Monday, November 29, 2010

Basking in the artificial glow of ignorance

I was resting my eyes today; just enjoying having a couch to lie on and generally not doing anything even remotely productive. And while I was failing to be a productive member of society, I thought about getting up and turning off the lights so that I could have a proper sleep. But because I was by far to lazy to get up of my butt and turn them off, I thought about it instead. When you flip the switch, why do the lights turn out? Other than "because you flipped the switch" I realized I didn't know. Which is terrible as I have been flipping switches since only goodness knows what age, and I have never bothered to figure out why they turn out the lights. I realized that this was true not only of light switches, but also of televisions, computers, the internet, cars and a lot of other things that I use and see every day. And then I wondered if everybody takes things like that for granted. It's there, it works, who cares how it does it?  Developing countries all over the world have nothing, and we have a lot that, 99% of the time, no one bothers to think about. We benefit from a ton of behind-the-scenes technologies, the workings of which the masses ignore and enjoy the benefits of. Are we, as a society, basking in the artificial, bliss-like, glow of ignorance?
(not rhetorical, if I'm the only one out there this oblivious, feel free to let me know.)

Monday, July 5, 2010

Famous Amos

I am packing my life into cookie boxes. Specifically, Famos Amos cookie boxes. They've been sitting in the basement for most of forever and are now finally going too use. Don't ask me where they come from; we never eat store bought cookies if my mom can help it, but somehow we wound up twelve or so boxes downstairs.
A couple weeks ago I decided I was going too renovate my room, first steps are just now being taken. All my bobbles, odds and ends, curio and conversation pieces are slowly making their way downstairs. I swear, from this day on, I will live sparsely if I never have too pack my sheer amount of stuff ever again.
Anyway, rest period over, I still have sooo many boxes to pack....