Kardashev defined a type-III civlilzation as one that used energy on the scale of galactic energy production, but gave no reasoning as to what a civilization would do that requires this much energy.
yeah. i have a hard time imagining myself bored with notch's wealth as well. I think the difference between us (well myself) and notch is we have aspirations and interests in the world beyond work. I work to enable the life i want to live, but i have a hard time really enveloping myself in my work. There's all this stuff i want to do, and most of it involves going out in the world and hanging out with people and doing things. I work enough to afford living in the bay area and not being a bum, but i know if i had that wealth, it would take me a LONG time before i found myself feeling unfulfilled.
I get the impression that Notch liked sitting in his basement and making minecraft. That's not a condemnation. It worked out well for him financially. Right now, i think he feels pressure from society to go out and party and travel, and he honestly never wanted it.
Myself, i'm looking at cutting out of work early today to go surfing. I will reap no financial rewards from it, but i'll feel fulfilled by it.
Anything cut to length will be too short.