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2013-05-10 10:07:56 AM
Friend of mine & I were just talking about how the routine is really, REALLY getting old.
 
2013-05-10 10:32:01 AM
Damn, I knew I should have submitted this the other day when I saw it. Might have gotten a greenlight.

Powerful speech, though. Love it.
 
2013-05-10 10:43:31 AM
That is a great speech.

That is a silly, distracting, poorly directed movie.
 
2013-05-10 11:11:38 AM
Besides the cliche form of editing and after effects for short films about awareness for this and that, it was a good message.
 
2013-05-10 11:16:50 AM
What a gigantic steaming load of crap.  Is this what people with liberal arts degrees do to convince themselves that they're important?

Let me try an engineering-degree summary:
-Remember to go grocery shopping before you run out of food
-There are other people in the world you will encounter and some of them have difficult lives
-Pretending that other people are more miserable than you will make you happier

Did I miss anything?
 
2013-05-10 11:46:08 AM

syrynxx: Did I miss anything?


Think about little problems, realize they matter, and act in a way that ensures they don't become big problems.

/i suck at this
 
2013-05-10 11:57:24 AM

syrynxx: What a gigantic steaming load of crap.  Is this what people with liberal arts degrees do to convince themselves that they're important?

Let me try an engineering-degree summary:
-Remember to go grocery shopping before you run out of food
-There are other people in the world you will encounter and some of them have difficult lives
-Pretending that other people are more miserable than you will make you happier

Did I miss anything?


Your life is probably gonna suck, learn how to cope with that early.
 
2013-05-10 12:19:59 PM

EvilEgg: syrynxx: What a gigantic steaming load of crap.  Is this what people with liberal arts degrees do to convince themselves that they're important?

Let me try an engineering-degree summary:
-Remember to go grocery shopping before you run out of food
-There are other people in the world you will encounter and some of them have difficult lives
-Pretending that other people are more miserable than you will make you happier

Did I miss anything?

Your life is probably gonna suck, learn how to cope with that early.


I'd paraphrase it as, Don't sweat the small stuff.
 
2013-05-10 12:22:15 PM
I believe Monte Python sung it better, and much more succinctly ...

"alwaaays look on the briiight side of life!"
 
2013-05-10 12:28:25 PM
He is so gonna hit that ass!
 
2013-05-10 01:44:01 PM

syrynxx: What a gigantic steaming load of crap.  Is this what people with liberal arts degrees do to convince themselves that they're important?

Let me try an engineering-degree summary:
-Remember to go grocery shopping before you run out of food
-There are other people in the world you will encounter and some of them have difficult lives
-Pretending that other people are more miserable than you will make you happier

Did I miss anything?


Yes.  

Have a nice day!  :)
 
2013-05-10 02:33:24 PM
Very sad.  If I saw that after graduation I would have ended it right there.
 
2013-05-10 04:37:46 PM
Is it wrong that the message didn't get through to me and all I wanted to know is - are there revealing pictures of the brown haired girl on the internet somewhere?
 
2013-05-10 05:33:29 PM
what i learned from the video:  young, pretty white people CAN actually learn to put up with all the overweight people, old people, and those ethnic kinds of people who just clutter up the earth.

/speech wasn't too bad
 
2013-05-10 08:08:05 PM
i don't have to think i'm the center of the world to be irritated at inefficient situations. there are plenty of actions an individual co-equal unit can take to swim outside the herd and avoid traffic. the group can self-organize to improve the situation too.

anything sounds wisdomy with smarmy background music like that.
 
2013-05-10 09:22:15 PM
Hmmm. I do not have this problem.
I just dont have the life this guy drones on about, and its a shame that he saw life this way.
That was sad that a graduating class had to endure that life sucking drivel.
 
2013-05-10 11:56:15 PM

August11: That is a great speech.

That is a silly, distracting, poorly directed movie.


This. I watched it while wanting to chew my arm off.

THIS is a proper graduation speech: Wear sunscreen.
 
2013-05-11 12:18:15 AM

syrynxx: What a gigantic steaming load of crap.  Is this what people with liberal arts degrees do to convince themselves that they're important?

Let me try an engineering-degree summary:
-Remember to go grocery shopping before you run out of food
-There are other people in the world you will encounter and some of them have difficult lives
-Pretending that other people are more miserable than you will make you happier

Did I miss anything?


Your profile says you're a Zen Buddhist. Would you not take a lesson in mindfulness from this video?
 
2013-05-11 12:28:47 AM
I liked the speech, but the problem with the grocery shopping seemed like it was making it much harder than the way I would have done it. Seriously, I would not do my weekly shopping after work on a weekday. I would pick something up for dinner that night and wait for the weekend to go shopping. Then I would get in the habit of checking my fridge and cupboards every Sunday to make sure I was set for the week and if I wasn't, take care of it then. Seems like doing it that way would eliminate the hassle of traffic and the crowds at the store, or at least make them more tolerable because I wasn't doing them after a long work day when I was tired.
 
2013-05-11 12:55:29 AM

mrbach: Hmmm. I do not have this problem.
I just dont have the life this guy drones on about, and its a shame that he saw life this way.
That was sad that a graduating class had to endure that life sucking drivel.


Education is not about knowledge -- it is about awareness. Each one of us is capable of consciously deciding what has meaning and what doesn't. That is true freedom. The alternative is unconsciousness. Thus, education is a form of freedom. What's truly sad is how you missed the incredibly deep (and uplifting) message behind this "life sucking drivel".
 
2013-05-11 01:35:27 AM
Is it dusty in here, or is just me?

I'm constantly offering my son alternate/possible realities to consider when faced with a variety of situations.

So, he'll probably grow up hating that stuff and hopefully become a hedge fund manager or someshiat like that. Meh

/I want a boat
 
2013-05-11 02:38:49 AM

syrynxx: What a gigantic steaming load of crap.  Is this what people with liberal arts degrees do to convince themselves that they're important?

Let me try an engineering-degree summary:
-Remember to go grocery shopping before you run out of food
-There are other people in the world you will encounter and some of them have difficult lives
-Pretending that other people are more miserable than you will make you happier

Did I miss anything?


You missed the point. Good leadership is understanding the perspectives of peers, acquaintances, or employees so you know where they're coming from, what their motivations are, assist them through hardships, and contribute to a pleasant social atmosphere. There's a place for keeping your nose to the page and getting shiat done, but when things get turbulent while dealing with human beings there's no Reynold's number to pull from a Moody-diagram to solve your problem. An engineering degree is a good education I will attest, but don't be so arrogant as to discount the merits of wisdom.
 
2013-05-11 12:06:01 PM
At the end of this video all that was going through my head was I'LL SEE YOU IN HELL PACHELBEL
 
2013-05-11 12:16:03 PM

sat1va: Good leadership is understanding the perspectives of peers, acquaintances, or employees so you know where they're coming from, what their motivations are, assist them through hardships, and contribute to a pleasant social atmosphere.


Do you think corporate execs operate this way?

Tell me more about your planet.
 
2013-05-11 07:18:21 PM

lohphat: sat1va: Good leadership is understanding the perspectives of peers, acquaintances, or employees so you know where they're coming from, what their motivations are, assist them through hardships, and contribute to a pleasant social atmosphere.

Do you think corporate execs operate this way?

Tell me more about your planet.


I never made the argument that Corporate Executives are good leaders. Are you making that suggestion? They are the epitome of not considering anything other than money. They do tend to make good sociopaths and have 4 to 1 higher rates of sociopathy than the general population. Go ahead and try to run small business or even a business unit of a larger corporation like that and tell me how your morale and turn-over rate is.
 
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