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Job-Searching at the Micro-UN

February 10, 2013 by


Gilbert quit his glorified bucket-lifting job a few weeks ago. But that wasn’t bad news. It was a cathartic moment for he and I, or at least mostly me. 5 years of social and economic stagnation.  5 years of physical and emotional deterioration. He was finally able to “tell off” his real and/or perceived enemies.  […]

A Million and One Job Ideas, A Bitch to Find One

August 25, 2012 by


Ibrahim had been focused on making money through his business. Towards the start of summer, it was all about his business:  an apparel company.  He was asking me about how to increase his presence on Facebook.  He was having meetings in the fashion district.  He was getting his website up.  He even started using Twitter […]

Hard Times at the Micro-United Nations

February 16, 2012 by


Remember when I was talking about how confident Ibrahim was at his job? Remember when I was talking about how he had everything down to a formula? Remember when I was talking about what an ass he was to customers, yet it seemed to work really well for him? Well, recently, he got laid off. […]

Decision-making, Categorization, and Jobs

January 28, 2012 by


Sheena Iyengar. Hopefully some day that’s a name that doesn’t need much explaining in the same way I don’t need to explain Michael Jordan or Albert Einstein. But if you don’t know her, she’s a social psychology professor at Columbia University. And she’s Indian. And she’s blind. She was speaking in promotion of her book […]

The Man Who Makes Everything Except Money

January 6, 2012 by


“You will not lose,” he told me. “That’s what you gotta think when you have to fight.” My landlord Gilbert is a 59-year old Mexican-American man with an impressive array of experiences. He is a man of stories and past accomplishments.  He’d hiked the mountains of the Sierra Nevada — apparently a cold effing place.  […]

Thinking About the Meaning of Money

December 16, 2011 by


Money is not everything, not having it is – Kanye West If you take care of others, you’ll be taken care of yourself – Johneric Concordia, LA Community Activist I don’t have a lot of money. I’m not quite sure what it is, but I’m always told I need it. I was once told that […]

Accountability to Your Words: Where’s Yours, Adam Carolla?

December 14, 2011 by


My college buddy Daniel and I would love to talk shit about people who were completely worthless. People who were only interested in bettering themselves.  People we wanted to punch in the face because they didn’t contribute much to the world. People we knew whom we didn’t care if we ever saw again because they […]

Notes on The Enigma of Capital by David Harvey

November 14, 2011 by


Been thinking a lot about money, economic capital, and my lack thereof. I found the video below on MIT Anthropology’s website, dated March 4, 2011. Though it had not happened yet, he explains the logic behind an Occupy Wall Street movement. I just wanted to post it to strengthen my tie to MIT Anthropology. :chin […]

Abstract: Cultural Obstacles to Economic Development Often Transitory by Timur Kuran

October 19, 2011 by


Abstracted by Brian J. Delas Armas According to economist Timur Kuran, culture can often be an obstacle to economic growth and developments.  He opines that “cultural lock-in” or the idea that people are “trapped” in their cultural beliefs and communities is among the causes of persistent underdevelopment.”  He assumes that with this “cultural lock-in”, there […]

Abstract: Consuming Interests by Orvar Lofgren

October 16, 2011 by


Abstracted by Brian J. Delas Armas In the vein of Mary Douglas’ “The Uses of Goods”, Orvar Lofgren argues that Swedish consumption of home products is an active site where culture was constantly being made and contested.  He argues against the ideas that social identity has been lost in this consumption, that consumers are shallow, […]