February 24th, 2004

games

Bo Collector

A pragmatic but unexciting extended weekend has seen my room become less untidy than before. I have considerably more space in my clothes cupboard, with computer magazines shifted from the shelf and neat places for piles of vests (undershirts), underpants and socks. Currently I own 35 pairs of socks, six of which I have never worn. (Albus would be proud.) I own zero unmatched socks after a big orphan clearout a couple of years back; maintaining all my socks in neat pairs has been ensured by the practice of buying a pack of colourful plastic clothes pegs and keeping the matching socks pegged together when you aren't wearing them. My practice of ironing socks may have been declared "anal-retentive" rather than "practical" by a 30-to-2 margin, but you really never need have unmatched socks again. Unless you want to, of course.

This does spark wider issues of collections, though. I have a gut feeling that the sort of mind which enjoys keeping a journal, online or offline, is the sort of mind to enjoy collecting things. After all, a journal is a collection of thoughts and reflections upon experiences. I know I keep my collection of old handwritten diaries and note that I have hardly ever written in them, barring documents like Christmas card lists, since starting this LiveJournal.

Other things I have collected over the years:
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From time to time, people criticise those who spend large amounts of time accumulating substantial positions in online games and the like. Virtual collections have some distinct advantages over physical ones in that they do not consume nearly as much space, that they are often not based on scarcity and they do not pose the same sort of disposal problems. Here's to virtual collections and digital packrats!
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