June 20, 2005
The Long Emergency goes West

James Kunstler was in California on a book tour, and he has some nice turns of phrase about my home (sorta) state:

"[W]hat you see in California is a society with a tragic destiny.... life here is all about cars and it will never not be about cars -- until the reality of our oil predicament falls on the hapless public like a hammer of God and the people of California die for their fucking cars in their fucking cars and over their fucking cars... [At Google,] The employees dressed like children. There were two motifs: "skateboard rat" and "10th grade nerd." I suppose quite a few of them were millionaires. Many of the work cubicles were literally modular children's playhouses. I gave my spiel about the global oil problem and the unlikelihood that "alternative energy" would even fractionally replace it, and quite a few of the Googlers became incensed. "Yo, Dude, you're so, like, wrong! We've got, like, technology!""

Posted by dbrown at June 20, 2005 10:02 PM
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My stepson works for Google and just recently moved to SF from the east coast for his job. He does not like CA so far, partly for the reasons you state (the car culture aspect, mostly, and a general sense of unreality all around) and he would probably fall into your "10th grade nerd" catagory, if by that you mean smart and a little out of the mainstream. However, he is extremely intelligent and articulate and thoroughly believes this society is doomed unless we get off our dependence on foreign oil and find some new ways to manage our finite resources. So I guess the point I'm making is, don't paint with too broad a brush...

Posted by: Mars on June 27, 2005 02:41 PM

My stepson works for Google and just recently moved to SF from the east coast for his job. He does not like CA so far, partly for the reasons you state (the car culture aspect, mostly, and a general sense of unreality all around) and he would probably fall into your "10th grade nerd" catagory, if by that you mean smart and a little out of the mainstream. However, he is extremely intelligent and articulate and thoroughly believes this society is doomed unless we get off our dependence on foreign oil and find some new ways to manage our finite resources. So I guess the point I'm making is, don't paint with too broad a brush...

Posted by: Mars on June 27, 2005 02:41 PM
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