H.o.p. asks, "What are they doing advertising things that hurt the earth at a place that’s supposed to help the earth?"

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From when he was knee-high, I’ve been telling H.o.p. about ads. What ads want from you. What they want to sell you. I tell him about the relationship between ads and some of the websites he visits. Like Neopets. I ever remind him that those sites want something from him, which is all the time and interest they can get …

Fast Food Hell

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“Find Furby at BK! You can collect all 100 FURBY toys!” That’s what it reads on the little blue box which today’s Furby came in. H.o.p. had been hoping instead for a King Kong at Burger King. Instead the Furby arrived with the meal. “Did you tell them I’m a boy?” H.o.p. asked. Burger King and McDonalds sometimes have gender-based …

Reading about diamonds

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There’s an area called Popular at Technorati. I rarely drop by there. When I remember it exists, I check out a few blogs to see what’s up, like crossing a virtual ocean to the far side where I bang my head with mysterious invisible hammers until I’m appropriately stupefied and return home full of wonder (kind of) and none the …

It is not "real life" – it is what we’ve been educated to believe is "real life"

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I don’t often post human-interest type stories like this one below, from CNN, but aside from my wanting to note that had this been an anti-war demonstration gone wrong, in which case I think a lot of people would have ended up in jail (I don’t believe any arrests happened), I wanted to hear some response to this. Because I …

Pot pies, Patriot Act, and the myth of TV dinners

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See the above pic? It’s from some Raleigh North Carolina exhibit, dated 1952 and it is testament to two things. First, it testifies to the fact that people were already eating TV dinners before they came in foil trays. Second, collapsible TV trays existed before foil-packed TV dinners. Had the picture been taken a year later then the family would …