El Che

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Jul 262011
Che Guevara in 1950, photo by Alberto Korda

NYU, my alma mater, had more than her fair share of sham-intellectual douchenozzles whose wildly naïve political views rivaled only their incredibly poor hygiene in offending common decency. These guys walked around with Che Guevara t-shirts — there is a special, sad irony in the pop culture commercialization of an anti-capitalist murderer — and spouted nonsense about anarchy and communism. My buddy Eric poked a bit of fun at the archetype in his 2008 film Lowenstein’s a Terrorist, in which the writer/director himself cameos wearing a Che shirt. (Side note: one scene was filmed in my old apartment on John Street.)

My point is that today’s Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal fills me with the warm and fuzzy nectar of nostalgia.

Summers of No Love

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Jul 212011
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Without question, the Winklevoss twins, of The Social Network fame, are assholes: two silver spoons, two senses of entitlement, two grown men whingeing over a nine-figure settlement. So with that in mind, it is not surprising to read the Brainstorm Tech interview of Larry Summers, former Harvard president and renowned arrogant bastard. From Fortune, 20 July 2011:

One of the things you learn as a college president is that if an undergraduate is wearing a tie and jacket on Thursday afternoon at three o’clock, there are two possibilities. One is that they’re looking for a job and have an interview; the other is that they are an a**hole. This was the latter case.


By the way, am I alone in seeing Mark Zuckerberg as the Shia LaBeouf of tech CEOs? Incomprehensible success meets tremendous lack of likability.

[Update 22-July-2011] Gawker shares the interview video. Cameron and Tyler respond. #WhiteWhine

Baby Boomers Behaving Badly

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Jul 172011
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From The Clash of Generations by Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times, 16 July 2011:

Indeed, if there is one sentiment that unites the crises in Europe and America it is a powerful sense of “baby boomers behaving badly” — a powerful sense that the generation that came of age in the last 50 years, my generation, will be remembered most for the incredible bounty and freedom it received from its parents and the incredible debt burden and constraints it left on its kids.

Could hardly say it better myself, Mr Friedman.