Personal APIs

How many cups of Coffee did you drink last wednesday ? Did they make you feel more / less productive? Was your sleep any better / worse? On the days you were sleeping better, how was your exercise level? If you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m fan of the Quantified Self movement. I’ve religiously […]

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There’s something magical about the afternoon coffee. Just watching a steaming hot mug ‘o joe gets your brain working overdrive. Your mood instantly elevates. The delicious aroma of the coffee bean primes your tongue for a sip of the dark brown liquid. You take that first sip and briefly feel almost omnipotent. You’re ready to […]

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America is the wealthiest…

America is the wealthiest nation on Earth, but its people are mainly poor, and poor Americans are urged to hate themselves. To quote the American humorist Kin Hubbard, “It ain’t no disgrace to be poor, but it might as well be.” It is in fact a crime for an American to be poor, even though America is a nation of poor. Every other nation has folk traditions of men who were poor but extremely wise and virtuous, and therefore more estimable than anyone with power and gold. No such tales are told by the American poor. They mock themselves and glorify their betters. The meanest eating or drinking establishment, owned by a man who is himself poor, is very likely to have a sign on its wall asking this cruel question: “If you’re so smart, why ain’t you rich?” There will also be an American flag no larger than a child’s hand – glued to a lollipop stick and flying from the cash register.

Americans, like human beings everywhere, believe many things that are obviously untrue, the monograph went on. Their most destructive untruth is that it is very easy for any American to make money. They will not acknowledge how in fact had money is to come by, and, therefore, those who have no money blame and blame and blame themselves. This inward blame has been a treasure for the rich and powerful, who have had to do less for their poor, publicly and privately, than any other ruling class since, say, Napoleonic times.

Many novelties have come from America. The most startling fo these, a thing without precedent, is a mass of undignified poor. They do not love one another because they do not love themselves. Once this is understood, the disagreeable behaviour of American enlisted men in German prisons ceases to be a mystery.

– Kurt Vonnegut

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