Pam gave me the greatest gift ever. It’s called a Grid-it: a board covered in elasticized bands.
Here’s what I did with mine. You will see Apple plugs for iPhone and Macbook. My earphones which I sometimes wear just for sound control. But notice i have the wires that would allow me to plug into my iPhone and Macbook. You will also see my thumb drive I use to get ATT wireless access. Finally there are the dongles I need to connect my MacBook to someone else’s AV system. Oh, and a Sony thumbdrive for back up.
I have three different briefcases, large, medium and small. The Grid-It lets me transfer these essentials from brief case to brief case. Almost always, I do this in a hurry and there’s a good chance I am going to miss something.
Buy this Grid-It on Amazon here.
Post script: There have been lots of great comments on this week’s posts. I am sorry not to have responded. I have a terrible head cold.
Feel better, Grant! And Happy New Year.
Thanks, Tim. And Happy new year (and good tobogganing) to you and the family!
“Order for the New Year” made me think about the order in the new year: What will change? Also, I was thinking about moving into the new year without author and academic Dennis Dutton. He died three days ago.
If you don’t know him (I’m sure you do but)he was the founder of the popular and pioneering Arts & Letters Daily website and his 09 book, The Art Instinct: Beauty, Pleasure and Human Evolution.
That book sought a journey through cultures and times to respond to art through an evolutionary lens. Dutton was a philosopher of art and this book presses deeply at conventions of art interpretation, aesthetics and the anthropological lens we often choose to respond to art through – cultural relativity.
With this rattling in my head along with a sense of loss I thought of the Intersection of Anthropology and Economics. And I wondered; I wondered how of if Dutton’s work affects Henry Jenkins words in response to Chief Culture Officer on how companies (for me all – of us) “get blindsided by cultural factors that were hidden in plain view”?
William, Oh, that is a terrible loss. I didn’t ever meet him but I was a big fan of Arts and Letters and especially of his Bad Prose essays in which he dared to criticise academic emperors. Thanks for passing along this important news. Best, Grant
Yes, a terrible loss – I think so much more to say.
You are right on the point for me with bad prose. I loved some of those exchanges. Top of my list on that was when Denis awarded first place on that subject to Berkeley Professor, Judith Butler. Her sentence in the journal Diacritics:
“The move from a structuralist account in which capital is understood to structure social relations in relatively homologous ways to a view of hegemony in which power relations are subject to repetition, convergence, and rearticulation brought the question of temporality into the thinking of structure, and marked a shift from a form of Althusserian theory that takes structural totalities as theoretical objects to one in which the insights into the contingent possibility of structure inaugurate a renewed conception of hegemony as bound up with the contingent sites and strategies of the rearticulation of power.”
Dutton response to this, “To ask what this means is to miss the point. This sentence beats readers into submission and instructs them that they are in the presence of a great and deep mind. Actual communication has nothing to do with it.”
 Dutton, Denis (1999-02-05). “Language Crimes: A Lesson in How Not to Write, Courtesy of the Professoriate”. The Wall Street Journal. http://www.denisdutton.com/language_crimes.htm. Retrieved today.