historic-upstart

But the 8-hour workday is too profitable for big business, not because of the amount of work people get done in eight hours (the average office worker gets less than three hours of actual work done in 8 hours) but because it makes for such a purchase-happy public. Keeping free time scarce means people pay a lot more for convenience, gratification, and any other relief they can buy. It keeps them watching television, and its commercials. It keeps them unambitious outside of work.

We’ve been led into a culture that has been engineered to leave us tired, hungry for indulgence, willing to pay a lot for convenience and entertainment, and most importantly, vaguely dissatisfied with our lives so that we continue wanting things we don’t have. We buy so much because it always seems like something is still missing.

We will be in Copenhagen for 4 days in October and one of the only items on our to do list is to eat at NOMA while we are there. October reservations begin Monday so we are already strategizing. Get up at 2 am, I’m online, Chris on the phone.

All for a restaurant reservation.

We are ridiculous.

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librarianpirate:

Sooo… Stephen Colbert said that California was set in California and Eden Lepuki didn’t correct him? But I don’t think it is. They drove away from LA and it sounded like they were headed toward the Southern Midwest? But what do I know.
I kept waiting for the book to make it explicit but they never did? Unless I missed it.
Anyway - I think the book was named after the California ideals? But not after where they were located.

Where do you think they are?

I was wondering this same thing. At the 3/4 mark I started to think the title may refer to Cal’s nickname (which he hates) given to him by Micah, or it may refer to the source of the story/Group.However, there is a point where we are told they are south of the Pacific Northwest AND I get the impression Cal and Frida only had enough fuel for 1-2 tanks of gas. Also, the few people on the Land that do tell us where they are from are California folks (I remember a Merced reference) or were from Plank/LA. (Sailor mentions North Carolina, but came right from school.)

reblogbookclub:

librarianpirate:

Sooo… Stephen Colbert said that California was set in California and Eden Lepuki didn’t correct him? But I don’t think it is. They drove away from LA and it sounded like they were headed toward the Southern Midwest? But what do I know.

I kept waiting for the book to make it explicit but they never did? Unless I missed it.

Anyway - I think the book was named after the California ideals? But not after where they were located.

Where do you think they are?

I was wondering this same thing. At the 3/4 mark I started to think the title may refer to Cal’s nickname (which he hates) given to him by Micah, or it may refer to the source of the story/Group.

However, there is a point where we are told they are south of the Pacific Northwest AND I get the impression Cal and Frida only had enough fuel for 1-2 tanks of gas. Also, the few people on the Land that do tell us where they are from are California folks (I remember a Merced reference) or were from Plank/LA. (Sailor mentions North Carolina, but came right from school.)