Friday, October 21, 2011

A "Techie" Resolution

A techie -- or worse, a gadget hound -- is somebody who's in love with buying, using, and owning electronic things as an end and not as a means.

Let's not ever let ourselves be "techies."

Let's be people who solve problems and create new works with the best technology possible… and the least technology possible. Technology doesn't have to be electronic: a hatchet is the best technology possible for chopping small amounts of wood.

Bruce Sterling has good advice on what to buy and own.

"Sell – even give away– anything you never use. Fancy ball gowns, tuxedos, beautiful shoes wrapped in bubblepak that you never wear, useless Christmas gifts from well-meaning relatives, junk that you inherited. Sell that stuff. Take the money, get a real bed. Get radically improved everyday things.

The same goes for a working chair. Notice it. Take action. Bad chairs can seriously injure you from repetitive stresses. Get a decent ergonomic chair. Someone may accuse you of 'indulging yourself' because you possess a chair that functions properly. This guy is a reactionary. He is useless to futurity. Listen carefully to whatever else he says, and do the opposite. You will benefit greatly.

Expensive clothing is generally designed to make you look like an aristocrat who can afford couture. Unless you are a celebrity on professional display, forget this consumer theatricality. You should buy relatively-expensive clothing that is ergonomic, high-performance and sturdy.

Anything placed next to your skin for long periods is of high priority. Shoes are notorious sources of pain and stress and subjected to great mechanical wear. You really need to work on selecting these – yes, on 'shopping for shoes.' You should spend more time on shoes than you do on cars, unless you're in a car during pretty much every waking moment. In which case, God help you."

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