Technological Overload

April 21, 2009

I think this is the main reason why I am so drawn to craft.  We have become a society where the only way to reach each other is through a machine.  I am finding more people can’t even hold live in-person conversations anymore.  When someone isn’t instantly supported by the internet to look up proper grammar usage or any type of online fact checker, casual interactions consist of nothing more than the weather.  Not like most people know facts or use proper grammar anyway.  How ass backwards is it when to keep in contact with someone you must regularly check:

your home phone
your cell phone
text messages
your work phone
your home email
your work email
additional gmail, hotmail, yahoo accounts
myspace
facebook
friendster
twitter
Linkedin
classmates.com
your blog(s)
other people’s blogs
and any other form of electronic media I may have missed (flickr, etsy, netflix, pagers?)

You tired yet?

For full disclosure, I have never been involved in online social networking I guess until now with this blog.  Firstly, I hate having so much personal information already so publically available about me.

Oh, and please click to see the creepy-ness here: What Happens in Facebook.

But also, I just don’t have the time to keep up with it all.  I regularly forget my mobile at home and I haven’t even memorized the number.  I keep thinking, my god, what if the car broke down and I’m with the baby.  I’d need it.  Then I remember that I can just find the nearest 10 year old and borrow theirs.  If you need me, call me at home.  I’ll get the message eventually, I live there.  But mostly, does someone really want to know what I am doing at every moment, really?   Hey, let’s become a fan of a movie that will be forgotten about next week when that other hot new movie comes out.  Or you can send me a virtual drink.  A virtual drink?!!  You better get me a real drink and make it a double.  You really became a fan of bacon?  Come on, seriously?  Aren’t I conceited enough as it is with the writing of my own blog.  I don’t think bloggers are conceited, by the way.  I realize that for many people facebook and linkedin are invaluable tools to reconnect for personal and professional matters.  But with fate, aren’t we connected with whom we are meant to be with in the absence of any other type of internet communication?  Handmade is so different in a sense that there is actual human contact, even with just an item.  There is energy and love put into every stitch.  I miss the humaness of people.  It gets lost online.  With that said, I propose less computers and more knitting circles. But man, knitting takes forever.  And design*sponge has this new DIY…… DOh!

And I don’t forget my phone anymore now that I made this:

felt iphone

felt iphone

I don’t know what is more (insert synonym for gay in the old sense of the word here) the fact that I have a pink motorola flip and not an iphone (and not like I really want one, cause the last thing I need is to be glued to another machine) or that I actually constructed a cell phone cozy for my pink flip phone in the shape of and Apple Iphone.  I dunno.  You be the judge.

And if you want to know about the apps, click on the photo.  Description’s on flickr.

Otherwise, ponder the following:

futureman

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and the winner is:

April 20, 2009

First off, thanks to everyone who shared their comments regarding etsy and the sale of handmade items. There are so many truly amazing artists whose work is definitely well worth it’s price.   I have also mentioned that since handmade is becoming more mainstream, there can also be those who are just looking to make money from the trend.  All and all, wonderful input from everyone.  

I didn’t pick a specific time for the draw, but after the baby finished breakfast, I got on the computer.

After using random.org’s number generator we have this:

random pick

and the winner is:  

i cant sew  all the way in Queensland, Australia.  Yay!  I will contact you and get your address.  Thank you again for your comments everyone.  I have met some really cool people and found some excellent blogs too.   Stay tuned for more giveaways, I just keep making more and more stuff.   Suggestions are also welcome.

On a side note, luck was also in the stars a couple of times for me and I was a random winner of some great giveaways. Please check out these great blogs below. Double Yay!

From The Spotted Box: Pincushion & Fold over elastic.  Perfect for me so that I can make more diaper covers.

felt pincushion

mint fold over elastic

From Jenny Flower: red rose hair clips

 

From Miss Frugality: pincushion, pouch and brooches

march-giveaway

From the ie mommy: Baby Banz Infant Sunglasses.  Now my little guy will stop taking mine.

baby-banz

From silly mommy of 2 silly girls: The Perfect Baby Handbook.  I hear it’s hilarious, just as child rearing should be!

Great sites, all of them.  Please check them out.  Thanks!