@stuffisthings dude, one of them was a fucking sweet-ass "Ryan Gosling in "Drive" costume". It's not even spam anymore, it's a fucking PSA.
Introspection is overrated.
My phone can show me naked people fucking anytime I feel like seeing that. I can yell at Hulk Hogan whenever I want. I can hear any song ever recorded within seconds. I can order tacos and barbecue at the same time and me & my drunk friends can bet on who will show up first.
I've read "The Sorrows of Young Werther", and not just because I had to. I've also played Candy Crush in the woods while listening to Seals & Croft. I've sat quietly on beaches and thought about the world.
Look, I don't have anything fundamentally interesting to say. Most of us are not Ptolemy or a Bronte sister. We're a bunch of un-interesting jag-offs who primarily care about eating fatty food and a decent orgasm with somebody who will still be happy to see us when we're old and shit ourselves.
I mean, if we take away everybody's iPhone, you know how many more dumbass NaNoWriMo novels I'm going to have to listen to shitbirds in bars tell me about?
"Hispanics, for example, account for about 15 percent of all jobs...Blacks, who make up just 11 percent of the workforce...Whites, on the other hand, make up more than 80 percent of the country's workers."
Way to math it up.
I've beeen thinking all weekend about leaving NYC for Los Angeles, but for some reason this is the thing that has just made me realize I'm never going to abandon this dumb fucking city, I just love it too much for no sane reason.
I'm excited for a day of nerds on twitter pretending to be design experts, I guess?
@deepomega what if we drafted smart people to be teachers like it was healthy people in vietnam and you couldn't stop teaching until you got a certain number of kids into colleges?
(i was kind of kidding at first but now i'm not)
@Leon I mean, aren't history books the only place for maps featuring the ussr? I meant social studies, not history, sorry.
I always find it insane that these people want to fix the american education system so they start with college.
Unless you are a doctor or architect or some other highly specialized skill, the learning acquired in college is basically fucking optional for the vast majority of Americans.
I'm very pro-college - I went, and I'm glad I did. I studied philosophy, and it has enriched my life etc. But I didn't learn a damned thing in college I need to do my job.
(Oh, I'm in Ops Management at a tech company btw)
What these assholes never address is where things are really broken - little kids. I taught in a middle school in a poor town for a few years after college, and it was insane. It was less than 10 years ago, and the history books still had maps featuring the USSR.
The problem with our education system is that schools are primarily funded by local taxes. Until we ban private schools and nationalize school funding so that the amount of money spent educating every single child in America is the same, rich kids are going to keep going to awesome schools and being better educated at every critical milestone, poor kids are going to keep going to shitty schools and just lagging further and further behind each year they live, and nothing is going to get better.
how are there used copies for sale already?
seriously though, i am excited to read this (compliments from a stranger who doesn't know that much about good writing and who hasn't read it yet! so meaningful!) and then put it on the shelf w/ apologies.
i'm kinda disappointed the book doesn't have an awl on the cover tho.