What if Millennials’ aversion to car-buying isn’t a temporary side effect of the recession, but part of a permanent generational shift in tastes and spending habits? It’s a question that applies not only to cars, but to several other traditional categories of big spending—most notably, housing. And its answer has large implications for the future shape of the economy—and for the speed of recovery.
It’s safe to say that a decent number of Tumblr users are a part of the Millennial generation. So, tell us: Do you own a car or house? If not, why?
IT’S BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO DISPOSABLE INCOME YOU THUNDERING IDIOTS. Fucking preference has nothing to do with it. 50% of college graduates have no job! They all have the most student loan debt ever! What are you asking this question for?!
Also: housing is a good bit more expensive now.
My parents got a 15-year mortgage on a new house in the mid-70s. The house was $32,000. Average home price in that area now? $190,000.
So, home prices went up. Food prices went up. Health care prices went WAY UP. Rent prices went up. Higher education went up so damn high that some of us forgo that all together. Energy prices went up. Car prices went up.
Prices of prices went up.
We also pay cell phone bills, internet bills, data plans, text plans, online subscriptions, cable/satellite tv, netflix, DVR subscriptions — bills that didn’t even exist 30-40 years ago. We also use computers and smartphones and microwaves and other consumer electronics that didn’t exist 20-50 years ago.
We need medications and doctors and contact lenses and tampons and maxi pads and other things that cost money just to be alive and keep us healthy.
Most of us can’t afford to:
Get married and have a “Traditional” big wedding
Buy a house
Buy a new car
PLAN to have children
Take two, consecutive weeks of vacation.
Jobs that paid 50k in the late 1990s now pay between 30-35. Interest rates that favor consumers have gone down.
So I say, no. We are not choosing not to buy homes. We’re not choosing to take the bus in cities where there’s no good public transit. WE ARE NOT CHOOSING TO LIVE WHAT SOCIETY DEEMS AS AN UNDESIRABLE LIFESTYLE.
Don’t even get me started on the fact that these two people in the picture are young white hipsters. Young black and brown folks have been forgoing homeownership and buying new cars for decades, this shit isn’t new, pal. You’re just acting like this shit is new because it’s hitting white folks.
anyway, my point is: We are fucking broke.
There’s also the fact that buying a house ties you to one spot. Jobs are so transient, you have to be able to move for a new job in case you lose your current one. the lady who does our taxes can’t understand why we don’t own a house. We’ve moved four times in the last six years. once across the states to california, then from LA to San Jose, then a short move to RC because my husband’s job moved to San Francisco. Can you imagine if we were trying to buy and sell houses in those places every time we moved? It’d be insane!
Yeah those hipsters in the picture don’t look frustrated and trapped enough.
I love how older, well-off people think that these are things we’re just choosing to do, man. Because being broke/unemployed, and having a house’s worth of debt by the age of 22 is totally the popular lifestyle thing these days. So totally nobody else’s fault but our own misguided whims.
Hahaha, yeah, people don’t own houses and cars cuz “they don’t feel like it”.
What better sign do you need of the eradication of the middle class.
I am still not doing the very things I chide myself for not doing regularly enough on this very blog. I’m still not posting all my little doodles and experiments, even though this is meant to be a WIP blog. I’m still not making time to work on my 2d art or practice the technicalities of drawing. While it is hard enough to find time to practice my 3d focus, If I have time to doodle, I could be doing studies!
Todays little rant at myself comes from listening to FZD design cinema at work all day. Feng Zhu is really motivating my ass lately.
Today is a 2d day! And that means lots of Ctrl-Paint! This afternoon was a two and a half hour line art session on reference drawing. Wow, I sure do love really thick lines. (there is a reson for this and it involves shitty Wacom drivers acting up.)
I posted these questions on Polycount, but the UDK forum is so niche that I want to get them to as wide an audience as possible! Here is a link to the thread if you are a polycounter who has any answers! Or leave a comment!
Hey guys, I’ve been experimenting with some material tricks and particle effects, and I’ve run into some questions I can’t google my way out of.
#1 - Can I get emissive textures to show up properly on a two sided material? at the moment the ‘outside’ face has emissive effects, but the ‘inside’ face does not.
#2 - Is there a way to make random numbers in the material editor? I want to apply a random texture to my model, but I would much rather the material do it than set up a whole bunch (~34 variations) of particle emitters in the same systems. I want to randomly select a colour within a range, and randomly select one of four diffuse textures.
Edit: #2b - Can I have a parameter that allows me to choose which channel of a texture is used in a material?
#3 - Just to be clear on this, I can’t have particle effects coming out of my particles right? If I have a particle system spawning random rocks, I couldn’t have those rocks be on fire? I’m sure I’m missing something here, but I’m new to cascade.
Can’t use a Boxing film for referencing without doing an anatomy study. I tried to add tones to this when I was done but it really doesn’t work with the line art, and no amount of PS trickery can hide that! Welp.
Referenced from the film Ali, 2008. I’ve decided to work my way through all of Michael Mann’s directed films this summer. I’m a really big fan of Heat, and I love the neo-noir rain slicked streets look that alot of his films have. This decision actually came about because I sat down to watch Miami Vice with my girlfriend; expecting a camp action romp, then realising it was everything but. I only checked who directed it afterwards, and suddenly everything made sense!
This is the sketchbook blog of Ian Maclure, an aspiring Games Artist
studying at Huddersfield university. Everything Posted here is very
'Work-In-Progress', and is never really representative of the final
result! For that, you should check my online portfolio
-in few months, when it's up.