This whole notion of doing only work that you love has always affronted me but I’ve lacked the articulation to be able to explain my objections. Only the top levels of developed world society can really consider that as an option. Almost all of the world has to labor just to survive. It just has always seemed so snobbish to me to think that people should all aspire to having only rewarding work to do to support themselves.
I believe in the reward of doing honest work in an honest way—that’s satisfying to me, even if I can’t always say I enjoy it. My work is not significant or important on a global scale, and I know it. But I do it pretty well.
I’ve probably told you the story of my wonderful professor, Russ Kelly, in my first year of college. One day he brought in a newspaper article about the wage increase for garbage workers in San Francisco that had recently passed. He pointed out that someday, even if we did well in college, that we may end up doing something like that because it paid well and we needed the money. But he said that a liberal education is for the enrichment of your heart and your brain, and it’s meant to give you something to think about, and a way to think about it, for the rest of your life. And he said that if someday you work as a garbage collector, you can enjoy thinking about Plato.
That’s the kind of advice that was actually helpful."
My mom (who is clearly the best) in an email this morning. <3 (via slodwick)
This. This is why I wanted my degrees.
fake film meme: kulap vilaysack, stephanie beatriz, june diane raphael, hannah simone and aubrey plaza as an all-girl heist team (lauranicus)
after an apparent attack by a fox, a street cat named bob was found injured and curled up in the hallway outside of a support housing flat in tottenham were james bowen, a recovering heroin addict and homeless busker, was staying. james took the cat in, got him to the rspca, and nursed him back to health using what little drug money he had for antibiotics.
but in the process, bob helped to nurse james back to health as well, giving him a reason to get up in the morning and get clean. since his recovery, bob has refused to leave james side, following him everywhere for the last six years.
thanks to a literary agent who passed him on the streets, james has since written an international bestselling book about his hardships and friendship with bob. “we’re two injured souls looking for someone we can trust,” james says. done in collaboration with the writer garry jenkins from an islington café, the book also attempts to dispel some of the social stigma that goes with homelessness.
Can this be my life, tho?
Who’s driving the car?
The Spirit of Jazz and the Knowledge of Impending Racism
im done w/ you note-a-bear
money can’t buy happiness but it can buy a false sense of security and fruity alcoholic beverages to numb the pain and honestly what’s the difference
I’m sure CNN will find time in their wall-to-wall Royal Baby coverage to report on this.(via wilwheaton)
I can confirm: Alice’s (totally healthy, complication-free) birth cost over $25,000.
We could’ve had the princess suite! And $10,000!
Warren Andrews had just finished putting up balloons for his stepdaughter’s 18th birthday party at their suburban home in Mayflower, Arkansas, when his wife came inside and said something was wrong. After stepping out of his house, and taking one glance, he immediately dialed 911.
“I don’t know what’s going on, but I’ve got a river of oil coming down the street at me,” Andrews told the operator. Five minutes later, the slick of noxious black crude spewing from a ruptured Exxon Mobil pipeline was eight feet wide, six inches deep and growing fast.
In this photo, spilled oil from Exxon pipeline runs through a neighborhood in Mayflower, Arkansas on March 29, 2013. Reuters was recently given access to the photo from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Exxon is refusing to let reporters anywhere near the accident. They’re also controlling the airspace above the spill. They don’t want you to see what’s happening. TOO BAD, EXXON.
Signal boost the shit outta this, y’all.
DISNEY HAVE STOLEN MY ARTWORK
I don’t know what to do. I am so upset. Can anyone help me?
My painting was created back in 2010, (see it HERE) and since then so many people have expressed their love for it, not just on tumblr, but in many places. At least 9 people had it tattooed on their bodies. It’s one of my favourite images I created at University and I was proud of it in many ways.
I’m so mad because I have no chance at getting Disney to do anything about it. I had so much respect for the company and now I am just SO upset and disappointed.
Any help, advice or signal boosting would be amazing. And thank you so much to the kind person who messaged me about this.
This is really sad.
Look at the bag. It is the EXACT drawing. This is terrible. For the company responsible for a lot of current copyright law to do this - wow.
Please signal boost. Literally the only thing someone can do against Disney’s stealing someone’s work. Without all the lawyers.
This is so sad. :(
Signal Boost…DISNEY! One of your designers stole this and no one noticed. Please give Katie a fair (7%) royalty WITHOUT going through the unnecessary hassle of a law suit…THANK YOU! That would be the only way to prove to me that you don’t suck.
The Atlantic Wire (which has said some truly nice things about Nerdfighteria) just published a nasty set of words on the proposed skeezyiness of the Veronica Mars Kickstarter, and because I cannot help myself, I would like to talk about that.
The proposal (if you…
I’m not actually sure what I think about this. On one hand, I love that fans of something could finally get what they want by helping fund it, but on the other hand I do agree that it doesn’t really seem right for profits from something funded by the public not to go back to them in some way.
Like this is how stocks became a thing, if you help fund something, you should get some of the profits of it.
I’m very excited that this happened, but I still think that the first 2m of profits should be spent paying back the people who funded it.
But back on the other hand, Kickstarters most of the time, like this time, is less of “help me by giving me money for this” and more of just a fundraiser of “help me fund this thing by buying my stuff”
So really, this whole post is me talking this out to my self and seeing if anyone else wants to respond to me and help me decide what I do really think of this.
I agree that it would be really cool if the profits came back to the givers in the same way profits come back to investors in the corporate world. Unfortunately that is currently illegal. It’s a big fat load of poo that it’s illegal, but it’s illegal.
I’m not sure if it /really/ matters though. People aren’t giving $50 in the hopes that they’ll get $60 back, they’re giving $50 for a pre-release of the movie, a t-shirt, behind the scenes production notes and updates, a copy of the shooting script, and a DVD of the movie. That is actually a pretty damn good deal.
Until crowd investment is truly legal in this country (20 years from now?) this is an excellent alternative in my book. Most people don’t care about the monetary benefit anyway, they care about the cultural and personal benefit. That’s just something economists will never understand.
I had no idea that crowd investment WAS illegal. Maybe this is my Communist side peeking through, but it seems illegal to impose a law on who is and who is not allowed to invest in a project! I mean, COME ON, that is just pure elitism.
These laws were originally created after the Great Depression when people were being taken in by con men with fancy plans. They’d take everyone’s money for some lovely-sounding project and then skip town. So it was created to protect consumers from assholes.
Now to invest in a start-up you have to be an accredited investor (which means you /literally/ have to have a networth of over $2M or a yearly income of more than $200,000 to invest in a startup.)
And yes, that is one of the thousands of reasons why the rich get richer and the poor get poorer…and the reason the law exists? Assholes. Assholes are the only thing standing between us and utopia y’all.
Also companies can only take a limited number of investors, and if the stock becomes publicly traded there is a HUGE AMOUNT OF PAPERWORK and the lawyers just to get it drawn up and taken care of cost like hundreds of thousands of dollars. This is something I’ve thought about a lot because I’ve always been interested in letting Nerdfighteria own itself. For a brief moment in 2010 I actually considered whether it would be possible to sell myself to Nerdfighteria, but then I realized that I am in fact happy that it is illegal for corporations to own people, LoL.
[For folks new to this issue, women are already serving in de facto combat roles and have been for years. Now they are eligible for combat pay and services. THIS IS HUGE.]
Here’s a hilarious Helen Keller joke!
Do you know what no one saw or heard coming?
Helen Keller’s radical socialist activism for the rights of the poor, women, the disabled. And so people ignored and belittled her politics. They argued a deaf, blind person could not know what she was talking about. And so they reduced her to the safe story of a young girl who overcame disability, and nothing else.
Wait I mean haha she was blind! How funny.
So, fun fact. Helen Keller went deaf and blind from scarlet fever (though wiki says “or meningitis” so who knows, I guess) which is something I had. As a kid who got strep throat basically every six months, I guess it wasn’t surprising. Anyways, I always got kinda defensive about her because I thought that if it weren’t for modern medicine I could have ended up like her from something that can now be treated with simple antibiotics. Nice to know that I like her as a human being in general, too, and not just someone who ~overcame a disability~.
are those pants made by karl marx? because dat ass is causing an uprising in my lower class.
Also see: Our lack of vacation days.
Both these comments are rhetoric and not policy, so shouldn’t be taken too seriously, but the underlying ideas here are very important to me.
When the President says that higher education is an economic necessity, he is absolutely correct. If you look at the industrialized economies that are struggling around the world, they line up very closely with higher education rates. (Look at Portugal, for instance.)
So, like, “the U.S. experienced a fairly large growth in population from 2000 to 2009. During the period, the population increased 8.68% — the 12th highest among OECD countries. Meanwhile, the rate at which the share of the population with a tertiary [post high school] education is growing has slowed to an annual rate of 1.4% — the lowest among the 34 OECD countries. Just 71% of funding for educational institutions in the country comes from public funds, placing the U.S. sixth-lowest in this measure.” [source]
So we already have one of the lowest rates of public investment in education in the industrialized world, and the lowest rate of growth in post-secondary education.
This is a real long-term and structural problem for the US economy, because the only future growth available to industrialized nations is in jobs that require education. If we only offer higher education to people who can afford it, we will lose to the many nations where university education is more highly subsidized, because they’ll have better educated workforces that will earn more and in turn pay more in taxes, which will allow future generations to be better educated still.
Both parties would like to take political credit or assign political blame for the unemployment rate and the pace of growth etc. But the truth is, government doesn’t have a lot of say in that stuff (unless of course they screw things up so royally that there’s a debt default or something). A lot of the government’s role in economic growth is much longer term—it’s stuff like infrastructure and long-term political stability and creating a better-educated workforce.
A way more eloquent version of what I tried to say to my father the other night when we discussed how manufacturing jobs will soon be largely robotic.