Remember the high school crowd that studied really hard because they had no social life, because they were weird or unattractive? Well, they all got accepted into UC Berkeley. Sometimes I think the campus must have sucked up all the beauty. There are some great minds on campus but most of them are self-absorbed in their own research to give a dam about the world around them.
The social life and dating life at Berkeley SUCKS! There are very few good looking people that come here. Prepare to lower your standards of what you consider good-looking (the phenomenon is known as “Berkeley goggles”). About 80% of all the women are ugly and the very few who are pretty are all in serious relationships. If they ever break up with a boyfriend, they could have one within the hour if they so desired. If you’re an average looking girl, it’ll be a similar thing although perhaps not as drastic. You’ll get another guy before the week is out, should you so desire. Berkeley was rated by Playboy as having the “ugliest” girls. Some of the girls are alright looking, but they often have old boyfriends from home that they simply REFUSE to let go of, are bitchy as hell or are so involved in their “Greek Life” crap that they won’t give guys outside their little bubble world the time of day. However, if you are a D1 bold athlete with money, you will be fine.
Most people tend to keep to themselves on campus and this can be somewhat isolating. There are clubs that you can join but since I’m not Asian there goes about 80% of the options. The football games and close proximity to San Francisco are the only good social perks about Berkeley. Around town there are only THREE bars and they can get really overcrowded and gross..
The city itself is…depressing. Homeless people everywhere. Berkeley, the city, town, whatever it is, is a terrible place to live for people who don’t beg on the streets for a living. I’m not sure if Berkeley is a city or a town because it’s too small and boring to be a proper city but too filled with concrete and ugly to be a proper town. It’s dirty, it’s ghetto, it’s small and boring, yet it’s expensive.
I often wondered how half the students got admitted. Numerous people struggled with classes that contain basic concepts like Stats 2. However, If you come to Cal, expect to work your ass off and then some. People are here to get credentials, not make friends. The professors at Cal Berkeley ranged from open-minded and accepting to so close minded, the only way to get an A is to be a complete sycophant. My advice is to take everything at Berkeley with a grain of salt and try to make the best of it. The degree is cool if you can survive without a social life for about 4-5 years, because the Greek system and social interaction is discouraged by the huge amount of silly work given. The Greek System itself, is being turned into a joke by the University. Constant moratoriums prevent any party from being held, and the Campus is pretty dead on football days. Everyone goes to the game and then goes home to study some more.
It looks like Android will be destined only for cheap, inferior phones for the masses after all. Only 8% of Android users are even on the latest Android 4.2, which was released almost a year ago, so putting expensive 64-bit processors and a new 64-bit Android OS on new Android phones wouldn’t even be worth it since so few Android users even bother getting Android upgrades and the phones are already mostly $100 junk. Why put an expensive 64-bit chip into a $100 phone? What’s the point of 64-bit on typical sub-$200 Android phones for the poor masses around the world? What’s the point of 64-bit when only 8% of Android users have upgraded so far to 1-year old Android 4.2? At that rate, it’ll take 12 years for Android 4.2 to reach the 93% penetration iOS 6 enjoyed before iOS 7 came out. What’s the point of 64-bit when most Android users wont’t ever use or see it and are content with old 32-bit versions of Android for at least the next decade?
Meanwhile, Android OEMs are universally profitless, including Samsung on its low to mid range phones. Chinese Android OEMs are undercutting Samsung massively in China on its profitable high-end phones and soon around the world. Without profits, the whole Android OEM base and thus ecosystem collapses, just like the declining profitless Windows PC industry today despite huge 80-90% profitless market share and 1 billion activations. Commoditized Android OEMs lack the profits to invest in R&D and can’t keep up with Apple on 64-bit chips/OS/apps, fingerprint sensors that work, etc. Which take billions and put the power of a desktop computer in the palm of your hand. App developers flee Android because they don’t want to be the last person on the Titanic, just like they flee the PC app market today swimming in red ink. Android’s typical customer doesn’t even have enough money to buy a data plan and apps, unlike Apple’s customer who has the discretionary income to buy data plans and apps BEYOND the initial smartphone purchase. Android’s also too fragmented and insecure to get adopted by the enterprise, whereas Apples’s wall-garden approach of uniformity and security lend itself to quick adoption by corporate IT via BYOD and Windows-like network effects. Android is left with the bottom 80% consumer around the world, who doesn’t even buy data plans or apps and for whom his Android phone is nothing more than a newfangled feature phone with a touchscreen.
Wrocław, situated in Central Europe on the Silesian Lowlands on the river Oder, is the largest city in western Poland. Wroclaw can be fun at times. However, most people are very sad and boring. Everyone works 16 hours a day with no time for anything else. Mix that with the high costs of living (for locals) and almost nothing to offer young people and you got yourself a shithole. Most foreigners soon find themselves very lonely, especially if they don’t speak the language. There is very little art/culture, and friends groups are very closed and close-minded. Every few months there is some interesting festival to go to but no fun if you’re alone as a foreigner.
Most beautiful country towns are empty because of joblessness and poverty. Poland needs more artists and geniuses, unfortunately they all ran away overseas as soon as they got the chance. There is very little pride for their country which is sad. If you want to make friends and meet interesting and inspiring people then you will only find other foreigners.
Although there is an abundance of super cute girls, who are generally approachable and have decent personalities. They have no real character or depth that compels you to want to get to know them better.
Wroclaw Poland is like a broken rocking horse, it’s only fun in a kind of dark, sad way, until you get splinters in your skin and start to bleed.
The primal male urge is to master oneself physically and spiritually and assert this dominance over others. A great symbol of this force is the BBQ — where parts of a dead animal are cooked over a fire (something you can’t master if you’re a veggie/vegetarian). One of the reasons Northern California is such a social-graveyard is men here are actually women i.e. passive, unambitious, lacking physical and mental willpower, and unwilling to aggressively pursue goals or fulfill sexual desires (the typical bay area guy sleeps with subpar leftovers). NYC is the complete opposite. That’s why New York is in many regards the best city for picking up HIGH quality women. Bay area woman are bland, boring and completely lacking originality. If you’ve met one, chances are, you’ve met them all. On the west coast — from the bay area up to Seattle people are ass backwards.
Living things aim to discharge their strength and express their ‘will to power’ (a pouring-out of expansive energy) which, quite naturally, can entail danger, pain, deception and masks. What counts as a preferable and legitimate action depends upon the kind of person one is. Whether one is strong, healthy, powerful and overflowing with ascending life, or whether one is weak, sick and on the decline. Seriously, the wilder you get the more alive you feel. However, American society (especially in the bay area) depends on low testosterone drones i.e. sick people. The healthier someone is the shorter term they think (young people). When people are sick, weak and on the and on the decline (older people) the longer term they seem to plan (who is going to take care of me) and seek more solid compatibility in a mate (looks start to fade). In Breaking Bad (TV show), the main character is a nerd until he gets cancer. Then he has nothing to lose and realizes how awesome it is pouring-out expansive energy. Seriously, you get cancer/virus/etc being a complete bore.
To sum up, most people around the world (especially in the bay area) are sick, lots have various health issues that effect their behaviors. People feel drained/burned out/tired/etc because they live an un-natural life. For about 97% of human existence we were nomadic hunter gathers. Yes, for 97% of human existence not only did we not own anything, we had no concept of property. As we were nomadic, we did not live in towns, villages or cities, we were always moving to wherever we could find food, water and shelter. Anything you owned you would have to carry with you which would slow you down and lower your chances of survival and not increase them. In egalitarian societies, which hunter-gather societies were, basic tools were shared as were child-rearing responsibilities. As we had no concept of property, we had not concept of people as property (slavery) or people as sexual property (marriage). It simply did not serve our survival needs. SO nature is embraced and everything was balanced (everyone was fucking everyone)…. then the shift happened. The shift happened very slowly starting about 8,000 BC with the advent of the agricultural revolution in what we now call the middle-east. We moved away from the nomadic hunter-gatherer lifestyle and started to farm our own animals and vegetables and as a side-effect of that, started to live a settled existence for the first time in towns, villages and cities. We invented property around this time because property became necessary for our survival with the first property being land, specifically fertile land that was good for farming blah blah. The net effect of these design flaws is that we live a broken world.
It is just maze of suburban sprawl in the middle of more suburban sprawl. Downtown SD is a sleepy convention town with a lot of cheesy bars and bad restaurants. The city has more of a suburban feel, and there is a serious lack of public transportation or interesting nightlife. Though it is the 2nd largest city in the state it doesn’t feel like a city to me. I think it has more in common with places like Phoenix or Dallas. I gave SD a chance and the people are incredibly bland, uncultured and too laid-back. I’m all for the beach, but EVERY weekend doing the same thing at Moonlight Beach is just a bit much for me. Nobody seems really passionate about anything.
As for UCSD, it’s a great school if you’re crushingly boring, ride a longboard, and think you’re “chill” and don’t enjoy the company of others. Even the Greek system is filled with socially weird people that you feel like you are wasting your time when you hang out with them. The general atmosphere of UCSD is shockingly boring and depressing. UCSD students are just dying to graduate and leave asap.
This documentary Cluckin’ Chicken explores this topic.
Don’t get too serious with people in SF because San Francisco is not a serious place. Lots of bars. Lots of options and nobody seems terribly interested in developing relationships. They have spoiled themselves to the point that they don’t even realize it. This is one reason why 61% of the men and women are single. The other reason being demographics and the Paradox of Choice..
Transplants come to SF, have their outing, and then bug on out back home. Most of the women are total rubbish (“I shaved my privates five days ago for my super jealous ex and he’s been stalking us for the last half hour…”).
Yup, that San Fran. You’ll run into lots of self-centered spineless hipsters, anti-social geeks, egoistic corporate idiots, hypocritical losers and the generally unpleasant. If you find this hard to believe, just take a look at online dating in San Francisco bay area. The FEWER people signed up for online dating means the more success they are having meeting real people. High online dating means inability to actually meet people in the real world, or such picky standards that no actual people meet their unrealistic expectations. Similarly, high income people only seek others of similar income or higher, and high physical and mental well being mean they are only satisfied with other similar “10” type people; everyone who is an “8” or under isn’t even considered. Overall, SF is just a place to screw around.
To understand civilization is to realise that women are women and men are men and that they fulfil different roles in society. The whole feminist agenda to turn everyone into gender neutral clones is utterly ridiculous and totally against nature! It destroys feminine qualities and promotes masculinity. I don’t want to see the human race reduced to a collection of indistinguishable hermaphrodites. Feminism is really just a PERVERTED form of *will to power*. Which is simply a will toward self-preservation and existence in general. One does not want to become enslaved or subjugated by others. It is a desire for freedom and independence. However, the single biggest reason men hold positions of power is that biologically they are driven to be more ambitious and take more risks than women. Many studies have been released in recent years (several conducted by women) showing that testosterone drives risk-taking, domineering, powerful behavior. Guess which gender has exponentially more testosterone? This doesn’t mean that women are inferior–why should risk taking, domination, and power be held in esteem over any other virtue or character trait? One can be submissive/weak and still hold power over others. This is the kind of power that one feels over one’s employer when one is highly skilled and experienced at a certain job position that few others are willing or capable to perform at all, to say nothing of performing as proficiently.
Based on basic biological drives, women and men will never achieve parity in accomplishment in certain fields. It just will not happen, but Feminism doesn’t like that and won’t accept this basic fact, so rather than to focus on individualistic desires and practical thinking, they want to socially engineer society to fit their ultra-feminist/progressive vision. Their arguments are based on prefabricated rational reasons whose entire grounding lies in pure perception and persuasion. Stop rape? Right, they are still under the impression that rationality/reason precedes/dictates emotion. Accept that men and women are different, and let individuals make their own choices.
This discussion exists because people of all political persuasions, social backgrounds and economic conditions are debating within a narrow modern world-view and have simply accepted as fact a mushy blend of modern theory that repeatedly contradicts itself and stands in sharp contrast to an almost entirely forgotten world of opposing thought: that of the ancients. Only great philosophers were capable of introducing people to the deepest and most profound life, and without this introduction, people would forever remain in their respective caves.
Most people are incapable of true self-examination and self-understanding because they are ignorant of ancient philosophy, which poses the only alternative to the modern concept of man. Allen Bloom said it best: A serious life means being fully aware of the alternatives, thinking about them with all the intensity one brings to bear on life-and-death questions, in full recognition that every choice is a great risk with necessary consequences that are hard to bear. The modern university does not force students to confront these alternatives at all, much less seriously think about them. Therefore, the modern university fails in its purpose, which is to create students aware of the vast array of possibilities that life offers and capable of choosing the good life.
And that reason is that helpless people are easy to manage. Helpless people
can be counted upon to act as their own jailers because they are so
inadequate to complex reality they are afraid of new experience. They’re
like animals whose spirits have been broken. Helpless people take orders
well, they don’t have minds of their own, they are predictable, they won’t
surprise corporations or governments with resistance to the newest product
craze, the newest genetic patent – or by armed revolution. Helpless people
can be counted on to despise independent citizens and hence they act as a
fifth column in opposition to social change in the direction of personal
When training beats education, civilization dies.
No where is nightlife more “stiff” than in Los Angeles (San Fran doesn’t have a nightlife). Maybe OC and San Diego are on par. People just pose in those cities. If you go to any “Hot” Hollywood nightclub, it’s mostly a place for rich-kid, well-connected, wannabe or actual starlets to hang out, look cool, and posture. Forget about going to any Hollywood nightclub and seeing tons of really hot girls dancing and having fun. Not saying it never happens, just don’t be surprised if you don’t find it. It seems to happen randomly, and almost always at SBE venues. It is such a difference when you go to Miami Beach or NYC. People are having fun. Dancing. Laughing. Enjoying life.
Moreover, is it just me, or do big cities in the US just kind of suck compared to other countries? In most other countries, in the big cities. There is 24 hour life, all night night life, street vendors and markets all over, and generally there is just an energy everywhere, opportunity around every corner. People doing things everywhere you look. US cities on the other hand, tend to resemble suburbs to me. Not much street life. Everything shuts down at 2 a.m. (or earlier). And a generally uptight feeling with rules and regulations on just about everything. It kind of kills the idea of living in a city to me at all.