Skip to content

Marginalia - 12/25/2022: The Holiday Edition

You hate email. I hate email. We all hate email.

Paul Craig
Paul Craig
4 min read
Marginalia - 12/25/2022: The Holiday Edition

Marginalia is a weekly synthesis of the flotsam, jetsam, and whatnot of the news cycle with a few dry, sarcastic one-liners here and there.

In modern American politics, there are two types of people: those who want to control others and those who just want to be left alone.
– Jon Gabriel
Supreme Court has a big question to answer: Why can’t government just leave us alone?
Colorado wants to tell people what to think. Lorie Smith just wants to be left alone. That poses a key question for the U.S. Supreme Court.

Corollary: The more one ages, the more firmly one becomes entrenched in that second group.

"Okay, that happened." Now what?
– Seth Godin
It’s not what you deserve, but it is what it is
The time we spend fretting over what just happened is time we’re not spending on addressing the problem itself. When your client or your boss turns down a great idea, it’s tempting to f…

Seth channeling the Stoics.

It takes a lot of work to get a book from PDF to page. There's the layout, the typesetting. If there are a bunch of redactions, that can be a whole other can of worms.
– Andrew Limbong, NPR
Why publishers are scrambling to print the January 6th report, which is in the public domain
There’s a scramble in the publishing world to print copies of the January 6th report. Why are several companies competing to publish a work that’s in the public domain?

Damn right it takes a lot of work.

Also... nobody wants to read a document of whatever length THAT will be on a screen.

Unless you're a masochist.

And if that's the case, have fun.

(I've preordered... but I'm not telling you which edition or publisher. Because revealing that information brands a human being... apparently for life.)

30% of US adults surveyed have gone one step further and “declared email bankruptcy” – either “entirely deleting” or “abandoning” their inbox due to email overload.
This drastic action is made more understandable, however, by the fact that Gated found 28% of work emails were “not of immediate value” to the recipient.
– Aaron Drapkin,
Email Overload: 30% of Americans Declare “Email Bankruptcy”
The average worker’s relationship with their email inbox is not a happy one - but its unlikely email will die anytime soon.

And you, dear corporate leader, wonder why your employees are disengaged, miserable and depressed?

The 28% figure mentioned above is low. "Immediate value" is a poor metric. How about tracking "any value at all?"

Password manager giant LastPass has confirmed that cybercriminals stole its customers’ encrypted password vaults, which store its customers’ passwords and other secrets, in a data breach earlier this year.
– Zack Whittaker, Techcrunch
LastPass says hackers stole customers’ password vaults
The password manager giant said hackers stole both encrypted and unencrypted customer data, including password vaults.

The cloud isn't always safe.

Paper... is.

More students will continue to seek vocational training alternatives. Some will get their degrees online for a fraction of the cost.
– Victor David Hanson, American Greatness
Are Universities Doomed? › American Greatness
In a famous exchange in the The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway wrote: “How did you go bankrupt?” Bill asked. “Two ways,” Mike said. “Gradually, then suddenly.” “Gradually” and “suddenly” applies to…

Before you get your underwear in a bunch, let me be very clear...

There's a lot of this in Hanson's post.

Old Man Yells At Cloud

Hanson spends much of his time railing against "woke ideologies" on university and college campuses. He obviously considers this the great threat against higher education. I'm less inclined to believe that and more inclined to believe the costs simply outweigh the benefits.

As infrastructure spending rises (which it should), a vocational/technical career path delivers return on effort and investment.

There's also never been a better time to go forth into the world and spend those four to five years learning and building a business. The tools are democratized and the barriers to entry have never been lower.

Combine a vocational / technical degree or certification with some marketing and entrepreneurial courage and the result should be a long-term, lucrative career.

Everything is breaking. We need skilled human beings to fix that which is broken.

No matter what the technopolists say, robots aren't taking over these fields.

Stay warm, stay safe.


Paul Craig Twitter

Father. Husband. Practicing Stoic. 30+ years Printing and Substrate Technology. One step at a time.

Related Posts

Marginalia - 2/26/2023

Rolexes in garbage dumps, fully remote isn't fun, your real résume.

Marginalia - 2/26/2023

Marginalia - 2/5/2023

Stupid Is As..., Go Ahead → Commit Treason, and The Cult of Personality

Marginalia - 2/5/2023

Marginalia - 1/22/2023

Aliens, cuteness, desired behaviors, Wikipedia.

Marginalia - 1/22/2023