Friday, March 14, 2014

Best music video in a while! This video is all types of awesome. Thanks to Manute for posting this!


Holy hell. Bologna is pretty awesome. Super chill small town vibes out here. The University of Bologna founded in 1088 is one of Europe's oldest universities. Bologna is only second to Istanbul, for me, in terms of historic buildings and architecture I've ever seen. As always, incredibly humbled by the history. There are so many details like extravagant stone or marble carvings and gilded frescos in addition to the abundance of churches and plazas. The amount of religious iconography in a place like Italy leaves no wonder to the imagination as to why religion is so central to Italian culture. My Italian is embarrassing. But it's also kind of funny that "Brunch" is listed in the photo below. Brunch is clearly the invention of lazy Americans who decided Breakfast and Lunch weren't good enough. On a lighter note, I fell in love with this dog. At first, I thought this dog was a statue. But lucky for me, it wasn't! He was the sweetest dog ever. Bologna is full of dogs, couples, couples with dogs, well dressed old people, chain smoking, and insanely good ragu. THE RAGU THOUGH.

Euro styles. NOT AFRAID.

Check out this epic door handle. I want to wear it around my neck.


"The pope smokes dope!" is what the headline should read.


Don't ask, Don't tell.

Pasta Fresca was recommended to me. Tortellinis with mortadella and mozzarella, ravioli with ricotta and parsley, and tagliatelle with ragu. Yes I ate all of those things here. It's a hole in the wall where four, mainly much older women, make all the pasta by hand. One woman offered for me to taste a freshly made tortellini before putting my order in. It was raw but because it was so fresh it tasted delicious! The pasta here is made by angels with nimble fingers of love. Everything tasted great.

Nice sign. Someone's got a huge schnoz.

Found a bar that plays only cassette tapes. It turned out the bartender's father opened the bar and it's a family business. His dad made all these tapes. They also have a Facebook group with a "tape of the week" post which is pretty much as chill as you can get.

Dude hooked me up with an amaretto and blood orange/lime drink that was super tasty. Pictured is my pick: Van Morrison Live '74. When in Italy, do not drink Budweiser.

Past and present

Walked a shit ton this day, ended up purposely getting lost at the edge of the city and as a reward found a lovely hillside park.

Same spot, other direction. Warm Italian sun, notebook in hand, and thoughts. Lots and lots of thoughts.

From the bus. Point and shoot.

Two tone.

So cool standing next to something built in 1879. Historic fan out.

110 Euros is $152. Comparing the Euro to the dollar is nothing compared to how bad the dollar is to the Pound.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


Really interesting article on the pewsocialtrends website. "Data" can be annoyingly scientific and hard to dispute. But I like to consider all sides. Although it says things like Millennials are more pro-government it doesn't necessarily define in what roles. Also in today's day an age being pro government elicits different roles of government than previously. Such as, drones? Government sponsored drones? What about less taxes on small businesses? What about closing tax loop holes on big corporations? The list goes on. I also think Millennials have a much accessible and broader understanding of how the arc of American wars the last few decades has shown where American power and the idea of freedom can painfully diverge from one another. Overall, a lengthy and insightful look into "Millennials".

Low on Social Trust; Upbeat about the Nation’s Future

Their racial diversity may partly explain Millennials’ low levels of social trust. A 2007 Pew Research Center analysis found that minorities and low-income adults had lower levels of social trust than other groups.5 Based on similar findings over many years from other surveys, sociologists have theorized that people who feel vulnerable or disadvantaged for whatever reason find it riskier to trust because they’re less well-fortified to deal with the consequences of misplaced trust.6
Despite this distrust of people and detachment from traditional institutions, Millennials are not out of step with older adults when it comes to their views about big business and the role of government. They are about as likely as their elders to have a favorable view of business, and they are more likely than older generations to say they support an activist government.
They are also somewhat more upbeat than older adults about America’s future, with 49% of Millennials saying the country’s best years are ahead, a view held by 42% of Gen Xers, 44% of Boomers and 39% of Silents.7

Economic Hardships

Millennials are also the first in the modern era to have higher levels of student loan debt, poverty and unemployment, and lower levels of wealth and personal income than their two immediate predecessor generations (Gen Xers and Boomers) had at the same stage of their life cycles.9
Their difficult economic circumstances in part reflect the impact of the Great Recession (2007-2009) and in part the longer-term effects of globalization and rapid technological change on the American workforce. Median household income in the U.S. today remains below its 1999 peak, the longest stretch of stagnation in the modern era, and during that time income and wealth gaps have widened.
The timing of these macro-economic trends has been especially hard on older Millennials, many of whom were just entering the workforce in 2007 when the economy sank into a deep recession from which it has yet to fully recover.

Another interesting read that correlates to the relative sedation of Millennial youth resistance. Really backing #5. I'll always feel a bit awkward that I never finished college, even though I really don't care. But I think that's some bullshit societal conditioning I'll have to learn to deal with. It's hard when your mom already went to UC Berkeley on scholarship and you can barely get into a State School. All or nothing. " Be yourself, everyone else is already taken." - Oscar Wilde.

5. Shaming Young People Who Take EducationBut Not Their SchoolingSeriously. In a 2006 survey in the United States, it was found that 40 percent of children between first and third grade read every day, but by fourth grade, that rate declined to 29 percent. Despite the anti-educational impact of standard schools, children and their parents are increasingly propagandized to believe that disliking school means disliking learning. That was not always the case in the United States. Mark Twain famously said, “I never let my schooling get in the way of my education.” Toward the end of Twain’s life in 1900, only 6 percent of Americans graduated high school. Today, approximately 85 percent of Americans graduate high school, but this is good enough for Barack Obama who told us in 2009, “And dropping out of high school is no longer an option. It’s not just quitting on yourself, it’s quitting on your country.”
The more schooling Americans get, however, the more politically ignorant they are of America’s ongoing class war, and the more incapable they are of challenging the ruling class. In the 1880s and 1890s, American farmers with little or no schooling created a Populist movement that organized America’s largest-scale working people’s cooperative, formed a People’s Party that received 8 percent of the vote in 1892 presidential election, designed a “subtreasury” plan (that had it been implemented would have allowed easier credit for farmers and broke the power of large banks) and sent 40,000 lecturers across America to articulate it, and evidenced all kinds of sophisticated political ideas, strategies and tactics absent today from America’s well-schooled population. Today, Americans who lack college degrees are increasingly shamed as “losers”; however, Gore Vidal and George Carlin, two of America’s most astute and articulate critics of the corporatocracy, never went to college, and Carlin dropped out of school in the ninth grade.