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Cold beer, and the feeling that tomorrow is Saturday :D Also a big cup of coffee, and morning news reading. 

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Originally Posted by Toperone View Post

Cold beer, and the feeling that tomorrow is Saturday biggrin.gif Also a big cup of coffee, and morning news reading. 

Sorry, barh, bad news...
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Originally Posted by Find Finn View Post

Click on the quote, there was a couple pages of discussion about the subject.

I still think it is a bit of a rarity.

There is probably some hot talent that proved themselves as an intern and has competing equity offers from startups that warrants a huge signing bonus. Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, etc all have to pay fairly high base salaries because they aren't offering you the chance to work on the "hot new thing" with a chance at your stock options exploding...And salaries are certainly high in the valley (though not as high when you adjust for COL), but so many of the people who talk about this stuff are just talking out their ass. Just like the guy in that thread basing Goldman pay on shit he heard about 10 years ago before the crash and the current internet bubble.

The software engineers getting the most comp are not the random kids who learned ruby. They are the backend devs, the machine learning specialists, etc. If this were pre-crash, they are probably not the kids who would have been duking it out for consulting and banking gigs, but the kids who would have been getting recruited for quant shit (or further academics).

And don't forget, Google and Facebook are giant companies now. They employ a ton of people in marketing, sales, customer service, and back office operations. When someone says they work for google, it doesn't automatically mean they are getting paid piles of money.
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I still think it is a bit of a rarity.

There is probably some hot talent that proved themselves as an intern and has competing equity offers from startups that warrants a huge signing bonus. Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, etc all have to pay fairly high base salaries because they aren't offering you the chance to work on the "hot new thing" with a chance at your stock options exploding...And salaries are certainly high in the valley (though not as high when you adjust for COL), but so many of the people who talk about this stuff are just talking out their ass. Just like the guy in that thread basing Goldman pay on shit he heard about 10 years ago before the crash and the current internet bubble.

The software engineers getting the most comp are not the random kids who learned ruby. They are the backend devs, the machine learning specialists, etc. If this were pre-crash, they are probably not the kids who would have been duking it out for consulting and banking gigs, but the kids who would have been getting recruited for quant shit (or further academics).

And don't forget, Google and Facebook are giant companies now. They employ a ton of people in marketing, sales, customer service, and back office operations. When someone says they work for google, it doesn't automatically mean they are getting paid piles of money.

 

I agree with everything you wrote here.  In engineering school, I was close with a lot of these guys that went to Amazon, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, etc.  The ones that got the best pay interned every summer at those companies, and were very good back-end programmers.  The more established companies like Google paid very high base salaries and signing bonuses, and the ones like Facebook (pre-IPO) had strong salaries but also equity/stock options. 

 

I will also note that most of these guys were awful negotiators, and they frankly didn't really care about the money that much (they're not box truck guy), so I wouldn't doubt that their pay could have been better.

 

My tangential point to GF about MBAs is that as these companies have matured, they've started paying a lot higher base salaries and less equity, and with finance and consulting contracting, the tech world is very attractive to top MBA candidates.

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Originally Posted by Toperone View Post

Cold beer, and the feeling that tomorrow is Saturday biggrin.gif Also a big cup of coffee, and morning news reading. 

You're posting from the future?
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The future was yesterday
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post


You're posting from the future?


i think he's feeling a feeling?

 

or maybe he's even further in the future, and he's actually remembering a feeling that he hasn't actually felt yet.

 

in any case, 

 

:slayer: 

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https://www.reddit.com/r/Music/comments/3pqhtn/watch_me_whip_is_literally_the_worst_song_i_have/
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The song "Watch Me Whip" is single-handedly the worst song I have ever heard. Before you get all bent out of shape, I do know that it's not to be some intellectual masterpiece of modern art; it is just factually a shitty song. Here's why:

Repetition:
This song takes repetition to a level rivaled only by songs written for 3 year-olds. The singer repeats his name a full 6 times before the third verse, just in case you were wondering who 'wrote'? No vocalised the script put in front of him.

There were 980 'words' in this song. Is nae a word? Scratch that, I truly don’t care. Of those 980 words, three variations (Now watch, now watch me, watch me) represent 369 words. That’s more than ⅓ of the song for literally 3 words (and I didn’t include the single mentions of the word ‘me’). If we include ‘ooh’ (there are 84 instances) and ‘bop’ (there are 72 instances), which total 156, we have 525 out of 980 words made up of 5 words.

I think we get the picture on this.

Simplicity:
The most complex word in this song is a tie between ‘Silento’, the vocalist’s (not an artist in my opinion) handle, the word ‘already’ (which appears literally once), and the word ‘superman’. Doing a quick tally, that means that 15 single word instances are 3 syllables. All the rest are 1 or 2 syllables. The vocabulary is not strong with this one. Look at that! My use of ‘vocabulary’ beat out this song by 2 whole syllables!

The culmination of the two previous points into the dumbing down of everyone who had the displeasure of hearing this song:

Pretty self-explanatory. Look, I get that the writer wasn’t going for a Pulitzer or a Grammy, but a quick hit that’ll be catchy and easy to remember. Fair enough. EXCEPT FUCK YOU YOU’RE LITERALLY RUINING MUSIC. Who am I to say what should and shouldn’t be written? An asshole, that’s who. One who is procrastinating other, important work.

Basically, by putting music out that has a grand total of about 30 unique words, you’re contributing to the lowered standard of quality of music. This is one step away from repeating one single word over and over for 5 minutes straight, which now that I think about it probably exists. Except that would have some comedic value at the very least. This shit, well it’s like a kindergartener took a crayon and drew a stickman (poorly, I might add), that was subsequently put up in an art gallery. Real, impressionable children will listen to this and think “ Wow, dad was wrong! I CAN skate in life only knowing less than the bare minimum needed to be able to read ‘See Spot Run’, which I never did because fuck books and education”. (Side note - That interaction wouldn’t have been possible outside the child’s head, since there are too many unique words used)

Now put on your tin-foil hats, because this is where I lose half of you with my bullshit. Songs like this promote the opposite of education. Like I said, it devalues a halfway competent vocabulary in the name of catchiness and a cheap ‘musical’ fix. When you see what can be presumably defined as success (ie having several hundred million views on Youtube and countless other radio plays), it sets a standard in young, impressionable minds. We’ve had many people trying to get past this dumbing down of society, like KRS-ONE, Stevie Wonder, John Lennon, and many others (No, of course not all of their songs). They were trying to create a more engaged people who reflect on the actual issues we face as a society, instead of making up a cute little dance to go along with your shitty track as your brain melts from lack of use.

Who is the target market for this song? For all the reasons I’ve brought forth, I believe the target market to be the typical vapid, vacuous consumer that doesn’t engage in critical thought related to anything more than whether the Kardashians look better in blue or teal. I realise that I’ve made a broad, fairly baseless claim, and yet I’m confident it’s pretty accurate.

Songs like these placate the masses with their simplicity and safety. You don’t need to think, you don’t need to guess what it’s talking about, you just need to follow these three easy steps and you too can conform to the newest dance craze. Independent thought is the antithesis of this track. By listening to this, you are using time that could be spent thinking of ways to better the city/country/world you live in. Again, I realise that not everyone WANTS to engage with the world like this, but I will still stand by the claim that critical thought is better than being herded like a goddamn sheep by pop-music.

So what have we learned today? Well, mostly that I’m way too mad about a song. That’s a given. What I want to really stress is that this song is symptomatic of a larger issue at hand. Like the CIA funneling crack into ghettos, to me this type of music represents a concerted effort to quell independent thought. Ultimately it’s easier to listen to a catchy song with like 7 words than to actually sit back and think about why everything is kind of messed up.
I really, truly fucking despise this song.
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Drink like you think it's Saturday on the morrow.

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Rush is releasing the R40 full length concert film 11/20! I know what I'll be watching TG weekend on the new home theatre system!
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I got that feeling like tomorrow is Saturday, because it's a three-day weekend for me!

Should be a great weekend, too. Tonight I'm on a guest panel for a grad-level class, where I get to talk about some interesting stuff, then it's a concert with the missus Friday and Saturday nights, and we're celebrating my son's birthday Saturday. He gets a Chuck-e-Cheese party, which I know I'm supposed to mock because I'm an aloof cool guy who thinks such suburban nonsense is stupid, but he's so excited about it that I can't help but be excited for him, too.
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After watching a two minute, one second video I suddenly have to have this Star Wars BB8 droid toy happy.gif
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After reading the convincing arguments in the Farmer's Agent thread I have decided to close my law practice and seek a job as a subproducer in a Farmer's Insurance agency, hopefully for someone who knows how the numbers work and that it's all a numbers game.
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

Rush is releasing the R40 full length concert film 11/20! I know what I'll be watching TG weekend on the new home theatreTHEATER system!

No Rush for you until you learn to spell 'Murican. You've been here long enough to start speaking our language.
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Eh, Rush is canadian.
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