Dirtbag v. Citydweller

When I was 18 or 19 I made the choice to live a city life. This was partially informed, but not totally, by experience. I had dipped my toe into the full-time climbing car-camping dirtbag lifestyle, and it interested me, but the city had a certain appeal that was hard to look away from. So…

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thoughts on money

we all know the phrase-  money doesn’t buy happiness.  it’s cliche.  but most people really never get to experience the truth. I was brought up in a family situation where money wasn’t a problem.  there was always enough/more than enough.  my parents didn’t fight about money, to my knowledge, and if they did, it wasn’t…

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aesthetics of imperfection.

(embedded video from ted.com above) I loved this video.  The speaker, Dan Phillips, says perfectly things I’ve always felt about the beauty of mistakes. he calls it the Dionysian aesthetic, and contrasts it with the Appollonian. My process of designing clothing (or really doing any art) has always been very forgiving of mistakes.  If a…

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sustainability models

there is, as I’ve mentioned before, a very cool web meme regarding simple lifestyles and self-employment.  It’s called, variously, minimalism, freedom, etc.  Please visit ridculouslyextradinary.com , farbeyondthestars.com or illuminatedmind.net for popular examples.  I read these blogs and enjoy the writers’ opinions. however, the entire notion is premised around 1. laptop computers and/or 2. smartphones. (and…

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low-impact remodeling

I want to redo my kitchen. but… it’s mostly still functional.  just ugly.  dated. how can I make it new/ fresh without throwing away decent appliances and creating extra waste?     things I’m tired of: the off-white/ orange color scheme the wood edging around the cabinets the laminate countertops The fridge is the only…

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minimalism, online business, nomadism, men

As stated here before, I love reading blogs about minimal living, online businesses and nomadic lifestyles.  Why are these writers primarily men? the intersection between minimal living, online business, and nomadism is pretty clear-  it’s reasonable to figure out how to support oneself in a simple lifestyle through an online business.  If the business relies…

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minimalism vs making

I have a fascination with the idea of minimal and nomadic lifestyles.  There are various web memes regarding these subjects, such as the one of living with only 50 or 75 or 100 possessions (those numbers exclude furniture and shared items such as kitchen tools) or spending one’s life in a nomadic fashion, through perpetual…

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