living in America is sorta like being perpetually locked in a quit-hitting-yourself bit

If you have a blog, reply with a link so I can check it out.

@highfellow It's a nice thought but it's not for me. I don't like to depend on other people for anything if I can help it and I don't like other people depending on me.

I work on stuff I think is worth doing on my own. Finding the time and energy to do it is the real challenge for me. Too often when I have one, I don't have the other.

@himbeer My last job was for a "marketing agency." 9 months of my life wasted building useless crap.

@samgai Instead we throw away the extra wheat and cloth in order to keep the prices up and profits flowing to the top.

@erellsworth “Rossum’s Universal Robots will produce so much wheat, so much cloth, so much everything that things will no longer have any value. Everyone will be able to take as much as he needs. There’ll be no more poverty. Yes, people will be out of work, but by then there’ll be no work left to be done. Everything will be done by living machines. People will do only what they enjoy. They will live only to perfect themselves.”
― Karel Čapek, R.U.R.

@erellsworth plus maybe if the current employees of places could only work 4 days a week 6 hrs a day without overtime, the rest of us would be able to get jobs

@blit32 Probably browser based and self-hosted. I'll give TinyTiny a look. Thanks!

Anyone out there have a recommendation for an RSS reader? I'm thinking of building my own, but I have enough unfinished projects for now.

We should all be working 4 days a week, and maybe 6 hours a day. That should be the standard.

What is the point of all the technology we've invented to make our lives easier and more productive if we don't use it to free ourselves up to spend more time enjoying life?

Instead, we just keep working ourselves to death and all the productivity gains are converted to higher profits that are all funneled to the wealthy.

@highfellow It is a psychological problem rooted in culture.

US American culture is obsessed with work. When you meet someone at a party, the first question they're likely to ask you is, "what do you do for a living?" We are too often defined by our jobs.

Meanwhile, the majority of jobs available are those society looks down on. Study hard kids or you'll end up working for Walmart! Meanwhile, retail work is the most common job in America.

And if you can't get a higher paying and/or more prestigious job, people constantly tell you it's due to some kind of character defect. You're just lazy, work harder!

So where does that leave us? With a country full of people defined by their jobs, working jobs they're told aren't important, that don't pay enough to provide a decent quality of life, and that can be taken away at any moment.

It's a perfect recipe for widespread depression and anxiety.

@highfellow This is exactly my problem. It drives me nuts. Literally. I'm constantly complaining about it to my therapist.

@apisashla Indeed. I just feel it most intensely at the end of the day.

@erellsworth something I've noticed is that most of the people I know who have the skills to be doing interesting things in their spare time are expected to work so many hours that they don't have any.

At the end of every day I wish I didn't live in a world where I have to dedicate ~70% of my waking hours during the week to working on crap I don't truly care about just to put a roof over my head and food on the table.

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