We expect everything. And we expect it on our own terms.
The biggest mistake we make in life is that we end up spending most of it trying to be who we are supposed to be instead of who we want to be.
Bart, don't make fun of grad students! They just made a terrible life choice.
Life is too short to be busy.
As part of the 2011 Full Year Scorcard Analysis, INRIX has analyzed the most congested corridors in the United States by metro for the year. Here, we present the analysis of the 150+ most congested corridors with reports of traffic congestion during peak periods as well as in the worst hour of the week. In addition, there are comparisons and trends from 2010 to 2011.
2012, the iconic Alpine A110 turns 50. To celebrate the event, Renault has designed a concept car: Renault Alpine A110-50. dedicated to performance and driving pleasure.
It isn't generally people pulling back-to-back shifts in the I.C.U. or commuting by bus to three minimum-wage jobs who tell you how busy they are; what those people are is not busy but tired. Exhausted. Dead on their feet. It's almost always people whose lamented busyness is purely self-imposed: work and obligations they've taken on voluntarily, classes and activities they've "encouraged" their kids to participate in. They're busy because of their own ambition or drive or anxiety, because they're addicted to busyness and dread what they might have to face in its absence.
Busyness serves as a kind of existential reassurance, a hedge against emptiness; obviously your life cannot possibly be silly or trivial or meaningless if you are so busy, completely booked, in demand every hour of the day. I can't help but wonder whether all this histrionic exhaustion isn't a way of covering up the fact that most of what we do doesn't matter.
The Editors of n+1:
Systems of accreditation do not assess merit; merit is a fiction created by systems of accreditation. Like the market for skin care products, the market for credentials is inexhaustible: as the bachelor's degree becomes democratized, the master's degree becomes mandatory for advancement. Our elaborate, expensive system of higher education is first and foremost a system of stratification , and only secondly -- and very dimly -- a system for imparting knowledge.