Out with the old, in with the new. That's my theme every
January. Clear out the junk, to make room for the new
stuff that's trying to come my way. The first step in
this proccess was to clean out my basement. It had the
nasty effect of scaring a rat into my furnace, but now
that that little situation has been resolved, I'm glad I
did it, as everything down there is nice and tidy and
in its place.
Next came the attic. The attic is a tougher nut to crack.
You see, the basement was easy, because it meant dealing
only with my stuff. Being that it is a dank and dreary
place, with spiders and other creatures trying to make
it their home, I'm the only one, it seems, who is brave
enough to venture down there. That suits me just fine.
Just me and my stuff to sort out down there. Kind of
nice. But yes, the attic is tougher to deal with. When
we first moved in to Jmarc Castle, everything that
couldn't find it's place on the first two levels ended
up in the attic. So it was quite cluttered. And there is
a "my side", and a "her side" to the attic.
Now, I don't want you to think that this is a War of the Roses
type scenario reader, it's really not. But if you are a
minimalist as I am, and you choose to spend your life
with and share your habitat with a packrat, then the
my side, your side dichotomy is sometimes the only way
to keep ones sanity. So after much sorting and sweeping,
the front half of the attic is quite clean, with a nice
open space in the middle of that section and everything
neatly up against the eaves or hanging on hooks on the
walls. I even managed to convince the packrat to go up
there and do a bit of sorting on her side too. So all I
must do now is go up there and push her stuff against
the eaves and do a bit mor sweeping and that'll be done.
Still, I wait, because, well, it's a bit chilly up
there this time of year, and I really should push for
a round two of the packrat resorting her stuff. This
will be a challenge, as convincing packrats to throw
anything away is a very touchy business. Best to take
that one slooowly.
Next came my office, which was a much easier task,
firstly because it also is my domain, and secondly
because I can practically touch the walls on both sides
of the room if I were to stretch far enough. Yes, it's
a small room, but quite cozy, and the cleanup went
Which led me to this here computer and the Bookmarks file.
Now that's a real mess. I surf the net. I find things of
interest and bookmark them. And then I promptly forget
them. So it's one big jumble in there, let me tell you.
But I've made a bit of headway. I'm probably about a
quarter of the way through tidying up this little bit
of my cyberverse. Some of the stuff I came across was
outdated. Dead links. Other ones like blogs were'nt
updated for a while so I chucked them. Others, for the
life of me I can't remember even bookmarking. Some were
interesting and some on second look were quite dull.
Delete. Delete. Delete.
It's an interesting and side-tracking proccess going
through them all and sorting them. I find an interesting
one and I get totally sidetracked and just keep reading
on, temporarily forgetting my original goal of sweep and
sort. It reminds me of my High School and
College days in the library. I'd go into the library
with the good intentions of research on whatever the
project or paper was, but would invariably find myself
sidetracked by some other interesting article that
caught my eye. That would usually lead to me being the
guy that stayed up 'til two am the morning before a paper
was due. Yes, not only am I a minimalist, but I am also
But enough about me and the mundane mendacities of my
life. Here are some of the links I found in my sorting
and sweeping. Some may look familiar to you if you're a
regular reader on this network, because I'm sure I
found not a few of them around these here parts.
Disclaimer: The views stated in some of these links
may or may not reflect my own beliefs, etc. I do find
them interesting though. May you find one or two that
you like too. Now I've got to go clean out the garden
shed / garage. 'Til later chums...
Oh, and I've adopted a new link colour. Maybe just
for today, maybe for a while. Not sure yet. Its html
code is #33CCFF if anyone cares. Out with the old in
with the new..
17th century new England
How To Win Friends and Influence People
Captain Dave's Survival Center
Evil White Guy
Vanishing Point - How to disappear in America Without a Trace
The Year 2015
The Old Car Manual Project
The Mind of James Donahue