But the 8-hour workday is too profitable for big business, not because of the amount of work people get done in eight hours (the average office worker gets less than three hours of actual work done in 8 hours) but because it makes for such a purchase-happy public. Keeping free time scarce means people pay a lot more for convenience, gratification, and any other relief they can buy. It keeps them watching television, and its commercials. It keeps them unambitious outside of work.
We’ve been led into a culture that has been engineered to leave us tired, hungry for indulgence, willing to pay a lot for convenience and entertainment, and most importantly, vaguely dissatisfied with our lives so that we continue wanting things we don’t have. We buy so much because it always seems like something is still missing.
#caffeine makes me cranky
I used to be a very last minute person. I would put everything off, and even though it always got done, the process always caused me great anxiety and lots of all nighters. In the last two years I have become a planner - I get baby shower gifts two weeks in advance instead of wrapping the gift in the store parking lot the day of - and I make sure I get enough sleep to be functional.
The past three weeks at work have thrown off my good rhythms, and I am concerned that I am getting back into bad habits.
I was given a huge project on Thursday at 6PM that is due tomorrow at 5, and I will be out of the office starting tomorrow for a wedding that has been on the books since January 1st. I have been up for over 24 hours to get it done, and I have drank more caffeine in the past 24 hours than I have for the whole of 2014. My sleep patterns that I slowly built are broken.
I’m just annoyed because I know this was on her desk for three weeks, and she chose the last possible moment to give it to me. Ugh. Why? Why??
The Increasing Irrelevance of Corporate Nationality →
“You shouldn’t get to call yourself an American company only when you want a handout from the American taxpayers,” President Obama said Thursday.
He was referring to American corporations now busily acquiring foreign companies in order to become non-American, thereby reducing…
It’s gorgeous outside and I’m stuck inside. There’s got to be a better way.
"I think the average guy thinks they’re pro-woman, just because they think they’re a nice guy and someone has told them that they’re awesome. But the truth is far from it. Unless you are actively, consciously working against the gravitational pull of the culture, you will predictably, thematically, create these sort of fucked-up representations."
Worst pain: buying a car
#three hours in honda
#she bought me dinner
I went with my friend to the dealership yesterday - she asked me to come with her because she wanted someone not emotionally charged to be there and someone on her side. I went to help her out, and because my car is one sneeze away from falling apart, I also wanted to gain the experience.
Oh my lord. It is my understanding that to create a safe, road worthy vehicle, it takes years of planning and a hive mind of high level engineering and mechanical skilled labor. But then why, when it’s time to sell these beasts of applied science, it basically feels like kids pretending to play business? It is 2014, why are we scribbling numbers in marker on paper? Oh you are going to go into a room and get a magic number that sounds right but isn’t based in any reality? Okay great!
I’m actually proud of my no-bullshit skills - they tried to first overvalue their car by 2K (just the price before any other fee was added) and undervalued her car for trade in by 1500. Then they were trying to charge her for services they said were included. Ugh. Also! They first came out with a per month number, and I was like, yeah no, show us what this number is actually paying for and basically it was all wrong.
tl; dr buying a car is soul draining and there’s got to be a better way.
"Young women are opening up about their periods and taking to YouTube with their stories and advice. Like their ever-popular beauty-vlogging counterparts, period vloggers are sharing product reviews, instructional guides and pertinent information — most of which is missing from most shame-inducing advertisements."