Sunday, June 21, 2009
Today we came to the end of our pear preserves. My mother washed out the jar, and said she was going to return it, because she doesn't want her friend's mother to go to the expense of buying another jar, and also, because we might get some new pear preserves.
I really respect people who are keeping the remnants of the old barter agricultural economy going. I hope it doesn't fade in our generation, even though I have no useful domestic skills, and work days are getting longer, leaving less time for canning, gardening, and chicken raising
Today is Father's Day. My mom offered to fix my dad's plate. She usually doesn't fix my dad's plate. She used to, as dad's mother used to call the 'girls' to fix the men's plates at family gatherings, but she stopped after my brother started wanting her to fix his plate. So today she asked if he wanted her to fix his plate, since she had made breakfast. He fixed his own plate. GO DAD!
Monday, June 15, 2009
Twitter helps cover the Iran election. I saw this happen myself. Through my follow list, photos of protesters, information about the marches and what was going on, and even locations of proxy servers that the Iranians could use spread quickly. And from twitter, it'll spread into other venues- for example, I emailed that photo to my mother. It's good to remind governments that the world is watching.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Today I had an adventure and went to Chili's. You know, nowadays they are charging for the chips? $4! You know, I went to a Mexican restaurant and they gave me free chips, and this chain is much much smaller than Chilis. So we business people learn an important lesson- sure, you can get business because people don't want to drive around in a strange area looking for something authentic when they can go to feedbag #206 right across the street, but remember, if you're charging for things others give away for free, tell them or at least make up a story about why your chips are higher quality or something!
Friday, June 12, 2009
In using etsy for your activism, please remember two points. 1st point: nothing on etsy can be compared to Rosa Parks unless somehow you knitted a cozy that allowed civil rights to flourish. I doubt this as most people can't even knit a decent pear cozy. 2nd point: really, shut up about China. Just shut up. You'll thank me.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
LA offers cash for grass. I think the ideal of the manicured lawn is outdated, and doesn't work with today's greater focus on sustainability. An old saying is 'waste not, want not' and by focusing on each region's unique ecology, we can get yard designs that honor the local wildlife and look attractive as well.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Saturday, June 06, 2009
The passive affection of facebook and twitter is right. While I'm one of the 10% creating 90% of the content in twitter, on facebook, I'm quieter. I also wonder how I know 85 people from real life, as I am a hermit. But I do, and I want to know about their Costa Rican vacations, their baby's firsts, no matter how gross, and their occasional philosophical thoughts. At least I can keep up until I see them in real life again.
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
The internet has to be one of mankind's best inventions. Before, I would have had to spend hours searching the library to find pictures of canned meat from around the world. Now, I don't even have the search. Someone on twitter showed this to me, and everyone else they were following.