from ep6/season1 of Silicon Valley on HBO, by Mike Judge.
Here in the Yunderblog I am trying to keep a focus on two worlds: technology and relationships. And since I'm a guy, it will be relationships from the male point of view. I have been groping my way around the world of blogging for a while now, but just know that those two topics are supposed to be the focus here: TECHNOLOGY and RELATIONSHIPS. When the two topics converge, it's my nirvana.
Please excuse the occasional divergence...
Back story for this post -
After the dot com bubble that everyone knows about popped, the telecom bubble also popped. It was almost a trillion dollar debacle by the way Om Malik documented it. And our business probably has the noble distinction of having more CEOs and executives subpoenaed, indicted, convicted, and sent to federal pound you in the ass prison than any other industry. I was one of many who were caught in this disaster. It was around 2003 and I was "between jobs." That description is a nice way of saying I was an unemployed, no-identity, no income loser.
So there I was: jobless. I was single. So what happens to single people? They get introduced to other single people.
I was in California and my aunt in Seoul decided to contact her friend in Southern Cal who has a daughter. I got introduced and got a lunch date. We get to know each other and of course, being a stupid guy, I tell her I am between jobs. After the date the gal tells her mom about me. The mom calls my aunt. My aunt calls me. And it goes something like this: "I just got bitched out by my friend. She couldn't believe that I set up her daughter with an unemployed loser. Why did you tell her you were unemployed?"
I never heard from or made contact with that girl ever again.
This Marketplace story about the modern world, equality and dating is fantastic. In 2min 27sec you get the gist of how complex the modern world has become with the evolution of the idea of equal pay for equal work. Arry and I have talked about this subject a lot.
So to conclude this post using the title of it: the fastest way for a guy to get dumped is to say he lost his job.
If you lose your job and you coincidentally don't want to be with her anymore, then you have the perfect, non-confrontational way to end the relationship. She will feel sorry for you as she dumps you and you'll be free at last, free at last, thank God almighty, free at last.
If your girlfriend says she loves you no matter what and proclaims her undying love for you, then ask to move in with her. See how long that lasts. If she continues to have undying love for you, then start borrowing money from her. Never pay it back. If you get this far and the love still springs eternal, then you probably need to marry her because no one else in the world will want the deadbeat who is you.
I'm finally getting this free tech tshirt friday program kicked off.
Nothing better than free.
Nothing better than free tech tshirts.
And nothing better than fridays.
So it's the ultimate mashup.
This photo is great because it is a blast of the past and a little bit of new too.
I got this Geekwire tshirt at their kickoff launch event a few years ago. It fits great and it has worn well over the years.
There is nothing more awesome than a nicely worn in tshirt. It's sooooo comfortable and feels like your second skin.
I'm standing inside 9Mile Labs where GiftStarter* was in Cohort 3 last year.
A little bit of the old, and a little bit of the new.
*in full disclosure, I am married to GiftStarter :)
It's a simple trade off. Eligible cities, you have to let go of wanting pretty utilities if you want ultra high speed internet. There is a reason why other cities around the world are far more advanced with ultra high speed internet:
they don't give a shit about how pretty their utilities are deployed.
Trade in a little vanity to get to the next level of internet access. It might hurt a little bit in the short term, but you will get far more benefit in the long term.
Fierce Telecom article
I'm a huge fan of science fiction movies. I was telling a friend at work the other day about how Running Man has become reality. Arnold is being chased down in a reality tv show so that people in the world can tune in to their TVs with the excitement of maybe seeing Arnold getting killed. That movie was made in 1987.
Today in 2015 we can watch people get murdered by terrorists online. It's sometimes a sad and crazy world.
On a brighter note...
Science Fiction gadgets are reality extrapolated in the not too distant future with creative geniuses imagining it now, and engineering geniuses making it come to life soon thereafter. We can see it in so many aspects of our lives now.
* The Back to the Future self tying shoes will be here this year, courtesy of Nike.
* The Knight Industries smart car, KITT, is the Tesla Model S. The Model S will be able to drive itself and pick you up!
* The bionics of Robocop (the classic, not the new one) and the Six Million Dollar Man is reality with Hugh Herr. His TED Talk is extremely inspiring.
So the above image is real life Elysium on earth right now. Life truly is better up there. You just have to be able to pay for it. Or at least have a credit card with enough of a float so that you can charge your better life experience to it.
I can't recall where I saw it. It was probably a sci-fi movie. But the inspiring idea that is ultimately reality went something like this: "the best way to predict the future is to create it."
And I completely agree in so many ways...
p.s. the 80's truly were the best! (completely biased point of view).
I love technology. Well... I love it most of the time. Sometimes I hate it.
When I have been entering data into a web site and finish by clicking the SUBMIT button and the site or my browser crashes and I lose everything and have to re-enter all the data again… that is one example of when I hate technology.
A few other loves I have are:
* movies - mostly sci-fi, action and thrillers, but I can get into anything
* non-fiction books - Predictably Irrational, The Power of Habit
* Office Space - the masterpiece by Mike Judge
* Dilbert - it’s the juggernaut comic that is the reality of our work lives
* Silicon Valley - the newest work by Mike Judge that is TRULY AWESOME
Season 2 of Silicon Valley is coming up soon. It’s going to be an epic journey to watch the lives of Richard Hendricks, Erlich Bachman, Gilfoyle, Dinesh, Monica, Jerad(Donald), and Gavin Belson unfold as they try to make Pied Piper into a real life billion dollar company. Of course Peter Gregory will be a very important character too. Since the actor who plays him sadly passed away it will be interesting to see how the show creators will finesse that change.
And while I’m at it, here is a view of the original short of 'Office Space' that Mike Judge created and that eventually became one of my favorite movies of all time.
GFY, Lenovo. with your Superfish.
I still can't believe what was discovered about Lenovo. They got paid to put low level software that could monitor your online shopping behavior on the machines we bought.
Their financially motivated, questionable ethics resulted in products that somehow passed the simple question of "is the decision to put this software on our products right?". Where was the managerial/executive oversight?
I think I am even more incensed because when I was asked what I thought of Lenovo laptops recently, I said "they are good! I would definitely recommend and buy a Lenovo laptop. the brand has a long rich history of producing good machines". And now you made my opinion look asinine. You turned me into an NTAC. You were my go-to Windows-based PC maker after I abandoned Dell. And now I have to find a new PC vendor.
All I can say now is: GFY, Lenovo.
How to neuter your Lenovo so there is less chance of having evil corporation endorsed spyware on your laptop that might steal your private personal information:
1. Buy or find your Lenovo machine.
2. Backup all your personal files.
3. Format the hard drive. Not a quick format. Perform a zero level format. Go get a sandwich.
4. Did I mention to go get a Sandwich. A proper hard drive format is going to take a while.
5. Reinstall the operating system, and use as many generic, well-known, well-tested drivers as possible.
6. Reinstall all your most important software.
7. Restore your personal files.
8. Try never to buy Lenovo again.
Like my dad always said to his adventurous son:
p.s. the image is me unveiling my new birthday present last year...
I would tell you a joke about UDP, but even if you got it, you would not acknowledge it.
This AMAZING joke combined with this image will serve as a reminder for me to start a new series
called: Free Tech T-shirt Fridays, IOW, #FTTF.
This one is a picture I took from an Express Metrix t-shirt...
wish me luck!
My name is Dae Yu.