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Hot Women in the Workplace

30 Mar


Just today I read a disturbing article discussing how attractive women are discriminated against by hiring managers. Apparently if are good looking and a woman, you are less likely to get a job interview than if you are average or homely looking.

Here is a picture of Debrahlee Lorenzana, who was fired for being too sexy at work. What do you think, too much?

Being at work is long and boring most days. The least HR can do is hire someone that will make it bearable. Sure, an ugly broad will get more work done. But for the good of the company, hire at least one or two hot women.


KONY: Masturbation Meltdown

17 Mar

Only a week after sweeping the viral world off it’s feet and turning every college student and soccer mom into momentary political activists, Kony 2012’s co-creator Jason Russell was arrested for doing “the Pee Wee Herman.” Apparently the pressures of going viral got the best of him. What a pussy. You don’t see the Numa Numa kid cracking under the pressure of Internet fame, or Taiwanese Sensation Lin Yu Chun acting out (but damn that boy can sing). No, Russell just couldn’t handle it. Which is interesting because isn’t that what the video, and subsequent organization Invisible Children, all about; raising awareness and support?

According to Ben Keesey, CEO of Invisible Children, Russell’s masturbation was apparently caused by “exhaustion, dehydration, and malnutrition.” In that case I guess the whole thing makes sense.  We hope his recovery goes well so he can get back to kicking Kony’s ass. KONY 2012!

And in case you haven’t seen the video yet you can see it here.

Gay… Emo…Whats the Difference?

13 Mar

Apparently, there is none if you are from Iraq.  Now I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve had trouble telling the difference myself.  Emo does seem very gay, with all the eyeliner, and crying; however, according to this article, in Iraq they draw no distinction between the two, and are targeting  emo kids and stoning them to death.  I found this very amusing…….not the stoning to death part, but the part where they think being emo and being gay are one and the same.  My girlfriend however felt that there was nothing funny about it, and that I was insensitive.  I ‘ll leave it up to our readers to decide.

The Internet, Too Much of a Good Thing?

8 Mar

What started out as a post about me being a nerd and listening to fantasy books on tape has turned into an introspective about myself. I have a confession to make. I don’t have a clue about what is going on in the world. I personally think politics are a waste of time so I don’t follow them. I have news feeds and RSS readers on my phone, so I’ll occasionally glance at news headlines. But, for the most part, I’m fairly ignorant when it comes to current events. I blame the internet for that.

How can I blame the internet for not knowing what is going on in the world when I can find anything I want on the internet? I can find out what’s happening in Russian elections, the latest atrocious acts in the Congo, midgets having sex with donkeys, and what Mitt Romney wore to bed after his latest campaign victory. I am constantly bombarded with news and information. Before the internet, people would decide what was important and present that as real news. It was like a curated experience. Now everything is dumped in our laps and we are forced to decide what is important to us.

With so much information, we can no longer take the time to digest a piece of information. We quickly move from one thought to the next. There have been many studies on the effect the internet has played on our brains. In an article titled “Is Google Making Us Stupid?“, author Nicholas Carr talks about how internet users skim the surface of information instead of taking a deep dive (I only skimmed the article). Of all the articles I read or skim through, I don’t retain the information that I gather from them because I’m quickly on to the next topic.

I’ll end this post here since most people probably didn’t read the whole thing anyway. In fact, I’ve started to lose interest writing it already. The internet has made me dumb and boring. Anyone else feel drained by the internet sometimes?

The Ivory Tower and the End of Aesthetics

29 Feb

Just like Daniel Day-Lewis in The Last of the Mohicans, Fredric Jameson represents a dying breed. As one of the few surviving hardcore marxist theorists, Jameson has established himself as a force to be reckoned with–but certainly not one to be read. Since he has published over 20 books it is better to just hear him talk. Tonight he spoke to a dangerously overcrowded auditorium in the International House at UC Berkeley as part of the Townsend Lecture Series. Jameson attempted to characterize our current age (the third stage of capitalism or postmodernity). In order to do this he threw out some pretty flippant statements like claiming that there is no more art, philosophy, or ethics. We have also apparently lost all sense of temporality (time) as everything has been reduced to the (present) moment and the body. The focus on the singularity of the moment is, in Jameson’s estimation, evidenced in art installations (seemingly random collections of crap thrown together) that are not to be preserved or archived, museums that compile various artifacts together in new contexts that are ever-changing, flash mobs and films that focus on a series of moments of spectacular effects instead of narrative (yes, we mean you Michael Bay). But most tellingly he characterized the present age with finance capital’s baby from hell: the derivative.

The new mutant nonproduct of the derivative has completely changed the global financial landscape and is a singular (always distinct and changing) and unprecedented means of betting on betting that eventually screwed us all over, as its abuse resulted in the economic crisis of 2008. Jameson reminded us of Warren Buffet’s quote that derivatives “are financial weapons of mass destruction.” So there you go. You are living in a postmodern world and with no sense of future and nostalgia instead of real history you are living in the moment more than you might have realized. Either that or you have no sympathy for an aging marxist.

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