Mar 17 2011

transfer of time, from shopping to sharing [day 294]

We’re taught from little on that we should always share.  As we get a little older, we have our own stuff, but we’re still told to share on occasion.  Then we hit our teens.  I don’t think anyone told me I should share anymore at that age.  We start backing off the sharing.  Then as an adult, I guess we’re not really expected to share, although if an opportunity arises, most of the time, we will share.  If we need something, we usually just go out and buy it, resulting in ownership of a lot of stuff.  Stuff that costs money, stuff that uses resources and stuff we simply don’t need.  What if we transferred shopping time into sharing time?  What if we started to share again?

So what is sharing?

share [shair]

— n

1. a part or portion of something owned, allotted to, or contributed by a person or group

— vb  (often foll by out ) (when intr, often foll by  in )

1. to divide or apportion, esp equally

2. to join with another or others in the use of (something): can I share your umbrella?

We all have things sitting around our house that we don’t use regularly.  A few days ago, I used a drill as an example.  Could we lend our drill to a friend?  If you need a hole and you don’t have a drill, could you borrow one?  Let’s do a little exercise.

Think of 3 things you have sitting around your house, not being used or used rarely.

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Would you be willing to lend these items to someone you know?

If you’re like me, you probably thought of more than 3 items.  What would it look like for you to lend these things out?  With current technology, this is not only possible, it’s easy.  You won’t have to wonder who you lent that book to anymore either.  You can sign up on actsofsharing.com to borrow and lend with only your friends.  Not only will it track your items, but it will also calculate how much you have saved by borrowing, how much you’ve saved your friends by lending them things and tells you how many items in total your friends have listed.  Continue reading


Dec 12 2010

robinhood is good, homeLESS, organized hoarders and more… [day 200]

Is 200 a milestone in the challenge?  No, it’s just a nice, round, even number.  I remember my mom pumping gas into the car when I was little and she always rounded it up to a full dollar amount, even if that meant topping it off to the point it overflowed.  I asked why and she replied, “I don’t know, I just like to do it that way.”  Can we say OCD?  My OCD isn’t that bad or maybe focused somewhere else, so 200 is just that… 200.

I have a short follow up on the Oprah post.  I don’t really follow her or much of anything on television, so I did not know that she is starting her own network.  The Oprah Winfrey Network, or OWN.  How completely appropriate.  After all, she does OWN a lot.  If those who die with the most win, then she’ll be the number one winner in whatever afterlife she believes in this week, thus the other namesake, WINfrey.  Well, Hoo(op)RAH for her.   Continue reading


Oct 23 2010

who is Lee M. Cardholder? [day 149]

Let me start by saying I’m not a baseball fan, but I did watch the Texas Rangers game last night and it’s pretty cool that they’re going to the World Series.  As I typically do with any sports games, including the Superbowl, I watch for the commercials.  Last night was no exception.

Capital One had a commercial for their new Venture card.  I didn’t hear much of the commercial, but the image I saw on TV intrigued me.  The card pictured had the name Lee N. Cardholder.  At least I thought it was an ‘N’.  If it was an ‘N’, that would be ‘lean’ or ‘lien’, which being a graphic designer, I can recognize a subliminal message faster than the average bear.  I do it, all graphic designers do it.  It’s creative and fun, a hobby of sorts for us.  It’s like a designer’s secret language.    Continue reading


Jul 4 2010

the challenge: day 37 & 39 [God's Own Junkyard]

Just to make things fun and chaotic, I’ll make this post from 2 non-sequential days.

I visited this awesome little used bookstore.  I would have photos to show, had I remembered to put the memory card in my camera.  Luckily I didn’t take too many photos before I discovered my critical error.  The bookstore caught my eye, as I couldn’t miss an old house and a porch filled with books.  We stopped since they sell used books and that’s allowed.  All of the books on the porch were $0.25 each, and if you’re one of those ‘after hours’ shoppers, you can just take your books and leave your money in the box.  I found 3 books outside, but the great treasure was waiting for me inside the store.

After browsing for a while, I found a section in the corner called ‘interesting stuff’.  There were 2 shelves of interesting stuff, so I knew I would have to stop and read all of the titles.  And there it was.  A copy of Peter Blake’s God’s Own Junkyard: The Planned Deterioration of America’s Landscape.  Now honestly, I’ve never heard of this book before, but I loved the title.  The book is missing the dust jacket, but is in good condition otherwise.  The price?  $1.00.  Yep, that fits in my budget AND it’s used.  I found some copies of this book on amazon.com, 8 copies starting at $9.98 and one collector copy for $61.00.

This book was published in 1964, one of 17 books published by Peter Blake who was not only an author, but an architect as well.  He passed away in 2006 at the age of 86.  I haven’t read the book yet, but I’m starting it as soon as I finish this blog post.  It seems to me that he was born before his time, giving us an early warning of our American culture of carelessness and waste.

I bought this book with the intention of making an altered book, using modern day photos related to his old photos, showing the progression of progress.  I watched The Book of Eli the other night and I really can’t help but wonder how close we are to that world being a reality.  The one thing that stuck in my head was Eli saying, “…people carelessly wasted things that we kill for today.”  I have mixed feelings about making this book into an art project.  Maybe I need to make God’s Own Junkyard 2: The Continued Deterioration of America’s Landscape.

Off to read…

**ADDITION**

I was near the bookstore again, with my camera and a memory card this time… Here’s a photo of the bookstore.