Computer: I do yearly back-ups of all the data I've saved on my computer (On CD-R's, which has its own problems). Since I switched to running
<lj-cut text="Gory details"><b>Computer</b>: I do yearly back-ups of all the data I've saved on my computer (On CD-R's, which has its own problems). Since I switched to running <a href="href="www.gentoo.org">Gentoo</a> Linux, I do a clean re-install, clearing out libraries and programs that I don't normally do. I delete every file I don't want to save, without backing it up. I pick a new desktop image. This is all about a clean break.
<b>Memory Box</b>: Things I've saved over the course of my life - most people have something like this, I imagine. If I don't need to remember it anymore, or I feel I've learned my lessons from it, I set it in a pile to be burned. If it isn't something that can be burned, in the dumpster it goes.
<b>Pictures</b>: I don't take a whole lot of pictures, and the ones I take are usually pretty suck. Every year I winnow the pictures from trips I've been on, and camps I went to. They're pretty firm this year, but it serves as a handy reminder of where I've been, and some people I've met.
<b>Books and CD's</b>: I buy too many books, especially books worth keeping. I want the books around my house to be books worth reading, not just some kind of over-priced decoration. This means that the unworthy books have to disappear, or I won't be able to get anyone to help me move <em>ever again</em>. I give away the ones I think are good to read (and I know somebody who wants to read them), and sell the rest. I'm getting pretty good at selecting "keeper" books by now, but most of them aren't small. I no longer have a goal of maintaining a comprehensive private library - the Web has seen to that almost entirely by itself.
I listen to music from CD's less and less every year, since I got into <a href="http://www.ocremix.org">OC Remix</a>, and the dance CD's are consistently awesome. But I've paid too much for CD's I don't plan on listening to again, so I need to get rid of them. Look forward to a post selling a bunch of them in the future.
<b>Culch</b>: This is stuff you keep around because you might use it again some day - like CAT5 cables, phone line, screws, old flashlights, etc. Every year I have to be realistic about it again, since it's taking up space, and some of it needs fixing. In the case of taking too much work to fix, I pitch it or donate it to somebody who might want it. I've officially taken over my Mom's role of disposing of electronic shit from our house in a responsible way, extending the offer to my friends whenever possible (I have computers, monitors, and assorted electronic crap in our closet from <lj user="masui">, Cam, roomie, and my folks, to name a few).
If you gave me a present which is kinda kitschy, or a knick-knack, I'm giving it to somebody else. I don't mean it as a personal affront, but I'm not going to keep owning something just because it's a gift. I don't believe in owning things that are not valued in and of themselves - if I appreciate the effort that went into it, or what it represents, or what it can do, I'll keep it.
I usually have to throw out candy too (the normal kind, not the from-another-country kind), since I rarely eat it when people give it to me (hint hint).
<b>The Ultimate Goal</b>: Spend less on crap I don't need, so I don't have to throw it away, I don't have to think about it, and the world is a better place. It is a goal I aspire to.
This ended up being a little more comprehensive than I originally planned, but such is the nature of all things organic.
<lj user="gunn"> reminded me that I'm one of her favorite poets (which is something I routinely forget). I haven't written poetry in a long time, and I'm planning on doing more of that - more writing in general. And if not more writing, then better writing. I'm planning on heading back to <a href="http://www.eevrything2.com">E2</a> and noding an ass-tonne of new things - my projected goal for the new year is Level 3 by December's end, so I can cast <i>Melf's Acid Arrow of Down-votes</i>.</lj-cut>
As a sample of what I've been working on in my writing, I include this paragraph:
<i>Most intelligent readers regard the idea of a sustained outbreak of zombie attacks much like the idea of the Olsen twins starring in hard-core pornography - while widely regarded by domain experts as statistically unlikely (in both theory and practice), a documented incident would hold grave implications for the future of civilization as we know it.</i>