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  1. I’m in the process of purging unneeded stuff, a lingering result of divorce, layoffs, divestiture of my old house and “mid-life” searching for new direction. This is a timely reminder. Thanks.

  2. Chris

    Chris

    I particularly like that phrase “hair shirt green.” I hadn’t heard it before, but it puts a new perspective on a lot of things.

  3. He’s absolutely right about beds. I invested in an awesome bed years ago and as much as it’s a pain to cart it around from move to move, every night I sleep like the just and wake up grateful.

  4. His rantlet about water is a little bit naive. Yes, water is renewable. Some of the language revolving around water conservation *is* downright bizarre.

    But it takes time to replenish aquifers, and precip in the wrong places at the wrong times in the wrong form can be dangerous, much less useful.

    So we do have to worry about water . . . as a regional or local issue, not a global one.

  5. Much of this advice can be summarised as “quality over quantity”: have less stuff, but better stuff. I’m going through something like this at the moment, gradually, since I may be expected to travel for work and have no fixed abode for a while. It makes me really appreciate some of the technical advances in recent years, such as the ability to carry a complete music collection and library on a hard drive.

  6. I have to thank you for this and other treats. I have been gobbling your trail of crumbs for a while now, and I believe that you have immeasurably enriched my life…I’ve been a fan of Sterling’s since the 80’s and I love where he’s going and how he thinks…I adore the notion of ‘dark euphoria’ and the overarching sensation I get from the images on his ‘Studies in Atemporality’ flickr set is that there seems to be a widespread synchronous effort to dilate time somehow…that the impulse to reach toward immortality is growing stronger…we’re looking for what resonates in the cultural accretion…Stephenson had some interesting things to say in The Diamond Age, about how, in an effort to preserve what we value of the past, we begin to reject the future and fracture into ever-narrowing foci in a frantic search for Our People…What’s really interesting is that the more sophisticated and varied our inputs and outputs become, the closer we may feel we come to finding Them. Which, I think, might be a spectacular con.

  7. The stuff about the word “future” going out of use is like a weird inversion of Fukuyama’s End of History

  8. Laroquod

    Laroquod

    ‘What, my vision of the future isn’t playing out exactly the way I– ok, y’know what? Visions of the future? They are so last century, let’s not talk about those anymore…’

    *disappears into a puff of logic*

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