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 Post subject: Articles of Interest
PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2009 2:13 pm 
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Great article in the NYTimes: "The Case for Working With Your Hands"

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High-school shop-class programs were widely dismantled in the 1990s as educators prepared students to become “knowledge workers.” The imperative of the last 20 years to round up every warm body and send it to college, then to the cubicle, was tied to a vision of the future in which we somehow take leave of material reality and glide about in a pure information economy. This has not come to pass. To begin with, such work often feels more enervating than gliding. More fundamentally, now as ever, somebody has to actually do things: fix our cars, unclog our toilets, build our houses.

When we praise people who do work that is straightforwardly useful, the praise often betrays an assumption that they had no other options. We idealize them as the salt of the earth and emphasize the sacrifice for others their work may entail. Such sacrifice does indeed occur — the hazards faced by a lineman restoring power during a storm come to mind. But what if such work answers as well to a basic human need of the one who does it? I take this to be the suggestion of Marge Piercy’s poem “To Be of Use,” which concludes with the lines “the pitcher longs for water to carry/and a person for work that is real.” Beneath our gratitude for the lineman may rest envy.


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 Post subject: Re: Articles of Interest
PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2009 2:43 pm 
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Great article!

Yes, we are in an era where the informational realms of imagination, creativity, accumulated wisdom, and computational power can move quickly into material realization. So we need to Get Excited and Make Things! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Articles of Interest
PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2009 8:07 pm 
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ohh nice new banner Wammie

I also found this wiki page on Post Scarcity Economic interesting, I kind of touches on maker spaces.


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 Post subject: Re: Articles of Interest
PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 1:48 pm 
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From the Financial Times: A New Wave of DIY

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What if there was some kind of apocalypse?” a friend fretted over dinner. “What if we had to survive in Stone Age conditions? Do we have any skills any more? What could any of us practically contribute to rebuilding civilisation?” A circuit of the table revealed that, indeed, almost all of us surround ourselves with products that we would not be able to make, repair or even properly explain.

But there is a new movement afoot designed to remedy this technical impotence. Just as the self-build trend is gathering pace, so too is a new wave in do-it-yourself (DIY) projects for the home – embracing everything from plumbing, woodcarving and pottery to robotics, electronics and recycling


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 Post subject: Re: Articles of Interest
PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 5:17 pm 
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HECK YEAH!

salt of the earth indeed.
in a mad max post apocalyptic sort of world - the makers will be the kings (and/or queens)


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