Riin's Rants

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I tend to rant a lot. I don't intend to. It just happens. Since I keep saying the same things over and over (we used to have things called broken records. You young people don't remember them), I figured I'd write some of them down and save my breath.

Some of my rants have a purpose. The goal of some of these pages is advocacy. In a sense, I'm trying to convince everyone that they should do things my way (it's my website -- I can do that)! But really, I'm only doing that in cases where I truly believe people would be healthier (both physically and mentally) and safer and the environment would be healthier.

My definition of advocacy is sometimes broader than other people's, and often more subtle. So in some of these pages I really do rant about X being better than Y, or Z being a bad thing, but in others, I try to show that certain things bring me happiness in the hopes that other people might try them as well.

My other rants are just rants with less of a purpose. I'm not trying to convince anyone of anything -- I just didn't know when to shut up! Some of my opinions may not be popular. If you disagree with me, don't come after me with a torch and a pitchfork. Just make your own website.

Main Sections:

Bikes are better than cars -- this is the section that started it all. Could be subtitled "How one lone obsessive-compulsive woman tried to save the world," I suppose.

Our culture is mentally ill -- that pretty much sums it up. Everything I think is wrong with our culture. I do actually offer some solutions though.

Knitting & Spinning -- happy warm fuzzy things. Pretty colors. Meditation. Knitting and spinning keep me sane and warm.

Misc. happy good things -- good things that aren't bikes, knitting, or spinning (the gardening section has moved here).

So, who is this Riin person, and how do you pronounce that anyway? Yeah, everyone gets confused by my name -- don't feel bad. It rhymes with green. It's Estonian. As for me, I live just outside of Ann Arbor, Michigan with my two rabbits. I work at the University of Michigan as the head of Interlibrary Loan at Taubman Medical Library. You'll get a pretty clear idea of my hobbies and interests from the rest of this website.

If you want to contact me about something I've written (and you're going to be polite, and you aren't just going to tell me I'm going to burn in hell), you may email me using the link at the bottom of the page.

A note about updates: to make it easier for me to do more frequent updating and to write about a greater variety of topics, I converted this website to blog format in June 2006. You have navigated to the homepage of the old site, all of which will remain as an archive, but I will probably not update the old site anymore. The blog does list categories, so you can easily sort out only those posts which interest you if you so desire. I hope you like the new format as much as I do.


This website is dedicated to the memory of Ken Kifer.

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