The Distraction Economy: How You’re Not As Busy As You Think

I must admit, the main reason I’m writing this is due to something that really bothers me. I’ll be talking to a friend, and they’ll bring up an ambition of theirs:

“Man I really want to learn to play guitar,” or “I really need to write more,” or “I’ve been wanting to get in to extreme ironing for a while now!”

In case you were curious.

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FwRIteDAY: “Upright”

It was during my freshman year of high school that I decided that bad posture was cool. All of the cool kids in TV shows had that disaffected slouch that said to the world “I’ll do what I want, and take it easy while I do it.” It was in my mind, the perfect look for me, so I had to emulate it.

My first attempts at what I would consider the cool slouch wound up making me look more like a cowboy than a cool guy. I think it was the hips. I curved my tailbone under just a little too much, resulting in a splayed leg, walking manner that would only impress the man I’d be dueling with at high-noon. Looking laid back was a lot more work than I thought.

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Choice Paralysis: Then And Now

Then: Build a trap to catch a rabbit, or team up to hunt down a mammoth?
Now: Order the Chicken and Waffles, or the Kale and Salsa Black Bean Burger?

I’m not trying to shame you here. Some people might see this imagery conveyed in the same way that “first world problems” was. But that it not at all my intention here and I can’t stress that enough. It’s just very interesting to me comparing the weight of the choices we have to make versus the speed at which we make them then and now. I obviously wasn’t there when our first ancestors explored the earth, but something tells me they made choices a lot faster than we do now. They had to, their life depended on those choices. Continue reading “Choice Paralysis: Then And Now”

FwRIteDAY: “Correlate”

Erin was late by the time she got to her office. Not like it mattered. Nobody ever came to her office when she wished they would. It was always at the very end of her office hours that a swath of students came flooding in asking what they could do to boost their grade.

She just wished she could address them all at once or just keep screaming “NO!” over and over until they got the message, but the faculty frowns on that kind of teacher/student interaction. So she always made a point to relish the quiet time she had during her office hours.

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Blame and Responsibility

In one of my favorite episodes of The Cracked Podcast, a parallel gets made between the subversive nature of racism in America, and the Billy Joel song “We Didn’t Start The Fire.” I’ve posted the link to their episode below but if you’re too busy to listen to it, I’ll summarize it for you, but before I do that, I have to lay down some groundwork for reasons that will become obvious in about a paragraph.

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