“Just as you can imagine a four-day workweek, you can also imagine a four-day workplace week. Friday, workers would work from home. They would still have access to e-mail. They would still be near a phone. But they wouldn’t have to commute. The employer wouldn’t have to run air conditioning or electricity or bring in a cleaning service. They would sleep a little later because they wouldn’t have to prepare to go to work and they would make lunch in their kitchen and be able to pick their kids up from school.”—Ezra Klein - The Four-Day Workplace Week (via pheelmore)
“But then there’s the rest of you. The small but all-too-vocal minority of you who are - and I mean this sincerely - total freaks. Howling at the moon lunatics. Mentally unbalanced, socially subnormal trolls. Except, if Scandinavian mythology has taught us anything (and it hasn’t), it’s that trolls are strong, frightening and cunning creatures. You people are unworthy of the word troll. In fact there is no creature - real or fictional - that I could liken you to, without it being an insult to that poor beast. You people are unter-trolls.”—
If David Lynch had been German, the allotment gardens would surely have inspired him. Once you’ve seen a row of urban Schrebergärten, it doesn’t take much imagination to see a demonic glint in the eyes of those immaculately aligned gnomes.
Nor is it impossible to imagine that the genteel neurosis required to keep allotments this pristine could drive weaker souls to murder - or at least wife-swapping. Only obsessive characters with dark secrets in their tool sheds could set such standards of Prussian perfection.
“Still, if I told myself as a child that I’d have a pocket computer powerful enough that it could play games that knocked the Spectrum into the dirt, along with music at the same time, and then look up almost anything from an encyclopedia, almost anywhere in the world, and in only a quarter of a century, I’m not sure I’d have believed it.”—notes.husk.org. this amazing little internet-connected computer…. (via adactio)
“A few years ago, Honda, a college dropout who worked a succession of jobs at video-game companies, began to use the Internet to urge otaku to stand with pride against good-looking men and women.”—Phenomenon - Love in 2-D
“I certainly don’t care what these sad dudes do in the privacy of their bedrooms, but it’s offensive and ridiculous to say “romance is so tainted with social constructs that it can be bought by only good looks and money,” and to react to this perceived slight by fucking a pillowcase and calling it a rebellion.”—Otaku in Love | MetaFilter