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Thoughts on Stuff and moving

I’m planning to leave the east coast when my lease expires at the end of October, and that’s got me thinking a lot about my Stuff again. This is something that isn’t really that far from my mind anyway, but I’ve realized recently that whenever my life is unstable in some way, I start obsessing about Stuff even more. I’m pretty sure I understand where the impulse is coming from, and maybe I’ll write about that some day, too, but really this post is just for me to think “out loud” about what I want to do.
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Static Serving this Blog with Hyde

Last week, I converted my blog from WordPress to Hyde.

Blogs are fairly straight-forward bits of software. Because of this, and the fact that everyone and their mother has a blog, building a blogging platform has become a sort of Hello World for showing off new programming languages or frameworks. Static site generators are starting to become more popular, too, because Amazon has made serving static content stupid-cheap with S3. The first big time static blog generator was Jekyll (at least that I’m aware of), which is built using Ruby on Rails. Not to be outdone, someone in the Python community made Hyde.

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On leaving social media… and coming back

About 6 weeks ago, I decided to delete all of my social media accounts (except goodreads.com). I deleted my Facebook account years ago, because I think it’s creepy, and Mark Zuckerberg hates his users. I also deleted LinkedIn before this, because for my profession there are better ways to connect; like github. But I did delete my App.net, Twitter, Reddit, and Google Plus accounts.

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tech

What would it take for me to stop using Google

TL;WR: #FirstWorldProblems and Google is EVERYWHERE

Google makes me nervous. The oft mentioned slogan “Don’t be evil.” makes me even more nervous. Google has to make a point of reminding themselves not to be evil. People don’t walk around with the mantra “don’t murder anyone” repeating in their head. Unless that is actually a risk. I use Google a lot, and I’ve been thinking lately about using them less. This post is mostly just me thinking “out loud” on how, or even if, that’s possible. Hell, this blog is hosted through Blogger, which is owned by Google.

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My phone bill this month was negative one dollars

I’ve carried a cell phone for about 10 years, and I barely ever use it. Between Twitter, IM, Skype, and Google Voice, I could conceivably shut if off completely, and never know the difference. The only remotely regular phone calls I make are about once or twice per month to my parents. Because of that, I use probably less than 75 minutes per month. On top of that, I’ve had texting turned off for over a year, since no one knows my cell number; everyone has my Google Voice number. So if someone texts me, it comes in via Google Voice over my data connection. And with wifi at home and at work, the places I spend the majority of my time, I use very little data. Despite all that, I was paying about $80 / month on AT&T’s lowest minutes plan (500 / month), no texting, and 2nd lowest data plan (2GB / month). I don’t need all that.

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My Entire Closet Fits Into a Carry-On

I had no goals or intentions when I started getting more hardcore about minimalism. I knew I wanted less Stuff, and I now have less Stuff. But a big part of this for me is about clothes. Not too long ago, I fled an apartment in the night, because of a crazy roommate. Not too long after that, I moved 700 miles via 4 suitcases and 3 (big) UPS boxes. I want to be able to grab my most important belongings at a moments notice and be in the wind. I have no plans to do this, but I like the idea that I could. Because of that, I recently decided on a completely arbitrary goal: I want my entire closet to fit into a single carry-on.

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I own fewer than 250 things*

This was supposed to be an update on my inventory. But it turned into a weird simultaneous anti- and post- consumer rant. I decided to leave it this way, because it was the first time I thought some of this so far through. But I thought this note was important, because it may seem disjointed.

On March 5th of this year, I took a personal inventory. A literal inventory. I have heard people refer to their “personal inventory” in other rainbows & unicorns, life-coach, spirituality ways before. That isn’t what I did. What I did was count all the stuff I own, and write it down in a spreadsheet. You can see my blog post about it here. About a week later, I got rid of 1/4 of the stuff, and I blogged about that too.

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