Some Uber drivers are losing their minds

I hope Hagerstown area Uber drivers take Uber Man’s advice and delete Uber. This would mean I wouldn’t have to wait so long between rides. It would mean more rides for me.

Uber rolled out a new methodology for paying drivers. Before Monday, driver pay composed of the base fare added to the per minute fare and then added per mile fare. Uber then totalled this amount up and then subtracted 25%, Uber’s cut. The driver got the rest.

Here in Hagerstown, this worked out to be the following:

$1.50 base fare
$0.15 per minute
$1.10 per mile

This meant that a 10 mile trip that took 15 minutes earned the driver $11.06. This amount was calculated using the following numbers:

Since yesterday, Uber stopped taking a percentage. Instead, Uber just lowered the fares 25%. Since Monday, the rates here in Hagerstown are the following:

$1.13 base fare
$0.1125 per minute
$0.825 per mile

The same hypothetical 10 mile trip that took 15 minutes calculates to the following:

See how much easier this is? It’s the same amount. The amount of pay has not changed. It’s just easier to figure out than it was before. The formula is now smaller and more simple. The problem is, some Uber drivers see that their base fare, their per minute fare, and their per mile fare has decreased and they assume that this means they are now making less money.

They’re not. They’re making the same.

It’s actually somewhat embarrassing. Some Uber drivers are even trying to organize a movement to have their fellow Uber drivers delete their app. One of these drivers is YouTube vlogger Uber Man, also known as Randy Shear.

Even though Uber Man’s entire video persona is tied deeply to the Uber Man identity, he’s encouraging drivers to ditch Uber and start driving only for Lyft. This seems insane. Lyft appears to pay drivers the same amount Uber pays its drivers. They do here in Hagerstown and everywhere else I’ve compared the two rideshare services. What’s the point of switching?

Uber Man is also a paid spokesman for Mystro, an Android app that allows drivers to stay logged in to both Uber and Lyft at the same time. Once a driver gets a request from one of the rideshare services, Mystro automatically logs them out of the other.

By encouraging people to delete their Uber app and drive only for Lyft, I’m not sure how great of a paid spokesman Uber Man is being for Mystro. And by that, I mean he’s being a terrible one.

Personally, I hope Hagerstown area Uber drivers take Uber Man’s advice and delete Uber. This would mean I wouldn’t have to wait so long between rides. The worst thing about driving for Uber is having to wait for rides. Less drivers in my area would mean less wait times.

Joe Rogan fails to grasp depression

People don’t understand clinical depression. Even though there’s lots of information available about the subject, too many people insist on remaining ignorant about it. That’s fine. People can choose what they want to educate themselves about. The problem I have are people who know nothing about clinical depression, yet talk about it as though they do. People like Joe Rogan.

Joe Rogan knows nothing about clinical depression. He doesn’t let that stop him from talking about it on camera and into a microphone.

This is what I’m referring to:

To say someone can treat clinical depression by picking up a hobby, engaging in intense exercise, or adding struggle to their life, is stupid.

One of the symptoms of clinical depression is a loss of interest. How does a person pick up a hobby when they don’t care about anything? A person suffering from clinical depression often doesn’t get pleasure from things. You can’t make clinical depression go away by swinging a kettlebell. You can’t make clinical depression go away by struggling more.

Of all the things said by Joe Rogan, the dumbest thing has got to be his comments on struggle. Clinical depression is one of the the worst kinds of struggle a person can face. People take their own lives because the struggle of depression wears them down. They get to the point where they believe the only way they will ever get relief from their struggle is by ceasing to exist.

Suicide is not killing yourself or causing harm to yourself. It’s making yourself cease to exist.

Joe Rogan thinks people suffering from clinical depression need more struggle? That’s like saying people with leukemia need tumors in their brain.

Clinical depression isn’t the same thing as feeling blue. It’s not like feeling down because things just aren’t going well in your life. One of the worst things about clinical depression is that it usually lacks a clear causation. You feel severe depression for no real reason.

What annoys me the most about the above video is Joe Rogan admits he doesn’t understand depression, yet still feels qualified to provide remedies to the problem. He should have stopped at admitting his own ignorance on depression and moved on to something he does know about.

Chris Cornell 1964 – 2017

I woke up this morning to discover that Chris Cornell, lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave, died last night. He was 52.

Soundgarden was one of the creators of grunge music that came out of Seattle in the early 1990’s. Nirvana and Pearl Jam were more well known, but Soundgarden was by far my favorite.

It still is. There was something about the music Soundgarden produced. It had a unique raw energy created by lead guitarist Kim Thayil, coupled with Cornell’s dynamic voice.

When I first got my hands on Badmotorfinger, is was the only album I listened to. If it was possible to wear out a CD, I would have worn out my copy of Badmotorfinger.

Concert poster for Soundgarden at DAR Constitution Hall, Washington DC January 18th, 2013.

I haven’t been to many concerts, but I was lucky enough to see Soundgarden in 2013. They played at the DAR Constitution Hall in nearby Washington DC. They sounded as great as they had when I first heard them in 1991 on CD.

I was overcome with emotion when they began playing Rusty Cage. There I was listening to my favorite band play one of my favorite songs live and in person. Standing next to me was my wife Sheri, the love of my life and my best friend. Sheri is my only true friend. Sheri is the only friend I will ever want or need.

It was as though I was standing in a convergence of pure, unadulterated contentment.

It was a powerful feeling.