Second Gilded Age compliments of Tech Money

We currently must be going through the Second Gilded Age.

The reason I say this is because the wealth distribution today is mind boggling.

With all the wealth in Silicon Valley…it’s like these people have no concept of reality.

SV elite are  lucky to make it big.  But, the fact is they will always have gobs of money regardless of some catastrophe.  Their children will carry on the lifestyle. The money will always be there. It will never go away unless they are stupid with money.

All they really care about is keeping their money safe. They show us their privileged lifestyle on social media and pretend they are blessed beyond belief…but I know that most of them are hoping that UBER goes public, or that the economy doesn’t suffer a huge correction.

None of them seem to work really hard. Mark Zuckerberg recently took off three months for paternity leave because of his company policy.  Most of society doesn’t have that same choice.  He also felt obliged to pen a heartfelt letter to his newborn child…extolling his admiration and dreams for her. Oh…and also shared it with the world.

Another thing Silicon Valley elitists spend a lot of time are on private jets. THey always seem to be traveling to Hawaii. They show us the wine they are drinking. They are the first in line for gadgets, or Tesla’s. They do podcasts, or when they quit a job put out a press release.  They need time off when some tragedy occurs.  They talk up products which sometimes fail…think of Juicero.  They certainly skew democrat even thought they represent the .5% of society.  They aren’t spending lots of time in the urban cities talking about democratic social issues. Most of the time they are jetsetting, buying real estate or sleeping.

With  the recent tragedies  in the world, I haven’t heard many of them stepping up and having a voice.   But, just like the first Gilded Age, things will change one day.







Pretend Hipster for a Day

I am not aman-597179_640 hipster, and I am certainly not a man.

The only way I could feel like a true hipster was to go out of my comfort zone and do some manly things..

It requires me to think like a man.

I call it  “My hipster man plan.” 

  1. First,  I glanced through some online hipster sites, like the tourism page of Portland, Oregon.   Very informative.
  2. I noticed a lot of hipsters are creative types, so I took a couple of pics outside of nature.  Instagrammed them immediately with hashtags #freetobemelife  #joshuatree  #reclaimedwood  #rivers #hipsterlife
  3. Hipsters love their coffee, so I went to my local artisan coffee shop and ordered some Americanos with some shots of expresso.  Super hyped.
  4. I ordered a smoothie of hummus, kale, and avocado.  Added a banana for sweetness..
  5. Went to REI store and pretended to look at the camping equipment.
  6. Watched a compost heap do its thing… 
  7. Changed my root beer, to a craft beer. 
  8. Picked up some local eggs by the side of the road.
  9. Took a nap in a canoe.
  10. Looked at the clouds, jotted a poem in my leather wrapped journal.
  11. Read a book on Growing Beards the Hipster way...
  12. Made sure I had a lot of bearded friends hanging out with me sporadically during the day… most had the new Apple watch.

I think this was hipster?

Full moon is to blame…

Yes, the full moon must be responsible for my Zappos shipment to arrive so late…..and for missing a few items.

This is the second time this week I have had shipping problems.  First,  from Amazon; second from Zappos.  But I think Zappos is owned by Amazon, so really, they are one in the same.

I guess consistency is their motto:  Ship as many mistakes as you can in a week.

Get it together warehouse! Are your employees secretly rebelling over poor work conditions?  Are the Amazon drones behind this chaos?

I don’t know!!!

Obviously, Zappos already knew they were guilty of a bad shipping experience, when I received a concerned voicemail from Susie.

Susie called my cell to “find out if I received everything in my last order and see if it was delivered?”

.. I don’t think Zappos was calling to say Hi!  How’s it going?  Do you like your new espadrilles?

I guess the good thing about this whole shipping mishap, was that I witnessed how the hipster generation was handling customer service these days..

It went like this:

ME:   Hi …I am missing things from my order….and you called to check if I received everything??

ZAPPOS: Howdy! Hey this is Tom!  I am super excited to be helping you!  I love pizza, puppies, sleeping in, watching TV, playing soccer, and reading Star Wars books….but not in that order.  What is your order number and I’ll look it up?

ME:  Uh…ok…you seem to like a lot of things….           I gave him my order number

ZAPPOS:  Yikes!  It looks like someone else received your order…We will take care of everything right away!  And we will give you a credit for your next order…

ME: Great!   ended my call.

So, even though there was some personal awkwardness at the beginning of the chat…ie: (reading about Tom’s favorite things) my issue was resolved.

I know Zappos was trying to add a human element behind their customer service.  I am sure Tom’s love of puppies was embarrassing to him, as well.

Sorry Tom….I didn’t want to attach human feelings to you.  I wanted to be angry at you, and yell about how that dress you forgot to send was supposed to be worn on Saturday.  I don’t think I will be calling you later to see how you really feel about those puppies or pizza.

You kind of creeped me out, but I’ll take my free coupon.

Silicon Valley in the Know

Ok. I watched Silicon Valley on HBO the other day, and I am getting the sneaky feeling that this show is more for Silicon Valley billionaires and those types who want to be on this show as either a character or real life person.   It’s a  very ego driven thing.

They probably had one of two conversations with the creators of the show like, “I am going to  pay HBO a lot of money,  only if you base a character on my rich self” ….

Whew!  There, I said it.  Whether or not that is true is up for discussion.  But, after watching this show, it is obvious that there is a hidden agenda, or similarities of certain Silicon Valley players being portrayed on this show.

Yes, those in Silicon Valley are more “in the know” than the rest of the world watching this show.

For example,

  1. Hooli is obviously Google.  So, anyone who works at Google is probably snickering, or secretly laughing at the parallel characters on the show.
  2. The main character of the person who runs Hooli,  is loosely based on similar characteristics of the Billionaire Superman, Mr. Brin….?  Is he really like that in person?
  3. Does Brin really wear beaded bracelets, and travel with a personal Yogi / or spiritual guide with him at all times?
  4. Is there really an obnoxious, guido type VC out there that no one likes to associate with?  There must be!

I really want to know!

But what is more annoying is the actual placement of real people, intermixed with actors.

For example, the no name tech crunch journalists and panelists from last season;   or the re/code editors from this recent episode.  I am pretty sure they are all Hollywood now.

We always see people from the Journalism and TV news world pretending in movies and TV shows.  Just like the billionaires, everyone wants to be relevant in this microcosm of California…including tech journalists.