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neon irony – photo of the week

November 28, 2007 Leave a comment

12th Street, Moore – 11/26/07

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quiet week

November 28, 2007 Leave a comment

Between Thanksgiving travel, trying to finish papers (and mostly putting off working on them), trying to finish a photo essay in time for the sneaky deadline, getting ready to defend my thesis proposal, and trying to have some semblance of life I haven’t had a chance to breathe often, much less post. Something will be up later today as this is my designated “thing to do instead of write papers” for the day.

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top five most painful sports moments

November 20, 2007 Leave a comment

In honor of OUs crash and burn against Tech the other night.

5. USC 55 – OU 19 – National Championship, Jan. 4, 2005

4. Texas 14 – OU 13 – My first OU/Texas game to see live (1990)

3. Caleb’s flag football team losing their shot at their only win of the season on a double reverse late in the game

2. Getting hit in the face with a line drive foul ball at an 89ers game when I was 7.

1. One word – Bartman.

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my crew – photo of the week

November 20, 2007 Leave a comment

Hafer Park, Edmond

11/18/07

Grammie makes them dress alike. I know, it’s rough.

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consumer consequences game – how many earths do you need?

November 17, 2007 Leave a comment

There are lots of different versions of this kind of environmental footprint calculator, but this one seems to cover the important bases really well.

Consumer Consequences – from American Public Media

I’m bummed that I require 4.3 planets to sustain everyone at my lifestyle, but more than half of that  is due to driving. In OKC with everything spread out, no public transportation, and no sidewalks in my part of the burbs driving is a fact of life that no one questions. Maybe someday.

Go check it out – how many earths do you need?

buy nothing day – Friday, November 23

November 17, 2007 2 comments

Next Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year. Insane amounts of $$$ will be spent on garbage that no one needs. Youtube will again be full of vids of people getting run over at Wal?Mart to buy the three 29.99 DVD players they have available. Soccer moms will be fist fighting in mall parking lots over parking spots for their SUVs of mass destruction.

Why is it such a big day? Because we have been told it’s supposed to be. Everyone is off work (unless of course you happen to work retail), Christmas is so close that you have to be in panic mode (only 32 shopping days left! – 32?), and God knows you won’t want to sit around all day with your family. How much more fun to get up before dawn and hit the sales with your shopping commando pals (complete with walkie talkies and probably tazers to take out the competition) and scan that plastic until it melts to fill shopping carts and minivans with stuff to replace the stuff you will have to throw out to make room for the stuff you just bought. I’m exhausted thinking about it.

For a few years now I have participated in Buy Nothing Day. It’s an effort sparked by adbusters to encourage people all over the world to walk away from mass consumption and spend at least one day not contributing to the orgy of consumerism that has become the celebration of the birth of Jesus. The day isn’t necessarily about doing away with gifts altogether (although adbusters also promotes “buy nothing Christmas“), but about stopping to think before you buy and not getting swept away by what you have been told you (and everyone you know) need. It’s about rethinking shopping habits for 24 hours. And maybe altering them. We have.

Check out the BND site for some great alternative (and for the more daring – adbusting) ideas.  I love the idea of collecting a ton of ads and catalogs from a particular company and dropping them off at customer service. If only I knew enough people who weren’t using theirs.

Olberman launches on Bush – the real “must-see TV”

November 16, 2007 Leave a comment

Below is a commentary from Keith Olbermann thrashing President Bush about waterboarding and torture in general. The rant was prompted by the story of Daniel Levin, a former Justice Dept. employee who was fired after being waterboarded (at his request) and declaring the act “torture”. Amazing line – “the presidency of George W. Bush has now devolved into a criminal conspiracy to cover the ass of George W. Bush.”

Even if you violently disagree, this should be watched just to remind everyone of the freedoms for which Bush is allegedly getting people killed.