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26 February 2007



I was cruising blogs and came to yours - I love the ice pictures - and you are so right - technology is a wonderful thing and I can't imagine being without it.
I drive by incredible mountain views every day - and often wish I had my camera - and I usually don't. Good for your for having it!
Also found on your blog the Standards/Measurement link - I've been wishing I had something like that - just this morning as a matter of fact - so thanks!!
Knit Peace!


i can't WAIT to hear how the lettuce tastes. you're making a lot more use of modern technology than i am. what constantly amazes me is that certain things, certain machines, are so connected still to this very fast-changing modern life. like the bicycle. it is not really technology. but it could, and does, power technology. a spinning wheel, (which is really a bicycle in disguise, or vice versa), could power a tlephone or clock, or some other very efficient electronic item.


So, Yarrow wants to know if he can borrow your Aerogarden just for a moment. He muttered something about getting extra points for massacring plants people try to eat.


I was trying to explain how weird it all is to my daughter while IM'ing here to/from Italy. When I went to England there was a timelag in communication of at least a week or a very stressful and expensive phone call. When she left, she took her entire social set, all the news she wanted from home, all the music, her preferred time-sink (Sims), and essentially everything but her boyfriend's actual body.
We love the Internet.


That Aerogarden is so cool! Not long ago our microwave finally gave it's last nuke. The kids freaked because how is popcorn now going to be made. Jiffy Pop totally blew their minds :) It's amazing how mainstream so much has become in the last few years.


She speaks the truth. So imagine my horror when the internet went down at the Disneyworld Hilton this weekend.



And another 21st century fad: spinning. Which I hope to learn very soon! However, at the moment I know absolutely nothing about spinning. Can you recommend a book for me? I planning to start with a spindle, but beyond that, I have no clue.

Thanks for those beautiful pictures.


It's a good thing, isn't it? Isn't it? In so many ways, yes. But the constant fucking CONSTANT communication scares me (I have four kids, and I wonder if they will know how to be alone, which is so important -- can anybody be alone anymore?). And yet, I love that you shared that crazy ice moment with ... how many of us? I'm jealous. Here in the mid-Atlantic, we've had the most boring winter EVER.

Trade-offs. Blessings? Lettuce. Yep, blessings.


I think the Aerogarden is amazing! How cool that you can have fresh lettuce in the dead of winter.


I completely understand what you mean. I frequently stop and think about what people would think of our world, 100 years ago. It's pretty amazing, and quite spacey, from that point of view. Ice is very pretty, and I'm glad you took the moment to enjoy it.


The ice and bridge made me think about how we take mobility for granted in the 21st Century (and how we did in the 20th, as well). Two or three hundred years ago, that cracked ice was a major barrier to transportation. The river too solid for boat traffic, but not solid enough to walk on. Madeline Island in Lake Superior still deals with this issue every winter.

Now we travel across partially frozen rivers on bridges and over major weather events on airplanes. I went from Virginia, to Boston, to Cincinnati, to Miami, and back to Virginia in 5 days last week.


What an insightful post... it's funny how so many things that we now take for granted were complete SciFi just a few years ago. Sometimes I am exhilarated by the exponential growth of technology- most of the time, it scares the daylights outta me!


I was just thinking about this over the weekend. My boyfriend liked a recipe, and my friend promised to e-mail it to him. A friend's mother really liked a knitting doodad I own, and I said I would send her the link. When did all of this become so casual?

I'm reading a SciFi book right now with futuristic technology. When I think about how far we've come so fast, it really doesn't seem that far off.


mmm - I love pretty ice pictures. Here's one I posted a bit ago: http://saraskates.typepad.com/sara_skates/2007/02/aesthetic_ice.html
of a lake that a friend of mine lives on - too pretty.


The ease with which we use technology really is amazing. My 7 year old loves to hear the list of things that didn't exist when I was his age: computers, video games, cell phones, answering machines, microwaves, cable TV, cup holders, etc. Your ice pictures are beautiful. I take the ferry to work everyday and love to see giant chunks of ice in the Hudson & East Rivers.


Wow, I never thought of that. I wonder if it's cold enough in my house in the summertime to grow lettuce?

k sallyjo

Everything else will come and go, but ice is always itself.


Isn't it amazing and stunning how much things have changed during our lifetime? When I was born (1966), my dad (IBM) worked on computers that used punch cards and were massive - the size of rooms. Large rooms. Multiple large rooms. (Remember the movie Desk Set?!) Now he carries more computing power than all of those computers put together around in his pocket (one of those really cute little Sony pcs).

Rachel H

Matthew and I were at my Dad's yesterday. Where there still lives a rotary dial telephone in active service. Matthew was absolutely fascinated, but needed me to show him how to make a call on 'this thing'.

Love the Aerogarden. I deeply covet one specifically set up to grow tomato plants upside down, but just don't have the room for it.

Lee Ann

We have hydroponic stores on every corner in Montréal.

I don't think they're growing lettuce, though.


Love the hydroponic garden. (Not that it would survive in my house - the 21st century has yet to invent something to thwart / withstand a curious 6 year old). And your bridge-receding-into-the-distance shot is far more than workmanlike! I do think digital cameras are one of the greatest technological inventions ever - photography is such a wonderful way of slowing down and really "seeing", but the expense of film and processing was always a barrier.


Yeah--I so want an iPhone! My purse is way too heavy. I'm looking at getting a Treo.

Yesterday I worked at home because of the snow--logged in remotely and the only thing I couldn't do was run up and get a paper document to fax for an attorney who was on a conference call and couldn't leave his desk!

And we take it all totally for granted.


I teach a science-fiction class at my university, and I'm constantly trying to get my students to appreciate how awesome all this new technology is (and how quickly it changes everything). I think they got it when we discussed that new commercial for satellite TV that features Doc Brown from Back to the Future yelling "TV FROM SPAAAACE!".

Then I told them that I didn't get a cell phone until I was 21 and lost all their respect.


When we were driving back to the DoubleTree Sunday morning, I marveled at how lovely the docks were in Portland, all icy, and seemingly leading off into nowhere...it was a similar moment to your bridge moment, I think...

And also? I love the aerogarden, but now I just want to see more pictures of your kitchen. ;)


I quite love that bridge.

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