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A career in computer programming sucks in China

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A Chinese commenter writes:

I’ve lived in Mainland China and worked there as a Biz Analyst/PM, so in IT. Here is what I can tell you. Wages are low. There is an oversupply of programmers because too many people studied that for the market, so in Shanghai the average programmer probably gets only 10,000 rmb month (not much in such an expensive city), I was making 3X that, and over the age of 30, something strange happens…if they don’t move up to management or laterally to some other area (like Systems Analyst, Business Analyst) they disappear. It is rare to see a computer programmer in China over 35, VERY RARE. The reason why is pretty obvious, companies in China focus on cost over quality, and they will hire cheaper younger people and take the hit on quality. It is not just Mainland China, Taiwan is similar, IT job (including programming) are very low pay. Comp Engineers and designers who work on circuit boards are a bit different, but this is also a waning industry in Taiwan as they lose competitiveness to Mainland China, South Korea, Malaysia, etc.

Since most Mainland Chinese families require a man have a house and a car before they can marry (at least a university educated woman) and property prices around the big cities are similar to U.S. levels or higher (although wages are 1/4 the U.S. level) programming SUCKS. Women know this. If you say you work in IT and you are not a manger, most women don’t want to talk to you, unless it is a university sweet heart or maybe a peasant girl.

Computer programming in China sounds a lot like computer programming in the United States. In both countries, it’s a career with a limited lifespan. If you are unable to get promoted to a better job before you turn 35, you are screwed.

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April 19, 2014 at 6:49 pm

Posted in International

Katy Perry’s Dark Horse music video

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The video has already been viewed 237,540,860 times on YouTube, so I guess I must be one of the last people on the planet to watch it.

Wow! What an amazing video. Is Katy Perry a secret fan of the science fiction TV series Stargate SG-1? Because that’s what the song and the music video are obviously borrowing from. A search of the internet reveals that hardly anyone has noticed the connection besides me.

I am sad that Katy has marred her otherwise perfect arm with an ugly tattoo. This must be what the late Paul Fussell meant by “prole drift.”

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April 18, 2014 at 11:49 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

Diaosi in The Economist

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Thanks to reader Fiddlesticks for pointing me to The Economist article about diaosi.

Diaosi is a term that went vial in China in early 2012. The consensus English translation is “loser,” but the literal translation is “male pubic hair” or “penis hair.” Diaosi have no hope of finding a girlfriend, because girls in China are apparently only interested in men who are tall, handsome, and wealthy. Diaosi spend most of their free time playing online computer games.

90% of China’s IT workers consider themselves to be diaosi. (According to The Atlantic, a whopping 97.39% of programmers consider themselves diaosi.) I find this a little surprising because I thought that IT and computer programming would be more respected in China than it is in the United States, but apparently IT work is the lowest status white-collar occupation all over the world. The highest-status jobs in China are “civil servants, working for the government or the Communist Party” because those are the job categories in which those surveyed are least likely to identify as losers.

One difference between the United States and China is that in the United States we embrace the philosophy of relentless optimism, so even losers are not likely to call themselves losers. In China, people are allowed to be more honest about their station in life.

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April 18, 2014 at 12:48 pm

Immigration reform is coming from John Boehner

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The day after Mitt Romney lost the presidential election, I predicted that the Republicans would pass immigration reform, because the lesson they would learn from the loss would be that they can only win elections in the future if they convince Hispanics they are on their side, and they would do that by passing immigration reform.

This does not mean that I believe that Republicans need to pass immigration reform to win elections, it means I believe that party leaders have convinced themselves of that. In fact, what I really believe is that Romney lost because too many prole whites perceived him as being for the rich and not for regular white people. And I also believe that Republicans will sign their own death warrant by passing immigration reform, because the immigrants who become citizens will vote Democratic. But Republicans aren’t interested in that sort of analysis.

It would seem that this was one of my predictions that failed, because a year and a half later there is still no immigration reform. But the Wall Street Journal reports:

Speaker John Boehner and other senior House Republicans are telling donors and industry groups that they aim to pass immigration legislation this year, despite the reluctance of many Republicans to tackle the divisive issue before the November elections.

Many lawmakers and activists have assumed the issue was off the table in an election year. But Mr. Boehner said at a Las Vegas fundraiser last month he was “hellbent on getting this done this year,” according to two people in the room.

So there you see, John Boehner is working his hardest to make sure my prediction comes true.

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April 18, 2014 at 11:39 am

Posted in Immigration

Black leaders say that De Blasio has utter disdain for black community

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From today’s NY Post:

The ministers, led by the Rev. Dennis Dillon of the Brooklyn Christian Center, took to City Hall’s steps Thursday to demand that the mayor appoint more African-Americans to high-ranking positions.

They claimed that by not doing so, Mayor de Blasio — who has made his biracial family a centerpiece of both his campaign and his administration — was displaying “utter disdain” toward the black community.

This is an example of the saying “give them and inch and they’ll take a mile.”

And there’s also this interesting point at the end:

He refused to give the mayor credit for appointing a Spanish-speaking schools chancellor, Carmen Fariña, because he said, “Latinos is not a race. It happens to be a language designation by the US Census in this age.”

Fariña was instead marked in the report as white because her parents emigrated to America from Spain.

Wow, how did black leaders learn that some “Hispanics” are actually white Europeans? Maybe they have been reading blogs like Steve Sailer?

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April 18, 2014 at 9:24 am

Posted in New York City

Midnight Cowboy

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I watched Midnight Cowboy this week. This movie was given an “X” rating when it was originally released in 1969, presumably because of a scene in which there is the very vague and obtuse suggestion that the lead male character is receiving a blowjob from another male. The movie doesn’t even have any nudity in it. Nor did you see any other physical evidence that a blowjob happened. After watching the movie, I had to look it up on the internet to make sure I interpreted the scene correctly.

Isn’t that quaint? Before Hollywood became all-gay all the time, the merest suggestion of a man getting a blowjob from another man was considered so shocking that it was illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to view the movie, even with the permission of their parents.

Today, there’s gay stuff on television all the time, as well as implied sex, even implied sex between minors, so that horrific “X” rated scene might even be allowed on regular broadcast television today.

And how was Midnight Cowboy as a movie? Pretty good. All old movies lack the polish and sophistication of modern movies and television shows. Awkward dialog and acting were considered standard back then. However, the high contrast and inaccurate colors of old color film gives the movie the feel of going back in time to the gritty New York City of 1969. Unlike modern Hollywood where gays are glorified, homosexuality was not presented in a very flattering light. That gays hung out in New York City seemed like an additional testament to the moral and physical decay of the city. The word “fag” was used often. That’s a word that’s considered “hate speech” today and would be considered much worse than the suggestion of a guy getting a gay blowjob.

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April 17, 2014 at 1:46 pm

Posted in Movies

The problem of gold diggers in New York City

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A reader said that I should highlight more articles from the NY Post.

So today, an article from the NY Post about gold diggers:

For Robin Kassner, a 30-something CEO of her own firm, Haute PR, her future husband’s wallet, like his heart, can never be too big.

“As a successful woman, I’m looking for someone of my caliber — not some schlump off the street, but someone as successful as me — or more.”

The flaxen-haired vixen is heaving with desire, and has the décolletage-baring dresses to prove it.

“I want to go from a First Avenue princess to a Park Avenue princess,” says the UES singleton, who is unequivocal about her choosy checklist. “I’m looking for a perfect 10 — someone who’s 5 on the looks scale with $5 million in the bank.”

She earns in the top 1 percent, but she’s not interested in a parasite who’s not earning his own keep.

“Some people may call me a gold digger, but I call myself a goal digger — I’m goal-oriented, I have a really nice lifestyle, but I need a husband who can move me into the next tax bracket, together. There’s no shame in my game.”

Because all of the women in New York City are like Robin Kassner, nice guys like Ross Den are unable to find romance:

Ross Den, a 30-year-old entrepreneur and photographer, has a lot to offer — a job, his own apartment and wheels (including a car and a motorcycle). But he has yet to find success in the brutal NYC dating pool.

“‘Do you live in the city?’ is one of the first questions to come up,” says Den, who lives in geographically undesirable Midwood, Brooklyn.

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April 17, 2014 at 10:44 am

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