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.
“My husband is no stranger to the girls at the NeedWant. You know Castithan men. Insatiable.”
Defiance S01E05— Tommy and Irisa
(Dedicated to my good friend Risi because its her otp)
Star Trek was an attempt to say that humanity will reach maturity and wisdom on the day that it begins not just to tolerate, but take a special delight in differences in ideas and differences in life forms.
Barefoot on the moon—how amazing would that be?
[W]hen we launch in a territory the Bittorrent traffic drops as the Netflix traffic grows. So I think people do want a great experience and they want access – people are mostly honest. The best way to combat piracy isn’t legislatively or criminally but by giving good options. One of the side effects of growth of content is an expectation to have access to it. You can’t use the internet as a marketing vehicle and then not as a delivery vehicle.
Look, someone who gets it.
Dorothy Parker sends a telegram to her editor.
Never have so wanted anything to be good and all I have is a pile of paper covered with wrong words.
The truth is that even collections of ordinary books distort space, as can readily be proven by anyone who has been around a really old-fashioned second hand bookshop, one of those that look as though they were designed by M. Escher on a bad day and has more staircases than stories and those rows of shelves that end in little doors that are surely too small for a full-sized human to enter. The relevant equation is: Knowledge = power = energy = matter = mass; a good bookshop is just a genteel Black Hole that knows how to read.
Happy Mother’s Day!
This is really the only Mother’s Day post I would possibly reblog.
Captain Kirk: the smoothest.
That’s why I like him…because he’s very clearly the smoothest.
You may be asking yourself, how did I get here? What could I have possibly done to deserve this?
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