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This Jezebel article/roundup is such anti-millennial catnip. (I’m a millennial, technically, fyi?)

Lines like “It’s my weakest point. I’ve literally only been alive 23 years” and “I am going to call my dad whom I barely speak to and ask to borrow it to pay you [a vendor]” are such deliciously entitled tears to lap.

On the one hand, running a small business is terrifying and awful and almost always fails. You spend most of your time robbing Peter to pay Paul while lying to Mary about the whole thing and hoping she doesn’t notice you’ve also robbed her because you owe Paul a lot of fucking money somehow.

On the other hand, your whole brand is about how you’re alternative and young and savvy, so…

Running a business at any age is brutal, I guess. Having a cash stream that you can reluctantly hit up (“WHOM I BARELY SPEAK TO”, did you HEAR ME?) is a luxury I wish I had. Maybe I could start a business if I had one? That would be bae af.

Unrelated: just screen grabbing text and putting in as images seems to work pretty well. Maybe I’ll turn my tumblr into a snapchat story someday.

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When it comes to embarking on the journey of parenthood, lots of millennials are saying, “Thanks but, no, thanks." To find out why so many young people are eschewing tradition, we solicited dozens of responses from people of all identities. From financial to biological concerns, their reasons were myriad — and all equally valid.

(Thanks to everyone who submitted answers!)

Speaking of linguistics, there’s one particular linguistic tick that I think clearly separates Baby Boomers from Millennials: how we reply when someone says “thank you.”

You almost never hear a Millennial say “you’re welcome.” At least not when someone thanks them. It just isn’t done. Not because Millenials are ingrates lacking all manners, but because the polite response is “No problem.” Millennials only use “you’re welcome” sarcastically when they haven’t been thanked or when something has been taken from/done to them without their consent. It’s a phrase that’s used to point out someone else’s rudeness. A Millenial would typically be fairly uncomfortable saying “you’re welcome” as an acknowledgement of genuine thanks because the phrase is only ever used disengenuously.

Baby Boomers, however, get really miffed if someone says “no problem” in response to being thanked. From their perspective, saying “no problem” means that whatever they’re thanking someone for was in fact a problem, but the other person did it anyway as a personal favor. To them “You’re welcome” is the standard polite response.

“You’re welcome” means to Millennials what “no problem” means to Baby Boomers, and vice versa.The two phrases have converse meanings to the different age sets. I’m not sure exactly where this line gets drawn, but it’s somewhere in the middle of Gen X. This is a real pain in the ass if you work in customer service because everyone thinks that everyone else is being rude when they’re really being polite in their own language.

You Don't Know Sh*! About Natural Gas. Read This.

Let’s talk about gas. No no, not the gas that comes out of your ass but rather the gas that comes out of the earth and fuels your stoves, homes and generates electricity that powers your life and gadgets! Everyone who recycles and eats “locally sourced” lettuce thinks they know a thing or two about what it means to being green, but when we bring up natural gas as one of the great heroes of the clean energy movement, everyone goes blank.


Here’s just how much you don’t know about natural gas.

When you hear the words “climate change” being spoken, you think about the sad polar bear standing on his 1 cubic square inch of ice almost drowning to death in the middle of the North Pole. And the world coming to an end. And the fact that you could be riding your bike more. You definitely don’t think about all the things we could be doing to lower CO2 emission rates, and how we can maintain our standard of living whilst being conscience of our carbon footprint. Natural gas is a great remedy to our emissions issues. It is the least carbon-intensive major energy source, emitting up to 60% less CO2 than coal when used for electricity generation.



When you think about oil, you think “evil liquid killing the earth that also fuels my lovely Prius named Penelope”… But did you know that coal is a huge culprit of CO2 emissions as well? Well now you know. You’re welcome.


When you see solar panels, you wish you were soaking up the sun, too or you think “ugh, too expensive for me”. You definitely don’t think about how much solar panels are saving us from ultimate world doom and saving you dollars on your energy bill.



“You know what fracking is, right??” “Fracking… Oh, let me just google that right quick. I used to know… Umm, my internet is down. Can you just remind me again?” “It’s this thing…”



When you think about climate change and these types of issues, you get overwhelmed because quite frankly, who cares about the environment when you don’t even have a job and you have all these bills to pay? Forget the polar bears, save the US economy first!



When you think of oil companies, you don’t think about the other “good stuff” they’re doing to save the environment such as renewable energy and natural gas exploration. You just think “big evil oil company killing all the polar bears… and fueling my car” because after all, that’s the way the media and all your friends tell you to think, right?



Staying informed is the key to curing ignorance… But remember, not all news sites are created equal.



Let’s talk about something dirty… Voting! Everyone does it, but no one wants to talk about it. Just kidding! It’s more like: no one does it, but everyone talks about it. It’s like our complicated relationship with cross-fit and veganism.


When you think about the things that matter to the US, you think of job creation, more organic food for everyone, and stricter gun laws. One of the most understated issues is alternative, clean sources of energy. We all love our iPhones, computers, the lights in our homes, and the gas in our stoves, but we rarely think about what powers our world (literally!). Without energy, you wouldn’t be able to read this article right now!


Think about the next question carefully… Your iPhone, iPad, computer, cat, mom, and the mac-n-cheese on your stove depend on it.


Forming opinions and perspectives can be healthy when it comes to understanding complex issues such as climate change and natural gases. However, remember that being flexible about your views can make you even smarter and more enlightened.


So knowing what you know now… Why don’t you think more people know about natural gas?! When you figure out the answer, please tell us (in the poll below).


i’ve noticed more millennial articles on washington post, but there’s a very common theme, it’s all people born in the early 1980′s.  definitions of millennials vary by institution, it seems like millennials should be born in the middle part of the 1980′s at the earliest.

A person born in 1985 was 16 when 9/11 happened, they weren’t old enough to experience the cold war mentality and only knew about the brief era of peace and prosperity in the 1990′s.  The sudden change into the war on terror was not something they knew about or grew up with.Whereas someone born in 1980 had grown up through 11 years of the cold war, admittedly as it was winding down.  further, they were 20 when 9/11 happened and better able to process what was happening than a teenager or younger could (although everyone experienced it in different ways).

More importantly however was that a person born in 1985 was only 23 when the Great Recession hit.  they probably only had a little work experience and lots of debt if they went to college.  in fact, it gets worse the younger a person was, someone born in 1990 either had to try to find work as hundreds of thousands of them vanished in 2008 or went to college and then tried to find a job in the molasses recovery with little work experience, but a lot of debt.   

Someone born in 1980 meanwhile would have been 28 when the recession happened, with lots of time to get a degree if they wanted and build up a resume and work experience.  they might have lost more because they had more to lose, but with a stronger resume the recovery would have been easier, at least on the aggregate.  to say nothing of how much cheaper college was in the 90s.  

certainly people in the early 1980′s had trouble in the next 30 years, but no where near as much as those born in the later 80′s and early 90′s.

anonymous asked:

Why are they called millennials if the dates that define the generation don't even involve the millennia change?

Oh man, anon. I just recorded an entire podcast about this last night. The term “Millennial” has been tossed around so much that no one really knows what it means anymore, but the general idea behind it is that it describes the generation that “came of age” at the beginning of the millennium. This doesn’t completely match up with the years assigned to it, but generally Millennials refers to anyone born 1980(ish) to 1997. If you’re currently between the ages of 18 and 35, you’re considered a Millennial, for better or for worse.

For more on this, you can follow thatadultfeel​, my new podcast that will be launching later this month! Episode 2 is all about the term “Millennials.”

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Meet the Mic Fifty, the next generation of impactful leaders, influencers and innovators

Brilliant scientists. Future business titans. Powerful social activists. Emerging movie directors. Brave warzone journalists. Underground comedians. Those bold trailblazers who are unafraid to push boundaries and rethink the world. Those who inspire every other young person with a dollar and a dream and a problem to solve. Those who represent the very best of our generation.

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Students' how-to: registering and voting in the 2015 federal election
If you're a millennial, you and your peers represent more than 20 per cent of the population, making you a force to be reckoned with should you choose to head to the polls.

Whether starting university or heading into your final year, as a student you probably tend to move around more often than not, and with the 2015 federal election coming early in the first semester, voting needn’t be a hassle just because the Fair Elections Act changed some rules of the game.

The Oct. 19 vote will be the first in which all millennial voters (aged between 18-35 this year) will be old enough to cast a ballot. If you’re one of them, you and your peers represent more than 20 per cent of the population, making you a force to be reckoned with should you choose to head to the polls.

So here’s what you need to know and what you should do before school gets too busy.

What are the basics?

You vote for a candidate in your Federal Electoral District, also known as your “riding”. There’ll be 338 ridings in this election, each one sending a member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons. Under Canada’s first-past-the-post voting system, the candidate who receives the most votes in a riding will sit in the Commons as MP for the next four years. Most candidates are aligned with a political party. The more candidates a party is able to send to the Commons, the better its chance at forming government.

How can I vote?

There are four ways to vote: in person on election day (Oct. 19) or on any of the advance voting days (Oct. 9, 10, 11, 12), via mail (if you’re studying abroad, for example), or at one of the Elections Canada offices. You can find more information at elections.ca under ‘Ways to vote‘.

Do I have to register to vote?

There’s a good chance you’re already registered, but there’s a very simple way to find out and it only takes about a minute. Just go to ereg.elections.ca and press start.

If I’m not registered, how and when do I register to vote?

You can register online at ereg.election.ca, or visit or contact by mail your local Elections Canada office. The deadline to register is 6 p.m. on Oct. 13, 2015. You can also register just before you vote at your polling place, but it’s much easier and faster when you register ahead of time.

What’s my actual address as a student?

If you live in two places — one while at school, the other while away from school — choose which one you consider home and use that address to register. If you moved recently, or will be voting for the first time, make sure you’re registered in the correct location by entering your information on ereg.elections.ca.

What if I live on campus? Can I vote there?

This year for the first time, you’ll be able to vote in advance on select campuses, regardless of which riding you choose as your home (your hometown or where you attend school). Elections Canada has confirmed two offices at the University of Ottawa that will be open Oct. 5-8 between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m., but was still waiting to confirm an office at Carleton University. St. Paul’s University and Algonquin College won’t get an office this year. More information and the full list of campuses is also available online under “Ways to vote” under ‘Other Elections Canada offices‘.

Will I need a ‘voting card’?

A voting card is an information card you’ll receive in the mail by Oct. 1 to the address where you’re registered as a voter. It will contain all the information you need, including your riding, and the address and hours of your polling station. Besides ID, you’ll need to bring this voting card with you to avoid delays at the polling station.

What else will I need to vote?

You’ll need an ID with your name and address on it — remember, the address  has to be the one in the riding you’re voting in —such as a provincial or territorial ID card or a driver’s licence. Remember to update the latter within six days of moving, which you can do online through ServiceOntario at ontario.ca. If you don’t have either of those two IDs, you have to use two items such as your student ID card paired with any letter from your university or college, as long as the letter has your name and address on it. A full list of options and combinations can be found atelections.ca under ID to vote.

What if I’ll be studying abroad this fall?

You can still vote, but you’ll need to vote via mail. More information on elections.ca under ‘Ways to vote‘ in the ‘Vote by mail‘ tab. Ensure that you allow enough time for your voting kit to reach you and for your marked ballot to reach Elections Canada in Ottawa by the election day.

Where can I find more information?

Elections Canada’s website elections.ca has all the information you need, including your riding,FAQs, and a guide for first-time voters and students.

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A UK digital banking software firm has introduced an emoji-only passcode, which it says will be more secure and easier to remember than a traditional PIN.

Their press release is a little intense — it claims that 64% of Millennials communicate using only emojis and includes the phrase “When technology is used intelligently, utopia beckons on the horizon…” — but this still seems like an unexpectedly great idea.  

This is perfect. I’m SO proud to be Southern and have NO intention of leaving the South, but I’ll be damned if I sit around and let “The Greatest Generation” drag our name and the best parts of our culture through the mud while simultaneously trying to whitewash and sanitize our history. Over my dead body…

An Easy Way to Give Back to Girls in Need

An Easy Way to Give Back to Girls in Need

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I cannot believe that it is already September, Millennials. Fall is rushing in and that means yummy pumpkin spice coffee, comfy oversized sweaters, and, of course, back to school. That’s right, time to get your nose back into books and for those of you with kids, it is back to packing lunches and helping with homework. And even though they whine and complain, a lot of kids do not know just how…

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