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I found this graphic in a Harvard Business Review article titled “what the west doesn’t get about China.  This graphic represents millions of 20 foot shipping units… ie containers.  Most big containers are 40 footers… and thus would be 2 units… but there are a lot of 20 footers as well… thus the unit.  ANYWAY… notice that the majority of shipping is intra asia… 44 million shipping units went from point A to point B in Asia.

Only 11.5 went from Asia to North America… and a little less than half of even that, only 6.5, went the other way from North America to Asia.   So you can see that the largest amount of production activity in the world is in Asia proper… and the vast majority of what is being produced is staying there.  Kind of interesting.  The image seems to be missing the North America to Europe and visa versa numbers…. but it was in an article discussing asia’s rise so I suppose it isn’t needed.  I kinda would like to see the US and european numbers though… just to get a complete picture.

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Flares…. or Pegged… which is it?

from  theSartorialist blog

It’s raining today… so I’m digging around looking at fashion trend watching sites.  Fun stuff.

 

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Exactitudes is a site that cuts straight to the center of things.  Distilling various trendmongers down into clear and exact categories.  Sometimes with audio if you choose their “slider view”.

Everyone thinks they are being so different… yet we are all just conforming.  I dare you to be truly unique… it’s quite difficult.

“Technohippies” shown just below… circa 2005

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This post doesn’t really match up to my stated topic for this blog… so feel free to ignore it and move on…. but my Dad died two weeks ago and I miss him.  He was an interesting fellow… a 1940’s and 1950’s Modernist architect… and a real Beatnik.  (Although he would hate me calling him that… I think he would prefer philosopher or curmudgeon… or intellectual… or most likely a  four letter word said with great emphasis and a big smile).  Anyway… I have never really understood about my distant family history very well… and his passing got me thinking.

So I went to the computer and started looking online at the various genealogy links.  What I found is that they have me on these links… and my mom on these links… but for some reason… these genealogy links have my mom’s ex husband as my dad… whom she divorced years before I was born.  And my dad… is nowhere to be found!   Hmmm…  who writes this stuff!

so I Googled Eric Meyer… looking to see what other incorrect info I might find.  (It turns out there is some internet guru also named Eric Meyer… so I had to refine my search.  )

WOW… I found out that “when he was a young surfer dude” (cough) “Eric went to USCB”.  This was in “the late eighties and early 1990’s”.  I learned that “he also started making his own shoes when he was in college”… and “he made them by hand”… with a hammer and an anvil  I suppose… “all by himself”

Hmmm.  Didn’t go to USCB… Didn’t go to college in the late 80’s and early 90’s… and didn’t make the first shoes by hand when I was in college…. but this is how I’m carved in history by the internet now…. and with the wrong dad no less.

IN FACT… probably at least 50% of what I found on myself was wrong.

I’m not famous… and I don’t have kids… so I suppose it doesn’t matter really.  But it makes me wonder:

How much of history is wrong?

yours truly… in 1966

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because digital is soooo 2000’s

nixie clock

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How do we fix this?

update… as of Feb 2014… the liabilities have tripled!  Check the link … this has to change!  The numbers below are from 2009… only 5 years ago!

Assets of the US… per citizen:     $240,000

Liabilities of the US… per citizen:    $344,000

from: usdebtclock.org

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a hot walker for the cubicle… the “walkstation”

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5. buy it asshole

You have to read the fine print under the shoe.

It’s circa 1993 or so… Rolling Stone magazine.

We wrote  over 500 different ads between 1991 and 1996… crazy.

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2. sandboarding

I kinda wish I still had those socks. From the “Extra” page in the back of Action Now magazine… in the early action sports years.

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swine flu is here…

pooflu

I know this one has been around the world already… but it is still funny.

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