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simplicity’s complexity

often as a minimalist we take for grated the complexity of the things that simplify our lives. think about the things that you use that are versatile or do multiple things, on a certain level they are simple but maybe on a scientific level they are complex. george whitesides talks about this specific paradox.

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online tv up


in a previous post i discussed my leave from cable tv due to cost, and suggested other options that were less costly. well in a study done by retrevo that i found on mashable.com there were findings from 1,000 people that suggested they were shifting to internet television viewing. 51% suggested they watched some tv online. to illustrate the story i will finish discussing my switch.

money

the cost of my cable package before was steep. when i thought about the amount of time i actually used the things in my package it was not worth it. i was perfectly willing to sacrifice some of my favorite shows, and sources of information, but i didn’t have to. i am using a combination of tv solutions which are half the cost. see the before and after below:

  • before:
    • $120 per month for cable tv package (with internet & phone)
  • now:
    • $58 per month (with internet)

this is an excerpt from a previous post that indicates how i did it (not including what is crossed out):



would venture to say i had a more productive lifestyle. plus cable prices are absurd for a service you do not use 24.7, currently i am researching alternatives to digital cable, and have come up with a list of things. this list is only for tv solutions not internet, because the speed of cable internet is unmatched in the U.S.would venture to say i had a more productive lifestyle. plus cable prices are absurd for a service you do not use 24.7, currently i am researching alternatives to digital cable, and have come up with a list of things. this list is only for tv solutions not internet, because the speed of cable internet is unmatched in the U.S.

alternatives:alternatives:

  1. read a book or a journal articleread a book or a journal article
  2. netflixnetflix
  3. sites like hulu.comsites like hulu.com
  4. satelitesatelite
  5. tv nights at other people’s housestv nights at other people’s houses

benefits:benefits:

  1. as a society we have taken the fun out of discovery, hunting is an age old deal and you will definitely be better informed, maybe not as entertained, but i recommend print for getting your news.as a society we have taken the fun out of discovery, hunting is an age old deal and you will definitely be better informed, maybe not as entertained, but i recommend print for getting your news.
  2. netflix is a great alternative. i would recommend netflix through a netflix ready device. i have a free trial, and the speed and clarity of my xbox’s application is unbeatable.netflix is a great alternative. i would recommend netflix through a netflix ready device. i have a free trial, and the speed and clarity of my xbox’s application is unbeatable.
  3. of course the web is full of resources maybe you are not able to be the prime time hound watching your favorite tv shows the day of, but a day later is fine if you are paying less.of course the web is full of resources maybe you are not able to be the prime time hound watching your favorite tv shows the day of, but a day later is fine if you are paying less.
  4. satelite is a cheaper alternative to cable, but not a great internet solution.satelite is a cheaper alternative to cable, but not a great internet solution.
  5. why not enjoy the company of people you can tolerate while watching a program, and making a routine thing of it. in this way you are benefiting from others materialistic ways and can’t reciprocate but some people are fine with that.why not enjoy the company of people you can tolerate while watching a program, and making a routine thing of it. in this way you are benefiting from others materialistic ways and can’t reciprocate but some people are fine with that.

quality

so in terms of cost the shift to the internet is no surprise to me. not only is money a benefit, but having the choice in what you watch is a different experience. on demand tv is a very different experience than traditional tv. think about it as shopping at a shopping center having the freedom to choose, versus shopping in a single store. today’s technology has allowed tv viewing to be like browsing a book in the library. the fact that you have a choice gives a plus to the quality of tv you watch. viewing becomes more customized. therefore it is a better viewing experience, think about he same idea in terms of news, politics, and gossip.


the future


the graph here is what people would like to see to make the complete shift. take my experience and build the type of viewing experience that would see you save money and not waste time.

what do you need to take the step? this website is an open discussion so please leave comments indicating:

  1. what you do now for television
  2. what could change that

timeless

“a classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.”

-italo calvino

minimalism=timeless

the only thing that has ever mattered in life is a legacy, and the only people to beat death where legends. minimalism allows you the opportunity to be timeless and ever existent. minimalists are always useful, and therefore truly immortal. the fact that a minimalist is not pre-occupied with things that are not timeless is reason enough to believe that minimalism is timeless. just in case it is not here are a few reasons to believe this bold statement.

finances

the minimalist has a long term strategy with money. if you don’t spend it you save it. families who have strong legacies always had a spring board. most millionaires are not self-made in fact they had opportunities based on what economic status their family had. there are very few self-made millionaires in the traditional sense. those families usually have a strong legacy as something that benefits their lives (money) has been passed down. but as you all know that’s not important money’s not important.

tradition

if you think about what your family and the people you impact will look like deades form now what will you leave them. often we don’t think about those who have passed in terms of money, but in terms of merit and honesty. basically the characteristics you carry with you, and unlike most people minimalist exhibit the characteristics that actually matter all of the time when most people never practiced it much but when they did it mattered.

style

“my swagga is mick jagger anytime i’m on the track i asthma attack it.” -kanye west

there are many musicians that are still on tour and successfully i might add. those musicians are timeless because they typically stay away from the gimicks of the time. as a minimalist you are not trendy, even though you do have a swagga because part of minimalism is showing personality and not wearing it. you focus on things like fun, love, passion, and you will have a timeless swag about you.

leaving a path

when you are a minimalist you focus on the important qualities of life. the things that most people take for granted you free yourself up for. you live a passionate life and you are timeless because how many passionate lives will come after you.





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a 20% model for the individual | work and play

the picture above is part of a great sociological experiment which found that work productivity does not increase with reward like money but rather with a sense of autonomy. this was an experiment created by a behavioral scientist named karl duncker in 1945.

first a group was asked to take the above materials and attach the candle to the wall in such a way that it would not drip on the table. those incentivized by money were less likely to complete the task faster than who were prompted to do the problem without any reward or extrinsic gain.

think about how you would accomplish this feet, and then click read more to see the end result of the experiment. Read more…

i don’t want it i need it

in a harvard study juliet schor found a potential gem, in the idea of american work progression; she suggested americans were now spending more hours working so that they could buy things. this is nothing new because people have had an obsession with things for centuries. think about the glitz and glam surrounding some of the earliest societies.

juliet also sights a shift in the way the people spend money. she argues that keeping up with the jonses has turned into keeping up with the gateses or the jobses. suggesting that comparisons to people in the same income bracket are not the common focal points anymore. according to her media drives spending and there is a new trend of upscaling; always having the latest and the newest.

the media has a very pronounced bias towards showing upscaled or affluent consumption. a sitcom family that’s supposed to

be “middle-American/ordinary American”almost always lives a $100,000 year plus lifestyle. that is they almost always have an

affluent lifestyle only achievable with an income in that top twenty percent. they live in great big houses,they have two late model

cars,they have lovely wardrobes—it’s a fiction that they’re average. the popular sitcom friends is a good example of this. here’s

a group of young kids in manhattan,who may or may not even have employment, you know sometimes they do and sometimes

they don’t,and it’s not lucrative employment and yet they live in the great big fabulous new york apartment.

whether the argument is valid or not i cannot say yet because i have not delved that far into the video done to support the research, but let’s assume that through logic that this is true; that the media does influence the need to “upscale.”  well how can you break that influence?

a change in perspective

the truth is that you have a choice, you choose what you would like to value. do you really need an iphone, well do you? i own an iphone, and the reason is that it’s a phone that was made with high quality materials, and the most durable phone in existence in att’s current line. however, although i enjoy the bells and whistles, i could get by just fine with a cheaper phone. my problem was that for me cheaper phones always broke and i would have to pay for replacement costs because usually it was my fault.

so, on with the argument, you can change your perspective because all media does is give you an offering. become informed and start thinking longterm, as if you were an investor. by taking on this perspective you can actually quantify what standing you will be in in 10 years or 20 years. the thought could make you feel really secure. if you think about your savings account as profiting; which it is in a sense, you will turn saving into a game. how much money can you retain this week, how about next? here is a simple analysis to get rid of what you may consider unnessecary reguar spending; subscription spending. first you should code the formula by creating a list of all of your subscriptions, and applying a number of value to them depending on how many subscriptions you have. give them a ranking of greatest value to least value. after that it is simple (value x time (hours per week) = value added). this will help you consider the lifestyle you don’t want to lead. think about the friends analogy, how often in the script do you just see them in front of a television?  if what the researcher suggests is true then television and media are a complete paradox. you are watching people do and experience something that you could on your own. think about those things when you are assigning value to your subscriptions. finally, you could even make a chart to see if there is something that just does not give enough value added. create another list next to your assigned values that ranks the value added for each subscription. then in the value added list next to value added right the cost in terms of months, weeks, years, and think about your spending.

here are some strategies for getting passed upscaling stuff

think of the storage of the consumption of those offerings as a swiss army knife.

  1. it would be easy to imagine that you would have a limited amount of space in your swiss army knife. the tools in the knife are only useful at specific times.
  2. what is the most useful and enjoying tool in your knife?
  3. i once had a graduate student intern that suggested that slaying dragons was how she referred to overcoming problems. so that begs the question, which tools do not help you slay your current dragons maybe you can equip that tool later, and make use of something more effective now.
  4. are you truly convinced that the things you buy are the best for the job you need it to do. please do some research on information literacy, you could start by checking this post out. information literacy will help you become an intelligent consumer and allow you to make informed decisions.
  5. apply the value added analysis to all things you want to buy this year that you don’t necessarily need which ones will make the cut, its a potential value added analysis.

a swiss army knife of information

here is a list of previous posts that can be of assistance on this topic:

autodidact (for info literacy information)

new vs. old vs. leased (informed decisions about your auto bills)

media solutions (alternatives to cable)

minimalist definitions (quality vs. quantitiy)


versatility

as a minimalist the idea is to possess little, and give more. hence the quality of possessions is critical, you have more money free to ensure what litle “stuff” you do buy is of quality. no matter how you slice it you have things that you need as necessities. so in a way those things that you have should be “versatile.”  good decision making is a must as well. i hope to give you an idea of what i mean through a lesson my dad taught me when i was just a boy.

the lesson


my dad was always a good cook, and as a boy i admired how he a man could go from working with cattle to working in the kitchen, doing what was percieved then and sadly still now as woman’s work. one evening as he was preparing supper i asked to learn to cook. i cannot recall exactly what he was cooking but it was definately the meal of a seasoned chef. my dad told me, “in the morning i will teach you to cook.”

the morning

a father taught his son that morning to cook an egg. why? well at the time i did not know but not only did i learn to make an egg scrambled, fried, and boiled, i also learned a great life lesson.

  1. be versatile, which means the egg can be adapted many ways. as i had more lessons in cooking i understood some of the foods that people eat in the black culture. a common theme amongst slave quarters were receiving scraps and finding ways to make meals. the manipulation of the egg is similar. and by starting with that as a foundation, i understood a key thing about cooking and about life. anything can be versatile.
  2. there’s more than one way to do something. the egg represents the fact that there is no one way of getting to a desired outcome or destination. in most cases there are far more than two ways to acheive an outcome. the egg allows you options, and it allows you to do something with flare, or just plain and simple.

my father taught me a great life lesson that morning, one which i will give back by teaching my daughter, and any kids to come after. it means a lot that a simple lesson can have so much significance. make sure the things you own are as versatile as the first meal i learned, and make sure you are thinking about every possible way you can to achieve something and even understand something that is important a key in decision making.


maybe it’s what you make it, could it be that simple (quick post)

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