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Being part of a movement

March 7, 2010

I was pleasantly surprised this morning to see that Everett over at farbeyondthestars released a new E-book “How to Create a Movement“. It’s a fantastic and powerful guide to creating a movement that stems from what you’re passionate about. I realized while reading it that I am part of movement .. the minimalist movement !! Even if you’re not minimalist I suggest you download his E-book and be inspired !

Over the past year after telling people how I’m minimalist, the reactions have gone from “what ?, that sounds dumb.” to “WOW, look at all the people who are as passionate about minimalism as you are ! .. maybe I’ll try it !” 🙂 Amazing !! .. that’s a movement.  Not controlled, not sponsored, it just happens because enough people care to tell others about what made a difference in their lives !!

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Streamlining the “Matrix”

March 6, 2010

There’s a vast and almost endless supply of information on the Internet. There’s Petabytes of data being sent along the interwebz daily !!!.. that’s thousands of Terabytes !!

So how do you weed out all the crap ? Chances are if  your reading this, you’re not someone who just randomly clicks links on the web and gets lost for an endless amount of hours taking pointless online surveys.. right ?? OK so maybe you are .. 😉 .. I’m not here to tell you how to use your time.

Here’s my tips to remain productive online and not waste the day in cyberspace.

1. Decide what topics are important to you – I have about three topics I check daily. Linux and open source news, information security happenings and my favorite minimalist blogs. You might have twenty interests you like to check everyday .. that’s cool.

2. Use RSS feeds – I have 26 web sites I check maybe twice a day. (I admit more if I’m bored at work, I’m chained to cubicle with a headset for eight hours.. but that’s another story) I use Google reader to scan through these sites in a matter of minutes. You don’t have to use Google reader, there’s plenty of RSS feed readers out there. I like Google because I can check it from any PC. The other great thing about using an RSS reader is it cuts out most ads so you don’t get sucked into the black hole of the net.

3. Click what matters – If I see a story, post or tip I know will make a positive impact in my daily life or help out with a current project or goal is then .. I click it, read it or “star” it to read when I have down time.

4. Stay away from cluttered sites – Most local news sites and ISP homepages are littered with garbage advertisements to get you to spend more time .. and hopefully more money on their sites. You could just stay away from the news all together 🙂 Most of it is just FUD and media hype, I loath the news .. if it’s anything worth knowing about you’ll hear about it eventually.

Here’s to simple browsing !!

New Baby !!

February 27, 2010

I’m happy to announce a new addition to our family, our beautiful boy was born on Feb 23 at 8:21am. Mom and baby are doing great !! I’ve noticed how simple this new baby seems to be so far. I’m not sure it’s because it’s our third or because it’s the first newborn coming into a home that has alot of minimalist concepts in place.

My wife and I decided early on that we were going to go the “minimalist” direction with all the baby “stuff”. We realized from having our previous two that you don’t need 90% of what TV, magazines and baby books try to sell you .. it’s all to get new parents to spend money on well marketed crap that isn’t necessary !!

Now I’m sure there’s an exceptions, but here’s a few things we’ve had that really aren’t needed with a newborn.

1. Diaper Genie and other Diaper disposal systems – you don’t have to have a degree in Diaper Geniology to realize you can use the regular garbage to dispose of diapers !! … genius invention the waste bin !!

2. Changing Table – Really !? .. you’re going to get up, get the baby and carry him/her over to a different room or location.. strap him in and the proceed to do the changing.  I prefer to use the nice warm queen size bed we already own or possibly a blanket on the floor.. I don’t think he’s gonna fall off the floor !!

3. Front pack baby carrier – By the time you get the baby all strapped in to do chores or other household duties it’s already time to feed him again. If you need a way to be “hands free” with baby go with one of the cloth slings .. they’re more natural, more comfortable and you just slip baby in .. DONE !!

These things are overpriced, overcomplicated, well marketed “NEED to have” baby accessories .. but if you look around you probably have a solution already in place thats simpler and more effective for your newborn.

Again this comes from deciding to be minimalist in our approach with our newborn .. If you NEED a $400 changing table .. then  it’s what works for you and you’re family.

Anything I’ve missed ?? Agree… disagree ?? Post below 🙂

Time to do some baby laundry .. 😉

Another Fresh Start

February 21, 2010

Time for a fresh start.. again. Sometimes it can be tough to realize what path you want to follow when everyday there are so many distractions that can lead you astray. But I’m finding my own path .. finding my way .. and becoming minimalist has helped me do this. I think I’m on the right track but with no specific goals in place. Like I said .. I’m doing this MY way !! .. NOT how other people or society thinks it should be done. I’m taking a big medieval axe to the  “corporate ladder” !!

We have a new baby on the way !! (two days to go)

Right now my current priority is on gearing up for our new arrival while still maintaining my minimalist beliefs. I’ve learned a ton of stuff from the minimalist community.. (see blogroll)  so I figure I’ll give back what I can and share some of the experiences of integrating minimalism in a house with my Wife and two (soon to be three) children.

Being that I’m also a Linux/Unix geek I’ll be throwing up some related stuff on the site from time to time.

Check out the “blogroll” to visit the sites of all the people I’ve drawn inspiration from !!