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09 June 2004 @ 02:55 pm
house stuff  
Well, I made it through Baycon and had fun, and made it to 5.5 hours of Fanime (late at night, parody showings).

Now I am tackling my house. weepingmoon is moving in with me in a few weeks, and there isn't much room for him or his stuff. I have next Monday and Tuesday off. I have time to tackle this... I just need motivation, and a clear set of goals, which can be broken down into smaller tasks. Here are some goals.

Get rid of trash.

Get rid of things that I do not qualify as trash, but which have value to me low enough compared to their effect of being in the way of finding more useful things that I may as well get rid of them.

Find and clean all of my clothing. Sort out and donate clothing that is of no use to me. Do keep a few sentimental shirts that are now too small, and that one pair of jeans I repaired so many times in college that it's basically a quilt... if I find it. Place clean, usable clothing somewhere for easy access, and organize some method of depositing dirty clothing for the next round of washing.

Make the kitchen functional again. This involves moving stuff off of the stove, cleaning dishes, and imposing some sense of order.

Get rid of large things that take up too much space: the Pepsi machine (hi cheeseboy), the refrigerator (I will buy a smaller, more energy-efficient model), and the loft bed (hi thechick).

Set up all working computers in a nice, functional network with file and print sharing, all on something resembling ergonomic work space. Dispose of non-working, obsolete computer detritus such as the 486 HP Vectra. This can be an ongoing project.

Make room for the couch and TV that are moving in. TV is a strange concept to me. I may set up one of the PCs with a TV out device so some of the anime watching can be done on this TV thing.

Maximize living space for hanging out, online chat, eating at the table, reading, watching anime (and this TV thing), PlayStation/DDR, and petting the cat. Set up the bedroom as a comfortable space for sleeping and some storage of books and such.
"D" is for Doridzayde on June 9th, 2004 08:16 pm (UTC)
If you actually get this done, I want to see pictures, becuae i will have to see it to believe it. It will be a miricle.. lol... I love you anyway, mess and all...
ashi: p-chanashi on June 10th, 2004 12:29 am (UTC)
I'm liking the before-and-after photo essay idea...
I think you would even be surprised at the current state of the place... it is bad by my standards. ^_^
the Chick: Foxythechick on June 9th, 2004 08:54 pm (UTC)
It is funny that you posted about my bed. Not five minutes before reading the post I was talking with chucklemagne about moving the bed. I will need help disassembling it and moving the pieces somewhere. At the very worst they can go into the office here. At best we will get the keys to the new house before weepingmoon gets here and we can move it directly to the new place. Also, please do not donate any of the stray clothes until I get a chance to go through them.
ashiashi on June 9th, 2004 09:38 pm (UTC)
I posted here to organize my thoughts before plunging into this, and as I posted, I realized that I might not only get helpful hints, but actually get some things done. :)
TJcheeseboy on June 9th, 2004 11:44 pm (UTC)
Also having clothes there, I'd like to sift through them (maybe by phone) to get reaquainted with some of my clothes.

You forgot about the pinball machine .. It's that thing that's under the piles of junk mail.

Let me know when the pepsi machine is removable. Also, there's a pinball machine pc board on the shelf above the pepsi machine, and a dollar bill acceptor. Please don't toss them out.
ashi: arrrr!ashi on June 10th, 2004 12:01 am (UTC)
The pepsi machine can go any time. ^_^ I should have a little bit of warning to clear a path, but it won't take long. I'll be at home Thursday and Friday most of the day.

I did notice the pinball machine after I made the post.
chucklemagne on June 10th, 2004 11:03 am (UTC)
I think not noticing a full-sized pinball machine is an impressive testament to mess.
Heinfub on June 9th, 2004 10:22 pm (UTC)
An impressive list of things to do -- it makes it sound like you've been living in a dump all these years, but I'm sure it isn't quite that bad.

I may set up one of the PCs with a TV out device so some of the anime watching can be done on this TV thing.
We have it set up like that. Works wonderfully: a TV is (generally) bigger than a computer monitor, and the lower resolution hides many small encoding artifacts! Some groups use a font that's too small for comfortable reading on TV, though...

Anyway, good luck with your cleaning projects!
ashiashi on June 9th, 2004 11:57 pm (UTC)
It does bear some resemblance to a dump. Ask anyone who has seen it.

My biggest anime viewing device is an 800 x 600 projector, but I don't want to wear out the bulb too quickly. I've heard they are expensive to replace.

Maybe I should take before and after pics... I will think about it tomorrow.
Hein: kodamafub on June 10th, 2004 12:13 am (UTC)
My biggest anime viewing device is an 800 x 600 projector, but I don't want to wear out the bulb too quickly. I've heard they are expensive to replace.
Cool! Do you have a good screen to go with it? And yes, I heard those bulbs can be expensive, but don't they have 1000 burning hours? The cost per hour might be lower than you think.

Maybe I should take before and after pics...
Please do! It'll also motivate you to see how much has been cleaned up/cleared out.
ashi: p-chanashi on June 10th, 2004 12:21 am (UTC)
I have a bed sheet in my room tacked to one wall. I'm looking for a suitable place to set up a screen in the living room, as all the computers have moved out here, to leave the bedroom quiet for sleeping any time of day or night.

I think it'll be easier once the loft bed comes out, which will hopefully be "real soon now." (:
chucklemagne on June 10th, 2004 11:07 am (UTC)
You could set up a web-cam or two... Or take stills every few minutes and make a stop-motion film out of it.
chucklemagne on June 10th, 2004 11:04 am (UTC)
I have actually compared Todd's trailer unfavourably with a trash dumpster. After all, they get emptied at least once a week.
ashiashi on June 10th, 2004 08:47 pm (UTC)
chucklemagne on June 10th, 2004 11:14 am (UTC)
I personally find vocabulary and semantics fascinating. It's really interesting how many times I've observed people arguing - sometimes heatedly - when in principle they actually agree on the heart of the matter under discussion. What they disagree on is the definition of terms.

I've had some people tell me they didn't believe in God, but when pressed for detail, they explained that they did in fact believe in a supernatural entity that created and shapes the universe. They just didn't like putting the word God on it. They believed in the definition of the term, but not the term itself.

Webster defines trash as "something worth little or nothing". It appears that you have less difficulty qualifying something as having little or no worth in comparison to the inconvenience of having it than you do labeling it with the term. See, I find that fascinating.
ashi: arrrr!ashi on June 10th, 2004 11:41 am (UTC)
Re: Vocabulary
Since I was a kid, I have always defined trash as something worth nothing, and even then, it is somewhat up to interpretation and creativity.

I used to make sets and vehicles for Star Wars figures out of cardboard and milk cartons.

I remember a quoted response attributed to me, though I can't quite recall actually saying it: "It's not trash. It's treasures!"

I suppose the definition I formed as a child is "something you throw away." Maybe that explains a lot...
chucklemagne on June 10th, 2004 02:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Vocabulary
I think "something you throw away" or "something you would throw away" is a good definition for the term. It emphasises the personal and contextual nature of the concept.

But then if you're planning to throw away things you wouldn't actually use the word "trash" to describe, that suggests some other element. Will you be referring to it as trash after you've disposed of it..?