Having your flight delayed sucks. There are only so many magazines you can read while waiting for your flight, and God knows that you’re not going to really sleep on those uncomfortable chairs at the gate. So what do you do when you have hours in the airport but not enough time to head back to a hotel? This guy had an idea. Traveler Richard Dunn made a music video in the Las Vegas McCarran airport set to Celine Dion’s “All By Myself,” and the result will make you regret all those hours you wasted in the airport playing Flappy Bird.

You can credit Delta Air Lines with this burst of inspiration. After Dunn’s flight was cancelled, he decided that he wanted to do something… creative with his time. He started the project at 2 a.m., when the airport was nearly empty. Armed with just his iPhone, Dunn had to get creative about his filming strategy. Dunn told CBC news:

I had a person behind a ticket counter give me a roll of luggage tape before she left. I then used a wheel chair that had a tall pole on the back of it and taped my iPhone to that. Then I would put it on the moving walkway for a dolly shot. I also used the extended handle on my computer bag and taped the iPhone to my handle. I would tuck different stuff under the bag to get the right angle. For the escalator shot I had to sprint up the steps after I got my shot so the computer bag didn’t hit the top and fall back down.
According to Vimeo, the video currently has 3.7 million plays. See what you can do if you channel boredom? Though I don’t think the video will pick up any awards at the VMA’s, it’s quite impressive for a guy who found himself stuck in the airport with just his phone.

This guy is an absolute LEGEND for what he did with his time, stranded in an airport, all by himself..


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George R.R. Martin’s Editor Hints at Eighth ‘Game of Thrones’ Book

George R.R. Martin’s Editor Hints at Eighth ‘Game of Thrones’ Book
UPDATED: Penguin Random House’s Anne Groell discussed the idea of stretching the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series on which the HBO series is based.
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Game of Thrones fans are already nervous that the HBO drama will catch up to the book series by George R.R. Martin, as the current season follows the second half of the third book. Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss reassure that they have acontingency plan in place should the TV series outpace Martin’s final book installments — a possibility that may be more likely than not, according to the author’s editor.

That’s right — Penguin Random House executive editor Anne Groell noted that the A Song of Ice and Fire series might require an eighth book.

When asked in a Suvudu Q&A if seven books is enough to finish the series, she responded, “I begin to wonder — though seven is what we currently have under contract. I remember when he called me, years and years back, to confess that his little trilogy was … well … no longer a trilogy. He predicted four books. I said, ‘Seven books for seven kingdoms.’ Then he said five books. I said, ‘Seven books for seven kingdoms.’ Then he went to six. I said … Well, you get it. Finally, we were on the same page. Seven books for seven kingdoms. Good.

“Only, as I recently learned while editing The World of Ice and Fire [another awesome thing you must buy when it comes out!], there are really technically eight kingdoms, all having to do with who has annexed what when Aegon the Conqueror landed in Westeros,” she continued. “So maybe eight books for seven kingdoms would be OK. Also, he has promised me that, when he finally wraps this great beast, I can publish the five-page letter outlining the bare bones of the ‘trilogy.’ ”

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Still, Martin told Entertainment Weekly of the resulting rumors, “My plan is to finish in seven. … But my original plan was to finish in three. I write the stories and they grow. I deal with certain things, and sometimes I find myself not at the end of a story. My plan right now is still seven. But first I have to finish book six. Get back to me when I’m halfway through book seven, and then maybe I’ll tell you something more meaningful.”

Groell admitted that she doesn’t know the end of the series, even though the Game of Thrones showrunners do. “George is a very secretive fellow and guards his secrets well,” she said, adding that she does know a few things from Martin’s currently-in-progress installment, The Winds of Winter, “but mainly because we had to shorten a few elements in the book, as it was already getting too long. And he had to reveal a few secrets so I could help him redirect parts of the plot a bit. I do know the endpoint of Bran’s storyline — and Daniel Abraham, who has been adapting the graphic novel of AGOT [A Game of Thrones] for me, knows where Tyrion ends up. [I am jealous of that!]

“But much in the way all of you have been keeping secrets from show watchers who have not yet read the books [and I continue to be impressed by how secret you all kept the Red Wedding], I also will never tell what I know,” she added. “George has somehow managed to swear us all to this amazing conspiracy of silence, which I admire and appreciate and fully participate in! I had a very amusing lunch with Daniel in which we very pointedly did not tell each other what the other one knew. In short, like you, I keep George’s secrets.”

She’s also never discouraged Martin from axing a main character: “Call me sick, but I revel in all the deaths. It’s what makes his world so transcendent, I think, that no one is safe, ever!”

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While she enjoys watching Game of Thrones with her husband — “It’s the only show I treat like a movie. … We turn off all the lights and pretend we are in a movie theater and that nothing else exists” — and said that showrunners “David and Dan are doing a terrific job keeping true to the spirit of the books while still needing to cut for time.” She said she warns Martin “to please not let the show get out ahead of him. … His vision started this; I very much want his vision to end it too.”

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Why Generation Y Yuppies Are Unhappy

Say hi to Lucy. 

Lucy is part of Generation Y, the generation born between the late 1970s and the mid 1990s.  She’s also part of a yuppie culture that makes up a large portion of Gen Y.

I have a term for yuppies in the Gen Y age group—I call them Gen Y Protagonists & Special Yuppies, or GYPSYs.  A GYPSY is a unique brand of yuppie, one who thinks they are the main character of a very special story.
So Lucy’s enjoying her GYPSY life, and she’s very pleased to be Lucy.  Only issue is this one thing:
Lucy’s kind of unhappy.
To get to the bottom of why, we need to define what makes someone happy or unhappy in the first place.  It comes down to a simple formula:
It’s pretty straightforward—when the reality of someone’s life is better than they had expected, they’re happy.  When reality turns out to be worse than the expectations, they’re unhappy.
To provide some context, let’s start by bringing Lucy’s parents into the discussion:

Lucy’s parents were born in the 50s—they’re Baby Boomers.  They were raised by Lucy’s grandparents, members of the G.I. Generation, or “the Greatest Generation,” who grew up during the Great Depression and fought in World War II, and were most definitely not GYPSYs.

Lucy’s Depression Era grandparents were obsessed with economic security and raised her parents to build practical, secure careers.  They wanted her parents’ careers to have greener grass than their own, and Lucy’s parents were brought up to envision a prosperous and stable career for themselves.  Something like this:

They were taught that there was nothing stopping them from getting to that lush, green lawn of a career, but that they’d need to put in years of hard work to make it happen.


After graduating from being insufferable hippies, Lucy’s parents embarked on their careers.  As the 70s, 80s, and 90s rolled along, the world entered a time of unprecedented economic prosperity.  Lucy’s parents did even better than they expected to.  This left them feeling gratified and optimistic.


With a smoother, more positive life experience than that of their own parents, Lucy’s parents raised Lucy with a sense of optimism and unbounded possibility.  And they weren’t alone.  Baby Boomers all around the country and world told their Gen Y kids that they could be whatever they wanted to be, instilling the special protagonist identity deep within their psyches.
This left GYPSYs feeling tremendously hopeful about their careers, to the point where their parents’ goals of a green lawn of secure prosperity didn’t really do it for them.  A GYPSY-worthy lawn has flowers.
This leads to our first fact about GYPSYs:

GYPSYs Are Wildly Ambitious


The GYPSY needs a lot more from a career than a nice green lawn of prosperity and security.  The fact is, a green lawn isn’t quite exceptional or unique enough for a GYPSY.  Where the Baby Boomers wanted to live The American Dream, GYPSYs want to live Their Own Personal Dream.
Cal Newport points out that “follow your passion” is a catchphrase that has only gotten going in the last 20 years, according to Google’s Ngram viewer, a tool that shows how prominently a given phrase appears in English print over any period of time.  The same Ngram viewer shows that the phrase “a secure career” has gone out of style, just as the phrase “a fulfilling career” has gotten hot.
To be clear, GYPSYs want economic prosperity just like their parents did—they just also want to be fulfilled by their career in a way their parents didn’t think about as much.
But something else is happening too.  While the career goals of Gen Y as a whole have become much more particular and ambitious, Lucy has been given a second message throughout her childhood as well:
This would probably be a good time to bring in our second fact about GYPSYs:

GYPSYs Are Delusional

“Sure,” Lucy has been taught, “everyone will go and get themselves some fulfilling career, but I am unusually wonderful and as such, my career and life path will stand out amongst the crowd.”  So on top of the generation as a whole having the bold goal of a flowery career lawn, each individual GYPSY thinks that he or she is destined for something even better—
A shiny unicorn on top of the flowery lawn.  


So why is this delusional?  Because this is what all GYPSYs think, which defies the definition of special: 

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better, greater, or otherwise different from what is usual.

According to this definition, most people are not special—otherwise “special” wouldn’t mean anything.

Even right now, the GYPSYs reading this are thinking, “Good point…but I actually am one of the few special ones”—and this is the problem.
A second GYPSY delusion comes into play once the GYPSY enters the job market.  While Lucy’s parents’ expectation was that many years of hard work would eventually lead to a great career, Lucy considers a great career an obvious given for someone as exceptional as she, and for her it’s just a matter of time and choosing which way to go.  Her pre-workforce expectations look something like this:
Unfortunately, the funny thing about the world is that it turns out to not be that easy of a place, and the weird thing about careers is that they’re actually quite hard.  Great careers take years of blood, sweat and tears to build—even the ones with no flowers or unicorns on them—and even the most successful people are rarely doing anything that great in their early or mid-20s.
But GYPSYs aren’t about to just accept that.
Paul Harvey, a University of New Hampshire professor and GYPSY expert, has researched this, finding that Gen Y has “unrealistic expectations and a strong resistance toward accepting negative feedback,” and “an inflated view of oneself.”  He says that “a great source of frustration for people with a strong sense of entitlement is unmet expectations. They often feel entitled to a level of respect and rewards that aren’t in line with their actual ability and effort levels, and so they might not get the level of respect and rewards they are expecting.”
For those hiring members of Gen Y, Harvey suggests asking the interview question, “Do you feel you are generally superior to your coworkers/classmates/etc., and if so, why?”  He says that “if the candidate answers yes to the first part but struggles with the ‘why,’ there may be an entitlement issue. This is because entitlement perceptions are often based on an unfounded sense of superiority and deservingness. They’ve been led to believe, perhaps through overzealous self-esteem building exercises in their youth, that they are somehow special but often lack any real justification for this belief.”
And since the real world has the nerve to consider merit a factor, a few years out of college Lucy finds herself here:


Lucy’s extreme ambition, coupled with the arrogance that comes along with being a bit deluded about one’s own self-worth, has left her with huge expectations for even the early years out of college.  And her reality pales in comparison to those expectations, leaving her “reality – expectations” happy score coming out at a negative.
And it gets even worse.  On top of all this, GYPSYs have an extra problem that applies to their whole generation:

GYPSYs Are Taunted

Sure, some people from Lucy’s parents’ high school or college classes ended up more successful than her parents did.  And while they may have heard about some of it from time to time through the grapevine, for the most part they didn’t really know what was going on in too many other peoples’ careers.
Lucy, on the other hand, finds herself constantly taunted by a modern phenomenon: Facebook Image Crafting.
Social media creates a world for Lucy where A) what everyone else is doing is very out in the open, B) most people present an inflated version of their own existence, and C) the people who chime in the most about their careers are usually those whose careers (or relationships) are going the best, while struggling people tend not to broadcast their situation.  This leaves Lucy feeling, incorrectly, like everyone else is doing really well, only adding to her misery:


So that’s why Lucy is unhappy, or at the least, feeling a bit frustrated and inadequate.  In fact, she’s probably started off her career perfectly well, but to her, it feels very disappointing.
Here’s my advice for Lucy:
1) Stay wildly ambitious.  The current world is bubbling with opportunity for an ambitious person to find flowery, fulfilling success.  The specific direction may be unclear, but it’ll work itself out—just dive in somewhere.
2) Stop thinking that you’re special.  The fact is, right now, you’re not special.  You’re another completely inexperienced young person who doesn’t have all that much to offer yet.  You can become special by working really hard for a long time.
3) Ignore everyone else. Other people’s grass seeming greener is no new concept, but in today’s image crafting world, other people’s grass looks like a glorious meadow. The truth is that everyone else is just as indecisive, self-doubting, and frustrated as you are, and if you just do your thing, you’ll never have any reason to envy others.
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