August 3, 2010 – I throw away a box of office supplies. Practically an entire office.

My favorite item is clearly the wireless router - we haven't needed these for friggin' years.

It’s hard to believe I have so many items left over from when I ran my own small home-based business. File folders, binder clips, envelopes, miscellaneous wires, etc.

Placing these items in a box makes me think about technology. How rarely I PRINT now. How so many of these items represent kind of a time gone by – a world where atom-based envelopes carried within them atom-based invoices so that other people could send more atoms back to me in the form of a check for services rendered.

So much is done via email, PDF, etc. now that some of these items seem like absolute relics – and yet I find myself longing for the joy of receiving an actual letter, with handwriting, and a personal touch.

Might be a good metaphor for the RID project perhaps…as we leave some things behind, how are we replacing what truly mattered to us about those things?

Or, put another way, how do we lose the THINGS while preserving the INTENTS and MEMORIES that matter?

(A special shout out to my friend Molly, whose email support of the RID project led directly to the thought above.)

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2 Responses to August 3, 2010 – I throw away a box of office supplies. Practically an entire office.

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  2. Katherine says:

    Ironically, at the bottom of today’s post:

    “Envelopemall.com
    Major Mill Brand Specialty Envelope Manufacturer Direct Compare & Save!
    http://www.envelopemall.com

    The bits-based economy abhors a vacuum…

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