Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Change of Heart

I thought I was fairly computer literate until recently when I entered the world of blogging. I've found that I can only do the most minimal things and I'm a bit frustrated, though intent on figuring it out! Meanwhile, I don't know how to include ( I don't even know what to call it) a little film I saw on the blog called Beautiful Day Rule into this post but you can either use the aforementioned blog link to find it or go here http://www.storyofstuff.com/blog/.

So with that out of the way, I wanted to comment on how seeing this great little presentation changed my mind about buying a new laptop. I have an old HP clunker that mosty sits on my desk because it's too heavy to lug around; not to mention noisy...it breathes real heavy and runs real hot. It's also rather slow and clogged with junk from my endless travels on the web. I try to clean it up once in while but it's doggedly determined to hoarde some of the rubbish and make my life miserable.

I've been longing for a light, sleek, sexy Macbook Air and almost came close this past weekend to hitting the checkout button. Practical considerations kept me from it - with two kids in college, I can't really afford it. Today, after seeing The Story of Stuff, I see other reasons for hanging on to my clunker laptop. Not that I wasn't previously aware of some of these issues but that's what I love about the web - I do searches for information on things that interest me and through the efforts of others, I'm reminded to make better,more thoughtful decisions.

So, thanks to Karen, keeper of Beautiful Day Rule and to Annie Leonard who produced The Story of Stuff. It did its job in influencing me in regard to buying a new computer but will also serve as a frequent reminder to ask myself: do I really need this? More and more, I'm finding that when I ask myself that question, I consume less.

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2 comments:

  1. I completely understand that desire for new and sleek, but good for you for choosing not to consume more.

    I have a gateway that runs really hot and instead of trashing it, I went out and purchased a fan pad that sits underneath it and keeps it cool enough that it keeps working. Before that, it would just spontaneously shut down from overheating.

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  2. I'm currently keeping my tea mug warm with the output of heat that emits from the vent!

    Thanks for the tip.

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