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Nerdy Self Awareness

Flipping through some of these privacy-centric communities, I have to wonder if I give off the same image as some of the louder voices in these circles do.

As far as I can tell, there's a thin line between "thoughtful, literate person sharing their thoughts" and /r/iamverysmart. It's thin enough that I probably misstep and fall off and into the latter side more often than I'd like. I suppose that makes it easier to forgive when I see it in the wild.

I like to read. More often, I listen to recordings of talented people reading. Regularly, I listen to the talented people read while taking longish walks. Maybe even hikes.

I don't think that makes me the next Muir. I'm aware that I'm not a very impressive writer, and I'm not going to try and be inspiring or preachy. I guess that's not always easy to avoid; maybe this post is actually just hilariously ironic.

Listed caters to a certain type of audience. Case in point: it's publishing UI relies on an E2EE notes app with an extension API and fancy access tokens. It supports code blocks, but not gifs or even static images. I think it's pretty cool. So do lots of you, probably. But we shouldn't pretend it's Medium. Or Tumblr. Or whatever's hot these days.

That being said, it's kind of nice to know this will be seen by other nerds if at all. Kind of like muttering a song to yourself in the kitchen, secretly hoping your roommate will join in at the chorus.

Wealth and Minimalism

I'm beginning so see a correlation between wealth and the ability to keep the "clean and minimalist" aesthetic that's so big nowadays.

Looking over catalogs and Instagram, I can only wonder where the hell everyone puts their Costco toilet paper. Or their value-sized cereal. Maybe their spare blankets? I-don't-have-in-unit-laundry sized laundry hampers?

Buying in bulk, despite being the poster child for "America and its consumerism sucks" mentalities, is a cornerstone to frugal living. As is coupon clipping and the "wait till there's a sale" or "buy what's on sale" approach.

Popular shit is expensive. Making a little apartment look uber-fucking-adorable with the right furniture is expensive. Keeping only what you need on hand and buying the rest as you need it (only to get rid of it later) is expensive.

That towel with a dark, mysterious, and persistent stain on it doesn't bring me joy. But it dries me off, doesn't smell, and serves its purpose (except maybe when guests are over).

Some folks might call me stingy. Or that I just can't bring myself to throw things away.

Others might say I'm frugal. Or that I just can't bring myself to waste.