Behold! My newest creation! I designed a clarinet mouthpiece that can be 3D printed and inserted into any clarinet without the need for a cork seal! Just slap a reed on it and play ’til your heart’s content. It’s gone through several revisions to get it just right. It’s functional and sounds great, actually. Now I’m on to designing the rest of the clarinet, which will be a feat 10x more difficult however I’m always up for a good challenge!
If you think this is totally awesome and want to pick one up for yourself, I have the mouthpiece available for sale on Shapeways.
All this backlash against Google and other tech companies and their employees invading San Francisco is getting ridiculous. This sense of entitlement that San Francisco locals have in regards to the places they rent needs to stop. When news articles state that “people are being evicted out of their homes” this is a misnomer. You can’t be evicted out of your own home if you OWN IT. What’s happening is that renters are being priced out of their living quarters in favor of higher salary workers. Just because you are a long time renter in one particular place does not make it YOUR home. If the bratty Peter Pan Syndrome suffering locals want to be mad at someone or something and start yelling and protesting, they should stop and think about the situation first and reevaluate their way of thinking. Maybe then they would come to the realization that all things change. It’s simply socio-economic displacement at work. In other words, gentrification. It’s a natural process and happens everywhere all the time and to think that it can’t or won’t happen to you is foolhardy.
Now if there’s one thing San Franciscans like to do it’s protest. They will protest practically anything and anyone. A related protest that happened recently was in regards to tech companies paying the city of San Francisco to use bus stops to pick up their employees. In my opinion, this is a fantastic program. It helps reduce the amount of traffic congestion, pollution, and adds $1.5 million over 18 months to the city’s pocket book. Why would locals want to poo-poo that? Oh, that’s right. Tech people are taking over and we can’t have that! Get off my land!
Another recent incident of backlash was an act of theft and destruction of an individual’s personal property. That piece of personal property? Google Glass. The incident may have spurred from the recent events of gentrification backlash. The victim did his best to try and understand why it happened and justify its occurrence but it doesn’t change the fact that in reality this was a criminal act of theft and vandalism. Gentrification is not justification to act like snot-nosed bratty children that don’t get their way and it’s certainly not justification for criminal acts.
Gentrification is not a bad thing. Yes, the people who have to move are angry and upset (and yes it sucks), but maybe if they took a moment to reflect on the recent changes they’d realize tech companies aren’t the enemy. The enemy is their own false sense of entitlement to live in San Francisco. The enemy is thinking that the status quo is static and will never change. If you rent you should realize that you may have to move at any time and you are not entitled to staying simply because you’ve stayed in that same place for a few years. You do not have the “right” to rent a place for as long as you want at the price you want. Hey, San Franciscans, grow up and stop acting like whiny children. You just might learn some valuable life lessons in the process.
San Francisco used to be a place that promoted change and now that change has come home to roost it’s suddenly a completely different story. I, for one, applaud this change. I believe it will help improve the city’s image from that of a place of a consequence-free environment where you can act as childish and immature as you want to a place of innovation, maturity and respect. If the locals can’t accept this than maybe it’s time for them to move to the kid’s table where they belong.
Whenever I’m off driving from point A to B, most times instead of listening to music I’ll listen to some podcasts. This past year my auditory canals have been tickled by one podcast in particular called The Scathing Atheist hosted by Noah Lugeons. Every episode he starts off with a diatribe, which is a quick two minute rant about situations, events, and religion and their shenanigans. The audio linked to this post is a compilation of all my top favorite diatribes from the past year. The host has an eloquent way of conveying sound and valid arguments that are direct and to the point. Hope you enjoy the montage!
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I came to a realization today after watching “The Internship” of all things. I’ve been so preoccupied with trying to succeed at things right off the bat on the very first try that I forget to learn valuable lessons when I fail. I realized that failure is inherent with success. Success drags failure along with it. The only way to be happy with it is to learn to accept the failures and move on.
It’s no wonder that religion is becoming less important to people in this day of age. Agnostic and atheist leaning people tend to be more prevalent among the college educated and young generations. As more and more free online educational content becomes available via the interwebs, I’m sure it will help enforce the current trends. Below are some links to a few articles that have really done their homework on this matter. Check it out…
This is from Gallup Politics with a great list of metrics
The Pew Forum
The Washington Post on the rise of atheism
A 25 page PDF file with some interesting data