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For a period of time I was experimenting with having another page that I used as a blog because I felt like not everything deserved a pretty image. However, Squarespace will not allow me to have one blog with a “grid style” like this page and another with the “list” style you see on most other blogs. As a result, I’m going to start putting some of my less polished stuff on this page in order to keep everything together.

Here are the two “posts” I made on a plaintext webpage that I used as a blog before switching over to this format.

12/03/18

Finals week is approaching and my obligations are piling up. There are a ton of articles I want to read and I recently stumbled across a couple of blogs I wouldn’t mind exploring, but I fear I will not get to them for a while.

To remind myself of these, I’ll post the links below.

https://danwang.co/college-girardian-terror/

https://putanumonit.com/2018/11/07/mandatory-obsessions/

https://srconstantin.wordpress.com/

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/11/16/magazine/tech-design-economics-genes.html

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/11/19/how-podcasts-became-a-seductive-and-sometimes-slippery-mode-of-storytelling

http://jsomers.net/

http://peterlevine.ws/?p=13078

Part of me wants to abandon all my work and dive into them. The last one seems especially interesting as I’m currently working on an essay for Pique about cliché that builds off of a paper I wrote last year for a philosophy class.

Above all, I’m impressed at the number of well-written blogs I’m finding. I never would have guessed men and women in industry (putanumonit, constantin, danwang) would have enough time to give serious thought to the ideas they’re writing about. Props to them. It gives some real inspiration to people like me.

12/02/18

Because I don’t want to mess up the formatting of the homepage (thanks, squarespace) this page of the website will function more like a traditional blog being updated semi-regularly and consisting almost entirely of half-baked ideas. Anything more polished will appear on the homepage.

"Taxing Encounter" (Humor)

I knew of a woman, ambitious and factual.

“Tell me,” she said, “how do I acquire the most capital?”

“Ah,” said her friend. “Work for Juul! Gen Z makes the most lucrative customer pool.”

“No,” said another. “Go into finance. Sell mortgages to the masses, any credit rating will pass!”

A passerby interjected. “Here!” he shouted, “work for a non-profit; your morals will never be doubted”

The woman’s friends laughed, feeling invincible, “What a silly man” they said, “leading you towards a life without principal.”

Inspired by JHU HC ‘54

"Middle Class College Student Shocked at the Horrors of a Desk Job" (Satire)

DENVER — After a recent workday as a paid summer marketing intern at a local software start-up, Jeremy Mallow realized office life wasn’t for him.

“When I was in high school, my parents didn’t let me get a job. They told me to focus on my schoolwork.” Mallow explained.

Jeremy, having read numerous business books about “passion” and “entrepreneurship” thought the drudgery of work had been left in the 19th century owing to the introduction of open office plans, cool start-up wall art, and conference rooms named after sci-fi characters.

“It turns out having a 2-hour meeting on deploying cloud-based scalable enterprise software solutions in ‘Chewbacca’ isn’t very fun,” Jeremy adds.

Mallow’s co-intern in the sales department, Jessica Gonzales, has a similar take. “I’ve spent so much time in Salesforce I caught myself mentally converting the cute cashier at Grassa to a Sales Accepted Lead from a Market Qualified Lead after he said hi to me. If his Pardot score jumps any more, a Sales Development Rep will give him a call so we can move him down the marketing funnel and close on an opportunity won.”

Friends of Mallow report that since taking the internship, Jeremy has grown increasingly depressed. “He’s been a bit off lately,” says Mallow’s close friend, Ryan. “He used to enjoy books and having spirited conversations with us. Now all he does is talk about how Silicon Valley culture is a form of social control, and how the ‘Dilbert’ comic strip is comparable to scripture.”

Yet, Jeremy seems grateful about the entire ordeal. “I understand it now. After working 8-hour days at a desk staring at a screen, I finally get it. I can see why working professionals are so emotionally distant, how divorces start, why so many adults have back pain, why there’s such a large market for self-help books, and why Elon Musk probably weeps himself to sleep every night.”

Mr. and Mrs. Mallow knew this would happen all along. “We were trying to preserve the fragile viscera of his soul by allowing him to cultivate interests and social relationships during the summers,” says Heather Mallow. “Then, we pulled the one-two punch and forced him to work a desk job this summer with no time for anything else. Welcome to the real world, Jeremy!”  

Meanwhile, Pedro Gonzales, Jessica’s 26-year-old cousin, had just finished his 14-hour shift gutting salmon in the canneries outside of Anchorage, Alaska. “Eh, it’s an O.K. gig. Puts food on the table, no?”

Take Me to Alaska (Podcast)

Most teenagers wait tables or work at their the movie theater for their first summer jobs. 

Not Charlie. Right after school got out he took a flight to Kenai intent on spending the next two months gutting salmon for 14 hours a day. 

Today, we call him up and talk management styles, crazy Alaskan rents, and why he even chose to do this in the first place. 

(interview and narration originally recorded in June 2017) 

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Tim Leatherman (Podcast)

Tim Leatherman tells us about his table tennis career, Vietnamese luggage racks, and absentminded professors, and some stuff about a funky little tool

On a more serious note, Tim Leatherman is best know for inventing the Leatherman tool after he found his Boy Scout knife ineffective in repairing a cranky Fiat during a road trip through Europe. Now, the Leatherman Tool Group does over $100 million in annual revenue by selling their tools all over the world.

This is an interview I did with him while I was in high school in Portland, Oregon. 

[Intro recorded at the bottom of a stairwell] 

 

 

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[S]language (Podcast)

What is slang? How many people need to use a word before it becomes a word? What types of people do these need to be? 

This is a re-edit of a podcast I did in high school with my friend Kate Leblanc. Special thanks to her, and anyone on NW 23rd who was happy to share their slang with me. 

Relevant links:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keak_da_Sneak

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyphy

Also, thanks to Kevin Macleod for the music. 

 

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Let's Talk About Education (podcast)

We sit down with UCLA professor of education Lorena Guillén and talk about school, it's history, and how it affects us now. 

Pique is a student-written, recorded, and hosted podcast. 

You can check us out online at www.piquepodcast.live

McCluskey Article:

https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2017/04/public-universities-get-an-education-in-private-industry/521379/

Thanks to Kevin Macleod for the music. 

 

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