April is National Letter Writing Month!
Yes, I came across this while looking for when the letter-writing month was. There’s another one I just came across that’s in February, so I was going to say it’s too bad it passed, but apparently another is in April. And besides, do I really need a special month to write to the people I care about?
Each letter still brings with it that gift, a physical connection that can’t be replicated through phones or tablets.
I’ve been curious if the trend toward more digitalization has been driven, in part, by a latent pervasive belief that the mind is
good while the body is
evil. I think that’s an old, old dichotomy that I see everywhere when I’m in that frame of mind. I’ve been trying to live more physically as a result, but of course, it’s weirdly hard to do.
For Mardi Gras, a parade celebrates Mexican immigrants in New Orleans
I just went down to New Orleans yesterday to catch four of the older krewes: Okeanos, Mid-City, Thoth, and then a few hours later, Bacchus. I wish I’d known about this parade, which seems smaller and more in-line with what I’m interested in, which is seeing people proud in who they are parading their lives to share with the crowd. The big parades turn into big throwing parties, and there’s little chance to interact with the paraders other than asking,
Throw me something, Mister! and getting some cheap plastic (though sometimes we get glass, which is nice) beads or trinkets. I’d much rather catch a smaller parade that’s more people-oriented, like the parade I’m a part of, Mid-City Gras in Baton Rouge. I’ll have to check the Krewe de Mayahuel next Carnival!
The new 30-something
This article caught my eye because I still receive financial help from my parents, for my cell phone, and until recently, for gas. It would be more, probably, except I don’t own the car I drive, which will probably change soon, since it’s about to die.
As one economic analysis concluded recently:For Americans under the age of 40, the 21st century has resembled one long recession.
I know that for me, I’m currently in the highest-paying job I’ve ever had and I make right at $30K pre-taxes. That’s entry-level, really, and I have two advanced degrees. Add to that that most millenials are paying down house-payment levels of debt for college, and it sure has felt like the recession never ended.
He lives with his partner in Bergen County, N.J., where his home cost a fraction of what a comparable property would have in New York City, but came with a commute of over two hours to his office in Manhattan.
I see this a lot too in my reading: we’re forced to trade our time for affordability in housing because cities don’t make affordable housing (and I mean just affordable, not Section 8 or low-income, but actually affordable for someone who doesn’t make six figures) for some reason.
Those who do receive parental assistance often do not fit neatly into the stereotype of lazy, entitled millennial.
I’d say because no millenail does. I’m tired of this stereotype because (as is often true of stereotypes) it’s 100% not true.
In our market a buyer is expected to have 20 percent down to compete — that is between $80,000 and $100,000 to become a homeowner,[Mary Wallace, a real estate agent in Boston] said.
That’s why buying a house is out of my league, as well — even in the cheaper market, we simply don’t have the savings for a decent down payment.
I think millennials need to get past this narrative they’ve made it on their own andMr. Isaacs [the founder of parenting website, Fatherly] said.I pulled myself up by my boot straps,It hides all the kinds of ways they have been privileged by their race or parental help.
I feel like this reckoning with privilege, and seeing where we’ve all been given extras by our parents or by society or by jobs or whatever, is our generation’s Big Job.
Nathan Pyle, Strange Planet
This is a comics page on Instagram. I love all of them; they’re fun little drawings of aliens doing regular things but describing them in non-regular ways. It’s cute.
My son broke his computer, he’s allowed to use yours!
This story was wild. It features breaking and entering, computers, dial-up, and crazy mothers. I pictured it happening in my friend’s house, I’m not sure why.
As an aside, I’m trying to figure out if I’m going to post things like this to my daily reading log. On the one hand, I read it; on the other, it’s just fluff. Does it matter that I read it?
It’s time to rethink Mardi Gras — without tons of plastic beads
Mardi Gras season (also known as Carnival) is almost over, so I’ve been thinking about it a lot recently. It’s a weird tradition: a lot of fun and community, but also problematic on a few levels. One of them is the amount of trash that’s thrown from floats that the people watching sometimes fight over.
Groh knew that the tons of shiny plastic beads flying overhead — which were ultimately made from oil — would end up piled on the streets, clogging the gutters, and eventually lining a landfill.
This is my main issue with Mardi Gras: we go and scream at strangers (who are, if not actually very rich, playing the part of being very rich) to throw us some cheap crap made overseas and shipped here, and most of it’s dropped and trampled into mud and what isn’t goes home to our houses and sits in the attic for most of the year mouldering and eventually gets thrown away anyway.
For onlookers, catching a throw went from something rare to something expected.
I noticed this yesterday, as I was in New Orleans for a few parades: the people next to us expressed their frustration that the cops, hired for security, weren’t throwing beads at the onlookers or smiling — while they were doing their jobs.
Fitzwilliam, the founder of Atlas Beads, is part of a krewe that’s incorporating trash pickup into the very act of parading. TheTrashformers,as they call themselves, kitted out bikes with welded-on shopping carts, painted electric green, to collect trash along their route. Parading in costume, they dance and high-five onlookers as they pick up trash.
We’re flipping the script,Fitzwilliam says.Waste reduction may not seem cool, but guess what — if you’re not picking up the trash off the ground, you’re not having as much fun as we are.
This is such a great New Orleans way of dealing with the problem: turn it into a party! I’m going to be on the lookout for these guys in the future.
Now, it’s about volume,says Gary Zoller, the founder of Throw Me Something Green, a company importing non-plastic Mardi Gras beads.Krewes want sparkly, crazy stuff in the sky for the whole route. But the goal we have is to change people’s perceptions of what is a successful Mardi Gras: Not just that you end up with the most stuff, but stuff you’d actually want to keep.
I absolutely agree with this: sometimes, the easiest way to fix a problem is to convince people to act in a way so that there stops being a problem. Expectation management is a good way to fix things.
Sourcehut’s spartan approach to web design
Since I use sourcehut to host this website’s source, I read this article by the developer. I really like sourcehut’s design: at first, I thought it was too spartan, but I’ve come to appreciate its no-nonsense approach to git flows. I need to donate to the project soon. My next payday, maybe!