Monday, July 30, 2007

Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer

Some people say the end of July into the beginning of August is the "real" summertime. Those "lazy hazy crazy days" when life slows down "and the livin' is easy". In my case, things slowed to a crawl over the weekend thanks to that killer toothache (which I'm still dealing with). I ran into a former co-worker who now sells stuff fulltime via eBay and Amazon. He was telling me that right now he has over 9,000 items listed across the two services, but he's only selling about 30 items a week (compared to more than 30 a day in Winter). Let's face it, most people aren't spending as much time online in summer (even bloggers are uploading shorter posts) save for jumping on the computer very early in the morning or very late at night. I wonder if this is peculiar to North American culture. In places like Mexico, South America, Singapore and India, it's hot all the time, so I suppose there's nothing climactic (short of a monsoon) that really affects people's time online. I was perusing several US & Canadian blogs over the weekend and noticed the size and number of posts seems to be down. So, perhaps the lazy hazies are days when we're too busy having fun or vacationing or introspecting to bother with much of anything else. I did find a couple of items on Global Voices which you'll find below. There's a video that's on YouTube right now (I'm sorry I didn't keep the URL) for one of the great songs of summer "It's Summer" by War. It's one of those songs you won't hear on corporate controlled radio. It's there, you may have to search for it. I've found that there's a lot of video on YouTube that the standard YT search won't pull up. I think it depends on information the uploader keys in as to how it all gets sorted.

Joshua joins the “Stop trying to save Africa” debate: “Those in the Afro-blogosphere have heard these points many times, though they seem to stick more when they come from a provocative headline penned by a much acclaimed young novelist whose classmates (he graduated from Harvard in 2005) are the ‘perky young blondes’ working on Save Darfur and other post-9/11 youth led grassroots movements. I want to address one particular subtle point that Uzo makes.”

Cathy introduces her new venture that reduces plastic waste by creating their own range of fashion conscious reusable shopping bags. “Our initial step is to get Filipino shoppers into the habit of refusing plastic bags when they shop. Our next step is to create even more bags which will have more of a statement and function beyond what can be seen.”

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