Friday, August 22, 2008

My life has been, and will probably continue to be, pretty crazy. So I am on extended hiatus from blogging.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Etsy :: boffinette's Profile

I'm a twenty-three year old trying to make the world more like the one I want to live in.

Friday, May 16, 2008

My dog ate my blog posts...

Hi. I haven't posted in a while due to some exciting developments in my medical life, including an interesting encounter with a giant appendix monster. Hopefully, I will have more time now to update things. I'll certainly give it a whirl.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Sorry for Not Posting

I'm sorry I haven't posted recently...I had exams, and they sucked the life out of me. I slept for about two days straight. I should be back now. I'll be traveling for the next few days, but I'll find Starbucks' or whatever on the road and try to post anyway.

Obama's Passport File

Breaking News: In January 2008, Barack Obama's passport files were illegally accessed by an employee of the State Department Bureau of Consular Affairs. 2 contract workers have been fired, and one disciplined. This is on MSNBC right now, I haven't seen it on the blogophere yet.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Rental Society

In my post the other day, I talked about the problem of the decline of mechanical literacy leading to passive consumerism. I also mentioned the connections between the DIY movement, whih is bringing back near-forgotten skills, and environmentalism. But there is another environmentalist take on who should control material goods, which is expressed by By William McDonough and Michael Braungart in their book Cradle to Cradle. In this vision of a "green" future, people will rent or lease everything, and at the end of a product's lifespan, the company will take it back for recycling; It' s a view of production and consumption based on an ecosystem. One problem is that this view of the world leaves no room for user agency and creativity. If corporations own all of my things, I can't do anything to personalize them unless it is authorized by those corporations. Another is that it renders problematic any dissent from corporate policies; if I publicly denounce the corporation that owns my clothes/books/computer, I may have violated the fine print of my lease, allowing them to come and take them away. Vivendi/Sony/Gap/Microsoft are not Mother Nature, and I am not a fruit fly. It freaks me out to no end that this rental movement seems to be gaining steam. Maybe I'm just stereotypically American, but I want to own the things I depend on. Dependence (as opposed to interdependence) is too dangerous a societal fate for me to countenance.