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  • Shareumentarian 3:11 am on February 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Food safety, Grocer, Grocery store, Ice cream, life management, online groceries, Online shopping, Organic food, pop up lifestyle, recession, Self checkout, , virtual forest,   

    online groceries, life management, recession 

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    online groceries, life management, recession

    The recession is going to be a game changer for all of the technology that we have been saying will change our Life Patterns. The QSR world has been kicking grocery stores in the pants for a while but, as might be suspected, the first sign of family budget crunch spells doom for the small luxuries. Paying $300 for that driver you’ve wanted is a legitimate splurge to impress clients but spending $9.99 for the Brewtus Steak Burger at Applebees X 4 for the rest of the family just doesn’t add up to a good feeling. The world of online grocery shopping is fairly nascent but it’s growing, a simple search for “Online Groceries” returned about 82,200 results and simple search for “Online organic Groceries” returned 270 results so clearly there is room to grow. What will the next big food safety scare do to the anonymous, walk in and pick up a couple of tomatoes and a big juicy steak, mentality? Will grocery shoppers start demanding a clear trackable trail of exchange like a fed-ex shipment and if so, the web is where that trail is going to be created and with all of that safety information stored already wouldn’t the next logical step be an online shopping experience, maybe even a drive thru something like a Beer Barn or even McDonald’s, reduce customer wait and nasty erosion creating parking lots all in one fell swoop. Convenience is not the only area for opportunity either. Think of the kind of Lifestyle perspective one could have with a year long list of standard staples in your fridge, but more importantly, the real secrete splurges you make 10 or 12 times a year. Who knew that pickled pigs feet and stuffed roast tongue were a private indulgence, or maybe even a movie and a bucket of Cherry Garcia with the cutie that you’ve always seen at the bread counter but had no idea that she liked action licks and your favorite ice cream as well. Then of course you’ve got that Grandmother attendant at the self checkout lane and her Grocery Blog that tracks all the new trends in organic produce.  The zucchini she recommended last week was the tastiest ever, and it falls within the 100 mile diet as well. I get both a tax credit and a store credit for that don’t I. It’s a wide open world, that of online grocery shopping. Tell your local grocer before they get left behind, or better yet, start it for them and collect a percentage.

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  • Shareumentarian 3:42 pm on February 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Alexandria, , asemblage, Book, Brian Dettmer, , , , found object, lingustic carving, List of banned books, moment momentum, Oakland, Oakland California, self actualization   

    Book Autopsies
    Brian Dettmer: Book Autopsies


    found object, linguistic carving, assemblage Brian Dettmer was recently invited to participate in an exhibition in Oakland, Ca. Titled: Banned and Recovered. The exhibition gave artists creative liberty to deal with the actuality of banned books trough the abstraction of art. I’ve never really gotten the concept of banning a book nor, to be frank, the notion of defacing a book. A book is a book and particularly in this age of facsimile and instant reproduction banning the written word seems futile and defacing a book, well, rather than chopping a tree down or buying yet one more ream of bleached paper why not use a book as a note pad, ideation tool, or a wipe for your dirty bum.  Klingons aside, clearly Mr. Dettmer’s work is original and inspired. The most beautiful aspect of the work besides its ingenious nature and perfect craftsmanship is the notion that a book is a living connected thing. To bring an image from page 346 in juxtaposition with images from page 216, 567, 732, and 435 exhibits a profound sense of connectedness and a perception on the part of the artist that drips connected thinking. There is a world, a briandettmer62physical world, that exists inside every book and Mr. Dettmer seems to be able to bring that out (not only bring it out but make that the singular purpose of the book). What is it that seems so profound about these works? For one, the artist didn’t really create any thing, he removed quite a bit and revealed what was always in existence. The more I look at these works, the more profound they become to the process of Neemee and CultureWaves itself. Does CultureWaves, or Neemee for that matter, make anything? I would beg, no. The both of them are a process of reveling, a method of juxtaposing what already exists in life and bringing them together in the form of a narrative. In some cases an abstract narrative that scares those looking at it or hearing it. Mr.Dettmer has taken the Tractor from the T section of the dictionary, the Archimedes screwfrom the A section, the Xylophone from the X section, and the Stuart tank from the S section and juxtaposed them, through what must be a tedious process of removal, to tell just one of the many narratives that exist in what is essentially a catalog of what is commonly known.

    Book Autopsies
    Brian Dettmer: Book Autopsies

    He is a Red Thread maker of exquisite caliber. We need to be that as well. Our value is not going to be in how many Titles we have in our library, Alexandria will forever remain the hero of that story, but rather our value is the exquisite nature of the stories we reveal, not Tell but Reveal. The mystery and majesty of what we do is reveal what is in plain sight, that is the aha moment. Many stories are being told every second, look at the explosion of the blogosphere, who can read them all. Where we are going to create real value is in a process of subtraction, cutting away the unnecessary and reveling the meaningful narrative or even the fantastical narrative. We need to elevate the trade to an art as Mr. Dettmer has, and make the meaning of that art relevant through a Meta-verse.

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    • ernest pipe 11:58 am on February 11, 2009 Permalink

      if you want to find out more about brian dettmer, the man and artist, check this post out

      brian dettmer: book autopsies

      he was so incited by herocious that he personally left a rather lengthy comment that, at times, sounds insulting.

      not sure whom you’ll agree with, dettmer or herocious, but i got a laugh out of it at least.

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