Monday, December 29, 2008

Random Finds: The Story of Stuff

I just ran into this link while doing some internet research regarding taxes. Since it is unrelated to taxes, either this was a case of search engine confusion or serious procrastination on my part. Basically, I found this educational online video about consumerism, consumption and the global economy. It was an interesting and eye-opening 20 minutes and 40 seconds, and well worth a viewing. It smacks of environmental guilt-fueled propaganda for recycling and tree-hugging, but we have to start somewhere in repairing the production and destruction processes that are currently poisoning people and land. It is called The Story of Stuff.

Friday, December 19, 2008

My Life in a Nutshell: Mixed Blessings

Bah humbug! Though I really am feeling festive in general, there are a few things pertaining to Christmas, winter and busy holiday times in general that need to escape from my mind before they sour the Christmas spirit within. Please forgive me while I vent...

Radio stations that switch to 100% "holiday" music beginning on Black Friday - Come on... Is that really necessary? It just gives me the creeps.

Christmas cards covered with glitter - Where do I begin? They are pretty and they surely share warm wishes, but man are they messy! Surely I would rather receive a beglittered card than none at all... wouldn't I? I mean, isn't it more important to participate in Christmas tradition and "goodwill towards man" than be able to leave the house without a trail of glimmery powder showering from any part of you that inadvertently brushed against the offending salutation? I'd hope so, but I can't be sure.

The indiscriminate and excessive use of the word "doorbuster" - I think this should be replaced by the phrase "checkout line extender" as it pertains to Christmas sales. No one is really busting a door to get in... they're just waiting an extra 30-90 minutes trying to get out. Unless of course the sale is at a store no will go to with any excitement anyway... like the pharmacy... in which case "doorbuster" should be replaced with "inconsequential".

Pixos, Moon Sand and Kota the (giant, electronic, and expensive) Triceratops - Like many kids, my kids watch TV. And they see commercials. The aforementioned toys have been heavily advertised this year and my 4 year old (still an innocent, unspoiled child) has been seduced by the colorful catchy promotions. Damn you, product marketing! But at least I have learned that starting in early November, On Demand and DVR will pay for themselves if you can use them to avoid commercials all together. Not that we are purchasing any of those toys for the hopeful child, but we will now have to try twice as hard to find other gifts that are equally enthralling.

Commercials by pet stores advertising "memorable" gifts for your pet - How memorable can a pet gift be? My guess is that any gift you could give your pet would be decidely less memorable to a dog than the aroma of another dog's nether end. What do you think?

Well, that was cathartic. Now I can go about my business and stop feeling disgruntled when I hear the words in traditional Christmas carols changed to become generic holiday tunes. I encourage you to find out what irks you about the holidays and get it out before you turn into a Scrooge. Merry Christmas and God bless us, every one!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

TheJuneBride News: Positive Feedback

Who doesn't love it? I just did a custom order for one very interesting ultramarathon runner who found me through Google. Not only am I completely happy that Google is directing people to my Etsy site (click here for more info on how that was accomplished with relative ease and minimal exertion), I had fun making the order (an animal ears hat for a big man) and I am thrilled with the caliber of the feedback he left when he received it. How happy? This happy:

"Ordered on Saturday, arrives on Thursday? Unpossible! Who *is* this woman? I'll tell you who she is: she's the valedictorian of the Viking, the superstar of the Singer, the badass of the Bernina, the... oh, you get the idea. From the fantastic communication, to the stylistic packaging, to the epic product itself, my only regret is that there isn't a higher feedback rating than 'Positive.' Etsy really should offer an 'off-the-hook' rating. I'd click on it until I developed a callus. Karen, in a world of half-measures, you are a breath of fresh air. Thank you for a wonderful transaction, from start to finish. Keep making the world a better place! - Erik"

Flattery may be the way to a woman's heart after all.