Wiz Khalifa - King of Everything

Thursday, July 23rd 2015

Wiz Khalifa, King of Everything:

Weekends

Wednesday, July 22nd 2015

Weekends are a very real thing.

Let's say my friends decide to go and see a movie or play a basketball game. They all work during the week, so they decide on Saturday.

"Can you come on Saturday?" ask my friends.

"No, sorry, I'm working."

Do I go to my employer and say: "I need Saturday off?" What if I'm not in a position to negotiate? I'm easily replaced, or some such?

"Sure, but I can't give you extra hours during the week."

Essentially, I lose out.

The whole point of penalty rates is to put a cost on this sort of loss of coordinated social time. If I lose out at least I get some extra cash for it. Plus, it discourages employers from operating during unsociable hours. And, if they do, they have to push prices up (to reflect what would otherwise be the negative externality of anti-social working hours.)

In Australia, according to the ABS:

There were 9.5 million employees who were single jobholders in November 2012 (Table 9). Of these:

  • 66% usually worked five days a week (Table 9);
  • 4% usually worked seven days a week, and a further 7% usually worked six days a week;
  • 14% usually worked on Saturdays and 8% usually worked on Sundays;
  • 16% reported the days of the week they worked usually varied; and
  • 70% worked on weekdays only, while 29% worked on both weekdays and weekends.

In comparison, there were 563,800 persons who were employees in their main job and multiple jobholders in November 2012. Compared to single jobholders, they were more likely to work on weekends, and work six or seven days a week:

  • 39% usually worked five days a week (Table 9);
  • 19% usually worked seven days a week, and a further 19% usually worked six days a week;
  • 37% usually worked on Saturdays and 26% usually worked on Sundays;
  • 20% reported the days of the week they worked usually varied; and
  • 42% worked on weekdays only, while 57% worked on both weekdays and weekends.

So, 70% of people worked exclusively on workdays. Around 6.4 million people who never worked weekends. 2.76 million who did.

For people who worked multiple jobs, about 321,000 worked on weekends. 236,000 or so didn't.

So that's almost 7 million who worked only on weekdays. About 3 million who worked both.

So the majority of people can coordinate activity on weekends with each other. 3 million will sometimes miss out.

It may be that some like prefer on weekends and that, perhaps, the weekend is a dying institution. (But I'll believe that when most parties, gigs, sporting fixtures (grand finals), etc, are on weekends or banks, etc, are open on Sundays.)

Coordinated social time has to be taken into account in some way by people pricing working hours. Otherwise business and consumers don't bear the cost of forcing people in bad negotiating positions to work unsociable hours. Ignoring subtle, hard to quantify externalities like this only makes market systems less stable.

Progress is measured in a reduction in improvements in technology and reductions toil and suffering. Not in hours worked or jobs created. Success is measured in people having more time to have fun with friends and family. Increasing working hours or lowering pay after decades of productivity gains isn't progress or reform, it's economic failure.

Conclude rant. :-)

The Machine Stops

Tuesday, July 21st 2015

From "The Machine Stops" by E.M. Forster (1909):

She could not be sure, for the Machine did not transmit nuances of expression. It only gave a general idea of people - an idea that was good enough for all practical purposes, Vashti thought. The imponderable bloom, declared by a discredited philosophy to be the actual essence of intercourse, was rightly ignored by the Machine, just as the imponderable bloom of the grape was ignored by the manufacturers of artificial fruit. Something "good enough" had long since been accepted by our race.

full story

It's one of the most prescient bits of sci-fi ever written. The internet in 1909!

Red Devils Live at Pinkpop

Monday, July 20th 2015

Posted these chaps before. But worth a re-post.

Red Devils absolutely smashing it:

Live at Pinkpop 1993.

Disasterpeace

Saturday, July 18th 2015

Disasterpeace, Fez Soundtrack:

It Follows title track:

"Heels":

Need Brain Debugger

Friday, July 17th 2015

When I have an emotional reaction to something that is not - logically - in proportion to the stimuli I am experiencing I am usually anticipating suffering.

I am afraid of the recurrence of some experience from the past. One often only vaguely available to my conscious mind. But one that is nonetheless associated in some way with the experience I am having now. It is usually not obvious this is happening!

(If the association was obvious it would be easier to understand and mitigate.)

Some deep-seated, abstruse memory rules to proverbial roost!

If rational thought doesn't intervene and go: "Hang on, this is a crazy over-reaction" then madness ensues.

I end up thinking what I am reacting to now is the source of the suffering. It is illogical and ridiculous. My rational mind knows it. But it is overwhelmed by the mob of emotions that flood the brain.

I am suffering because feel I might end up suffering in the future the way I suffered in the past. Based on some vague association pattern or mental habit I barely have conscious access to.

I need a brain debugger :-).

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