Mobile blogging, Douglas Coupland and the Bushbuddy wood burning camp stove

Posted by on Mar 24, 2010 in Books, Technology | 2 Comments

One of the things that tipped me over the edge into smartphone ownership was the possibility of mobile blogging; this is the third consecutive mobile blog. The other was the ability to suck podcasts directly from the ether onto the playback device, meaning that I am able to catch interesting radio programmes that I would otherwise miss. I’ve been using the Podtrapper app for Blackberry for this and highly recommend it.

A recent edition of the ‘Books and Authors’ podcast featured an interview with Douglas Coupland, discussing his novel ‘Generation X’, a favourite of mine that captures perfectly the spirit of the early 90s. In it he coined the phrase ‘McJob’ and made a number of cutting observations on the senselessness and futility of modern work.

In the podcast interview, Coupland, a Canadian, criticised American society for its insistence on turning everything into a product, a trait which he feels has resulted in them losing touch with their art.

It is fitting that the Bushbuddy wood-burning camp stove, a photo of which, topped by a boiling billy, accompanies this post,  is designed and manufactured in Canada. Rather than being a soulless product that consumerises that most elemental of human experiences – cooking in the outdoors – the Bushbuddy is a work of art that makes the cheer of an open fire compatible with zero impact camping.

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  1. Anonymous
    March 25, 2010

    Good camp stove. Remember though that not all Americans insist on turning everything into a product.

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  2. Gavin Macfie
    March 27, 2010

    Don't worry – I wouldn't make the mistake of tarring all the members of any nation with the same brush, especially a large and diverse nation like the US. 

    As it happens I'm counting the days until I fly out to the US for a holiday. Stay tuned for mobile`blogs from the National Parks of southern Utah.

    Last time I was in the US was Colorado in 2006 – a lot has

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