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 Post subject: Re: DVD Library
PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 11:56 am 
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I think these guys might be psychopaths or the leaders of a cult or both
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A few words about sentimental items

We all have sentimental items like pictures of loved ones, that plate your mom gave you for a special occasion, those little knickknacks that grandma gave us as kids, etc.

This might come as a shock to you, but throw them away.

Think about it. They don’t really have any value or meaning other than the meaning you give those items.

Hold on to your pictures for now, we’ll ask you to scan them and then throw them away in a few days.

But everything else can go. The past does not equal the future. The sentimental items are a reminder of the past and you don’t want to live there.

You want to live in the now.

You want to be on the mountain.

This might sound shocking to you, and you might be terribly afraid to throw out that box of trinkets that you never use, because they have sentimental value. But you are starting a new life, and you don’t need constant reminders of the past to have your new life. It’s counter-intuitive.

Click here to read an essay I wrote about getting rid of my mom’s sentimental items after her death.

If I click that link to that essay and it doesn't involve throwing mum's sentimental items one by one into a giant woodchipper to make some sort of grand statement, I'll be very disappointed!

To me it's an expression of the 'knowing the value of everything and the worth of nothing' ephemeral culture.

There's an amusing auctioneer programme run by the BBC called Flog It! (basically an Antiques Roadshow for people who don't have Sotherby's-level heirlooms that they want to check the value of 'just for fun', instead just handed-down objects of variable sentimental value that families can't wait to get rid of) that takes the same approach. It often leaves me aghast when we get the objects of sentimental value going under the hammer for £100 or so and have the chirpy presenter say "that will certainly go towards paying off your student loans/taking that holiday/double glazing your front room! And perhaps the person who bought your grandfather's war medals will like them better!"


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 Post subject: Re: DVD Library
PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 12:07 pm 
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How soon we all forget the twist ending to the Richie Rich movie, where villain John Laroquette makes the Richs let him into their vault under threat of violence, only to discover it's filled with emotionally valuable but financially worthless trinkets. "We keep the money in banks," is the elder Rich's sage response to Laroquette's furor.

ANYWAYS I read the linked (but not in my quoted post) essay and basically this guy's mom dies and he rents a U-Haul and buys a storage unit but then when he's packing things up he finds boxes of his schoolwork under his mom's bed and decides that she was trying to exert a hold on his childhood by keeping said mementos and he cancels the U-Haul and decides to throw all of her shit away instead. It was the opposite of inspiring.


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 Post subject: Re: DVD Library
PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 12:15 pm 
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Also, Day 18 in the Minimalists' guide to downsizing is selling your house. Day 19 is quitting your job. Day 20 is starting an exercise regimen. That should tell you more than enough about the feasibility and priorities of this program.


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 Post subject: Re: DVD Library
PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 2:30 pm 
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You want to be in good shape when you start living on the street and have to steal to survive and fight off other homeless folk and such.


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 Post subject: Re: DVD Library
PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 3:31 pm 

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I do kind of agree that collecting is just hoarding, and I get bored watching most things more than once.

It worries me that those things ally me with loons.

Also, I hate to break it to those guys that selling your DVDs for money is a dubious proposition these days, apart from any that happen to be massively out of print.


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 Post subject: Re: DVD Library
PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 5:31 pm 
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I regularly sell DVDs when I'm no longer interested in them, or when I'm upgrading them- it's not that difficult. And just because you get bored with watching things more than once doesn't mean I do- having things that are clean and useful and organized isn't hoarding, and it's as dull and language eroding an argument as 'all religions are cults."


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 Post subject: Re: DVD Library
PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 6:19 pm 

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Well, hey, as long as your DVDs are clean, that changes the whole scenario. I assumed we were talking about dirty ones.


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 Post subject: Re: DVD Library
PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 2014 5:38 pm 

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So I've finally purchased a smartphone and would like to use the scanner on the bag to begin cataloging my DVD/BD collection. I see that there are some suggestions earlier in this thread for software, but those are several years old. Are there any apps that users would recommend now?


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 Post subject: Re: DVD Library
PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 2014 6:34 pm 
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Before smart phones I used DVD profiler on my long sense defunct desktop. Then I got a Droid for four or five years and they never made a Droid app. So I used movie collection app but kinda hate it since it has very little filtering ability or detailed data per title.

I just got a galaxy s5 and thought maybe I'd switch to DVD profiler since they finally released an android app, but the first comments on the app say that it doesn't work with my os of android.


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 Post subject: Re: DVD Library
PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 2014 6:48 pm 

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Thanks. I bought an S4. Doesn't Android account for something like 50% of smartphone sales over the last few years? It seems odd for them to stick with Iphones and Windows.


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 Post subject: Re: DVD Library
PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 10:11 am 
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bamwc2 wrote:
Thanks. I bought an S4. Doesn't Android account for something like 50% of smartphone sales over the last few years? It seems odd for them to stick with Iphones and Windows.

It may have something to do with iPads and Windows computers being much more prevalent than Android tablets- sure Android has a significant market share of smartphones, but their share of the "devices that play apps" market is probably much smaller.


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 Post subject: Re: DVD Library
PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 12:30 pm 
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I use My Movies Pro. It's easy to filter (with a lot of options), scans in discs with the barcode (regardless of region), and is easy to build unregistered discs into the system. Tons of info about each title is included. You can even log your movies as checked out and link them to people in your contacts.


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 Post subject: Re: DVD Library
PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 1:37 pm 
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Thanks for the tip on My Movies Pro. This seems a great system, already at work scanning my collection!


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 Post subject: Re: DVD Library
PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 2:29 pm 
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I use My Movies Pro as well. It has a lot of great features and is great for entering a bulk number of titles.


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 Post subject: Re: DVD Library
PostPosted: Sat Oct 18, 2014 10:50 pm 
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Oh, hey, guys, this is what my DVD library looks like:

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 Post subject: Re: DVD Library
PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 12:15 pm 
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I've got to ask where the GAXWRX and Buster Keaton DVDs are!


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 Post subject: Re: DVD Library
PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 11:28 am 
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Haha, no worries, as the blus are resting safely on my shelf, in pristine slipboxes. Those are both damaged boxes for which I had received replacements. It seems such a shame to just toss them out, so I always try to come up with some use for them (in these instances, one is for holding retail receipts and the other for mail.)

I would be curious to hear if others here make use of extra packaging materials. I've got several others, including a damaged MoC Passion of Joan of Arc steelbook I've been hanging onto, since I know there's got to be SOME WAY I can repurpose it.


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 Post subject: Re: DVD Library
PostPosted: Sat Jun 24, 2017 7:55 pm 
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Being a Minimalist


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 Post subject: Re: DVD Library
PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 2:47 pm 
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Overheard my sister describing the films on my Amazon wishlist thusly the other day. I found it especially hurtful considering I actually deleted the list a couple years ago!

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It's full of just the worst movies ever. Nothing anyone has ever heard of.


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 Post subject: Re: DVD Library
PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 3:04 pm 
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She's just trying to minimalize taste and decorum out of the clutter of her mind


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 Post subject: Re: DVD Library
PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 7:00 pm 
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Not sure if you can read the spines, but here's a picture of my DVD/VHS library:

http://i65.tinypic.com/w6w6r7.jpg

I've used sideways cardboard boxes (the kind staff use to carry DVDs around at JB Hi-Fi) as shelving, which has worked pretty well for me over the years – they've only toppled over the one time (when I was standing underneath, no less)! :P


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 Post subject: Re: DVD Library
PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 8:07 pm 

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swo,

Gotta swallow your pride and take your sister's honest opinion in stride.


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 Post subject: Re: DVD Library
PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:04 pm 
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swo17 wrote:
Overheard my sister describing the films on my Amazon wishlist thusly the other day. I found it especially hurtful considering I actually deleted the list a couple years ago!

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It's full of just the worst movies ever. Nothing anyone has ever heard of.
Were you keeping your taste in film a secret from your sister?


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 Post subject: Re: DVD Library
PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:12 pm 
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Perkins Cobb wrote:
I do kind of agree that collecting is just hoarding, and I get bored watching most things more than once.
I realize this is an old post, but whenever I feel I need validation for my collecting & viewing habits, I reread this quote (which I think I should frame right on a wall where my DVD room is).

“Many of my films, I feel you’re not going to get them unless you see them twice. And that’s almost an impossible thing to ask. The worst statement to my ears is when somebody asks, ‘Do you want to see this movie?’ And someone else says, ‘Oh, I’ve seen it’. If you’ve seen a film once, and it has any quality whatsoever, you haven’t really seen it. Because the first time you watch a film, no matter how savvy you are to movies and techniques, you’re playing ‘Whodunnit?’ You’re playing a guessing game: ‘Oh, she’s going to leave him. No, she didn’t. Well, she’s probably a lesbian. Oh no she’s not.’ And you’re going through the film and finding out how all these suppositions are wrong. Well, now you know and you go and see it a second time: you’re not faked out by the plot, you’re able to deal with corners of the frame, with the nuances – which is what I feel the film is really about. We don’t have this attitude to music. You don’t remember a piece of music from hearing it once. Every piece you can think of you’ve heard more than once. Paintings you see more than once. It brings something to you, and you bring something to it. It bounces something to you every time you look at it.”
- Robert Altman


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 Post subject: Re: DVD Library
PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:04 pm 
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Or the Nabokovian version, which pertains to film (or music, or any other species of art that unfolds in time) as much as to literature:

"Curiously enough, one cannot read a book: one can only reread it. A good reader, a major reader, an active and creative reader is a rereader. And I shall tell you why. When we read a book for the first time the very process of laboriously moving our eyes from left to right, line after line, page after page, this complicated physical work upon the book, the very process of learning in terms of space and time what the book is about, this stands between us and artistic appreciation. When we look at a painting we do not have to move our eyes in a special way even if, as in a book, the picture contains elements of depth and development. The element of time does not really enter in a first contact with a painting. In reading a book, we must have time to acquaint ourselves with it. We have no physical organ (as we have the eye in regard to a painting) that takes in the whole picture and then can enjoy its details. But at a second, or third, or fourth reading we do, in a sense, behave towards a book as we do towards a painting."


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