Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

"I have more stuff than I could ever possible use or need."

I've been thinking about the way I buy things, the when and where and why of it all, and how totally dumb most of the purchases (big and small, from gum to Apple products) that I make are. So I'm very into Make It Do, which is about a year of wearing things out, mending things, and buying minimally. (But what about pedicures? That's not in the FAQ!) It's nice that it's not a crusade ("my year without any animal products"!) or a stunt ("my year as a cavewoman"!); it's just a way to pull-back, look at the way we interact with products and see what one learns.

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jolie (#16)

Get Rid of Your Stuff, Seriously, It's Revolting.

Mr. B (#10,093)

And have you noticed that my shit is stuff but your stuff is shit?

BadUncle (#153)

I'm totally into this. But I can't mend. And the left elbow holes in all my sweaters are driving my sister crazy. She says I look like a hobo. Meh. If I could patch them, I would.

deepomega (#1,720)

My Stuff-Reduction is mostly focused on switching from paper to e-books.

BadUncle (#153)

@deepomega The challenge is that much of the interesting scifi still doesn't get to kindle. Also, books with pretty pictures are better in coffee-table format.

BadUncle (#153)

BTW, what is going on with that illustration? It looks like some kind of sewdomy.

Smitros (#5,315)

@BadUncle Faith and Gomorrah, I believe you're right.

DoctorDisaster (#1,970)

@Smitros You guys are really bending over backward to get these puns.

I bought a back-up drive but cancelled HBO and held off on new Mephistos. I give myself a B-.

Bittersweet (#765)

So Drynuary is also Frugnuary? You people are way harsh.

John Ore (#7,170)

@Bittersweet I'm already Not Buying New Stuff. By "stuff" I mean "booze".

NinetyNine (#98)

I guess this means we got rid of last year's version of this idea?

sharilyn (#4,599)

I'm already not buying any new stuff, due to near-poverty.

HiredGoons (#603)

is that graphic a promo for the Douglas Sirk original 'Human Centipede'?

dingus (#13,044)

i find it a little strange that a year of thinking about the way/when/where/why things are bought is cool (which is undoubtedly is) but that attempting to do the same with animal products is a "crusade". isn't looking at the way we interact with animals and the economic, environmental, and ethical impact of this just as valid?

anywho, i realise this will just look like a giant banner i'm holding up saying 'crusader', so i'll let you get back to bad puns and animals being there just to amuse us in cute videos.

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