Since the world is going to end in December, there will not be a fest in 2013. I’m sorry. I know it’s really really far away from now, but people keep asking me about it and people like to plan their summers in advance. Some other reasons for not doing the fest: 1. I have never wanted to do it…
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Continued attempts to submit Agent Barton’s name to the Atlanta Hawks’ mascot search will result in permanent reassignment as Agent Romanoff’s 6:00 AM sparring partner.
Mr. Stark is warned that attempts to purchase avian mascot costumes as uniform substitutes for Agent Barton (even if he thinks it is a good idea) will result in the same consequence.]
The generation that birthed the Baby Boomers suffered like hell. Depression, World War II; they shouldered that shit. So when the US was growing more successful following WWII, they didn’t want their children to suffer. And their kids loved this. They lived in relative safety, had a clear boogeyman to fear in the USSR and ideology to love in the US of A. They got opportunities, whether to get jobs straight out of high school, or go to college, or travel the world, or whatever. Not everyone got this, of course, since we still did have poor souls shipped out to Vietnam.
But white suburbanites? Shit was pretty damn cash. They got awesome music, got to experiment with drugs, and then got jobs alongside their hardworking, nose-to-the-grindstone parents of the “Greatest Generation”. And as those parents retired and died, we were left with a overwhelming number of coddled, spoiled children running the show. And the problem with that is that they haven’t grown up. They didn’t understand the hardships that drove their parents decisions.
So they made decisions that didn’t aim to avoid those hardships, which has saddled us with debt, terrible regulations of tons of industries, and a number of unwanted and unwinnable wars (Iraq, Afghanistan, Drugs), which has led to Gen Xers and Millenials getting the short end of the stick, and being generally bitter about it. Even a cursory glance at what we call the generations even gives some insight into the Boomers’ thoughts toward their children compared to their parents. “Greatest Generation” vs. “Generation X”. Past vs. future, and the future gets humped.
Now, that’s not to say that every Boomer is like that. Plenty aren’t. It’s also not to say that this is a 100% correct reading of the situation, but it does seem to reflect what history has shown (so far) the Greatest Generation, Boomers, and Gen Xers to do.
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You’re not small. You’re not merely a microscopic mote floating around in space. You exist in a magnitude of size where you can simultaneously appreciate the vastness of the universe and the minuteness of molecules.
An accepted estimate for the number of stars in the observable universe falls on the order of 1022. There are around 1027 atoms in your body. You are 100,000 universes of atoms, shaped by hundreds of millions of years of evolution, who can marvel at your own consciousness. You are awesome.