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Everything Is Amazing And Nobody Is Happy

“Everything is amazing right now, and nobody’s happy.

Like, in my lifetime, the changes in the world have been incredible. When I was a kid, we had a rotary phone. We had a phone you had to stand next to, and you had to dial it. You don’t realize how primitive – you’re making sparks *pffdtdt* in a phone - and you actually would hate people with zeros in their numbers because it was more, like “ugh, this guy’s got two zeros. Screw that guy.” And then if they called and you weren’t home, the phone would just ring lonely by itself.

And then, if you wanted money, you would had to go in the bank for – when it was open for like three hours – you had to stand in line, you had to write yourself a check like an idiot, and then, when you ran out of money, you just go “well, I can’t do anymore things now”. That wasn’t it, and even if you had a credit card, they – they guy’d go “ugh,” and he’d bring bring out this whole *shunk shunk* and he’d write – and he’d have to call the president to see if you had any money.

Well, yeah, ‘cause now we live in an – in an amazing, amazing world, and it’s wasted on the, on the crappiest generation of just spoiled idiots that don’t care – because this is what people are like now: they got their phone, and they’re like: “…uugh! It won’t…” Give it a second! Give it – it’s going to space! Can you give it a second to get back from space? It’s the speed of light!

I was on a, I was on an airplane, and there was Internet – high-speed Internet on the airplane – that’s the newest thing that I know exists. And I’m sitting on the plane, and they go, “open up your laptop. You can go on the Internet.” It’s fast, and I’m watching YouTube clips – I’m in an airplane. And then it breaks down. And they apologize, “The Internet’s not working.” The guy next to me goes “psssh, this is bullshit.” Like, how quickly the world owes him something he knew existed only ten seconds ago.

Flying is the worst one because people people come back from flights, and they tell you their story. And it’s like a horror story. It’s – they act like their flight was like a cattle car in Germany in the ’40s: that’s how bad they make it sound. They’re like “it was the worst day of my life… first of all, we didn’t board for twenty minutes, and then we get on the plane, and they made us sit there! On the runway! For forty minutes! We had to sit there.

Oh, really? What happened next? Did you fly through the air incredibly, like a bird? Did you you partake in the miracle of human flight, you non-contributing zero? That you got to FLY?? YOU’RE FLYING! It’s amazing! Everybody on every plane should just constantly be going, “OH MY GOD! WOW!” You’re flying! You’re sitting in a chair in the sky. New York to California in five hours. That used to take thirty years to do that. And a bunch of you would die on the way there and have a baby. You be a whole different group of people by the time you got there. Now you watch a movie and you take dump and you’re home.”

—Louis CK “Everything Is Amazing And Nobody Is Happy”

(Source: nedhepburn, via dysonism)

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allthebestthings:

need to turn around and realise that not all students in this country are a waste of space. We are the future of this country, and as far as I am concerned the general population are doing as much as they can to make it as difficult for us as it possibly could be.

I’ve read comments from people saying that their income tax is funding us to sit around all day and go to 3 lectures a week. They think it’s easy for us. I would like to take a minute to tell you that is complete bullshit.

I do more hours work than most fully employed people. I go to my lab for 9’o’clock every morning, without fail. I go in and I do exactly what the research scientists there (getting paid) do, until 5pm. Sometimes I have to be there from 8am, sometimes until 6pm. On top of that, I have lectures, coursework and reading to do. I also work so that I can live here, after a full day at uni on fridays, I then work until 2/3am, the same again the next night. I have friends that work 2 jobs as well as being at university, just to make ends meet. This is all to reduce that student debt that the government want to triple. 

I have friends who have recently graduated with 2:1 degrees, who cannot find a job not even in retail. These people have debt in the region of £30,000.

So, in effect, I am putting myself in years of debt to be put down, looked down upon and treated like shit whilst having no job prospects.

I would like to congratulate the government for the excellent future they have given this country.

I am not complaining about my life being hard, because I can get on with it. I just wish people would give us some fucking credit every once in a while. 

/rant. 

I could not agree with this more.

As a placement year student, I have one month left to find a PR-related job, accumulating to 40 weeks. I desperately need it to be paid, but after spending two-months in an unpaid internship (that put me in more debt) I am still be rejected for lack of “experience”. If I don’t do the placement, I don’t pass the year i.e. I fail my degree making the past two/three years a complete waste of time.

Now there will be people asking how everyone else on my course has managed to get a paid placement and I haven’t? Well, because I spent the entire summer of 2009 and the second year of uni working my arse off (approx. 30 hrs on some weeks) to keep a roof over my head. All that on top of 12+ hrs of physically being on campus, around 15 hours of independent work and endless hours of group work. There are 168 hours in a week – you do the maths. There is little room for placement applications there. Not to mention finding the time to keep myself sane whilst being ill from stress, considering I have never been one to get ill or be stressed.

I have tried to get a second part-time job to fund more unpaid work experience but no-one will hire me because they know I won’t be with them for longer than a year or can’t give them flexibility. You would not believe how frustrating this is when you see how dense my CV is!

The government have already refused to give me any funding because I’m technically still a student, yet Student Finance are giving me less than half my normal loan whether I am on a paid or unpaid placement. And my university will not give me access to bursaries or grants because I am not a proper student… tell me how that works?! Sometimes I feel like all the odds are stacked against us.

So actually you’re income taxes aren’t funding me at all seeing as I am living out of my overdraft. Please also remember that you never had to pay tuition fees or ridiculous prices for poor accommodation and everything else students get ripped off for (but that’s a whole other topic).

As Chris said, I don’t think I have the most difficult life either. In fact, I thoroughly enjoy it. My problems are an experience and just obstacles in a learning curve. Just don’t pretend you know sh*t about what we get up to. Several students I know are present at all lectures, produce incredible work and spend day-in, day-out in the library – is that what you call bumming around? Okay, so they’re out drinking more than one night a week, but we’re young and entitled to live a little. Those who are lazy and never in lectures/seminars are quickly frowned upon by the rest of us and eventually drop out or get kicked out. Unfortunately there is the small minority who succeed because Mum/Dad has the right connection and did their dirty work. Most of us, though, are hard-working and passionate students. We love our degrees and just want a decent career ahead of us. Honestly, we are not that bad at all.

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