Uncanny Valley

I’ve been thinking about these AI systems lately. They’re supposed to be the pinnacle of human achievement, right? The cream of the digital crop. The kind of thing you’d expect to pass the Turing Test while making you a cup of coffee and telling you a joke. Only, it turns out, they might just be…

HR is Furious

My coworkers, bless their hearts, they’ve got this thing for sharing. And I don’t mean staplers or a nice cup of Joe. I’m talking about their personal lives, their intimate preferences. It’s like they’re an open book, but unfortunately, it’s a book that nobody asked to read. Now, I’m all for being open and honest….

Grifting Elites

If you’ve ever turned on the ol’ television set, browsed through the interwebs, or chanced upon a newspaper (remember those?), you’d know that Western politics is, and I say this with the utmost respect, a bit of a circus. Now, I don’t mean the kind with fluffy cotton candy and delightful elephant tricks. No, this…

Socially Useless Jobs

That old pal COVID really pulled back the curtain on a few things. I mean, first off, it’s like we all collectively woke up one day and realized, “Hey, do we really need to cram ourselves into these office buildings like sardines in a can, just to tap on keyboards and gab on the phone?”…

Gender Obsession

Have you ever wondered why history seems to repeat itself? Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s because we humans have a knack for finding trouble where there isn’t any. And that’s especially true when it comes to the collapse of civilizations. Now, let’s take a walk down memory lane and visit the good…

Strange New Loyalty Tests

Norman Vincent Peale once said, “Most of us would be upset if we were accused of being ‘silly.’ But the word ‘silly’ comes from the old English word ‘selig,’ and its literal definition is ‘to be blessed, happy, healthy and prosperous.’” Now, you’d think being silly in the face of totalitarianism is quite the daft…

Kaczynski on AI

Ted Kaczynski was a guy who was ahead of his time. You gotta hand it to him, the guy was no hypocrite. Here we are, all whining about climate change and plastic in the ocean, meanwhile this guy was out there living in a cabin in the woods. Not a cabin like you see in…

Reluctant Technosaur

There’s an old saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Now, I don’t know about dogs, but when it comes to us humans, especially us older folks, it seems we’re not too keen on learning new tricks either, especially when those tricks involve fancy gadgets and interwebs. Picture this: You’ve spent half a…

The Upside of a Downward Slide

Boy oh boy, you want to hear something funny? You see, we’ve got a regime here, folks. They’re all buttoned up, smiling for the cameras, making big decisions, and setting the course of our lives. And guess what? They’re just a bunch of clowns, and not the fun kind who do tricks and make balloon…

Open-Office Oxymoron

The open office is that place where everybody’s working side by side, without a wall in sight. It’s a space designed for collaboration and communication, where the exchange of ideas flows like water, or so they say. But I’ve got news for you: the open office isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. In fact,…

Productivity Theater

Let me tell you about a little something called “Productivity Theater.” It’s performed in your office, and the leading actors are your coworkers. Now, I don’t want to give the impression that I’m against productivity. I’m all for it. I’m just not a fan of the theatrical part. Now, let me set the stage. Workers…

Transsexual Offices

For all its cubicles, water coolers, and awkward elevator rides, there’s one aspect of office life that’s often overlooked: its inherent embrace of the transsexual experience. Beneath those fluorescent lights and bland carpets lies a world where men and women alike can freely adopt the characteristics of the opposite gender. I’m not suggesting that every…