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30-Day Minimalism Game – Day 14   1 comment

Today you get two pictures. I went into the shed in the back to see if I left anything in there. I didn’t find much, but I did get a couple of bigger items to get rid of.

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The six items in the top left are also from the Chris Angel Magic Kit. The first is a version of the pen through glass routine. It works ok, but like everything else from the kit, the trick is way to obvious. It was fun to play with though.

The cards next to it are used for a Mentalism trick. You have someone look at the cards, do some math in your head while being mystical, and then freak their mind, Chris Angel style. It’s an ok trick, but there are better versions that don’t involve specific cards.

The one next to the cards is a nails through coin trick. You put a coin in the box, and then you take a bunch of nails as stab them through the coin. After showing the coin has been penetrated, you remove the nails, and show that the coin is undamaged. I like this one, and want to find a more subtle version of it.

The three ones above the cards are tricks I never used and don’t really know how to do. They weren’t very impressive and involved way to much prep to get to work. Plus, they have the super obvious branding from Chris Angel, so I don’t mind getting rid of these as well.

The packs of cards are two special editions of Bicycle playing cards. One is a Civil War deck, where the face cards are famous figures from the era, like Lincoln or Robert E. Lee. The other one is a pack of U.S President playing cards. They have all the presidents up to Obama, plus some first ladies and other famous figures to round it to 52 cards. They are fun to look at, but they would just sit in my box most of the time.

The pens and pencils are brand new packs I bought when I went back to school. It was a stupid purchase, because I do everything on my computer. They are unopened, so they wont go to waste, but it shows I need to stop and think about my purchases.

The top right item is a cell phone. It was my second smart phine, and it lasted for a couple of years. It still works now, but it is super slow. I was going to try and root it to turn it into a gaming phone for my daughter, but this model cannot be rooted. This will probably end up getting sent to a third world country as electronics waste, but hopefully they can get some use out of this.

The item next to the phone is a survial box. It has a compass, thermometer, hygrometer, signal mirror, level, whistle, flint and steel, and tweezers. It would be a pretty good thing to throw in a camping bag or survival kit. But I don’t go camping often enough to keep this around, especially since this only cost $10.

The final two items were in the shed. The first was a pair of dumbells with weights. Although I could have counted them as more than one item, I know I wouldn’t use 3 weight plates or an empty dumbell bar. I got these from my ex’s father, after they moved from their house in Salt Lake. I used them a bit, and they work ok. But they got left outside, and the weather has corroded them. I don’t think I want to put in the effort to make them pretty again, so I’ll just stick with body weight excersises.

The last item is a camping chair. My brother bought it for me years ago. It was a nice gift and a nice thought. It is also a nice chair, with a foot rest and cup holder. But I’ve only used it a handful of times. I don’t go camping, and if I sit in the yard it is easier to grab a chair from inside than it is to grab this from the shed. My mom wants to keep it as a spare, and I’m ok with that.

350 items to go.

– Shaman

Posted 09/09/2017 by Shaman in 30 Day Minimalism Game

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30-Day Minimalism Game – Day 13   1 comment

I got “lucky” yesterday. Lucky as far as this challenge is concerned, but unlucky because my shoes got ruined. I stepped on a bunch of goat head thorns, and it punched a bunch of holes in my shoes and tore my socks. So I got two more items to add to the pile, although now I need to buy some shoes.

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I got the shoes from zappos.com. They were more expensive than what I usually buy. I got them because I was hoping they would last me a year or two, since they were supposed to be higher quality. I walk a lot, so I know I am rough on shoes, but these barely lasted 6 months. I am an 8.5 extra wide, so finding shoes is hard enough. I think I’ll just buy cheap shoes, and keep the nice purchases for my dress shoes.

The socks next to them lasted longer. I got these about a year ago from bespokepost.com. It was one of their extra add-ons when I first signed up. I like them, and would wear them all the time. But they became a casualty yesterday’s mishap, so I’ll get rid of them as well.

The headphones up top are from a studio starter set. It came with an interface, a microphone, and the headphones. They work OK, but I must have somehow damaged them in storage, because now the left ear will cut in and out when you move the cord. I didn’t get to use them much, so it is a little sad to get rid of them so soon. But if they don’t work, then why keep them?

The two items next to the headphones are from my Chris Angel magic kit. The book is the main manual that explains all of the tricks. It has a DVD in it, but I never viewed it. A lot of the tricks involve the gimmicks in the book, and they are all very basic tricks. The deck and case next to it are one of those basic tricks. As with the other trick I got rid of, these are way too obvious to be used as a normal trick. The basks and the box scream gimmick, and make it clear something is up.

The rest of the pile is Nerf guns. I went through my Nerf collection and got rid of many of them. I kept some so I can play with my friends and daughter. But I didn’t so many. I got them all at various times; some as gifts and some as impulse purchases. A few of them have been modified to shoot harder and farther, which is cool. Hopefully some kid will get a ton of joy terrorizing their siblings with them.

374 items to go.

– Shaman

Posted 09/08/2017 by Shaman in 30 Day Minimalism Game

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30-Day Minimalism Game – Day 12   1 comment

Today feels a little bit like cheating. I am getting rid of a lot of the same thing. I debated counting them as a group. But since I bought them and used them all separately from each other, I think it is fair. Even if it isn’t, it is not going to buy me an extra day, so it’s not a big deal.

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The big black thing on the left is an organizer. I got it back when I was going to court over my daughter. I needed to make sure I had a place to keep all of my documents. A lot of them are out of date, and I consolidated what is left into a different folder. This thing is old and beat up, so I don’t feel bad tossing it out.

The five items on the bottom are notepads. The kind that you see detectives, or waitresses, use. I like to jot down notes and ideas whenever they strike me, and so I always tried to have one of these on me. But I always ended up using my phone, and now I have one in my wallet as well. I don’t know why I kept buying these, but I’m OK with them going away.

The purple notebook above them is a similar story. However, I actually love this size of notebook. They are big enough to write comfortably, but small enough to be carried around without much inconvenience. The only reason I am getting rid of it is because I use my laptop, phone, and wallet, and don’t need it. But in the future if I need to buy a notebook, I will look for this type.

The pink book is my old guitar class textbook. It was only $15, and is actually very informative. I kept it around as a reference book, but the internet makes it much less necessary. Hopefully someone else can get some use out of it.

The book next to it on the right is Neil Degrasse Tyson’s Death by Black Hole. It is a collection of his various essays he has written over the years. I like it, and read it quite a few times. But I recently got his lecture series from the Great Courses on Audible, and he covers the same essays. I listen t audio-books more, so I don’t really need this anymore.

The item under it is V for Vendetta. It is a classic graphic novel, and an example of how the medium of comics can be used to tell deep, interesting stories. I’m going to speak some blasphemy here, but I liked the movie more. It cut down on some of the extra threads, which made it easier to digest, and still hits many of the over arching themes. It’s not bad, but I find as I get older I enjoy comics less and less. My brother still is an avid collector though, so he can have this. Even though he was the one to originally buy it for me.

This last one kind of hurts. It is Alexander Hamilton’s Guide to Life. The reason it hurts is because my sister bought it for me for my birthday this year. I haven’t had it for very long, although I have read it all the way through. It was good choice of gift; I loved the musical and the biography. But it is because I loved the musical and biography that I don’t need it. I know 8th level Hamilton spells, and this is a book of only cantrips. My mom is excited to gain a level in Hamilton though, so I gave it to her.

387 items to go.

– Shaman

Posted 09/07/2017 by Shaman in 30 Day Minimalism Game

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30-Day Minimalism Game – Day 11   1 comment

It’s getting easier. There are a few things I am still debating getting rid of, but the majority of things don’t seem that important. I am running into a different problem though: I’m running out of stuff. I was always sure I would have to stop before 30 days.  I just didn’t think it would come so soon. I’m going to keep moving along, but don’t be surprised if the last one of these posts comes up in the next few days.

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Top left item is Microsoft Office 2010. I got it when I first went to college. I tend to install it whenever I get a new computer, I only need the activation key to make it work, so I don’t really need the disk.

The shirt next to it is from my first year at my job. They thought it’d be fun to get each department t-shirts. I never wear it, but I had it for the memories. But since I still work there, I don’t really need to remember it. If I quit I’ll keep a smaller memento.

The two ties are two ties. I think I got them from a thrift store. When I worked at a credit union I had to wear business clothing, and had way too many ties. I’m keeping 5 or so, but the rest can go.

The silver shorts are a pair of workout shorts that I have outgrown. I have 2 other pairs that are a little smaller. I only ever wear them to sleep in, so I don’t need so many pairs. If I join a gym again, maybe I would need more.

The Einstein t-shirt never really fit me. Both in size but also in style. Lately I feel people are venerating scientists too much like celebrities, and for shallow reasons. Einstein was a genius, but that doesn’t mean he should be a pop icon. Also, it looks like I am squeezing into a sausage case when I wear it.

The two pieces of clothing flanking Einstein are pajama pants. I usually wear them, but they are falling apart, with holes and tears all over. I don’t wear them often, especially in the summer, so I think it is time for them to go.

The balls on top of the green pajamas are some of those Tai Chi meditation balls. I am pretty sure I got them in high school from the mall. I used to use them a lot back then, but I lost them. I only found these as I was cleaning my room. I haven’t missed them, so no big loss.

The wooden box with dominoes on it is a wooden box with dominoes in it. This was anther thing I save when my friend moved. I kept it around because my daughter liked playing with them. She’s got other toys, and I don’t need them.

The shoes were a pair I was keeping around for when I need to do dirty work. I don’t do things like painting and yard work very often, and these mostly take up space. If I need cheap shoes in the future, I’ll buy them. Or just use my current shoes when they get old.

399 items to go.

– Shaman

Posted 09/06/2017 by Shaman in 30 Day Minimalism Game

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30-Day Minimalism Game – Day 10   1 comment

Today I had some help going through my things. My friend came over, and the company helped me sort a lot of the stuff in my closet, and pull out a lot of the stuff I don’t care about. Should make the rest of the challenge easier. She also took a majority of the below off of my hands.

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The book on the top left it a fancy, hardbound copy of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods and Anansi Boys. American Gods is probably my favorite book, and I love Anansi Boys as well. I love them so much, in fact, that I have multiple copies of both already. But for Christmas my family got this copy for me. I really appreciate it, but I wouldn’t use it since I have all of my other, smaller, pocket book versions of them. My friend hasn’t read either though, so I gave them to her.

The pack of cards features famous authors from history and the books they’ve written. You can use them to play normal cards, and there is a game you can play with the authors. I haven’t really used them to try either, and only bought them because I used to like collecting interesting playing cards. My friend should get some use out of them.

The item next to it is the Lock-Proof Pen from Scam Stuff. It is a pen with a tactical self defense cap, a glass breaker, and a set of lock-picks stored inside. If I had a car it might be a useful thing to throw in a glove box in case of an emergency. But I have multiple lock pick sets, so I don’t need it. My friend will throw it in her glove box.

The other black object, next to the book on the bottom right, is a flashlight that came with the lock-proof pen. Nothing special about it, just a flashlight. It will sit in my friend’s glove box as well.

The book is a collection of poems by Rumi. My friend was moving, and gave it to me. I never really got into it, but that may be because I was just skimming random pages. I’m probably too cynical to enjoy all of the upbeat and loving poetry. But my friend seemed to like it.

The two clothing items under the stuff on the right are thermal underwear. I live in Utah and take the bus, so staying warm in the winter is important. My mom bought me the camo ones years ago, and the others are my own. I’ve outgrown them now, so I’ll donate them.

The metal object on top of the book on the right is Scam Stuff’s All-Access Card. It’s a credit card sized multi-tool you keep in your wallet. It is cool, but I got this second one as a extra gift when I order something else from Scam Stuff. My mom thought it was cool, so it is hers now.

The book under that is a comic my brother got me years ago, Harvey Pekar’s Cleveland. It wasn’t a bad read, but I only ready it once or twice. My brother even admitted he was making a blind guess of what gift to give me. I’ll see if he wants it.

The last item is a black binder. Inside is a bunch of one shot adventures for the Dresden Files Role-playing Game. It is fun game, and I used them a lot. But the issue with one shot adventures is once you play them, you can’t really play them again with the same group. My friend has wanted to get into running games, so she should make use of it.

Only 410 items to go.

– Shaman

Posted 09/05/2017 by Shaman in 30 Day Minimalism Game

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30-Day Minimalism Game – Day 9   1 comment

Today was an easier day, as I took the time to go through my wardrobe. I’ve enough weight and have kept it off long enough to hit that awkward phase where I’m afraid to buy new clothes, in case I lose more weight. Its a good problem to have.

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There isn’t much to say about the 4 pairs of pants. I got them from Walmart, or Kmart, or some sort of S-Mart. They are in various states of disrepair, and I had them lying around in case I some how went through all of my other, fitting clothes. They are size 42, and I am now a loose size 38. I can donate these, and someone will get a use out of them.

The red shirt on the left is just a red shirt. I don’t remember where I got it, or how long I’ve had it. I think I was keeping it as a spare T-Shirt, but I have way too many shirts already.

The shirt on the bottom right is a gag shirt I bought 8 or so years ago. I think it is funny. Who doesn’t want to know the proper way to pick up chicks? But I don’t really wear it anymore, since I work full time in a more professional environment. Plus, it’s a little big for me now.

I got the patterned shorts for my trip to Hawaii, and they served me well. But they fall off whenever I walk more than 5 steps, even with a belt. I like the style, but I’ll need to get another size.

The item in the middle, on top of the jeans, is a set of suspenders. My dad gave them to me back in high school. I believe it was to wear them to the prom. I don’t think they fit me back them, and although they fit now, I cannot think of a time I would ever wear suspenders.

The last item is a tie. I believe it came with my old high school suit. It’s an OK looking tie, but I never really need to wear a tie any more. I actually have more ties that I’ll probably get rid of, so this one gets the honor of being first.

Only 420 items to go.

– Shaman

Posted 09/04/2017 by Shaman in 30 Day Minimalism Game

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30-Day Minimalism Game – Day 8   1 comment

I’m now running into a new problem: I am going to have to start getting rid of gifts. Since I am posting this for everyone to see, it can be a little harsh. Its not that I don’t appreciate a nice gift. But what is sadder: giving a gift to someone who will use it, or letting sit in a box, collecting dust? I know I’m not going to convince everyone of that, but that’s how I feel about it.

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The bottom left item is a gag book someone gave me. It is a print version of The Brick Testament. It is funny, makes a good conversation piece. But I don’t ever really read it. If I want to I can go to the website. My brother took it off my hands.

The other 3 books are The Dresden Files graphic novels. I am a fan of the books, and they were enjoyable when I got them. But I don’t really read them that often. Plus, with the exception of the red one, the writing is a little weak. But my brother loves the artist, so he took them as well.

The chrome thing is a mask I bought from a Halloween store. I don’t honestly know why. I think I was planning a costume for a party or something like that. It is cool looking, but I can always buy or make another one if I ever think of a use for it.

The ominous pack of cards comes from a Chris Angel magic kit. My mom bought it for me when I was younger, and I used a good amount of it. But, like every beginner magic kit, a lot of the gimmicks don’t look very convincing, or don’t work well. The trick you can do with the cards is actually usable, except for the fact that the cards are obviously not normal. I’ll donate them, and maybe someone else will find them useful.

The little red bag thing is a set of Bluetooth headphones. I wear headphones all of the time, and these were incredibly useful. The only reason I stopped using them is because I got new better pair when I bought my new phone. So I gave them to my other brother.

Finally we have the first of the gift I am getting rid of. This is The Hamilton Mixtape. My mom got it for me last Christmas. I love Hamilton, and got a little obsessed with it for months. The mixtape is OK, but part of what I like about Hamilton is Lin-Manuel Miranda’s writing talent. I’m not a fan of the covers, and some of the remixes are OK. But I also could get it digitally if I want it. My mom loves Hamilton, so I’ll give it to her.

Only 429 items to go.

– Shaman

Posted 09/03/2017 by Shaman in 30 Day Minimalism Game

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