Monthly Archives: October 2011

material economy

patching

10 18 11

cropped photography from an original by Dorothea Lange
‘Ex-slave and wife who live in a decaying plantation house. Greene County, Georgia’ – 1937

Starting a category of posts dedicated to the action of patching. Read More

material economy

less stuff, more happiness

10 15 11

A TED talk by Graham Hill.


Got lots of things to say about it – good and bad -, will publish soon.
Am investigating his LifeEdited website as well, will be back with thoughts.
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UPDATE

Opening remark: TED’s 6 minute talks are so frustratingly short they border on the ridicule – speakers can blurt out any kind of nonsense they want, and run away without having to elaborate. But they are also cool because they plant just enough of an idea in your head to start you thinking. Read More

bare necessities

emergency needs

10 05 11

This is a post I started a while ago, as Hurricane Irene was hitting the east coast of the United States.This is a post I started a while ago, as Hurricane Irene was hitting the east coast of the United States.

Since the tsunami/nuclear accident in Japan, I have been thinking about how times of crisis suddenly make a population focus on bare necessities, and how some belongings suddenly shift value, becoming enormous advantages (ex: bottled water) or huge impediments (ex: high heels). Read More