FAST SUMMARY - Life in Code - Ellen Ullman

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  • The author recently adopted a two-year-old cat named Sadi from an animal shelter. Sadi was found as a stray and taken to a high-kill shelter. The author went to the shelter intending to adopt a different cat but bonded with Sadi instead.

  • Sadi was named by shelter staff who found her. The name Sadi means "lucky" or "fortunate" in Arabic. The author sees this as fitting since Sadi was lucky to be adopted. Sadi is described as petite, curious and playful. She adapted quickly to her new home.

  • However, about a week after being adopted, Sadi became lethargic and stopped eating. The author took her to the vet, who found a potentially cancerous mass in her abdomen. Emergency surgery removed a large ovarian cyst and Sadi's ovaries and uterus. Sadi recovered well, and biopsy results were benign. The experience was frightening and expensive but bonded Sadi further to her owner.

  • Sadi regained her playful spirit after recovering from surgery. But she remains an "anxious" cat due to her past as a stray. Loud noises frighten her, and she avoids contact with strangers. She relies heavily on her owner and seems grateful for her new, stable life. The author expresses gratitude for Sadi's good health and finding each other.

  • The story highlights the meaningful relationship between owner and pet. Sadi was fortunate to find an owner willing to pay for emergency medical care, and her owner feels fortunate to have found Sadi. Their bond strengthened through a frightening experience. Despite remaining somewhat fearful from her past, Sadi has adapted well to domestic life with an owner who dotes on her. The title "My Lucky Cat" takes on added meaning by the end.

In summary, the key highlights are:

1) The author adopted a playful two-year-old cat named Sadi from an animal shelter. Sadi was found as a stray.

2) Sadi became ill shortly after being adopted and needed emergency surgery to remove cysts and reproductive organs. She recovered well, and the experience bonded Sadi to her owner.

3) Although remaining somewhat fearful from her past, Sadi adapted well to domestic life. She relies heavily on her devoted owner.

4) The story highlights the loving bond between owner and pet. Despite difficulties, Sadi was fortunate to find her owner, and her owner feels fortunate to have Sadi, now healthy and happy in her new home.

5) The meaning of the title "My Lucky Cat" develops throughout the story to symbolize the good fortune of Sadi finding an owner who saved her life and gave her a stable home.

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  • The author attends startup pitch events in San Francisco to observe the culture. One event is more professional; the other offers little reward but claims most winners get funding.

  • Presentations include travel, 3D printing, VR, real estate, and medical tech startups. The author questions a “cultural fit” app enabling segregation. The founder says he works for companies, not society.

  • Co-working spaces promote ideals like “Do what you love” and “Change the world!” However, the author argues “Change the world!” is egoistic. While claiming idealism, startups often disrupt harmfully, concentrating wealth and eliminating jobs.

  • The culture values becoming a tech entrepreneur above all else. Events sustain hopes of glory, though unlikely. Meanwhile, low-paying service workers enable tech elites’ comforts. The author worries about “peonization” and automating human jobs.

  • However, the culture’s conformity and hubris may fade. Though young entrepreneurs seek startup success and wealth, most become employees or struggling entrepreneurs. Glamour masks inequality and struggle.

  • The author portrays SF as where people get goods delivered while workers struggle with poor pay and conditions. The culture’s vision of success and community overlooks less affluent workers enabling that lifestyle. Events bond entrepreneurs but success is elusive. The author worries about eliminating human jobs and promoting segregation.

  • In summary, the author critically examines SF’s startup culture and “Change the world!” ethos. While claiming idealism, the culture concentrates power and wealth, disrupts harmfully, and ignores less privileged workers enabling their success and comforts. However, struggles and inequality may become more evident, fading the culture’s hubris. The vision of success and community overlooks many enabling it.

The key themes are wealth/opportunity concentration, idealistic facades masking inequality, and overlooking less privileged workers enabling privilege. The author portrays a culture where people want human jobs automated and to segregate via technology, suggesting a lack of empathy and awareness of societal effects. However, reality may temper the culture’s excessive optimism and groupthink. Overall, the author takes a skeptical stance toward startups’ and technology’s impacts and benefits.

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The author is critical of the startup culture promoted by companies like WeWork. The author sees WeWork's marketing as misleading and out of touch with reality. While attending events at a WeWork space, the author found a disconnect between the rhetoric of startup optimism and the harsh realities of inequality and politics.

The author draws parallels between deceptive marketing from 90's startups, Trump's lies, and WeWork's vision. However, the Women's March gave the author hope in younger generations who may balance technology's promises and perils.

The author argues that redesigned spaces and interactions with computers can seem intelligent but actually lack depth or substance. Tech innovations promise an open future but have led to constant surveillance.

Overall, the author is wary of misleading marketing, curated experiences that erase complexity, and tech's empty promises. But the author remains hopeful younger generations can positively shape technology's effects and push for a more just future.

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