Amusingly enough, my desktop has a ton of icons on it that I never, ever use. Everything's pinned to the taskbar or I use the run box these days, and if I'm really "lost" I go through the start->program files. I have been amused at times to find out the thing I was looking for has an icon on the desktop...
There's quite a few here in Los Angeles. The issues here are mostly related to population density. Rich tech moguls don't really have to worry about street parking and figuring out how to charge the damned things overnight like the rest of the plebes. And, realistically, the average American is having a hard enough time paying for a mortgage (lol), much less trying to pay for a $70k car that's got limited range, requires a dedicated charging station that they don't have a spot to install, etc. I like Tesla, hope they have long-term success, but I'm certainly not in the market for one, either.
If only we had a way to.. automate repetitive tasks? Why, what a world we'd live in!
This is all well and good if you live in a city where one can rent a place with a shade-tree to practice your shade-tree mechanics, but many of us (like most of the of the country) live in areas with high populations and even less parking. Not to disagree, though, because my first car was a 1980 Toyota Corolla that I replaced the starter on on Christmas Day in the parking lot of a grocery storm during a sleet storm (no exaggeration). Lesson learned was to budget for car repairs because that shit sucks. But that was a different city with lower costs than Los Angeles.
Now, for my current situation, fuck a car. My neighborhood is metered parking, 1 hour limit, no way anyone can really work on a car under these conditions. So I ditched the car. Bicycles are even cheaper than cars, bus pass is cheaper than cars, walking is cheaper than cars, and while I now have a motorcycle, it's still cheaper than a car. I agree whole heartedly that one should try to just buy outright, and buy used if possible. Depreciation is a bitch.
You typically buy fabrics by the square yard/meter. I know cubic yard is common for landscaping, as well. I wonder if construction trades also do similar for certain construction?
Be careful of that broad brush you're painting with. My girlfriend is a feminist. She has exactly the same issues with what she considers a vocal minority within the feminist movement (much like the "all penis-in-vagina-sex-is-rape" crowd) that Emma has. What's the point of giving women empowerment over their own bodies if you're going to turn right around and shame back into a niqab? It's lunacy. Mainstream feminism, as opposed to the Fox News sensationalist headlines feminism, isn't about what *you* think it is. It's a tired trope, but the loudest 2-3% gets all the press for just about any group you can think of, and that 2-3% is generally batshit crazy.
FWIW, this is precisely what I was intending.
I can't think of a single profession which doesn't seem to have a "problem." Makes one wonder.
A friend of mine's kid plays incessantly. Not even in kindergarten, but can build gigantic, amazing structures. And then he blows it all up.
Major plus sides:
Ability to express creativity with no real cost but time
Ability to socialize with others without having to worry about getting beat up
Ability to exercise lots of things, like planning. I mean, when we were kids, we built forts in trees to throw pinecones at each other, snow forts from which to throw snowballs at each other, and cardboard forts at which to shoot each other with bb guns. Now kids can kinda do the same in a video game. Plan out the fort, build the fort, then tear it all down and do it again, even better this time.
I'm pretty impressed with the game, but haven't actually played it myself. Shame. I wish I had more time for play these days.
Some of the best programmers I know have degrees in art and music, with even a few English Lit and Philosophy degrees scattered around. Then again, some of the best programmers I know never went or graduated from college. That's just on the IT/Programming side of things.
Hiring a real writer to handle press releases, web "verbiage" (um, the actual text on the website) would do wonders for quite a few sites (like..
Frankly, outside of an accountant and a lawyer, anyone with a degree that's not from the Business School would be good.
Maybe clojure, then, but most likely just hacked together with perl.
Amusingly, he even foresaw that Gargoyles (glassholes) would be viewed with uneasy contempt by the masses they glasshole on.