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Boring Place

The internet is a really boring place.

via A geek with a hat ยป The end of my internet diet experiment.

Don’t agree with all of the post but the above statement stands out and I 100% agree.

I’ve been spending less and less time online, work on the farm has been far more enjoyable. Kinda like therapy! Now when I sit at the computer I can’t find much to do and wonder how I ever spent so much time online. Funny though I’m probably blogging more. Still find value in longer form writing, more for me maybe but…

I’ve little interest to idle on Twitter and Facebook holds my attention even less. I don’t even check Google Reader much anymore. With my setup on the Kindle 3 and KindleFeeder/Instapaper I catch up on most of my news/blog just before bed. Reading instead of TV. Always liked reading on the Kindle better then anywhere else and I find for those longer article I used to skim over on the computer or iPad I actually read all of and get a lot more out of them. Aside from having the Mac Mini in the basement serving out media, mostly music to all the wireless speakers and a little video to the AppleTV, I barely touch a computer at the house.

I’m simplifying and I feel great about it!

Online Killing Outlet Malls

Broadmoor Outlet Mall, Pasco (#1)

Photo Credit pleeker


Then

It used to be that Outlet stores were was set up to allow for a manufacturer to sell overstock and out of “season” goods direct to consumer. They always sold cheaper but you typically had to drive a good distance to get the deal. Wholesalers and retailer can’t like this it was just a small part as the inconvenience of distance kept it small. They put up with it!

Now

Now online makes it easier to get direct to the consumer. The only trade off for inconvenience is you have to wait a few day (weeks too often) to get your goods but it’s still a lot easier then getting in the car and driving an hour or two.

Future

The outlet malls must be feeling the hit from this. Staff cutbacks will hurt local people, although the companies probably don’t care as they are still making the sale. So will we see a decline in the amount of factory outlet malls? When?

Snow Day Plea is Total BS!

What timing! On what may hopefully be the last big snow storm we get I download and start to listen to the latest edition of CBC’s Spark. It’s about a kid in Virginia how called a school administrator at home to complain that the schools were not closed. Maybe it’s just because I’m already in a bad mood, but this really pisses me off!.The Set Up .There is a good write up of it over at the Washington Post, but I’ll do a quick recap here before I rant. Basically this kid was upset that schools hadn’t been closed and felt entitled to find out why, what ever that took. Apparently he called and left an administrator and got no answer, typical of just about any phone call you make now a day, and decided to call the administrators hose, thinking this guy bailed on work for the day, and left a message with his name and number there..The Result.We never hear the message that the kid left, which I think is cowardly on his part (Daryl agrees in his audio comment on the show), but he got a message back from the administrators wife who was more then a little upset irate at the fact that the student called her at home. He in turn posted her message online and thus started the commotion! Continue reading

Campaign Waste

What would happen if all the time and money that is spent on the elections was put into funding for charities and research instead of the campaign. The though has been building over the last couple weeks mostly because of the coverage of the US elections that are still over 9 months away! It’s crazy how much time and money is spent on these campaigns. I think there is a ton of money spent in Canada too but it’s not the hype that I’ve seen south of the border. I recently spent some time in the states and I swear it seamed the only thing in the news is the elections! I’d like to see how a candidate would do if part of their platform was to cut spending, not fundraising, and use all the new, cheaper, tools available online and publicize the fact, dollar amount and recipients of you fundraising. I’m not saying to stop all your campaigning effort just cut back and/or substitute for other means. Send part of the money to breakfast programs in the area you need voters support, but also support programs like the One Laptop Per Child program. I’m sure there is a lot of respect to be gained in some of the communities I run in for that. The list of places that campaign money could be spend are endless. I’m no expert in the subject of politics but i find it so wasteful and I’d like to know your thoughts on how effective this might be!