Archive for October, 2005

Vote with your euros

October 31, 2005

The message I would like to pass is that you have power. Every day, you vote with your euros for our future.

Every time
you buy the cheapest eggs, you vote for chickens to be caged
you buy Eco eggs, you vote for chickens to have some space outside

Every time
you buy at one large superstore, you vote for this single store
you buy at several unique, local stores, you vote for diversity

Every time
you buy the cheapest meat, you vote for factory farming
you buy biological meat, you vote for organic farming

Isn’t that democratic? You can vote every day.

Do not expect politics to change the world in one way, if you vote differently with your money.


Answers: No Logo

October 31, 2005

Recently I’ve been reading a very interesting book titled ‘No Logo’ by Naomi Klein. The books tells the story of how we shifted from buying ‘products’ to buying ‘brands’ at the end of the 20th century.

No Logo is about the negative side effect of this trend: brands claiming more and more public space.

See also (Too bad the site is not very accessible)

No Logo really made me understand my discomfort with multinationals. No Logo strengtens me in my habit of buying daily products at local, small shops.

The nice, small retail shops will disappear, if we continue to strive for cheap when buying our daily products. Bakeries, vegetable shops, shops with regional products, unique caf├ęs, handmade furniture will be replaced by brands. Brands like IKEA, AH, McDonalds, Blokker, Trekpleister, Hema, V&D, H&M, Free Record Shop, etcetera.
Maybe I should say have been replaced. Whether you walk through the city centre of Amsterdam, The Hague or Groningen. You will find the same shops.

Maybe that’s not a bad thing. I, for sure, do not like it.

It is not only that cities have lost some of their diversity, what bothers me. It’s also that cheaper products come at a price:

  • The craftsmen and individuals who once were the faces of these shops have been replaced by cheaper personnel. More people are at home, unemployed. We all pay for that.
  • The origin of the product became less transparant. We all know the concept of sweat shops. How can you know if the clothes you wear are child-labour free? How do you know if the woman who stitched your t-shirt received a fair salary? Do you even care?

Maybe in the past, we never knew for sure if the tailor got a fair price.
We do know now that our clothes come from far, that the price we pay is lower, that a large part of the price goes to marketing and that the company shareholders demand profit.
How much money is left to pay the people who actually produce?

Greetings from San Diego

October 24, 2005

I have never been there! But someone over there did not forget about me. As it seems.

san diego beach
San Diego Venice beach. Windy because of Wilma?

san diego sisters
The San Diego Sisters

los angeles beegees walk of fame
Among my favourites: The Bee Gees at the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Los Angeles

Zope3 mindmap or concept map

October 5, 2005

Just to show how accessible knowledge can be.

nederhoed Hello, I have plans for a simple FreeMind mindmap product for Zope3 does that sound interesting to anyone? maybe I should say "thoughts about" instead of plans :) tekNico nederhoed: here`s a thought. mind maps are usually hierarchical, and therefore too limited to reach their goal. the original "concept map" concept seems more useful, and generally applicable. I have a few more links to recommend, if you are interested... :-) well, two will suffice. nederhoed merci, I`ll check them out. * tekNico (n=tekNico@pdpc/supporter/active/tekNico) heeft #zope3-dev verlaten ("See you later")

Wikipedia: Mind mapping, Concept mapping
Christpoher Alexander: A City is not a Tree
Clay Shirky: Ontology is overrated (a must-read!)

tekNico does not seam to be supportive of my mindmapping product. Let’s just figure out the concept of Conceptmapping first then.

Alternatief Voor Vakbond

October 3, 2005

My small contribution in AvV promotion: Alternatief Voor Vakbond

After having read “Dan maar een eigen vakbond” (dutch) in “De Volkskrant”, I decided to join Alternatief Voor Vakbond. It is a Dutch union to-be, aiming to counter the present “keep-what-we-have” big union mentality. To find solutions now for present problems. To make decisions on work regulations more democratic. And, very important, to also be a voice for freelancers and starting entrepreneurs.

Read about AvV on Wikipedia.