On Nerd Club (after Tyler)

I look around I look around and see a lot of new faces. Which means a lot of you have been insulated from recession layoffs.

I see in our community some the smartest, most creative people alive. I see all this beautiful amazing potential, and I see it squandered.

God dammit, an entire generation selling online advertisements or building the walled garden social network; slaves with conference t-shirts and free snacks.

Were the middle children of internet history. No privacy or place. We have no Space Race. No Great Depression. Our Space Race is for eyeballs our Great Depression is our careers.

Advertising has us chasing the latest gadgets and IPOs, working jobs we hate, so we can buy shit we dont need.

We were raised on the web to believe that wed all be millionaires from stock options, made into blockbuster movies, internet meme rock stars, but we wont. And were starting to figure that out.

I look around this room and I see a lot of courage. And it gives me strength. We give each other strength.

Nod to Tyler.

Originally published at: http://sbb.me/b4GC1

Fraser Speirs on The Real Work

The Real Work is not formatting the margins, installing the printer driver, uploading the document, finishing the PowerPoint slides, running the software update or reinstalling the OS.

The Real Work is teaching the child, healing the patient, selling the house, logging the road defects, fixing the car at the roadside, capturing the table's order, designing the house and organising the party.

Fraser Speirs

Originally published at: http://sbb.me/b43y1