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(Mother Nature Network)   Gold prospecting, home births, using a typewriter, hosting a barn raising party, and other ways you can prove you're truly a green retro hipster   (mnn.com) divider line 36
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2012-09-12 04:55:31 AM  
How about not being a ______ ?
 
2012-09-12 04:56:29 AM  
Gold prospecting? Gold mining is hugely destructive to the environment. Is retro, but not green.

Also annoying slideshow is annoying.
 
2012-09-12 04:57:55 AM  
pics.livejournal.com
This is what happens when worlds collide.
 
2012-09-12 05:00:28 AM  
There's nothing wrong with being a hipster. If doing fun things, wearing cool clothes, and enjoying the kitsch of daily life make me a hipster, then it's cool with me to be one. I'd rather live authentically with my friends than sit around and play video games (unless it's an older one like Pack-Man or Galaga) in my pajamas.
 
2012-09-12 05:08:32 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: There's nothing wrong with being a hipster. If doing fun things, wearing cool clothes, and enjoying the kitsch of daily life make me a hipster, then it's cool with me to be one. I'd rather live authentically with my friends than sit around and play video games (unless it's an older one like Pack-Man or Galaga) in my pajamas.


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2012-09-12 05:11:27 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: There's nothing wrong with being a hipster. If doing fun things, wearing cool clothes, and enjoying the kitsch of daily life make me a hipster, then it's cool with me to be one. I'd rather live authentically with my friends than sit around and play video games (unless it's an older one like Pack-Man or Galaga) in my pajamas.


But what is "authentically" if you're aligning yourself with a group and behaving according to their norms?
Can't you just do what you want, just like that, plain and simple?

Freaks represent!
Hmmm... that might seem like I'm aligning with the freaks, but we have no real agenda code or anything like that. I suppose we're defined by our weirdness, but I'm sure we all pursue it in our own way.
 
2012-09-12 05:11:54 AM  
Become a vegitarian and an environmentalist. Use a failing economy and anti-capitalist sentiment to get in power. Murder 12 million Jews.
 
2012-09-12 05:13:33 AM  
1: Making Preserves.
Yep, I had a bumper crop of tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers this year, and it seems a waste to just throw away so much good food, so I made and jar'd tomato preserves, pickles, and salsa.

I've been harvesting tomatoes regularly since July. I STILL have tomatoes growing fresh outside. I'm sick of BLT's, but I bet I'll be craving one again in the weeks / months between now and next spring.

2. Milk Delivery:

Nowhere near me.

3. Home Birth

I don't have the proper... equipment to do that, nor the predisposition.

4. Meat Butchering:

I get my meat from a butcher, a quarter cow at a time.

5. Using a typewriter:

I actually had an old electric typewriter that I loved to write on when i was in college... nothing serious, like essays, those were done on PC.

6. Matchmaking service

eCupid.com / iMatch.net / uDateThat.org are not matchmaking services.

7. Frontier Skills

Seems cool, I'd like to know how to make longbows, shoes, and work stone tools.

8. Barnrasing parties.

Hey, we've got to set this nine-hundred pound chunk of a building in place, and we need a lot of help to do it... any ideas?
Buy a case of beer, call it a party.

9. Gold Prospecting

Yeah, totally not related to reality TV.

10. Old-Time Transpoirtation

Fark Headline says Hipsters, picture is of a bunch of 50+ year old men taking photos of a stretch of rail line. All the old men I know are into toy trains too.
 
2012-09-12 05:18:48 AM  
Can't I just grow an ironic mustache and be done with it?
 
mhd
2012-09-12 05:28:46 AM  
"As the following trends illustrate, emulating the past can mean a more authentic, low-energy, reduced-carbon lifestyle."

So pushing a carriage return makes me more real? Is this related to the door-bumping in A-ha's "Take on Me" video? And how is "more authentic" reconcileable with postmodernism?
 
2012-09-12 05:32:40 AM  
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Time for the morning barn raising brother Brain....
 
2012-09-12 05:33:22 AM  
I am old enough to remember using a typewriter. The amount of paper I wasted because there was no "backspace" button resulted in the waste of hundreds if not thousands of trees.
 
2012-09-12 05:35:08 AM  

ecor1: Gold prospecting? Gold mining is hugely destructive to the environment. Is retro, but not green.


you can find small quantities of gold without resorting to anything more destructive than simply shoveling some river sediments. If you know where to look shoveling some soil can yield equal or even better results. For an example of how not to do things properly there's a love reality show about some gold mining wannabes who don't even know basic geology.
 
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2012-09-12 05:39:27 AM  

ecor1: Gold mining is hugely destructive to the environment. Is retro, but not green.


Gold panning (which is what's pictured in the article) isn't at all destructive. Unless you consider making stream water slightly cloudy to be destructive...
 
2012-09-12 05:40:55 AM  
Gold panning isn't environmentally harmful. Nor does sluicing need to be. The problem as always is the selfishness of folks who take liberties to maximize profit.
 
2012-09-12 05:53:30 AM  
Headline could also read, "...and other ways to prove you're an Alaskan."

That's regular daily life to a lot of us up here...on purpose.

/never panned for gold, but I'm one of the few people I know who hasn't
 
2012-09-12 05:53:31 AM  
Making preserves : well, I don't have a garden, but if I did, why would I waste the excess ? Furthermore, those usually take very good. Would would be against a better quality of food ?
Mil delivery : if the milk, cream, butter, etc... is as good as the ones I got from a farm last christmas, man, I'd be on that like boring on Gerald Ford
Home birth : being a male, not really something on which I could give an opinion. But after three kids in the hospital, my SO got her fourth one at home. She had nothing but good things to say about it. And it's not exactly the"DYI birth" they are implying it to be. She was with a midwife the whole time
Meat butchering : my parents do that every year, where they buy a share of a cow. The meat is of very good quality, and very very cheap. They started by buying half pigs. The "charcuterie" that came out of it was the best one I've ever had in my life.
Using a typewriter : yeah, that's pretty stupid, although... when I started writing again, a few years ago, I did not have the discipline to write on a computer. I could not finish a first draft, because I always was rewriting the sentence I'd just typed. Using a manual typewriter cured me of that. Once I gained some discipline, I started to use the computer, and never got back.
Using a typewriter in public, though, is pretty assholish. Those things make too much noise.
Matchmaking services : why not, as long as this is not a scam ?
Frontier skills : those sound fun, and I'm pretty sure some of those skills could be usefull.
Barnraising : no skill that allows you to save thousands of dollars is useless.
Using vintage sewing machines : I don't really see the point, but seeing as I've seen professionnal seamstress using those, maybe they've got a point I didn't notice
Gold prospecting : if it can make you money, there's nothing stupid about it.
Old-time transportation : this I understand the least. Using old railways ? To go where ?
 
2012-09-12 06:02:27 AM  
Boy do I need to read what I typed before posting !

And, if you want "Hipster", here is the hipsterest hipster thing that ever hipstered in the hipsterhood :

www.random-good-stuff.com
 
2012-09-12 06:10:22 AM  

Fool_Marquis: 4. Meat Butchering:

I get my meat from a butcher, a quarter cow at a time.



Half a Cow!
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Every family in suburbia just had to have one of these in the 1960s, so they could buy "half a cow"
I'm pretty sure that savings were eaten up by electricity costs to run the thing
Plus the cuts got tougher as one got to the bottom.
 
2012-09-12 06:14:18 AM  
I use a typewriter quite often- in fact, I collect them. I also canned a batch of jalapenos I grew myself.

Nobody who knows me would say I'm hip. Or green.
 
2012-09-12 06:17:07 AM  
"matchmaking services"

It's not a sign of pathetic relationship skills if you say it's retro, eh?

Hipsters: Stop trying to live your parent's life. Live your own life. Live in your own era. Meet people yourself. Stop running from new experiences.
 
2012-09-12 06:21:55 AM  
Some hipster clacking away on a manual typewriter in Starbucks would be getting an Underwood enema.
 
mhd
2012-09-12 06:49:30 AM  

padraig: And, if you want "Hipster", here is the hipsterest hipster thing that ever hipstered in the hipsterhood :


Needs more steampunk and upcycling.
 
2012-09-12 06:51:24 AM  

Freezingprocess: I am old enough to remember using a typewriter. The amount of paper I wasted because there was no "XXXXXXXXX" button resulted in the waste of hundreds if not thousands of trees.


FTFY
 
2012-09-12 07:12:10 AM  
I'd love to pan for gold. Tried it once in Georgia but didn't have the right tools or time.

Love my IBM Selectric. Beautiful machine.

That barn ain't gonna build itself.
 
2012-09-12 07:17:48 AM  
All these things are perfectly legitimate, viable, rewarding activities. The thing that makes them "hipster" is the need to be seen doing most of them in public. Seriously--a bookstore type in??
 
2012-09-12 07:30:52 AM  
Not much difference between a hipster and a backwoods hillbilly anymore. Maybe the starbucks lemon mocha frappacino, but other than that...
 
2012-09-12 07:39:06 AM  
If you want to be a green hipster, you have to use a *MANUAL* typewriter. An electric one uses electricity.

/Olivetti Lettera 32
 
2012-09-12 07:45:42 AM  
dsc.discovery.com

"Word"
 
2012-09-12 07:57:44 AM  

mhd: So pushing a carriage return makes me more real?


No. But using one of these:

mytypewriter.com

Will save electricity because it's completely manual.
 
mhd
2012-09-12 08:53:29 AM  

dittybopper: Will save electricity because it's completely manual.


I'm not arguing with the eco parts, just with the "authentic".

Although it actually would be interesting to compare the energy costs, "carbon footprint" etc. of someone typing a novel - including all drafts - with a typewriter and with a reasonably efficient laptop. Paper and its delivery vs. electricity.

/maybe even compared to old DOS PC+CRT with Wordstar
 
2012-09-12 10:59:37 AM  
Sounds like a pretty normal rural lifestyle to me.

Of course, if you live in Brooklyn, all these are weird, exotic activities.
 
2012-09-12 12:43:24 PM  
Amusing list.
I don't see any difference between a bookstore type-in and Watching the Big Game at a Sports Bar, except that the latter excludes children. I don't particularly like kids but it's fun to watch them react to typewriters, which they do. That Type-in was a hoot, and a success for the bookstore as well. I don't understand the hate directed at it.
 
2012-09-12 01:45:16 PM  
(Sarcasm)I always love this retro stuff, A.K.A., return to the past. (Sarcasm) People tend to forget that the majority of reasons why retro is retro is because usually, better ways appeared.

I used assorted typewriters for years and they were cool. I sometimes miss the clatter of the keys from manual ones and the 'bing' of the bell when you reached the end of a line.

However, to make copies, you used messy carbon paper. Your basic typewriter was heavy. You wouldn't want to lug it around on trips. Plus, if you're like me, a bad speller who has to be reminded that Cat begins with a C and not a K, you needed a proof reader.

Correcting mistakes was time consuming, which made the lady who invented White Out a fortune, because before it, the only way to change a word on the machine was to use a special eraser -- which could rip a hole in the paper.

My laptop is smaller, lighter, has a word program built in that auto-corrects my often mangled attempts at spelling, requires no erasers or paints to fix errors and connects to my printer which will happily churn out several copies of the finished work upon demand -- and even collate it for me. Plus, on the HD is a copy, which can be transferred to disk or stick for referral.

The major drawback with using old technology or processes is that they were usually tremendously labor intensive. Home canning can take hours, if not days, to preserve the same amount of goods you can buy in one hour in a grocery store. Plus, you have to carefully handle hot things in a hot kitchen.

Baking is fun. However, having to bake goods to supply your family is laborious, messy and time consuming. It takes practice to make a good loaf of bread -- which basically starts to spoil as soon as it cools from the oven.

Ask your grandma how much 'fun' it was to sew clothing for the kids and patch things on her old, basic electric sewing machine. Again a skill set needs to be developed, the process is labor intensive and boring as heck. Not to mention the occasional sewing your finger into the work accidents.

Milk delivery was nice. I recall it. However, today the added cost of labor, gas and vehicle repair would add dramatically to the bottle price. Why do you think it was stopped in the first place? Plus, today, someone will leave the milk out too long before bringing it in, drink it, get sick because it turned and sue the company, the driver and even the cows that gave it.

Barn raising. Big fun -- if you're into hard labor, long hours and noisy construction. I don't know about you, but I can only tolerate just so much of the scream of circular saws. If you're into that, then have at it. Don't forget that when it's all done, you have to clean up all of the mess and dispose of it.

I worked construction briefly. I became intimately acquainted with wood splinters, sweating profusely, discovering that as I tired, those nails became harder to hit and still have not mastered the seemingly easy chore of putting a screw on the end of a power driver and zipping it effortlessly into drywall as professionals do.

I tend to mangle the head beyond repair after dropping it a few times and have frequently resorted to pounding it in with a hammer.

Home birth. I worked in a hospital. I won't even go into the nightmares that can happen during a delivery, especially one at home without a ton of medical supplies and highly skilled folks about. Before folks could easily get to a hospital or clinic, home births were common.

The infant mortality rate was also a lot higher.

BTW. That 'go boil water' bit seen in the old movies? That was mainly used to keep hubby out of the way.

Changes came to make things easier, safer and faster. Not all of them worked out for various reasons but how many of you would give up your cell for the basic, black, rotary dial anchored-to-the-wall telephone of the 50's? Those things NEVER wore out. It took nearly a nuclear bomb to break one. However, you can ruin your cell by dropping it on the floor from your desk.

No one busted into your house to steal your phone either. They'll filch your cell the first chance they get.

However, your cell is 1000 times more versatile than the old, black dial phone ever was or could be.

There are various reasons why we left old technology behind and most of them practical. Most of you probably have never even had to use starch in your laundry. I recall when that was a staple if you wanted neat shirts -- which had to be ironed.

I also recall hanging out laundry to dry and having to haul it in, iron it, fold it and put it away. The invention of cotton and synthetic blends and the dryer was a great boon to mankind.

There are reasons why we left a lot of old technology behind.
 
2012-09-12 03:04:21 PM  
I would not have had the oportunity to even be aware of this article if not for the internets.
Isn't it Ironic?

/I know
//couldn't resist
 
2012-09-12 11:14:12 PM  

Rik01: There are reasons why we left a lot of old technology behind.


But often we leave perfectly adequate tech behind just to sell something else. Planned obsolescence, as they say. There have been several occasions in my computer use where the software upgrade f'ed things up. It's almost like TV dinners. Here's a meal where all you have to do is heat it up. It's got everything. It's ready to go. It's efficient, and it even works in prisons. So why would anybody still cook from scratch like in the old days?
 
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