Mistaking Climate Change for a Fairy Tale… Sigh

Photo Credit: Christopher Michel
Photo Credit: Christopher Michel

Over the weekend, I helped a friend of a friend for a freelance project. For all intents and purposes, he was a really nice guy albeit a bit overly chatty.

As he yapped my ear off, our conversation veered into a really interesting direction.

Client: So where are you from?

Andre: New Jersey.

Client: Oh man, I feel sorry for you guys. How you holding up with the snow there?

Andre: It’s actually not so bad right n-

Client: You see, this is what I don’t understand. I hear all this talk about global warming, but I think it’s nonsense. How could we get so much snow if global warming is real? Those guys are bulls**t.

Andre:

I wasn’t about to get into this topic because I would school this guy. However, he’s not alone in his thinking. For some reason, there are a number of Americans that debate this as well.

I’m living in Crazy Town.

I can’t blame them though – not totally anyway – because some of our own leaders deny climate change like a bastard child.

No offense to all the bastard children out there.

I LITERALLY heard a politician once say, “I disagree with scientists.” Think about that for a second; the guy who sits in an office all day discussing man-made politics disagrees with people who research things like climate change for a living.

LOL.

That’s no different than Bible thumpers who still think evolution is some theory bred from the bowels of Satan himself. But instead of god being the motivating factor, money is running the show here. Oil companies lobby to keep this machine moving and their friends in high places shovel BS down the public’s throat as a result.

Symbiosis FTW, amirite?

Later that night, I watched an episode of Vice (if you aren’t watching, you totally should) that focused on rising ocean waters and, good Jeebus, is this more of a dire situation than I first thought. Call it willful ignorance on my part, but I had no clue Antarctica was melting at such a rapid rate. I had no clue very flat countries like Bangladesh are already feeling the effects with receding coasts. I had no clue we are facing an inevitable crisis.

Inevitable.

I know, I’m quite the little ray of sunshine today, right?

It seems humanity is in quite the pickle, one that we’re not prepared to eat. But maybe this is something on which we should focus because our future generations will have to carry this weight. I mean, at least I don’t have kids nor do I plan on having them.

But what about all the parents out there? Are they actually cool with this? I really, really hope not because this is the future we’re facing. One day we’ll be gone and someone else will have to bear the weight. If we’re on a runaway train, let’s at least plan on how to brace for its eventual crash.

Or, you know, we can just keep pretending this isn’t a thing.

Daily Opinion: Houston, We Just Landed on a Comet

Comet 67P/C-G, as seen by the European Southern Observatory
Comet 67P/C-G, as seen by the European Southern Observatory

Today, the Philae lander touched down on the surface of a comet.

No, seriously. This just happened.

This has been a plan in the making for 10 years, 2.5 of which was spent in hibernation as the spacecraft Rosetta patiently waited to drift back to the sun and meet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, a comet 317 million miles from Earth. Rosetta got close enough to deploy the Philae lander into the comet’s gravitational pull.

This is awesome. If we had as many stories about achievements like this for each one about violence and politics, the world wouldn’t seem like such a bad place.

Here’s to you, humanity. You made me a believer again.

Peace out, party people.

Previously: Obama Is Keeping the Warez Free! Er, I Mean, He’s for Net Neutrality… Huzzah!

My Journey Toward Financial Freedom: NY or Bust

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My girlfriend and I went to Central Park over the weekend and had an awesome time. After we got back home, bellies full from vegetable tikki masala and authentic New York pizza, we wondered what it would cost to live in New York for a while. Not permanently, mind you. Remember, I want to see the world. This would just be a cool start to a journey.

Here’s the thing: New York is expensive. Rent can get as high as nearly three times the national average. That’ll put a damper on a freelance writer/blogger’s wallet pretty quickly. But some people are doing it. Can I do it?

Well… I can, but I need to up my game when it comes to income.

With my previous income, I could easily afford a $3000 apartment. Now? I want to go for something more around $1200-1600. But I can’t do this haphazardly. I need to make sure I have a budget in place – one that still leaves wiggle room for disposable income. One tactic that I was using a few months ago, but have moved away from more recently is tracking how much money I need to make per day in order to hit my financial goals. This is a practice that worked for me exceedingly well when I first began freelancing. Otherwise, I’m fairly horrendous when it comes to budgeting.

The next thing I need to do is have a list of my monthly necessities/bills (Some of these are over-estimated):

  1. Rent ($1600)
  2. School Loans ($1000… sigh)
  3. Internet ($80)
  4. Cell Phone ($50)
  5. Metrocard ($112 30-day unlimited)
  6. Groceries ($200)
  7. Laundry ($50)
  8. Utilities ($100)

So this brings me to a total of $3192. I also want to save $500 a month and have $500 a month for random expenses (not just for going out but also pursuing other business ideas. That brings my final total to $4692. Let’s just round that up to $4200.

This means I have to earn about $157 a day (including weekends). That number doesn’t seem nearly as bad as I thought it would be. I’m going to do more research and return with a tighter estimate, but this seems doable until I feel like moving somewhere else.

Going forward, these posts will be super-focused on getting to that number (we’ll just say $160). Earning that per day as a freelancer will be a challenge for me at first, but I’ll be showing my progress and will be pushing to make this happen as soon as I can.

Stay tuned for more.

Peace out, party people.

Previously: Redefining Wealth

Peek’s Picks: The Internet Wishlist Is a Wall of Inspiration

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The Great Aric Peek does it again. Last week he sent me a link to The Internet Wishlist (theinternetwishlist.com). It sounds like such a basic concept, but it’s a bit genius as well. It’s simply a wall where people post ideas for apps and websites. Imagine that, a site where potential entrepreneurs and developers can simply pluck ideas from a source to which people are voluntarily submitting. It’s pretty awesome.

If you want to add an idea to the wishlist, spit it out on Twitter and use #theiwl. But be (hopefully) innovative because they’re selective.

You know, I’ve been slacking on my 100 Days/100 Ideas posts. Mostly because it’s tougher than I thought to constantly come up with (hopefully) innovative (more or less) new ideas. I’ll be using these as backup. All credit is due to the posters as well. I just want to share awesome ideas.

Created By: http://magentalabs.org
Website: http://theinternetwishlist.com
Twitter: @theiwl
Email: theiwl@magentalabs.org

Previously: Purpose Looks to Change the World Socially and Economically

Peek’s Picks: Purpose Looks to Change the World Socially and Economically

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Despite canceling a call with him due to a burned out power supply on my PC, Aric still managed to send me something that made me excited to be alive. This week’s pick is Purpose.

This blog is littered with posts and podcasts about social rights, democracy, and anti-capitalism. Truthfully, the lack of motivation to fix these archaic world problems amongst people I know made me jaded for a while. I felt like I was alone in my thinking. Then Aric shows me purpose.com. Purpose focuses on creating alternate social and economic models that are driven by the masses rather than a few with power. Two things they preach are creativity and collaboration.

Be still, my beating heart.

Here are a few of their achievements:

– Avaaz.org: Purpose co-founded this organization to create a worldwide grassroots progressive movement. Today, Avaaz is the largest campaigning organization in the world with over 30 million members.

– All Out: Purpose incubates thisorganization that eventually becomes the world’s biggest grassroots LGBT rights group in the world.

– Peers: Purpose tackles consumer activism by launching an organization that promotes sharing economies.

This is awesome and gives me ample hope for humanity. My goal is to become part of this organization in any way possible. Give it a look and maybe you’ll feel the same. Let’s change the world!

Website: http://www.purpose.com
Twitter: @purpose

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