I just bought a dauntingly complicated fancy-pants touch screen thermostat for our house. But Honeywell has encoded so many social presuppositions (into a thermostat!) that I can’t believe they’re able to sell them. Continue reading
I’ve come to think of 1913 as a a high water mark, an icy high water mark, in the early history of the city of Redlands. The freeze of 1913 threw the local economy, based around citrus, into a tailspin; the town froze in more ways than one. One by-product of this is that the beautiful domestic architecture of the city was frozen in time; the growth that you would have expected from a pre-1913 linear progression never happened. In this analysis, the city developed up until 1913 and then semi-literally, froze. The houses we have today are the fruits of the freeze of 1913.
There’s a proposal on the June municipal election ballot in Redlands to ban Wal-Mart from opening a new super center in town. I have no idea if it’s going to succeed or not, but one yardstick is the seriousness with which Wal-Mart is taking the threat of the proposed ban; the company has mounted a fairly massive campaign to combat the proposal. I myself have answered at least three phone surveys and gotten at least two mailings from Wal-Mart funded organizations campaigning against the proposal in the past few weeks. And I just talked to an astroturf canvasser on the street who was against it.