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The Autobiography of Russell
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Rippling Effects: Re-evaluating Stuff
My brain is swimming with thought, and opinion. I've read quite a few articles this evening that have jumbled everything into one massive bundle of nerves that want to go in every direction at once. In a way this move to Seattle is having some major rippling effects on my life. I've begun to evaluate, or re-evaluate, many things in my life that have occurred or accumulated without being fully considered.

One such thing is the accumulation of stuff in my life.

My physical affects tend to stay minimized or are otherwise regularly culled to only that which is necessary or likely to be used. I could easily fit all my stuff in a studio apartment or just a master bedroom yet I have always had large living areas and lots of empty space. One of the things I'm going to do once I get to Seattle is focus only on what I actually need in terms of living area. This means I will probably be getting a studio or one bedroom apartment (preferably the latter so I can easily accommodate having couchsurfing guests again) with a relatively small kitchen but a large enough living or dining room to host guests. I'm going to start inviting people over for games, and possibly food, on a regular basis.

On the other hand, my electronic life has only accumulated more and more stuff while lacking major organization and little to no archiving of the past. I don't hold on to the past, hoping it will come back, yet it just hovers around because I've never explicitly dismissed it. Old acquaintances, a bloated IM contact list, and various contacts which appear and disappear without making a personal connection. For this I need to re-evaluate my relationship with a great number of people and decide if it's time to let them disappear into obscurity, whether by removing them or placing them on an archive list, or rekindle the connection.

A great deal of information has also accumulated in this way. Ideas for games, contact information, contract notes, various documents, downloads, etc. The first priority for this will be to synchronize it between various computers and old backups. The second will be to organize related information. The last will be to re-backup and archive the items that will no longer be needed. I will want some way to quickly search everything, though, and I'd like a way to visualize the relation of the information. This is also one of my many to-do personal projects.

There are more things that are changing to quantify, but they can wait for another entry another day.

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mai_neh From: mai_neh Date: May 3rd, 2012 11:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Moving to another city is a good time for taking stock of your attachments :-)
zimzat From: zimzat Date: May 3rd, 2012 06:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
You might think I would have done that when I left Las Vegas, or landed in Atlanta, but things sort of just progressed smoothly from one thing to the next that they didn't feel nearly as abrupt as this move to Seattle is now.
mcfnord From: mcfnord Date: May 3rd, 2012 03:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Keep all your data. Everything else: get a tiny place up a big flight of stairs. Mine's up 2.2 flights. Everything gets scrutinized for its value-per-pound and -per-inch. The economics of studios can favor the unfettered: Mine is fantastic at $850/everything, but there's just no closet.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: May 3rd, 2012 05:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's what is happening already. I don't have much physical stuff to begin with, and I try not to get a ton of stuff at all. Things that fall out of use do get regularly culled and sold, given away, or trashed. I have simply lived in places that are way larger than the amount of stuff I actually have, and I really don't need to be.

It's the data stuff that's starting to get me bogged down. Keeping things organized and from getting bogged down over how much data I have, along with easy access and sharing, is what's primarily bothering me about it.
legolastn From: legolastn Date: May 3rd, 2012 05:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am naturally inclined towards being a packrat, especially around particular things I consider "collections" like my books, video games, and so forth. I've spent the last few years trying to overcome that tendency somewhat by letting things go that I don't really need or use often enough to justify holding onto - with some limited successes (sometimes through archiving things electronically, by taking pictures of something, or making a spreadsheet).

Regarding electronic life, what I find is that I tend to hold on to things other people have moved on from. I used to play on a MOO and MUD regularly in the 90s and 00s, but eventually all the people I knew on the MOO disappeared, and eventually the MUD shut down from lack of activity. It was recently revived and I was one of the first people to come back, but it ended up just being a shell of its former self. People have moved on to MMORPGs and the like. I still have a long IM list but other than a handful of people most of my contacts don't use IM anymore at all. Some have moved on to things like Facebook (which is fine) but most simply don't use IMs or internet communication at all. LJ is sort of the same way - many people have disappeared (again, sometimes to Facebook, sometimes into the ether). It's somewhat depressing.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: May 7th, 2012 12:03 am (UTC) (Link)
You've touched on something I was going to cover in another post about changes. One of the things I've been missing heavily is a sense of community. LJ is a ghost, and I doubt it's going to ever get better. Facebook has consumed too many people and changed the way they all write about anything. You don't see even paragraph posts on there anymore. FB discourages it by commandeering the Enter key.

FPS games sound like a good idea, but the action is too fast and the method of communication too slow. Plus, as with most online games, exchanging contact details is, for the sake of the children, discouraged, made very difficult, or outright banned. Methods of communication online have reached an impasse and no one is revitalizing the concept.

Don't get me started on the Open Source community.

When I get to Seattle I'm going to make an effort to join the gaming / gayming and poly community. I'm going to try to create a circle of friends to hang out with. It's going to take a lot of effort to find people I can relate to, but it's gotta be doable.
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