherlock Jr the other day, and was shocked how well it held up. Legitimately funnier and better action than most action comedies today, and nothing was predictable and overused like a lot of old films seem to be. Crazy for something before dialogue or sound effect

spencerflem  ·  291 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Delta Variant

What do you suppose paul steven's agenda is?

spencerflem  ·  305 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Building a vision of life without work.

That was a really cool read

spencerflem  ·  306 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Life Advice: Become a Billionaire

I don't like the first paragraph which implies that the best way to take power away from the greedy assholes who currently have it is to become an oligarch yourself and dilute them?

My problem with billionaires (and large corporations) is that they control so much of our life in a completely un democratic way. We should be doing as much as possible to move away from that and not keep up inequality cuz "ur gonna get there for sure and be one of the good 'uns"

I also completely believe that every billionaire got their weath through exploitation. It's just such an unfathomable amount of money that no amount of hard work justifies.

This is really exciting, finally seems like something is being done about anything

spencerflem  ·  312 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Private-equity firm revives zombie fossil-fuel power plant to mine bitcoin

I really hope you're right, but to me it's looking like they can't manage to raise the minimum wage, pass any sort of voting rights laws, wealth taxes, etc, and Reps are predicted to take back congress in the midterms


I'm very worried about what the survey will be used for, but it's clearly going to be bad