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900 Things: End of the Line

From November 2012 to November 2013, I embarked on my first attempt at minimalism (not even knowing there was a word for it).

I created some good habits, but didn’t ask enough questions about what would fill the space I was creating.

The project was called “900 Things.” 

-Keith Callbeck (@geekminimalist)

On the last day of the project I wrote a final wrap up, warts and all.


I stumbled a couple of times during the project, it made it a bit of a tough road near the end. Having given into temptation once, I found it difficult to avoid abandoning the whole thing in the last weeks.

In September I gave in and picked up a couple of things at a horror convention. A similar thing happened in October at a big comic sale. I picked up a few heavily discounted trades (all on my want list) and a pile of 25 cent New Universe comics. This was definitely the worst I fell off the wagon in the year.

Why? I knew going to the sale at all was basically accepting that I was going to break my rules. I went alone so there was no social aspect. I made a choice and went.

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the lego meditations

He deals the cards as a meditation
And those he plays never suspect

-Sting “Shape of My Heart”

I bought a Lego advent calendar each of the past half dozen years. It is a bit of joy every day that I get to open up that little door and put together a Lego Star Wars toy. A few friends questioned that extravagance for a few seconds of lightness. It is, however, less per day than a cup of coffee.

The flip side, though, is that I don’t know what to do with all of this Lego later. Last year’s 25 pieces and a few micro-packs filled a small shelf. Another new 25 small toys will bring that to overflowing.

But why do I have to keep them at all? If I am unlikely to build anything from the fragments of a clone trooper transport, why doesn’t it just go into the recycling bin? Because we as accumulators have trained ourselves to put value on one $2 thing, a bit of Lego, and not on another, a cup of coffee.

If I keep the little Lego toy I’m geeky, or a collector, or just eccentric. If I keep the coffee cups, I am barking mad.


Lego was another of the Things that led me to question all the Things in my life. I had purchased a used Lego kit from eBay and had great fun putting it together. Unlike the new kits, this was all the pieces in a giant pile (new kits come packed in stages so you spend less time hunting for a specific piece).

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know your echo chamber

It’s not for me, it must be wrong
I could ignore it and move on
But I’m a broadband champion
A URL badman
-Lily Allen

By the time you read this, you will be surrounded by marketing for the Wonder Woman film. Marketing others will insist is not happening.

They have created a narrative that the advertising plan for Wonder Woman is lacking, and no amount of evidence of the marketing will sway them.

I engaged one of those claiming the marketing was non-existent with photos of billboards, product tie-ins, and even wrapping Nascar superstar Danica Patrick’s Car.

No dice. Photos were no match for”the majority” he claimed to have surveyed on Twitter.


There are laughs at the US President’s frequent use of the phrase “people are saying”, but it’s how everyone on social media collects their data. “My echo chamber agrees…”

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Social Media Sabbatical

He who can destroy a thing, controls a thing
-Frank Herbert – “Dune”

I got a notification recently that I’ve been on Facebook for 10 years. It reminded me how ubiquitous social media has become in that time.

It also reminded that me that I have not taken a complete break from social media in a decade.

Yes, there have been some ebbs and flows. A few days here and there. Sometimes only checking in once a day. And months at a time not viewing the Twitter newsfeed.

But never going fully dark.

Fear of missing out, mixed with a fear that no one will miss me.

The stream of social media carries on without us. People move in and out and the flow distracts us from their absence.

As I headed off on vacation, I deleted the apps from my phone. There is wi-fi so I chose to remove the temptation entirely.

New blogs are posted Wednesday and Saturday so check in and share.

Be here now.

 

life is bits of time

More than what solution fits the crime

What I’ve learned is that life is bits of time

-The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Rupert Holmes)


I worked for a professional theatre in administration for nine years. I started in the ticket office and ticket stock came in a batch of 1000 wrapped with three one-foot pieces of string.

Starting late in my first year we began keeping the string and rolling it onto a ball. The center of the ball was tied by the lovely Nancy who used to be our admin assistant. When I got promoted I had my staff continue to dump the string in my office.

When I had video to watch, a script to read, or just an empty time around holidays, I would add the loose string. It was a nice quiet task to keep my hands busy while my mind was on other things.

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