The biggest status play at that dinner table, and at hundreds like it, was to work at the biggest company that maintained startup cred, the biggest place you could feel as though you were working on an imaginable whole rather than a tiny part.
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rauenzahner:

Elspeth Beard is a hero of mine. She is one of the few women to have rode across the globe on a motorcycle, and she did so by herself, fighting accident and illness along the way.Plus, she rides a Bimmer.I would totally love to meet this woman. She’s done things I’ve only dreamed of.

The article about her… omg. Built her own panniers and brought a rivet gun along to keep ‘em together. Got her R60 going again after running it into a tree. Her passport (and visas) were stolen, but she sent off for them again. Nothing stopped her - and for much of the trip, it was just her.
Also, she mentions the bizarre custom of three-wide passing on a two-lane road - which is fucking bonkers when you first see it (and even more insane on a bike, I’d imagine).
She’s also a highly-commended architect. If there’s a Most Interesting Woman in the World, it’s her.

rauenzahner:

Elspeth Beard is a hero of mine. She is one of the few women to have rode across the globe on a motorcycle, and she did so by herself, fighting accident and illness along the way.

Plus, she rides a Bimmer.

I would totally love to meet this woman. She’s done things I’ve only dreamed of.

The article about her… omg. Built her own panniers and brought a rivet gun along to keep ‘em together. Got her R60 going again after running it into a tree. Her passport (and visas) were stolen, but she sent off for them again. Nothing stopped her - and for much of the trip, it was just her.

Also, she mentions the bizarre custom of three-wide passing on a two-lane road - which is fucking bonkers when you first see it (and even more insane on a bike, I’d imagine).

She’s also a highly-commended architect. If there’s a Most Interesting Woman in the World, it’s her.

All these kids, who didn’t yet know what it was like to have a company of their own, or wind down a company of their own, or work for a giant company and ride the bus, seemed certain of one thing: that the longing for total revolution that had for so long been the hallmark of youth was, at last, about to be fulfilled. The only thing they could count on was that they were going to be the generation that partook of the process by which all would be rendered irrevocably different. It didn’t seem to matter what the difference was, or whom it helped or hurt. It just mattered that things in the future would be unlike anything we’d seen before. And that, in the process, they were sure, many of them would get very rich.
My friend is sensitive and intelligent and, in almost every particular, unlike the stereotypical sexist, T & A-obsessed meathead. For years, I assumed that it was just his good fortune that the women he felt an emotional connection with all happened to be so damn hot. Over time, however, I came to realize that my friend, nice as he is, prizes extreme beauty above all the other desiderata that one might seek in a partner.

What burns you out is the constant strain of being responsible for a lot of other people’s stuff.

The good news is, as you get older, you gain perspective. Perspective helps alleviate burnout.

The bad news is, you gain perspective by having incredibly shitty things happen to you and the people you love. Nature has made it so that perspective is only delivered in bulk quantities. A railcar of perspective arrives and dumps itself on your lawn when all you needed was a microgram. This is a grossly inefficient aspect of the human condition, but I’m sure bright minds in Silicon Valley are working on a fix.

Pinboard turns five, by Maciej Cegłowski.

Fast Mango Peeler - the second most magical thing you’ll see today.

Fast Potato Peeler, the most magical thing you’ll see today.

Bruce Davidson - photos of NYC subway in 1980.

Bruce Davidson - photos of NYC subway in 1980.