the most pure form of happiness i experience is the kind that engulfs me for no reason at the most unexpected moments.
This machine allows anyone to work for minimum wage for as long as they like. Turning the crank on the side releases one penny every 4.97 seconds, for a total of $7.25 per hour. This corresponds to minimum wage for a person in New York. This piece is brilliant on multiple levels, particularly as social commentary. Without a doubt, most people who started operating the machine for fun would quickly grow disheartened and stop when realizing just how little they’re earning by turning this mindless crank. A person would then conceivably realize that this is what nearly two million people in the United States do every day…at much harder jobs than turning a crank. This turns the piece into a simple, yet effective argument for raising the minimum wage.
yay capitalism -_-
amor vincit omnia
The world has been rushing on with such fiery animation to get work and ever more work done, it has had no time to think of dividing the wages; and has merely left them to be scrambled for by the Law of the Stronger, Law of Supply and demand, Law of laissez-faire, and other idle laws and un-laws. We call it a society; and go about professing openly the totalest separation, isolation. Our life is not mutual helpfulness; but rather, cloaked under due laws of war, named ‘fair competition’ and so forth, it is a mutual hostility. We have profoundly forgotten everywhere that cash payment is not the sole relation of human beings….[It] is not eh sole nexus of man with man,- how far from it! Deep, far deeper than supply and demand, are laws, obligations as sacred as Man’s life itself.
-Thomas Carlyle in Past and Present (1843)
hearing back from every grad program you applied to within 2 weeks feels great. getting accepted to them all feels better.
funny, that’s how i feel when i see people gangnam too.
“The Internet is an élite organization; most of the population of the world has never even made a phone call.”