The Forty Hour Work Week and its Assault on Creativity

If you started reading this expecting a well reasoned, thoughtful essay, you’re going to be very disappointed. I’m just really lazy, and just like to veg when I get off work. I get barely any writing done.

I have, however, gotten a little bit done, and I’m starting to push forwards with it more again as I get used to working full time again. It feels good.

Also, this whole living above poverty level thing? Fucking weird.

Plot Devices: If Geese is the plural of goose, what’s the plural of geas?

Magical compulsions are bread and butter in fantasy and folklore- the noble hero swearing a binding oath, or bewitched with a slave collar, or given a geas- it happens all the time. It’s honestly a little unusual to see a work of fantasy without anything like it.

It’s also one of the most dangerous plot devices to use without damaging the plausibility and internal consistency of your worldbuilding. Why? Because power seems more power, almost without fail. If a tool of magical compulsion exists, a government, dark lord, powerful wizard, or someone would logically try to use it on as many people as possible, barring constraints. (Plus magical compulsion itself is kinda disgusting.)

Reagan Smash!

Quick poll: who here has heard of trickle-down economics? Hopefully most of you. Now who here actually believes it works at all? Anyone who does, let me know, I have a fantastic bridge related investment for you.

For those of you who hypothetically haven’t heard of trickle-down economics, it’s pretty simple. Originally espoused by Ronald Reagan, it essentially says that if the tax rates are cut for the wealthy, they will prosper, and their spending will “trickle down” to everyone else and revitalize the economy. Helping the rich helps you!