anecdotal evidence of economic meltdown

October 18, 2008

Living in the middle of nowhere, it sometimes feels like we’re insulated from larger national events. Housing values in our part of Colorado have actually remained fairly stable, etc. But I’ve just heard about a couple of friends, one a software developer at a major software company who has been laid off, and the other, […]

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China! Cadbury! Melamine! MMMMMMM!

September 30, 2008

Cadbury is recalling chocolate made in their Beijing factory because it’s laced with melamine. I used to eat that chocolate all the time when I lived in Beijing. Mmmm. Yummy.

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Buy Nothing Day

November 23, 2007

Welcome to Buy Nothing Day, where we try to stop all consumer spending for an entire 24-hour period. Gasp! I love this holiday. Even though I already screwed it up this morning by dashing to the grocery store for Cream of Wheat. Even so, I like the idea of noticing, just for a day, how […]

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October 31, 2007

My son just discovered what candy is all about.

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Good Chicken Gone Bad

May 1, 2007 Just another story from our industrialized food chain. I’d like to see a warning label on all supermarket foods: “This food product contains unknown quantities of unknown substances. In fact, even though this may look like chicken or beef or spinach, we actually have no idea if it actually is any of these things. […]

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Sandwich Makers

March 13, 2007

Does anyone use a sandwich maker? My wife has one. She actually asked for it as a wedding present and she does things like put strained Moroccan stew between slices of bread and then — psshhhh — squeezes and grills it into this odd sort of squished grilled sandwich. More like a grilled sandwich pouch, […]

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