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I mean, I'm sure we could make a shirt. A tattoo might be more appropriate, though, to represent your serious commitment to awesomely disrupting society by taking glass bottles out of their designated bins. I'm thinking like a big blackletter arc across your shoulder blades, and maybe like a stylized recycling bin with a dollar sign in the middle of the recycling symbol in the center of the arc, and also a gun or something. Actually, I guess that could just be a shirt.
Oh, complicated. Thoughts: It's interesting that you associate your hobbies with gender, because I didn't mention gender at all in my post. Of course, almost all the tech-person hobbies I mentioned are pretty strongly gendered -- not in that the girls can't take part on their own or (more often) alongside the boys, but in that they're mostly seen as masculine things to do. And I think that this perceived masculinity can explain at least a decent a lot of their appeal to tech types who participate in them -- men and women both. And, of course, the gender ratio in the subculture I'm talking about tends to skew male -- perhaps to the point that, often, the hobbies you're describing are the hobbies of the wives and girlfriends of the men who have the hobbies I described. This is not to say that there aren't women fully involved in the subculture I described, or that many of them aren't romantically involved with men in the same subculture, or that there aren't queer people in these subcultures, etc. Just that this gender dynamic definitely exists, and connects to various other qualia of these recreations: public vs. private, active vs. sedentary, exploratory vs. reproductive, global coordination vs. manual dexterity, and so on. You mentioning the humanities is interesting in relation to this. The humanities, social sciences, and to a lesser extent the life sciences are of course the girl academic disciplines, in contrast to engineering and the hard sciences, which are the boy disciplines. But it is also possible that another part of what is going on here are Snow's two cultures playing out in the recreational sphere. I am also reluctant to completely attach chickens to this, because I tend to see chicken-raising as part of a slightly separate set of activities that both of these cultures participate in: the activities of conspicuously green consumption and production. In other words, I think having chickens tends to be more like a very dedicated form of shopping at Whole Foods or driving a Prius than like going rock-climbing. However, they also attach to another aspect of all the activities you mentioned, which is that they carry a connotation of folksy, traditional domesticity: scrapbooking and knitting and raising chickens, just like our imaginary great-grandmas on the range homestead farm America! Whew. I think I might have to leave revising your list for another moment...
I have to admit that this does seem like something dogs would do of their own accord.
Toggle Commented Aug 21, 2010 on 2 Dogs 1 Cup at Last Bullpen on Earth
WWII was such a weird moment for artillery systems. And the 240-mm M1 is not even dead yet. Taiwan still fields them in coastal defense emplacements: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WCwv7PEIPA&feature=player_embedded#
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