There was a time I thought it was important to be the nobler of the two political parties. To make good show of not sinking to the lowest level for the honor of America. But that was before things got truly serious. Like I might die serious. We can’t worry about decorum of our nation, when survival of the planet is at stake.
With climate change at our door step (and when we should have made decisive action about it decades ago), we are now in the timeline where it’s almost too late, and doing the right thing might not look like we want it.
Doing the right thing will involve playing the hardest of hard ball, and not letting kindgergarten morals stop us from doing what needs to be done to save our children and grandchildren. I am a father now, and I have to be pragmatic for my son’s sake. The pragmatic thing is to attack hard and fast.
A day after the midterm elections, democrats are playing the softest of softball: already the new democratic leadership is signaling they won’t impeach, it’s not good politics to upset potential voters. The democrats need to stop worrying about the next election, and start worrying about the lives of all the future people on this planet
A day after the midterm elections, republicans are playing the hardest of hard ball, firing Jeff Sessions so any potential threat from Mueller can be negated. This is full out naked attack on the possibility of justice, and we’ll let Donny get away with it again. No one will truly fight with the mad King, because they don’t want to be seen “as bad at the Mad King.” It’s time to take the mad King down, it’s time to fight with everything we got, it’s time to not hold back.
Any day since he’s been in office, if he was under oath, Donny could be impeached for the same reason Clinton was unfairly impeached by hard ball playing, morals-be-damned Newt Gingrich hit squad = lying under oath. And the case for impeaching Trump is a million times greater than Monica’s sucking a peen, Trump’s out to destroy the two things we need to save the planet – The United Nations and Environmental Protection
Now is the time. Only now. Fight for us democrats, please, you’re our only hope.
I hope you’ll excuse a little outburst of written citizenry. Political speech is my right after all, but I also grow INCREDIBLY weary of how political discourse has become hyper-sensationalized in this era. It has gotten to the point where sensible people should want to tune out of politics, which is a shame because I truly believe all citizens should be informed… but it’s gotten really really terrible now. Keeping up to date on what’s being reported about politics these days will actually give you less useful understanding of the world.* In fact this election year I’ve chosen to leave the world behind and move to Big Sur and just be with the waves and the otters and seaweed. And let me tell you, it feels great being oblivious right now.
Our Entertainment Industry around the beginning of this millennium started taking a turn towards “Reality” with the rise of Reality TV and more cable channels that needed cheap shows to fill their hours. Alongside this trajectory, the News Industry has started taking a similar turn towards “Entertainment” where news has used the tools of reality TV = musical cues, heroes and villains, selected soundbites to inflate drama, and most importantly the constant emotional tone of outrage, to keep viewers glued to the advertising breaks. And now in 2016 we have reached the point where News and Entertainment have conjoined into a disgusting misshaped twin-baby that just keeps crapping into its own mouth.
This stupid decade doesn’t even have a proper name. The Aughts, er the Zeros, er The Decade on Terror? All in all it was a shit decade which will be forgotten by history for the most part, as all young centuries take awhile to take form. I mean no one talks about the culture of 1900-1910, it isn’t till the 20s when people take some interest in the last century’s cultural output. I feel like it’s going to be the same with this century. All that being said, there were some good albums to get us through the misery of the George Bush/Financial Crisis of 2008 decade. Scroll to these on your iPods and put them in your ears. Continue reading
I have spent the last year working on working on myself. It turns out that changing yourself is hard. I would love to pretend I am some superior life hacker übermensch, but in fact I probably suck way more at life than you. That is why I needed to find real solutions that worked to actually make me productive. While I still struggle with being disciplined about all the many ways i would like to improve my behavior, there are some tricks I have found that have worked for me. Here is what has worked for someone who is just as lazy, ADHD-addled, and confused as anyone you know.
1. Habits > Resolutions
2. Small Successful Steps > Big Arduous Leaps
3. Make Positive Changes Enjoyable
4. Start Your Day on the Right Note : My Hour of Power
5. Write Stuff Down, Especially Your 5 Daily Goals
6. Give Yourself Points – My Glorious Spreadsheet of Being More Awesome
7. Mono-tasking and Timers
8. Environment & Visibility
9. Monthly Personal Goals
10. Evaluate the Objective Good
So there’s two main technological trends that we need to be aware of during our lifetimes.
1. Robots. The industrial revolution is far from over, and robots will soon be doing most of the traditional labor market jobs.
2. Virtual Reality. The computer revolution is far from over, and soon virtual reality 2.0 will lead us to create a parallel world that will take over many many people’s lives.
I’m serious this will happen in the next 20 years. This will affect your life. It’s not far off Sci-Fi. It’s happening now and it will be completely normal by 2030.
Now these can sound like frightful things, but I believe these developments could actually complement each other, and perhaps help alleviate some of the world’s mounting problems.
I will talk about this in three parts:
Part 1 – The Rise of the Robots
Part 2 – The Virtual World, for real this time
Part 3 – How VR & the Robots might save us