Are Cookbooks Obsolete?

Food & wine | Are cookbooks obsolete? | Seattle Times Newspaper.

It’s so easy to look up a recipe online, why keep cookbooks around? There is endless variety available but only so much contained in the printed pages of a cookbook. Are they doomed? I think cookbooks are in more trouble than newspapers when it comes to sales. Each time I browse the thrift store I see a whole shelf filled with just cookbooks. They don’t sell, even there, marked down for 50% off the thrift store price.

Abandoning Landlines

13% of Canadian households have abandoned landline phone service : Hugh Thompson’s Digital Home.

Wireless phones continue to grow in popularity in Canada. According to Statistic Canada’s Residential telephone service survey, more than three-quarters (78%) of Canadian households had a wireless phone in 2010, up from 74% in 2008.

The December 2010 survey of about 19,000 Canadian households also found that an increasing number of Canadians were abandoning traditional home landline telephone service.

In 2010, 13% of Canadian households reported they used a wireless phone exclusively, up from 8% in 2008.

The Wonderful Camera Obscura

The Wonderful Camera Obscura.

The camera obscura – Latin for “dark room” – was a sort of giant camera that Victorians could enjoy along with the other delights of the seaside, for they were usually found on popular beaches or in parks – anywhere that tourists and passers-by could enjoy them.

Briefly, the camera obscura works on the optical principle that when a pinhole of light is admitted to a dark room, the rays of light order themselves into an upside-down image of what is outside. The camera obscuras of the Victoria era were fitted with a lens (to sharpen the image that was created by the thin ray of light) and with a mirror to cast the image onto a horizontal viewing surface.

I’m Not a Phone Person Either

Sources have caught up with Depp at the premier of his latest film, “The Tourist” where he shared about his apprehensions on owning a mobile phone and explained how he maintains keeping a low profile.

“We have Internet and stuff like that because I think that’s the safest form, well, most interesting form of communication”, He added when asked about reports that he kept his house tech-free. “I just don’t like phones.”

“I just don’t like them… being reachable all the time,” the actor continued.

via Johnny Depp And His Hatred For Phones.

It was nice to read this about Johnny Depp tonight. I feel the same way. I did have a mobile phone, a BlackBerry, for about a week. But I took it back and closed the account. I just don’t want it. Even though I may be falling behind the technologically mobile rat race… I don’t want to be available 24 hours a day and have people expecting I will answer the phone, drop everything, just because I have a phone attached to my body.

Stick to your guns Johnny, you’re not alone!

Rebel Without a Cause

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Occupy Wall Street is a horizontally organized resistance movement employing the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic to restore democracy in America. We use a tool known as a “people’s assembly” to facilitate collective decision making in an open, participatory and non-binding manner. We call ours the NYC General Assembly and we welcome people from all colors, genders and beliefs to attend our daily assemblies. To learn more about how you can start a people’s assembly to organize your local community to fight back against social injustice, please read this quick guide on group dynamics in people’s assemblies.

When you try to find out what the Occupy Wallstreet protest is about you discover it’s all about gathering a mob. There is no real cause mentioned here other than a bit about restoring democracy (what does that mean and how do they see this working/ happening)?

Someone is making a lot of money out of this and using their resources to promote it and make it grow. People are blind and not using their common sense if they support the Occupy Movement as it is. The only real thing I can find out about it is that it exists to gather a mob… for what?

Bomb with Love

From The National Post:

The Occupy Toronto movement continued Monday with a handful of protesters gathering outside the Toronto Stock Exchange, and with more joining an afternoon march to Ryerson University.

The goal of the afternoon event is to reach out to students during the university’s social justice week, participants say.

#Occupy Toronto
Occupy Toronto
Occupy Canada
Occupy the Nation
We are the 99 Percent
Occupy Together

So far it hasn’t been violent or dangerous. But, I’m expecting that to change any time. I’m glad to be away from Toronto and just watching through the news coverage.

This new Occupy Movement seems to have no real, solid goal, at least not something anyone can really pin down. I listened to them talking today while they protested in downtown Toronto. “Social injustice” is not defined enough to rate a protest. They also claim they are doing this ‘for the people’ (also generic) and doing this with love. Well, I’m a person and I’m not loving this at all. It’s a gathering rebel mob waiting for a cause.

People are starting to use this cause as a way to market and make money. A public relations firm is beginning to represent them, for free. (Why not, it’s giving them massive free promotion of their business and viral marketing as well). You can buy T-shirts and posters, start your collection of Occupy and 99% merchandise now. Someone is making money from all of this. As a protest against capitalism it is already off track.

Fighting capitalism is not going to work. Capitalism is an economic theory. Pure capitalism does not exist. Just as pure communism never worked, it became muted, changed to suit the reality. I’ve read the 99 Percent site, seen the people who are in financial trouble, desperate. Most are educated, have spent thousands of dollars on university degrees and now they work in a job that doesn’t pay the money they expected to be making. As if having an education is a promise you are set for life and will automatically have a job with prestige and a big pay cheque.

If the cause of the Occupy Movement is “the rich get richer while the poor get poorer” they are foolish. What do they think will be changed? People with a job won’t give it up to someone else. People who have a ‘rich’ lifestyle should not be expected to donate all they have to people who don’t have that same lifestyle. If they have been lucky, inherited or just plain worked their butt off why shouldn’t they have the rewards, the profits? There are always going to be people who have more and people who have less. This isn’t about fair. Don’t be so childish as to think everything has to be fair and equal.

Some change would be lovely, if it could be worked out. It would be great if we could have better health care here in Canada. We pay taxes and have mostly free health care but just try to get a family doctor to start all that health care with. Anyway, yes, things are not perfect. But, who should give up what they have for someone else? It’s like the smoking and non-smoking issue. One person has to stop smoking, to give up their right to pollute (yes, I’m anti-smoking) in order for there to be non-smoking for those who want the right to have no cigarette smoking. This Occupy plan is much the same. Who is going to give up their rights so other people can have what they want?

I’m the 99 Percent and I hope this protest dissipates before it grows larger and more dangerous.