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rocc0

rocc0

Member Since 29 Dec 2007
Offline Last Active Jun 10 2019 05:40 PM

#5606063 Today...

Posted by rocc0 on 21 March 2019 - 04:14 AM

picking Texas Tech to the elite 8 in memory of long inactive but not forgotten OTer and Lubbock TX person Lenticular_J, last active 2011




#5605950 Today...

Posted by rocc0 on 09 March 2019 - 05:00 AM

even if we acknowledge the various factors weighing against each other that created the situation, I think it's fair to say that in real terms that the economic outlook in real terms (i.e. what your work output actually gets you in lifestyle terms) is worse now than it has been in a long time. with probably a short exception period for the poor bastards who were graduating right around the recession.

and that sucks honestly. it seems like everywhere I've lived is a transplant city now. where I grew up people had been living in the region for generations. but young people now seem to jump on the best job available wherever it is. I've lived in Atlanta, Denver, and San Diego during college and I'd say like 75% plus of the people I met there were transplants who moved there for work within the last 10 years. we're not putting down roots any more. a lot of kids are going to grow up seeing their grandparents yearly instead of weekly/monthly (or daily for those people who still live in multi gen homes). a lot of people who grew up in houses with yards are going to raise their own kids in apartments. I can't help but think that stuff like this is going to have lasting negative impacts on our culture. especially as these issues become more and more severe, people are moving to cities at an insane pace. I get that cultures shift and change over time but it's not always good. can't help but think we've been losing part of ourselves for like 30 years now and it's almost gone


#5605934 Today...

Posted by rocc0 on 08 March 2019 - 03:38 PM

>the problem with anecdotal evidence such as this is that there's no way it can capture a society wide phenomenon. I've heard (and experienced) pretty much the opposite, at least in technical fields.

that's fair and it does make sense. but I think there are other factors that actually do make it worse. like student loan debt is at an all time high.

even if you're more likely to get a job (any job) as an entry level worker in 2019, I think you're still a lot further away from achieving the lifestyle your parents had. by that I mean when my dad was growing up, his mother didn't work, his father worked a middle class job, but they had a house and supported him and his two brothers, sent all 3 of them to college. even my parents working lower middle class type jobs were able to afford a house, 2 cars, 5 kids etc at a young age, only a few years older than I am now.

so maybe the unemployment rate is low but it feels like there are fewer jobs than ever that actually provide you with that type of lifestyle. especially as the country becomes more and more urbanized, with so many of those jobs concentrated in urban/suburban areas where prices are so inflated


#5605856 Today...

Posted by rocc0 on 03 March 2019 - 07:20 PM

If you're playing MTG Arena, are you even living?




#5605042 Today...

Posted by rocc0 on 31 December 2018 - 02:45 AM

An Estonian dad


#5604761 Today...

Posted by rocc0 on 16 December 2018 - 10:06 AM

Ordered a Nintendo switch which should come today, first console since the 360. Mostly caved because I want to play breath of the wild.


#5604202 Today...

Posted by rocc0 on 18 November 2018 - 05:04 AM

Fitness update because it's the only thing I'm really pursuing outside of school right now: squatted 275lbs x 3 yesterday. Nothing to write home about yet but it's come a long way since I start (135 x 5 in early June). Other than that I'm still in grad school, which is somehow the worst iteration of school I've yet encountered.


that's impressive-- my squats suck. how much do you weigh?
175 lbs now. After an illness in March of this year I hit my lowest (since early high school at least) at 140 lbs. I'm about 6' tall so obviously I was way underweight, getting to that point was what finally motivated me to start strength training.

Also incredible that Nadril is still top poster after being inactive for 6 years now.


#5604161 Today...

Posted by rocc0 on 16 November 2018 - 03:28 AM

Fitness update because it's the only thing I'm really pursuing outside of school right now: squatted 275lbs x 3 yesterday. Nothing to write home about yet but it's come a long way since I start (135 x 5 in early June). Other than that I'm still in grad school, which is somehow the worst iteration of school I've yet encountered.




#5601707 Today...

Posted by rocc0 on 19 June 2018 - 12:31 AM

I'm capped and overtime basically wont happen unless trump tries to become kennedy and have a manned mission to mars

Welcome to the Space Force, cadet.




#5601690 What book are you currently reading?

Posted by rocc0 on 17 June 2018 - 05:18 PM

Norwegian Wood, by Haruki Murakami.

An eye-opener for me. Found a lot in common with the thoughts and deeds...

Great book, one of my favorites by him. You should read Wind-Up Bird Chronicle next if you haven't yet, his best imo.




#5600809 Today...

Posted by rocc0 on 31 March 2018 - 05:51 AM

Got into graduate school with a funding hookup so looks like college will be continuing for some time yet.




#5600503 Today...

Posted by rocc0 on 02 March 2018 - 06:40 AM

Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is one of my favorite games in a long time. Such a deep world. I've mostly been playing Brawlhalla lately as a time killer. 




#5598432 Today...

Posted by rocc0 on 28 July 2017 - 06:03 PM

So it looks like I'm getting hired at NASA JPL 

90% of my projects the past year have been JPL contracts. Seems like a great place. Good luck!




#5596232 2017 New Music

Posted by rocc0 on 16 February 2017 - 08:29 PM

New King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard album next week if you're into psychedelic / progressive rock.




#5592534 Today...

Posted by rocc0 on 25 August 2016 - 12:32 AM

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