Category: makes me ask

Junkworld vs. Calmness and Renewal

Why is this world racing at the speed of light – or so they tell us – yet strength lays in the calmness and endurance?

I read this post on swiss-miss this morning:

“Daddy, What’s a Brand?”

We live in The Age Of Everything. Why commit? There are 80 milllion Millennials aged 9-28 in the U.S. alone. Half are already in college or the workforce, and the women will be a tornado. They group around shared affinity more than shared nationality, they’re prosumers not consumers, and they care more about peer recommendation than corporate reputation. They grew up in a world where change is too fast to process, but they know one thing: if you wait a minute or two, something better is sure to be along. They live on an IV drip of real-time connection, and are fiercely interdependent. If you’re a company, failing to consider their preferences would be, in their own vernacular, WOMBAT–a waste of money, brains and time.

I don’t understand that things move so fast, but we generally don’t take the time off to renew ourselves, which truly lays in calmness and just letting time go by.

How do things like this time-piece fit in with the junkworld of Walmart products?

Is Meat the By-Product of Bio-Diesel and the Fashion Industry?

I found an article about a “Beef Bio-Diesel” Powered Train on mashable. I don’t think the economics really work. How many cows does it take to power the train? I assume this business model is fine, if we are using diesel trains anyways, and we can simply modify the trains to use less crude oil.

At which point does the meat become the by-product of bio-diesel though?

This brings me to another post published on ecouterre by Galahad Clark, the owner and director of Terra Plana. He talks about the fashion industry driving the cattle industry. Again, is meat the by-product of shoes and fashion?

I obviously am not an expert on this issue, but I encourage everyone to think about how everything ties in together.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you have any facts on this issue? Leave me a comment.

Is Manufacturing in China really that much cheaper?

Picture 4I’m always so perplexed to see how much stuff is made in China and I don’t really get it. Shouldn’t we be interested in creating as many jobs here rather than shipping them offshore?

It’s a tough question, but hear me out, I’ll show you a fancy video at the end.

Lets for instance look at a Billy bookcase from Ikea. Do you really think that there is a lot of labor involved in making one of those? If everything is completely automated in the manufacturing of the bookcase, the only thing that would be more expensive is setting up the factory and maintaining the machinery, but should that cost (even with much higher labor cost) be so small compared (almost neglectable) to the amount of product that is made?

Here is a video of a machine that drills the holes into a shelf, not fully automated, but this is just a demonstration as to the type of machinery used in making a book case. There are machines out there, that just have to be loaded with wood and other materials and that just spit out bookcases every few minutes. Think about it.

So after seeing this, does it really matter if this machine sits in the USA, Canada or in China?