"Desire is the true source of economic value," wrote Virginia Postrel over two years back, long before she submitted herself to the surgeon's knife to give a kidney to a dear friend. "The production of wealth comes not simply from labor or raw materials or even intellectual brilliance. It comes from new ways to give people what they want. [Gak. Could she have imagined at the time that she would be giving another woman a kidney pulled out of her own breast?] By matching creativity and desire, the economy will renew itself." (Chrysler ME 412 Concept left and Pentax Optio 450 right)
Am I a camera? Even as our awesome blogfriend Boston University professor of medieval history Richard Landes testifies in a French court re "the impact of the pictures of al-Dura on the Arab world [that] were instantaneous, explosive, and enduring" and the mild-mannered Chris Wallace of Fox News tries Bubba's "soul," we and our sis speak of "cabbages -- and kings":
We: Can't remember whether I told you my cute little Pentax Optio 450 camera pulled its annual trick of not working.
She: No. What?
We: I was trying to take some awesome pix of Tiny in the wee hours going for the jugular of her superball collection when I realized the flash wasn't synchronizing with the shutter. Same thing happened about a year ago, when I sent the darned thing back to the manufacturer to have it "groomed" at no charge.
She: What will you do now?
We: Unfortunately, the Pentax firm isn't open on weekends, so I'll have to wait till Monday to call 'em. Then I'll send the little fellow back for them to fix once more.
We: I have my backup camera, which I found in a crowded drawer this morning after a few moments of panic.
She: Things that don't work as expected wear one down. Marriage comes to mind.
"It's just like the blogosphere itself -- not to mention the real world out there," says we:
Don't get too attached to anything. Be agile and ever on the alert in the arms race for survival of the fittest. Now here's where we differ. Mummy was right in that she told us nobody said it was going to be fun or easy or whatever. The thing she didn't get, though . . . LOL re marriage . . . also COL (crying out loud) . . . But my point is that even as it wears you down, don't let it GET you down. The very impermanence of the blogosphere builds up one's resistance.
As we said in Laura Lee's comments, "We shall win."