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Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
"Objects can be designed to low price, but cannot be crafted to low price." But if we stop valuing—& buying—craftsmanship, very idea of making something w/ care & expertise is destined to die & something of us as human beings will die along w/ it: "A bricklayer, carpenter, teacher, musician, salesperson, writer of computer code—any & all can be craftsmen. Craftsmanship cements relationship btwn buyer & seller, worker & employer, & expects something of both...is about caring about work & its application...what distinguishes work of humans from work of machines & it is everything that IKEA & other discounters are not."...
books  walmart  ikea  globalization  consumerism  environment  economy  economics  china  cheap  design  consumption  politics  labor  bargains  sustainability  stuff  society  relationships  craft  time  slow  human  humans  humanity  craftsmanship 
august 2010 by robertogreco
Booking a Flight the Frugal Way - Frugal Traveler Blog - NYTimes.com
"Today, however, booking a flight is a total mess. Travelocity and Expedia have been joined by Bing and Orbitz and Dohop and Vayama and CheapTickets and CheapOair and Kayak and SideStep and Mobissimo and and and … I could go on and list every single Web site out there, but I won’t. There are just too many. Instead, I’ll lead you through the steps I make when I’m booking a flight myself.
travel  flights  howto  tutorial  reference  money  advice  tips  shopping  bargains  flying  airfare  airlines  budget  lifehacks  cheap  tools  onlinetoolkit 
february 2010 by robertogreco
The Good Enough Revolution: When Cheap and Simple Is Just Fine
"instead of building a hospital in a new area, Kaiser leased space in a strip mall, set up a high tech office, & hired 2 doctors to staff it. Thanks to the digitization of records, patients could go to this "microclinic" for most of their needs & seamlessly transition to a hospital farther away when necessary...series of trials to see what such an office could do. They cut everything they could out of the clinics: no pharmacy, no radiology...explored cutting the receptionist in favor of an ATM-like kiosk where patients would check in with their Kaiser card...found that the system performed very well. 2 doctors working out of a microclinic could meet 80% of a typical patient's needs. With a hi-def video conferencing add-on, members could even link to a nearby hospital for a quick consult with a specialist. Patients would still need to travel to a full-size facility for major trauma, surgery, or access to expensive diagnostic equipment, but those are situations that arise infrequently."
design  technology  culture  future  economics  business  goodenough  cheap  simple  flip  simplicity  mp3  digital  marketing  strategy  cameras  innovation  trends  quality  music  kaiser  healthcare  medicine  clinics  hospitals 
december 2009 by robertogreco

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