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No, but seriously.

I have a store as of today. It is in cyberspace.   It is in the matrix.   It is in virtual reality.   The ideological ramifications of this are blowing my mind a bit.

Etsy on its own is a really interesting convalescence of mainstream industrial capitalism and DIY-ish local economics.   In a sense, my store maybe epitomises this a bit because, other than things like thread and elastic that are hard to reclaim, I don’t use new materials, period.

Anyway, k8000000 designs currently features reworked women’s apparel of the kind that I would wear or that maybe I would wear if I were an ever so slightly different person, or the kind that I would wear if I didn’t already have too many clothes.  BUT.  I would really like input, any and all custom orders, and suggestions!!  I want this more than sales (and sales would make me very very happy, of course) because I am just one person living in one bubble and I can’t possibly tap all the ideas and desires and knowledge out there.  This whole thing is also turning out to be a really big learning experience for me, and there are a lot of areas I can improve, and I have a feeling that anyone reading this and their extended networks might have a lot to say.

So, here are my requests:

1) Please tell me what you think/want/would like to see!

2) If you see anything that you like, or that you know someone who would like, please spread the word!

From the depths of my vegetable heart, thank you!

Also,  unique new pieces will be added at least a couple times a week, so if you are interested, stay tuned!

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This came up randomly in my ethics and environment seminar. It’s pretty high quality.

This caught my eye while browsing the NY Times yesterday. “Can People Have Meat and a Planet, Too?” reads the headline. In a nutshell, Andrew C. Revkin reports on the first international conference on manufacturing meat and considers the implications of our largely carnivorous ways, the growing demand for animal protein in developing parts of the world, and what vat-grown chicken nuggets could do to change all of this.

Now, this sort of talk pulls me in all kinds of directions, but I have a play to get to shortly, so forgive me for being a little binary. To put things blithely: on the one hand, I like the bragging rights that come with being a morally consistent and rational individual. I recognise that whether it’s a humble hamburger or a rib-eye steak it costs the planet more than it can really afford with so many hungry mouths to feed. And then there are the million and one other arguments for vegetarianism as a moral practice, some sound, some not so much. On the other hand, I am an ardent foodie, and so the thought of trading in flank steaks, duck breasts, sausage, and the like for in-vitro meal makes me cringe in an entirely different way. I am not a raging carnivore who demands meat with breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In fact, I’d say that about 80% of my meals are quite meat-free. However, I think that my bourgeois whining has a bit of a legitimate timbre to it. Whatever else the case may be, we are parting with a grand tradition of culinary richness and wonder. The circumstances seem to be such that we can’t continue on the way that we have. I would just like to take a moment to mourn the passing of our fine but problematic old ways before deciding on how best to serve a side of vat-grown ground beef.