My brother and I have had career paths as diametrically opposed as…huh, I can’t even think of a metaphor for this one. But it’s true: He’s spent very little time in a traditional office environment, I’ve been in one almost exclusively; I’m confined to pretty strict office hours, he’s just responsible for getting things done before a given deadline, no matter when that may be. Such is life when one of you is primarily an artist and the other is in finance. As a result, it’s possible people like him won’t fully appreciate the point of this post, but I’m going for it anyway (especially since I know ST is gonna feel me):
The traditional office structure, from the length of the workday to the types of interactions that take place to the pervasively toxic social atmosphere, is complete bullshit — and if your office is anything like mine, it’s actively harming your best employees.
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Quick quiz for you all: Name the most hipster-y place you can think of. Don’t Google it, just the first thing that comes to mind. (I don’t have any way of really enforcing this, but come on, be cool, I thought we were friends.) Alright, time’s up! What place did you pick?
Trick question: Of course you picked Portland. If not, then your first answer was probably Brooklyn, so give me the second-most hipster-y place you can think of. There we go, now it’s Portland.
It’s really not a terribly surprising choice, given the still-burgeoning reputation for it (thanks, Portlandia!) — and really, I don’t think anyone would argue that reputation isn’t deserved, what with the way the city and its residents present themselves. “Keep Portland Weird,” as the saying goes (the ultimate hipster move: stealing slogans from Austin, TX).
But if you somehow find yourself doubting the legitimacy of this reputation, don’t you worry — Willamette Week is here to help:
26 Reasons to Love Portland Right Now
This should be a fun one! All aboard the magical BrewCycle to the LEED-Certified Pretentiousness Station, kids!
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Infomercials aren’t exactly known for their noteworthy acting or revolutionary inventions – I don’t think any reasonable person would disagree with that. Unless you want to improve your golf game or silently torture your dog or quickly but effectively rupture your eardrums or be a boring, boner-killing prude, there’s not much utility these things will give you. Infomercial makers seem to realize this, and that’s possibly why the acting is so outrageously bad and they air during the dead of night.
They’re so bad, they’re hardly even worth writing about, right? WRONG. I’m about to walk you through the most incredible infomercial ever, and it will be worth every glorious second. Hit that jump for the play-by-play!
Continue reading “Is This the Best Infomercial Ever? (Note: Yes [Part I])”