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She will surprise you, he said.”

“It is, without a doubt, the very worst video game I have ever played.”

“I don’t want to discuss my weekend every Monday morning. I did the same thing I did last weekend — tried to forget the job exists.”

“He was, Esquire’s editors write in the deck, ‘a neurosurgeon with a troubled history and a man in need of reinvention.’”

Fundamentalism is not basically concerned with the Bible and what it says, but with the achievement of dominance for the evangelical tradition of religion and way of life.”

“Works of African, Asian, Latin American and Middle Eastern theologians are designated as ‘contextual’ whereas works of British or American theologians are marked as ‘theology’, as if they were not also products of their context, as if they do theology outside of parameters of a language, culture and preferred methodologies of interpretation and application. This grants Western theology a supra-contextual status and relegates non-Western theology to an inferior, semi-theology status.” (via)

“Apparently American Baptists are insufficiently in the public eye to get stereotyped.”

“There’s a lot of nonsense and emperor’s new clothes in the wine world.”

“I would pay the national debt down first. Then I would buy the Phillies.”

“Someday the most common career track will be to start with an unpaid internship, move to two or three part time jobs, and then transition to freelance piecework, before finally landing the staff position that lasts until they liquidate the company.”

Thanks for (correcting) (criticizing) (dismissing) my subjective interpretation of something by offering up your own as definitive.”

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  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino
  • We Must Dissent

    First-person wouldn’t be so bad. If the camera were always behind the character, that’d be trouble.

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    “This is not just a job – this is a passion,” my supervisor
    told me. “This is for people who live to be in the new world of media.
    They don’t mind working late to be the first to post on a major story.
    They don’t mind lying about their age to stay on their parents’ health
    insurance. Maybe even collecting some cans on weekends.”

    You know, each and every one of these things that person said are fundamentally wrong. They are factually wrong or ethically wrong, or they are wrong in the sense that people shouldn’t have to do the things the supervisor recommends doing.

    I recently had occasion to watch the older, 1970s-era The Taking of Pelham 123, after having seen the 2000s-era movie of the same name.

    And the thing that just jumped out at me when I watched the older one?

    Watch the scenes in the beginning of the movie involving the ordinary day to day workers of the subway system.

    Look at how confident they are with each other. Look at how they bluster and bellow and don’t mind talking back to anyone.

    They aren’t fundamentally, viscerally afraid.

    Contrast that with the way Denzel Washington’s character almost seems tentative, uncertain he should even be at his seat, and the other workers seem to be “all business, all the time” every single moment.

    The portrayal of the workers in the 1970s reflects prevailing social norms about the acceptable attitudes workers should take towards their jobs.

    Think about that for a second.

    It was considered acceptable for a worker to be so sure of keeping a job that talking back to the boss, while a social faux pas, not grounds for firing them.

    That is a far more egalitarian society than today’s, where the boss is practically a king whose subordinates must bow and scrape and scurry before him or her.

  • Lori

    Is healthy teeth really the only thing you look for from a dentist? Granted I’m pretty dental-phobic, but there are quite a few things I want from my dentist beyond healthy teeth. I want my dentist to be gentle and understanding about my phobia (these days that means “willing to give me the gas for everything, including routine cleanings”), reasonably pleasant to deal with, and not given to asking questions and attempting to make small talk while his/her hands are in my mouth. Same goes for the hygienists since they’re the ones I have to deal with for most routine things.

  • dpolicar

    Well, in some sense of course it’s not the only thing I look for.

    But the other stuff I look for — not unnecessarily unpleasant to deal with, not unnecessarily expensive, won’t cause me unnecessary pain, etc. — isn’t a differential criterion for dentists; I expect those things from basically everyone, including casual friends.

    When from within that pool I’m picking out a dentist, particularly… yeah, basically, what I want is healthy teeth.

  • dpolicar

    Fair enough. I can certainly understand wanting reliable employment, in addition to a steady paycheck, if the former is a separate thing. Thanks for the clarification.

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    Still, I think the latter implies the former.

  • Lori

    For me healthy teeth are necessary, but not really sufficient and as long as I have options I’m going to look for more than just healthy teeth when I pick a dentist.

    Same goes for a job. A paycheck and insurance ought to also be necessary, but not sufficient. These days there are so few options that they’re not, but they should be.

    Maybe this is some weird American POV, left over from better days, but for me thinking strictly in terms of wanting healthy teeth and a paycheck is the low expectations of existing instead of having a life and that’s really not good enough. I exist now. I used to have a life. I miss that and I don’t think it’s unreasonable to want that back.

  • Lori

    The latter does imply the former. My point was that the former does not imply the latter.

  • dpolicar

    Ah. Thanks.
    I like #14.

  • Asha

    I wish it wasn’t that way. I work at a place where you have to be a raging asshole to get fired, or do something incredibly rude to customers, but I’ve worked at places where you can be fired just for stating you don’t like the manager to a coworker. I remember that constant worry that saying or doing the wrong thing would get you fired. It’s a miserable existence.

  • http://anonsam.wordpress.com/ AnonymousSam

    Ugh. Yeah, my company tried to crack down on grumbling about customers to coworkers in private, and I’ve seen the same thing upheld as proper on Restaurant Stakeout (which also routinely pushes that anyone not bending over to the point of breaking for a customer is an asshole and so is their boss for not making them).

  • http://blog.trenchcoatsoft.com Ross

    One of the ironies of corporate life is that when they decided to start calling personell “Human Resources”, from their point of view, it was a way of showing that they valued their employees more: they mean that they think of us as something that makes money rather than something that costs money.

    (Imagining some kind of OTT comedy bad-management sketch where they rename “Human Resources” to “Human Liabilities”)

  • http://anonsam.wordpress.com/ AnonymousSam

    Well, um… I… um…

    I have, actually, erm…

    I have actually seen a company refer to its employees as human liabilities, and you won’t like the context: they were projecting the expense report with a margin note on how few employees had died that year, indicating this resulted in unexpected expenses. See, they were counting on the employees dying so they could cash in on the life insurance policies they had purchased on those employees.

    That same company also referred to the dead employees as “dead peasants,” which is one of the sources for where we get that phrase.

    So yeah.

    All hail money, our lord and savior, the majestic and almighty.

  • http://blog.trenchcoatsoft.com Ross

    But it is a shiny vista of opportunities! The Robber Barons of old couldn’t even imagine the ways in which modern plutocrats can screw the working man, much less that they could persuade half of them to fight for the death to help keep the other half subservient

  • Asha

    That’s wrong. It genuinely is. I know you’ve had a bad day, but my obligation is to treat you like a human being and not make it worse. It is NOT my job to offer a pedicure if the business does not offer pedicures. *twitch* Sorry. My own managers have been getting anal about it and I’m really frustrated. I want to be productive, I want to do my job, and I want my customers to have a good experience.

    I should not have to wipe your butt for you.

  • http://anonsam.wordpress.com/ AnonymousSam

    Much less to do it with no complaints at all, including in privacy. You’re not an automaton who lives and breathes work. I see this as just another attempt to crush out everyone who isn’t a very specific personality type from the workplace.

  • Asha

    I definitely agree on the invasion of privacy issue. Plus, well, most people are not paid enough. If your job is boring and repetitive, the kind of commitment they are asking for is kinda ludicrous!

  • Ross Thompson

    I don’t think the graphics were good enough to really tell…

    http://flowtv.org/wp-content/uploads/2007/06/custersrevengescreenshot.jpg

  • Ross Thompson

    Wikipedia has a pretty decent article on the collection.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penn_%26_Teller%27s_Smoke_and_Mirrors


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