Hi! My life is getting a reboot, and I’m looking for feedback about how the new seasons should go. Please give me your (anonymous, no log-in-required) feedback so I can make this next season Awesome!
Hi! Sorry I’ve been awol for… sheesh, a year!
I started a company a year ago and it like totally ate my brain.
I will have more to say very soon now that I have resurrected my site.
Sorry that it’s been so long since I posted; life has been busy, but fruitful.
At the moment I am trying to get a work visa in Germany, and living with the wonderful and charming Claudia. This features lots of kafka-esque moments, wherein I try to convince people that have no understanding of the work I do that I am sufficiently qualified.
Besides that, my zero-owned-matter quest proceeds apace: I have fewer than 10 physical books now (an enormously difficult thing for me to do), and am in the process of selling off my car.
The clothing-rental thing would work if I were in the states; I haven’t looked here in Europe yet. Unfortunately it is not particularly cost-effective to rent your clothes, and has rather dire consequences for one’s ability to make a sartorial statement.
In any case, once the car is sold the largest piece of matter I will own is an Aeron chair and associated desk. Not quite ready to give up on that, but for the moment it is in the states.
My work is interesting – getting to implement a scrum-like development environment for a web-development firm, as well as improving their toolchain all round – svn, redmine, automated testing, etc. I am enjoying the challenge of moving an existing team towards a better method of working.
I’m still shoveling through my mountain of debt, incurred while attending college, and it seems unlikely that I will be free from it until at least the end of ’09; I am seriously looking forward to a future when I actually get to allocate more than a quarter of every dollar I earn somewhere other than “paying for yesterday”.
For those of you who follow my twitter feed, you know I’ve already broken down and pre-ordered a Kindle 2. Despite announcing it many months ago, I have not given away most of my books. I suspect my reticence is in not wanting to give up the content. However, I have a workaround. I’m going to use delicious library to catalog all the physical books I have, so that I can gradually re-acquire my library in ebook format.
Anyway, so this should get rid of the bulk of my non-car owned matter. As part of the move I’m going to try to come up with an estimate of how much mass remains in my possession, so I can accurately track its diminishment.
So of course on the way to material independence, I find a (few) new things to buy; a pen and a cot with wheels and a roof. The cot looks like it will assemble in my Fit with the passenger seat down, and I imagine I can insulate it against the cold. Have to see if they’ll even let me buy one, as they seem intent on giving them away; I’ll try to give and get.
I still have to watch out for all the places in which it would be illegal for me to sleep. I have to find someplace to park my car anyway while I am not in the Estados Unidos, so I will be looking for some long term parking where I can sleep and preferentially get watts and in a perfect universe get bandwidth.
Of course, it’s not exactly a trivial pen, but I’m already planning on needing to plug in my book and half a dozen other bits of electronic lampreys. As much as I want to be a 21st century digital boy there are some thoughts I can only get out on paper, so at least this way I will get a digital transcription of what I write.
You have to use special paper, but I could use the discipline of only having one thing to write on. I also ordered some moleskin-alikes, so I should have a decent form factor. We’ll see if it works as advertised, as it is the latest in a long line of dead gadgets that tried to do something similar.
If it works, then at the end of every page I can (if I so choose) just rip it out and destroy it; the data will stay with me, so it counts as more portable than the few other old journals I never read but lug around anyway.
Now for a brief PSA:
In these Turbulent Times I feel it my duty as an American to whore myself out to the general public with more élan. It is in this spirit that I would like to formally announce the opening of the Mindlace T-Shirt Shop. Please spend all the money you were saving for that Senate Seat or Convertable Debt Swap Instrument.
The women’s T-shirt is made of organic cotton harvested using sustainable methods, so I thought I should mention that the ink on that shirt is made with the crushed bones of underage sweatshop workers.
I’ve decided that atoms are cryptonite and everything physical that I own diminishes my ability to use my super powers.
So I’m getting rid of everything I own. I’ve ditched a bunch of electronics, I’m donating my books to the library, and I have some folks lined up to take my tools.
I’m also looking into a uniform rental place to deliver clean clothes to me every day and take away my dirties, so I don’t have to own clothing. Mad props to Tess for coming up with that idea. Once I can rent clothes I will donate all my clothes save possibly undergarments to goodwill.
At the moment I appear to be the proud owner of a car worth slightly less than what is owed. So I will live in that for a while. It has plenty of room for me to sleep fully stretched out.
The one limiting factor is that while atoms are cryptonite, bits are spinach; the more bandwidth I have the more powerful I become (mwah hah hah).
So I must have the most bandwidth I can afford. Right now my plan is to wire a facility near a datacenter with gigabit bandwidth and put up a really phat wireless lan. Don’t know if I can afford it but I have been spending an extraordinary amount on renting an apartment here.
OK I’m older now much older than I was when I was young. It’s been fun going around the sun. Hope to see you all here next time.