BrotherGreed t1_j622irg wrote

>do you guys not have an accountant that does everything for you..? I thought most people did this, honestly..

Lol what? Is this satire? Plenty of people dont have money to pay someone to do their taxes for them.


BrotherGreed t1_izhnwoe wrote

>Possible with the tech we have in a reasonable timeframe (as in several decades)?

Doubtful. I read recently that with current technology it would take us something like 18,000 years to reach Alpha Centauri, the next nearest star system. The galaxy is much, much thicker than that distance.

So unless there's some massive breakthrough on the level of sci-fi warp drives in our lifetime, I wouldn't expect any galactic selfies.


BrotherGreed t1_iy76puu wrote

I think that it's interesting that the wiki article refers to it as ritual killing of the elderly. While it probably is part of it, the wording doesn't necessarily strike me as something done purely out of necessity.

Maybe in some areas hard times came and the elderly volunteered to die for the good of their village or whatever, recognizing that they would be a burden and never contribute meaningful labor again, and then it became a sort of expectation/ritual? I'm going to try to dig a little more into it. It's certainly piqued my morbid curiosity.


BrotherGreed t1_ivh6435 wrote

It's possible, but it just isn't likely, or at least not likely enough to be worth it for me.

Businesses knocking on your door like this are either new and trying to establish a clientele, or not very good and therefore don't receive repeat business and need to constantly find new clients.

Local, established professional businesses that do good work will likely have contracts with local businesses and generate more from word of mouth and likely don't need to go door to door coming up with lies "we were just working on your neighbor's yard over there..." and "discounts" to manipulate you.

If you wanna roll the dice and find out if it's a new guy that does quality work or a shady business that does bad work, more power to you, it's your property. I'll skip the jerking around and hire an established professional business with good reviews that I went and sought out. Just keeps things simple.


BrotherGreed t1_itrp12c wrote

Absolutely, a job being remote didn't change the required skillset, but before remote work became as prevalent as it is now, the imperative to learn (and more importantly, teach) these skillsets was probably much lower in rural settings than it was in urban ones.

When I went to high school in the city I had to take a computing class to learn how to use Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Publisher, and Access (to a much lesser degree,) and there was a lot of emphasis put on how important learning how to use these programs at least to a basic level would be in our professional lives.

My friend who's a farmer went to a high school in rural Iowa and part of his curriculum was learning tractor maintenance, taking care of farm animals, and about agricultural science. He also took computer classes, but the same emphasis wasn't there.

Naturally, someone thought that one skillset would benefit me more than the other, and someone thought that one skillset would benefit him more than the other, and funny enough, they were right. I work in an office, and he's a farmer.

But maybe what remote work is doing now is breaking down the wall (at least in one direction,) and maybe we'll see these skills becoming more widespread everywhere as people in rural environments start to learn the skills necessary to take up remote office work instead of moving to the city to do it. I wonder what this article might look like if it was written five or ten years from now.