Sunday, March 29, 2009

things facebook should do

Why doesn't facebook let people not see status updates that contain obscenities if they don't want that?

Why doesn't facebook let me not show certain status updates to certain people in order to avoid some awkward moments?

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

I read the Rolling Stone article on the financial mess and I decided I don't like people.

There are way too many people in the world who just want to get rich without creating something really worthwhile -- worthwhile enough to make them rich.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

It is so stereotypical, somehow I've started appreciating wine and finding all this emotion in classical music as I get older. I guess it's that yearning for meaning, to put a story on all the sorrows and hard work of life.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

I'm more concerned about the man I don't know about starving under a bridge somewhere in India than a beggar I see on the street, because the beggar has been able to survive until this moment, and so it's likely that he'll be able to survive in the future.

(I admit, thinking like this feels a little unnatural and economist-like.)
I wonder how many of the people protesting the AIG bonuses would be able to turn it down if they were in the same position and a million dollars was on the line...especially if no one was paying attention.

Monday, March 16, 2009

A year ago I found all the intricacies of finance interesting, but now I just feel vaguely disgusted by the whole system. I'm glad I can make a living creating something that people want, instead of allocating money to companies and trying to extract as much off the top as possible.

Monday, March 2, 2009

My private self colliding with the public

I went hiking this weekend by myself and twice other hikers suddenly appeared on the trail in front of me while I was singing a really emotional love song, really getting into it. I saw other people infrequently enough that I would start to feel alone but when people would appear, my private self would be exposed and then I'd have to make a quick decision: I chose to pretend that they hadn't heard me and I'd hum quietly to myself as they walked by.