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May 3 5 tweets 2 min read
White male writers and journalists have been blending their identities with the stories they've been telling for decades to great acclaim, recognition, and awards. They aren't considered biased because of the persistent idea the white male identity is a neutral viewpoint. Skepticism of institutions is an integral part of the journalism profession but I am tired of the thoughtful, well-researched work of women and people of color in the media industry constantly being given caveats compared to white male peers named Steve, John, or Ben.
Apr 30 7 tweets 2 min read
The worst thing I learned about corporate finance was how the expectation of steady profit growth, especially in the short term, basically torpedoes things like paying people equitably (increases COGS via SGA) or investing long-term in stuff like retention. COGS is cost of goods sold; SGA is selling, general and administrative expenses. Increasing salaries to reduce pay inequality is the right thing to do, but also increases expenses and can lower net income, even if it increases productivity, workplace satisfaction, and retention.
Apr 29 4 tweets 1 min read
The mantra "spend money on experiences, not things" is good in theory. Here are things you should spend money on:
-othortics and shoes
-dental care
-a decent knife
-air purifier
-smart outlets and power strips
-Airtags or Tile trackers
-glass food containers Other things I have not regretted spending money on:
-clear storage bins
-traps for various pests
-Oxo compost bin
-Vornado fan
-packing cubes
-prescription glasses with Transition lenses
-front entrance floor mat
Apr 14 5 tweets 1 min read
there is always going to be a group of people who think portraying anyone beyond "straight white Evangelical Christians" in commercials, TV, movies, and other types of media is divisive, even in 2023, and more of society needs to understand this is an endless bad-faith argument These are the same people who get mad when there are like, gay and/or interracial families in commercials for Old Navy or department stores. Loving v. Virginia was decided in 1967. There are more than 22 million Asian Americans. Gay people, like everyone else, buy stuff.
Dec 30, 2022 11 tweets 4 min read
it's weird to see prominent white people in society push personal responsibility for issues like health and safety and then argue larger systemic issues are the reason why so many white men are lonely, unsuccessful, and/or embracing misogyny, white nationalism, and extremism you cannot tell me I am personally responsible for constantly figuring out how to keep myself safe from Covid-19, huge medical bills, and mass shootings and then turn around and say "it's not a surprise so many white men turn to toxic communities online or look up to Andrew Tate"
Oct 7, 2022 6 tweets 2 min read
I talked to Constance Wu for three hours for my feature on Crazy Rich Asians. There was a bunch of stuff we talked about I couldn't publish. It has been a relief to see so many people realize they judged her too harshly for an incredibly painful experience she carried for years. Being a journalist is odd because you get to meet incredible people, sometimes you talk about the most vulnerable stuff, and many times you never see that person again. But I thought about that interview with Constance Wu for years. Esp. after the wave of #MeToo stories in 2017.
Aug 16, 2022 4 tweets 1 min read
"quiet quitting" is due to how many industries (media, medicine, academia, teaching, food service, entertainment, music, childcare) expect workers to regularly exceed expectations for very little recognition or reward and how people recognize it's not sustainable or worth it if someone destroying themselves to "exceed expectations" is "meeting expectations" than "quiet quitting" is just making the manager or company aware of how much the organization is built on extracting labor that does not match pay, salary, or the initial job description
Jul 17, 2022 7 tweets 2 min read
I work in the news industry but detailed coverage and hyperawareness of everything bad going on — without specific instructions on what people can do in response to help or mitigate those conditions — just makes people want to yeet into the sea I tweet often about how I donate to diaper banks, food banks, mutual aid groups, and local news orgs when I feel sad or angry, but that's not really helpful during climate-related events like a drought or power outage.
Jul 5, 2022 4 tweets 1 min read
Millennials are not fragile. It is a generation that is overwhelmed by several, overlapping, systemic crises and given patronizing advice like "skip the lattes and avocado toast" while under the weight of student loans, rising housing costs, stagnant wages, and a climate crisis. Technology makes it much easier to know more about the depressing state of the world and the detailed data showing the extent Millennials are financially worse off compared to previous generations. Constant anxiety is being misframed as fragility rather than a reasonable response
Mar 6, 2022 4 tweets 1 min read
Reasons why people don't want to return to offices:
-dress codes
-the cost of buying lunch
-the hassle of packing lunch
-the necessity of code-switching
-distractions from open-office layouts
-poorly ventilated meeting rooms
-commuting Other reasons people don't want to return to offices:
-poor temperature control
-office bathrooms
-less time with children
-no pets
-forced interactions with other people
-inflexibility for medical appointments
-no nap spaces
-awkward socializing events
-work wardrobes
Mar 4, 2022 4 tweets 1 min read
I highly recommend an electric bike as an alternative to short car trips. You can retrofit an existing bike with a Swytch kit, buy inexpensive ones from companies like Rad Power or Qualisports, or even get great cargo ones with a mid-drive motor from Tern. Concern about rising gas prices is legit, but that's because marketing and a lack of biking infrastructure convinces people they need to have a car. However, US Census data shows most commutes by car consist of just the driver.
Feb 7, 2022 7 tweets 2 min read
I don't know how to tell the people who want a "return to normalcy" that global pandemics drastically change societies, especially for the people suffering long-term symptoms or who lost multiple friends and loved ones. Sorry you can't go on a vacation to the Caribbean on a big boat or have to show proof of vaccination to eat in a restaurant because 2,000+ people are still dying each day in the US.
Jul 21, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
a lot of great employment shifts in jobs like healthcare, election officials, media, food service, and teaching can be summarized as such:
1. people were mistreated for a long time
2. the mistreatment became significantly worse due to Covid-19
3. all these people are exhausted there needs to be more reporting about why this mistreatment was allowed to persist for such a long time; the eradication of unions and 40-hour workweeks through contract positions and on-demand shifts; lack of funding + pay increases for many gov positions; and plain entitlement
Jul 20, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
I have been self-conscious about my eyes for a long time. This video finally explains how they work differently, how a patch failed to work when I was very young, and why I could never see "3D" images. When the word "strabismus" came onscreen I literally yelled because it was so overwhelming. I mostly use my right eye. I am really grateful this short film exists, so other people can understand what I live with all the time.
Jul 19, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
if you are reporting on the Bezos spaceflight tomorrow, please mention the carbon emissions also if you need to go to space to be more compassionate towards others, you can accomplish the same thing volunteering at a food pantry, getting involved in a local mutual aid organization, or simply reading a lot about your country's history of discrimination
Jun 25, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
it's really odd to see the evolution of aircraft terminology being described as "woke" by a right-wing news outlet when things evolve and get updated all the time? is it "woke" to get a boarding pass sent to your phone instead of receiving carbon-paper tickets? I still remember when restaurants were worried that banning smoking inside would lead to reduced sales. All it meant was non-smokers and little kids could breathe better and your clothes didn't smell as bad after you got home.
Jun 11, 2021 9 tweets 3 min read
logging onto Ticketmaster to get tickets for the Big MSG Concert and learning I have spent 15 years using that website and being mad about its various fees Will a $50 ticket be closer to $90? With Ticketmaster, who knows. Budgeting is useless. Less than a minute left before sales under the monopoly start. (I will also buy merch, obvs)
Jun 9, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
I don't know how to talk about the situation in Canada but any white person who says the murders in London are not reflective of the country 1. isn't acknowledging its history 2. clearly hasn't talked to or listened to the people who experience racism on a regular basis The experiences of Muslim folks, Indigenous folks, Black folks, anyone who had a relative who was in the internment camps, the hate crimes, plus the comments the literal leader of the NDP has received. Look at what gets tweeted and RTed by the Conservative Party. It's all there.
Mar 30, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
😭 Honestly booking on the CVS website was very easy, involved no CAPTCHAs, and I did it immediately after waking up.
Mar 29, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
Interest in the very large boat in the Suez Canal confirms 1. how many people need better hobbies and 2. lack of general understanding of global trade routes I took a graduate-level class on operations management and supply chains in 2017 and became instantly confused why every business reporter isn't taught it or given a copy of The Goal their first week on the job
Mar 29, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
🤔 Image This NYTimes media column is really about an institution that operates on deeply exclusionary operating conditions very few people can afford, and who enables it to continue doing so. ImageImage