Our world is shrinking. The Internet was predicted to bring sweeping changes to the way we communicate, to bring the world together, connecting us all as a community over distances. Maybe the changes aren't working for everyone. Have you noticed there seem to be more cases of shut ins, people with agoraphobia and other social related issues which cause them to close down or hide themselves away? The information age is bringing us too much information, too much social connectedness and too much time of being available versus giving ourselves some down time. It's not just the Internet now. People seem to be attached to their mobile phones like chain smokers. Is it really just a way to communicate without ever being face to face, in the same room with someone? Far more people claim to be introverts than extroverts. So why are we pushing social interaction so much? Why are we filling every available surface, every form of media with information, far more than any human being could ever absorb? What is the rush to share? What is so important that it needs to be shared, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? No wonder some people want to get away from it all. There is a lot of 'all' to get away from. It's not even easy to remove yourself now. Go to a remote location and you will still find some form of social communication creeping in. There will be advertising, likely a phone, radio, maybe even a television, if not a laptop computer. When do you get away from all the noise? When do you have that down time? I never get away completely. The best I can do is lock the doors on the house, stop answering the phone and don't turn on the television or the radio, or the computer. I take a book to bed with me. A real, paper printed book. It's very quiet and though it does have ads for other books - it saves them for the back of the book which I only see when I have finished reading the book. They don't pop out at me, they don't demand my attention in any way. If you watch an old movie or a movie about people surviving after the end of civilization... doesn't it seem kind of peaceful and simple? Communication tends to be the spoken word, or a printed page. I watched a movie about people surviving after alien plants took over. Some part of my mind was thinking how nice it would be... locked away in that big old house they found. They made it safe against alien plant invasion and there were so few people left in the world that there was no outside noise left. How cozy to be there, a huge fire for warmth and all that quiet, the information highway, the mobile phones, the television... all of it silenced. After awhile I'd miss the Internet. Not the phone. I had a mobile phone for a week and returned it to the store. I just don't want to be available to the world 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I'm a social hermit by choice. -- See my other posts related to taking or needing a break from it all:
It's ironic that they call it "She passed away" when someone has died. It's not until the next week, the next month... that they really pass away, fall into the past. It's coming up to a month since Julie died. Today I heard that my cousin Jonathon died in December too, a week after Julie. Jonathon died on my birthday. I've got a new calendar up, it started with January. December is gone. Julie and Jonathon are on the old calendar, the one I took down. At the end of your life you gradually become the past. What are other terms people use to say someone has passed on? Do you find irony or some kind of dark humour in any of those, or something else you have heard?
Any one who has gumption knows what it is, and any one who hasn't can never know what it is. So there is no need of defining it.- Lucy Maud Montgomery
A Postcard from Barrie
- This photo was taken on Tuesday in Barrie, Ontario. It was a bitterly cold day, not many people were out walking around.
- I didn't hear the news that day. What I remember about the day myself was the walk from the bus station to the coffee shop on Dunlop Street. A short walk but it took longer in the snow. I was an ice cube when I did get to the coffee shop.
- Photo credit goes to me. That keeps it simple, eh?
- It starts with a photo, about the size of a postcard.
- Then a note about the weather that day.
- Followed by three news items.
- It ends with a credit to the photographer who contributed the post from Winnipeg.
What do you know about dust bunnies? Or do you think they don't really exist, like pixies, fairies and the Loch Ness Monster? Dust bunnies are real, I've seen them. I've swept them up and cleaned up after them. Downtown Dust Bunnies - Two sets of sisters on a mission to uncover the cause of the recent increase in dust bunnies. Museum of Dust Connie Hwang: Art Museum Dust Collection From Wikipedia:
Dust bunnies (or dustbunnies), also called dust mice, are small clumps of dust that form under furniture and in corners that are not cleaned regularly. They are made of hair, lint, dead skin, spider web, dust, and sometimes light rubbish and debris, and are held together by static electricity and felt-like entanglement. They can house dust mites or other parasites, and can lower the efficiency of dust filters by clogging. The movement of a single large particle can start the formation of a dust bunny. Dust bunnies are harmful to electronics, as they can obstruct air flow through heat sinks, severely raising temperatures and shortening the life of electronic components. Dust bunnies have been used as an analogy for the accretion of cosmic matter in planetoids. In Jude Deveroux series, dust-bunnies are small, but deadly, little creatures resembling fuzz and was described as looking like "something that rolled out from under the bed."The 'Dust Bunny Facts' and 'The Evolution of the Dust Bunny' (below) come from another site. Not updated in awhile but clever enough to be worth saving. So many clever things have disappeared online.
Dust Bunny Facts Last updated 06/07/2006 Where to find them or " The Natural Environment" Dustbunnies have been around for centuries and are an untouched resource of easy-care pets for our busy life styles. They have lived quietly along side us and have already been domesticated. You probably have one or two which have "adopted" you and you wouldn't even know it. The Dustbunny seeks out spaces that receive little traffic, and preferably dark - although some do become curious of the outside world. Dust bunny Defenses Dustbunnies have their own paratrooper squads that one must be on the look-out for. However, since the Dustbunnies do not have their own Air force they depend on fan blades to transport them, so invasions usually take plan during warm summer days There are also small legions of foot soldiers that parade across the floor when the ventilation units are turned on. When heavy objects are moved they will scurry for cover. This is the best time for capture. Submitted by Robin and Anna: Did you know that Dustbunnies eat spiders and other things that crawl into there territory. Also, they like to use pencils as excise equipment. It may cost $100 per day to capture them if you live in a big city. Dustbunny Social Life Dust Bunnies are very prolific. There is no such thing as ONE Dust Bunny. Left to their own vices, dustbunnies will reproduce at alarming rates. Dustbunnies like to use stereo-systems as their own personal Singles Clubs. Dancing usually takes place on the older models with a LP turntable, as the laser show of the CD drives have been linked to Fur Cancer in studies conducted at DBU. Believe it or not DISCO is still their favorite music. If you find any dancing on the head of you needle, please remove gently and place off to the side so they can catch their breath. There is now a new "Take your Dust Bunny to Work Day".. If you do this, make sure you only bring back your home Dust Bunnies and not the ones from work. Although, the ones at work may like a nice holiday. Dustbunny care: Care for dustbunnies is very low maintenance. Feeding: Dust Bunnies will find their own food. They have a tendency to turn vegetarian - if you do not wish them to eat your houseplants you may wish to gently wipe them off the leaves with a gentle but firm "no". Dustbunnies need a quiet, dark place to make a hutch or home, under beds and dressers are the ideal spots. If you wish them to find their own space, don't be surprised if you catch them crawling the walls and hanging from the chandeliers. Dust Bunnies prefer small hidden places where no on looks. When giving you Dust Bunnies a bath, make sure that you have the safety net put on. This way your Dust Bunnies will not get sucked back into the wash or go down the drain. They enjoy congregating in pipes and Router Rooter may hurt them. Now that the heating season in here, make sure that you have collected your Dustbunnies off of the heaters and registers. Burnt fur does not smell very good and it does spook your Dustbunnies. When using a dehumidifiers, please pay special attention to the coils. Dustbunnies like to drink from these and may become too wet to move. Gently wipe them off and place in a dryer with cloths. They will collect on the lint screen and then can be released. Health Care: Unlike many pets, Dustbunnies do not need inoculations or veterinary visits. If your Dustbunny begins to look peaked, build it a nest of laundry lint and in a few days your pet will be looking fine and frisky. Making your home Dustbunny friendly: If you are missing an item, check the Dust Bunny hutch. Unlike Raccoons who will actively look for goodies, Dustbunnies will only take what they can get easily especially anything left on the floor near their home. Natural enemies of the Dust Bunny: Giant sucking machines (i.e. Hoovers, Kirbys, Dust Vacs, etc.) keep them as far away from your Dustbunny if you don't want to scare them. Glossary of terms How to speak Dust Bunny Underground Railroad: Air ducts Express Lane: Using the air ducts while furnace or AC is in use Caribbean Vacation: Dryer lint screen
The Evolution of the Dust Bunny Dust bunnies are, of course, the harmless little bits of fluff that accumulate under furniture where ever people live. Seldom noticed, though often known about, these rather harmless little creatures exist in many places. There are, of course, those homes in which no self-respecting dust bunny would live. Overuse of cleaning products and or frequent violent cleaning seems to interrupt the breeding of the adorable dust bunny. This should be discouraged whenever people actually live as it would seem to indicate an unhealthy environment for humans or dust bunnies. However, there are some residential places that rarely have dust bunnies. They go straight from "just cleaned the place" to "hibernating dust bears" with no small cuddly dust bunny stage in-between the two. Hibernating dust bears are fine, until you actually need to clean. Then, of course, you run up against the "do you really want to wake the dust bear" problem. Naturally, I recommend leaving the dust bears alone in their natural Habitat. Who knows what a dust bear will do once woken? If the dust bear is allowed to complete its hibernation, it will again evolve to the final form. The final form is the dust devil. These are no longer harmless bits of fluff, nor are they sleepy. These are dangerous balls of accumulated flotsam that can threaten a household. Ever wonder if the monster under the bed is real? Well, it is and it is a dust devil. They have a taste for small innocuous children and harmless pets, they leave kindred spirits alone. There is only one known cure for a household infected with dust devils. Dynamite is guaranteed to remove all traces of the dangerous beasts. Unfortunately, it will also require the rebuilding of all the furniture, if not the house itself, but is absolutely necessary if the house is infected. The tricky part to all this is to know when the dust bear, harmless sleepy creatures that they are, need to be removed from a house. Timing is critical, you should not disturb dust bears until it is necessary. But wait that critical day and you may well be missing a small child or pet next time you take a head count around the house.What can you write about dust, how creative can you get with something so simple and yet so legendary?