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A Guide to California’s Propz

Voting day is almost here and if you’re like most Americans there are a few things that are probably true about your life: You know which Presidential nominee you will be voting for You want this all to be over You are lying down, buried beneath 500 poundsĀ of political ads and can’t get up You’ve been so inundated with Yes and No on certain propositions that you might just try to mark “All of the above” on your ballot There are only so many solutions to these issues and there… Read more A Guide to California’s Propz

Vulnerable about Not Being Vulnerable

Vulnerability is having a moment right now. Increasingly authenticity and realness are seen to be defining traits in people, whether it be celebrities, politicians, or other leaders. Even in the age of internet memes, those who are real with their audience have grown to the top. Take for instance certain current hip-hop artists like Drake or Kanye who go against type to be honest and somewhat somber across big and bold beats. Hip-hop, known for its self-promotion and braggadocio, has become more emotional and self-doubting to great success of the… Read more Vulnerable about Not Being Vulnerable

Privelege and Privacy

I did laundry the other day–an oft skipped chore due to a lack of quarters and an apathy to seek out quarters. We have communal washers and dryers in our apartment complex and as I stood there I realized that this was one of the few forced communal activities that I take part in. Most things throughout my day are done in privacy, I am rarely forced to interact with people or even be near people that I don’t choose to be. This is a form of privilege, one that… Read more Privelege and Privacy

You’re Hired! Or… Why I’ll Never Be Hired

Job interviews are the worst; while they are a place of potential prospering, they end up turning into a sort of audition, where you better have your lines ready. I’ve heard people be asked questions like: “when is one time you went above and beyond at work?” and “what does integrity mean to you?”. Both of these are questions anyone would want know about a potential employee, but asking them seems to highlight a different skill entirely. I assume that employers looking for new employees through a list of applicants… Read more You’re Hired! Or… Why I’ll Never Be Hired

Weekly Thoughts 12

Sincerity in an Age of Irony The Star Wars teaser was released last week and if it was any indication of how the film will turn out it looks to be a step in the right direction for the series. The universally detested prequels were released starting in 1999, looking back now this seems to be the most ill-timed period for these films to be released. This was the rise of the internet era, a time where technology quickly changed and shifted the way that we interact as well as… Read more Weekly Thoughts 12

Weekly Thoughts 11

Emojis Technological advances often bring about vast changes in the ways that we communicate; this, in turn, often brings large cultural changes. With any form of cultural change there is a resistance both to the technology and to the unique forms of expression that these new forms can bring. Nobody wants to commit themselves to a form that will soon be out of style–a relic of an old age only to be parodied later–so they do their best to ignore that which is modern or new. Others commit themselves entirely… Read more Weekly Thoughts 11

Weekly Thoughts 10

The Hate-Read I have a confession to make. I struggle too. I am an advocate for building up cognitive dissonance within the self, creating the ability to accept the tension between what you believe to be true and taking in something that is poised as being the opposite of that. Being able to live with this tension allows one to deal with people outside the immediate social circle, manufacturing mutual respect, and paving pathways to peace–or at least the avoidance of violence. I’ve suggested before that we should build in… Read more Weekly Thoughts 10

Weekly Thoughts 9

How to Stop a Dictator: Read This Blog The other day I listened to this podcast, Benjamin Walker’s Theory of Everything, part of the Radiotopia network (who, by the way, has some of the best storytelling podcasts out there and is highly recommended). The episode was a short one, beginning with an advertisement for Radiotopia’s latest Kickstarter campaign and then continuing into a short interview with someone who works on the show. They are in the park and there is a concert happening, the guest Walker interviews makes a point… Read more Weekly Thoughts 9