If practicality, efficiency, utilitarian functionality, and austerity put a bustle in our hedgerow, then Starbucks would look and feel like a cold-war clinic. All cars would look like a Dodge Aries K with roll-down windows and get 40 MPG. No fancy bourbons, wines, beers, or gins either; just Everclear, which is very efficient, by the … Continue reading High Efficiency Yoga and the Death of Romance
Can we save the planet? No. It’s a damn planet! If the sun eventually wants to engulf the earth, there’s nothing we can do about it. It was here before us and it will be here after us. So, when we talk about saving the planet, we’re really talking about saving ourselves. It’s about optimizing … Continue reading World Peace?
Threshold of Happiness
There I was, seat 21D, flying home from my annual performance review. I got a nice bonus and was feeling pretty good. I was surrounded by a group of people who worked for a large corporation and apparently they had a damn good year, considering this conversation: “I got a Porsche. What am I going … Continue reading Threshold of Happiness
The Tao of Culture
There are a lot of corporate mission statements that mention things like, “honesty”, “social responsibility”, and “quality”. Using the word “Quality” is like saying “Character”. It’s just an empty word without an adjective. Maybe your quality sucks. Maybe you’re an asshole. Why are you being so vague? And … do you really need to have … Continue reading The Tao of Culture