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Big Revolution - A clutter-free life

Welcome to the start of another week of Big Revolution, and a special hello to new subscribers who ha
November 5 · Issue #253 · View online
Big Revolution
Welcome to the start of another week of Big Revolution, and a special hello to new subscribers who have come on board in recent days.
As it’s Monday, there’s not a great deal of news, but there’s still plenty here to absorb with your eyes and process with your brain.

Big things you need to know today
  • The Web Summit is launching a venture capital fund. The Dublin-based company, whose annual flagship Lisbon event takes place this week, is set to launch a $50m fund called Amaranthine, the Financial Times reports.
  • Elon Musk’s Boring Company tunnel under LA is set for a launch event next month. The tunnel is designed to help users beat congestion by whisking them and their vehicles beneath the city on a ‘skate’ at speeds of up to 155 mph. The public will supposedly be able to try the the first leg of the project for themselves in mid-December.
  • SoftBank chief Masayoshi Son says his company has a “responsibility” to keep investing Saudi money. Recode reports he framed the issue “in terms of what it means for the Saudi people as opposed to the Saudi government.” However, Son did at least condemn the murder of Jamal Khashoggi for the first time.
The big thought
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Digital ‘possessions’ and a clutter-free life
If there’s one thing I hate, it’s clutter. A cluttered house makes me anxious. As 'stuff’ builds up over time, that feeling keeps building. Eventually, I get what I call 'the rage’ and I just have to get rid of as much as possible. There are times when I feel like I want to hire a skip and throw half the possessions in my house out.
But there’s one thing I have a strange, constant, stagnant relationship with – media.
CDs, vinyl, DVDs, books, magazines… I pretty much exclusively buy and consume their digital alternatives these days. And I’m half-tempted to get rid of most of my old physical collection. Bar the occasional rarity or particularly treasured title, I increasingly wonder why I have a connection to these things.
As my life moves forward, those same CD and book spines I’ve had since I was a teenager follow me through life. They fill up the shelves wherever I live, never touched because I just listen to streamed versions or digital rips. It’s like I’m dragging the clutter of older versions of myself through life just out of habit.
It’s not just music and video. All the old, once-important documents I’ve kept for years unnecessarily – I should just digitise them and destroy them. Or probably just destroy most of them.
I believe in reinventing yourself every few years and not looking back. Relying on digital media may be risky (especially streaming services, where the catalogue on offer is completely outside your control and changes over time) but collecting media is a form of hoarding that I’m increasingly wary of.
Strangely, digital clutter is a completely different thing. My tweets from 2007 have little bearing on who I am today but I don’t want to delete them because they don’t take up any physical space.
A digital life can mean much calmer homes, free of the detritus of our pasts. And that sounds good to me.
One big read
HQ Trivia was a blockbuster hit — but internal turmoil and a shrinking audience have pushed it to the brink HQ Trivia was a blockbuster hit — but internal turmoil and a shrinking audience have pushed it to the brink
The company behind HQ Trivia is more a media company than a tech company, but it presents itself as the latter. The conflict between those two very different approaches to business must surely be part of the problem here.
One big tweet
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