Weekend of history, sewing, & organizing the world into “normal” and “not”

This past weekend Adam D and I found ourselves with complimentary tickets to King Richard’s Faire. We went on Saturday (which worked well in our favor since Sunday seems to have been a wash out due to copious amounts of ye olde raine). I’ll have some pictures later to show the outfit but I went dressed in a nice overcoat with a fleur-de-lis print. A lot of fun was had by all. Much walking around all afternoon and even a bit of dancing up on stage with one of the bands who dragged audience members up to participate. Who says again that a fat me can’t do all sorts of out-and-about things?

In other “news” I also went fabric shopping and found some good deals to get costumes ready for Adam and I for Halloween. We’re going as LaLa Orange and Red Butler (Color Kids from Rainbow Brite).

And on a less fluffy fun note but definitely in the “food for thought” category; I have a quote from a book I’ve been reading as part of my “additional readings” for my library degree’s cataloging class.  The book is “Everything is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder” by David Weinberger.

Thus far David Weinberger has brought to the reader’s attention the many ways that we try to organize the world around (and beyond) us: alphabetizing, planets, periodic tables, Dewey, Amazon.com; the many “joints of nature” that we’ve been trying to find through the years as a means to make sensible order of the universe.

Not only did I find the historical perspective on the struggles against the use of alphabetization interesting (for what seems more natural now than to alphabetize lists??) but I was really struck by suggestion that “we sometimes draw lines arbitrarily [to organize the world, and that method of] drawing lines has real consequences, and that elites use arbitrary lines to stay in power.” It really ties into the idea that history is written by the victors and has made me take a moment to reflect upon the many ways the world as we know it is divided into “normal” and “outliers” in very arbitrary ways that can’t help but shape how people form relationships to each other and their environment.  One thing that immediately comes to mind?  *cough*BMI*cough*

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  1. Pingback: Images of Fat and Happy « I AM in shape. ROUND is a shape.

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