NOTE: Please forgive the painful lack of transitional sentences below and the general stream-of-consciousness rambling. I was only half-awake and half-caffeinated when I wrote the following. Regards, S.
Hi there. How you doin’? I have a few minutes this morning to offer thoughts and links before writing. And writing. And writing. Who knew contribution limits and corporate spending in elections was so sexy? I think back to what I was doing before I came here and it was more in line with this kind of thing. Fantastic article by the way. But the most stunning part is the nugget (heh) about the predicative capabilities of McDonald’s employees. That’s both gloriously random and wonderfully high-achieving. I also used to write frequently about this kind of stuff. I still engage, I just don’t get paid to do it anymore. Mari Vanna, for example, won’t be giving me complimentary caviar so I’ll write about it when I go with a friend with whom I have a firm commitment to humor me and try it out. But I’ll be trying it nonetheless. Food is my extravagance. Anyway, there’s that other experience of watching people change as a result of living in the big, bad city, and it’s something I can attest to. Metamorphosis all up in this place. Some good, some really ugly. My mom says the ugly, as I’ve described it to her, is like the kid from the small town who isn’t eaten alive because they figure they’ll adapt in all the worst ways to survive. It’s easier and quicker that way I suppose. But then when they go home, no one recognizes them. And they really don’t get — because being all puffed-up about yourself sort of precludes self-awareness — that they’re kind of pitiful. Yeah…definitely seen that transformation before my eyes. It’s heartbreaking. Kinda reminds me of this (which I stole from a friend’s FB page):
So, while DC is phenomenal in so many ways, and I truly love it here and see what made my g-pa who he was, there’s a lot of scrapping and clawing and hating going on, too. But I had this little epiphany about the haters the other day while watching some of my friends play rock band (I know): I’m pretty sure the goal of those who hate is to leave you with their nasty little attitudes and turn you into something as hateful as they are. Um, thanks, but you can keep that rage and spoiled-rotten rant. I have no use for it. But I’m glad to see the back of your head as you walk away.
So, I’ve been meditating on a saying St. Augustine, the North African genius, was fond of using, “Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis.” You will not understand until you will have believed. Or, as Charles put it the other day, “you gotta trust” it’ll work itself out. And you do. Also, I was reminded of that saying because it was used by Walter as a scientist having a crisis of faith on the show Fringe, which I’ve fallen in love with. I’ve finished it but am re-watching certain favorite episodes like the one where Olivia makes a decision to save Walter rather than kill the baddie and the baddie tells her how weak she is for that. But she’s not weak. In fact, the whole show revolves around her identification at a young age as being very strong. So, the jerks will tell you one thing. You can choose to believe it. Or you can be glad to see the backs of their heads as they walk away, transformation complete.
So this is happening (from Politico):
GOOGLE AMPS UP LOBBYING, HIRES NEW FIRM: Google has hired Garrett McNatt & Hennessey; Carpenter 360 to lobby on all provisions related to technology issues, according to Senate lobbying disclosures. Mitch Hunter and Chris Carpenter will be lobbying on behalf of the technology giant. Hiring the firm follows the company’s re-evaluation of lobbying contracts in 2012 when Google ended its contracts with Tuggey Fernandez, Holland, Knight and Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr. The tech company also recently brought on JGB & Associates in January and Sandi Stuart of The Stuart Murray Group in July 2012.
Google spent a whopping $16.5 million on lobbying in 2012 as it faced an antitrust probe. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, Capitol Legislative Strategies, Crossroads Strategies, Franklin Square Group, McBee Strategic Consulting and Podesta Group were among the firms that lobbied on behalf of the company last year.
Also, just stop it New Republic. Don’t you recognize pure political maneuvering when you see it? Furloughs probably weren’t necessary and were used as a way to make the human capital feel the scary. This is how politics works and it’s done by both parties and in every administration, although some seem to dispense it with a little more frequency. It’s up to journalists to recognize it for what it is and point a finger at it, preferably with some humor and good intent. Something closer to this. Because the alternative is frightening…
One thing I like about programming is that, while there’s a bit of a learning curve because it is exactly like learning a new language, once you get the hang of the syntax and rules, you can do stuff like this. Not sure I’d want to do it for a living because I think I’d stop liking it. But if you’re lucky you build something you can hire developers to run. Zuckerberg knows…Also, I still loathe Foursquare. Have a major purpose already…
George is on a quest and he’s a good writer. Also, a really good dude. Definitely let DC make him a better person, not the horrible alternative.
It’s not really beautiful per se, but what a machine…
Finally, Ho. Ly. Crap. Dora the Destroyer is 6. Let it sink in. Such a baller.