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!money = !happiness

Posted 2013.03.27 15.51 in Pointless Blather, Work

Have you ever heard the saying, “You can’t buy happiness”, or “money can’t buy happiness”, or words to that effect?

Well it’s bullshit.

The lack of money can lead to a significant happiness deficit. And if your happiness level is in arrears because you’re stressed-out about being broke, or unable to pay the bills or the mortgage… and if having a [better] job and more money would allieviate that stress and therefore allow you to get out of a negative-happiness balance, then that just mathematically proves that yes you can in fact buy happiness.

I’m not saying that money and happiness are equivalent. There’s probably an exchange rate, and it probably varies from day to day and person to person. Maybe there’s limits too. Like if you’re already pretty happy, then money won’t buy you any more of it?

But damnit, I’m stressed about work, money, bills, work bills, work money, mortgages, and money, and it’s making me really fucking unhappy. It doesn’t help that I haven’t been in a particularily good place to begin with.

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Unobtanium?

Posted 2010.05.09 22.56 in Music/Movies/TV

So I finally saw Avatar the other day. It was a lot longer to watch, than it was to read the synopsis. It was a lot like the Pocahontas movie, only with blue aliens and heliopter gunships. I didn’t see the Pocahontas movie, but I read the synopsis of that too.

So the first big thing that stuck with me, was this unobtanium stuff. The word unobtanium has been around for a long time, and it more or less means something that is next to impossible to get.  I first encountered the term in the late 90’s, relating to Apple’s Newton eMate product. The memory upgrade was said to be made of unobtanium, because it was virtually impossible to get your hands on.

So in the movie… unobtanium sounds like it would be acceptable as a working-term for early on in the script developtment. But it shouldn’t have made it into the finished film. Considering this grey rock was supposed to be so important and so valuable that it was worthwhile to travel so far and spend so much money to mine it, I’d have really liked to know what it was good for.

I think the corporate guy said it was worth $20,000 / kg which at first seems like a lot. When you consider though that it takes about 6 years to travel between Earth and Pandora, and how much it must cost to move every kg of supplies back and forth, how much personelle and material had been moved to Pandora, and how long they had appearantly been there, $20,000 / kg seems fairly reasonable.

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WTF is with these Utility Cons?

Posted 2009.07.23 11.05 in Pointless Blather, Work

We’ve all encountered situations like this. Someone shows up at your door, at home or at work, with an official-looking clipboard, an official-looking photo-id badge, and a rehearsed spiel that they are here from an official-sounding company, on behalf of a legitimate company or utility, and they are going to save you some money.

As you know, long distance has been deregulated, and now you can save a lot of money by signing this contract so that your long distance is covered by this new low-cost business. Maybe you’ve heard that natural gas prices are going up and up, and they can save you hundreds of dollars over the next 5 years if you sign a contract to pay a fixed rate? Perhaps you’ve heard that the price of electricity is on the rise, and they can save you a lot of money if you’ll sign a contract to pay a fixed rate over the next few years? And the latest one: We can save you a lot of money over the next few years, because you know the United Nations is pushing to have every country start charging a carbon tax, and if you just sign this contract we can take care of that for you…

No, I’m not talking about the poor shlep who’s been walking around for 8 hours a day – he’s already been victimized, and sadly he probably even believes the bullshit that he’s telling you. I’ll explain momentarily.

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