Apr 22
“I wish we were yuppies! Young. Upwardly mobile. Professional. Those are good things, not bad things!” the central paradox of my background, education, interests, tastes, and appearance vs. my actual economic prospects. aka the ultimate #firstworldproblem

Whit Stillman: for when Noah Baumbach is a little too, um, well, you know, um, ethnic?

“of course it’s formulaic - it’s a formula”

Apr 20
“Judaism and homosexuality (most intensely where they overlap, as in a Proust or a Wittgenstein) can be seen to have been the two main generators of the entire fabric and flavor of urban modernity in the west” George Steiner, “The Cleric of Treason

Apr 19

Econ 101

As an incompetent straight white guy I feel like homophobia, misogyny and sexism are absolutely essential for keeping down the pool of my potential competitors.

"Linux is the creator of the extremely popular Linux open source operating system."

Apr 18

I just told Facebook that I don’t want to see ads for something called “Luv Run” and that the ad was offensive - I don’t want to meet “fit singles in my area” and I’m not sick of meeting women at bars because I’ve never met a woman at a bar

our culture is perverse

I was more reluctant to borrow Secretary from the library than Straw Dogs

Apr 16

Gonna go buy some bacon I guess and then maybe read more about Cuba.

Travails of the San Francisco rental market

Protester: “This is important that it’s recorded, I guess, ‘cause it’s like Google transparency right?”

Rose: “Are you gonna post it on YouTube?”

Protester: “Yeah, probably.”

Rose: “We own that property!”

Protester: “I know. You guys can take it down, but that would be like Mubarak or something.”

Rose: “We wouldn’t do that.”

Protester: “Well, we’ll see.”


Protester: “You guys aren’t actually creating any real value.”

Rose: “But you guys use the technology! You’re using an Android phone right there!”

Protesters simultaneously: “Yep, because we live in this world.” “We have no choice – what should we do?”


Apparently these anarchist activists (read: San Francisco hipsters – sorry, they just look like they’re about to go to an MGMT concert) are capable of envisioning a world without capitalism but not a world without Google technologies. They explicitly take it for granted that using Google technologies is a fundamental part of living in this world, but consider the flow of capital and the acquisition of private property to be totally unnatural. (That’s not to say that capitalism is natural, but it’s not any less natural than the ubiquity of YouTube or smartphones.) They find it more realistic to demand that Google provide them with $3 billion to start an anarchist community than to use open non-Google alternatives to the technology they use. They say that they want “want no part of this disgusting and creepy game” yet seem to completely deny their agency in choosing to use the technologies of their “oppressors.” (Mind you that these are, I’m sure, the same people who would completely refuse to accept that someone drives a car because they “live in this world.”)

If you’re going to attack a company and an industry for existing, you should probably stop using its products. This is literally the same as eating a Big Mac at an ALF meeting, drinking Starbucks at the WTO protests, or driving a Suburban to an anti-fracking rally.

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