Cultural Invasion Via Surplus Goods

liveinthephilippines-imagesUnlike most surplus (ukay ukay) shops in Manila, my fav shop Lucky Mary at Baclaran doesn’t just sell used clothes. It sells just about everything and a lot are still unused.

After almost giving up looking for an incense stand today, I finally succeeded and found a miniature bottle. Feeling lucky, I did a random search again and found a Japanese cook book. Although I don’t understand the recipes of course, I always like the images of Japanese food. They always look delicious to me. While on my way home, I suddenly realized that Japan is succeeding in cultural promotion just by cheap but great surplus goods! My room is already crammed with Japanese goods and might soon overcome the volume of my books!

Why You Should Ditch your DVD
The Energy Saved By Ditching DVDs Could Power 200,000 Homes
‘If you still buy DVDs, you’re killing the environment.

‘Maybe that’s a little extreme, but the environmental benefits of streaming a movie (or downloading it) rather than purchasing a DVD are staggering, according to a new US government study by researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

‘If all DVDs purchased in 2011 were streamed instead, the energy savings would have been enough to meet the electricity demands of roughly 200,000 households. It would have cut roughly 2 billion kilograms of carbon emissions…’

What is the Legal Airspace for Flying Drones?
A ‘commercial’ drone could easily be a spy drone flying freely

‘There are lots of entrepreneurs who would love to fly drones — tiny unmanned aircraft — all over the country. They dream of drones delivering packages and taking photos, but there’s a battle in the courts right now standing in their way. The battle is about whether it’s legal for drones to take to the sky.

‘Cy Brown, for example, wants to use drones to tackle the problem of feral wild pigs. In Louisiana, where Brown lives, feral pigs run around wrecking crops, causing problems for farmers.

‘Brown’s idea was to use drones to track the pigs and then relay their locations to hunters in the fields who could kill the pigs. He tested it out, and it worked. Farmers liked it. Even the U.S. Department of Agriculture wanted to copy it.

‘But when I called Cy last month to ask if he’d take me hunting, he said no. His drone had been grounded. When I asked why, he referred me to his lawyer…’
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Teen Kills Parents for Taking iPod Away
Gadget addiction or parental abuse? Since the accused is a high-school honor-roll student, that implies he is self-disciplined and would not succumb to digital addiction or would suddenly turn murderous just because of it.

‘A 16-year-old Virginia boy said he beat and stabbed his parents to death because he was sick of routine punishments “like my dad taking away my iPod and stuff,” authorities said.

‘Vincent Parker told investigators that he killed his 57-year-old mother, Carol, and 55-year-old father, Wayne, inside the family’s Norfolk home on Dec. 19, 2013, according to his confession revealed in court on Wednesday.

‘The teen, an only child, pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder.

‘“I just remember getting mad,” he told police, according to WTKR-TV. “It’s all from my dad. All this stuff like my dad taking away my iPod and stuff.”…’
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