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Sunday
Jul212013

When (virtual) space is (virtually) infinite, how do you decide when to stop?

Trying to reconcile the person I am inside my brain with the flesh and blood manifestation the rest of the world sees has been an ongoing, seemingly never ending process in my adult life. I say adult life because I was blissfully unaware of any of this when I was a kid.

I've had this ongoing debate with my friends though the years about what exactly constitutes being cool. I maintain that it's easy to be cool in a group, because it's harder for outside individuals to pierce the bubble of perceived coolness. Safety in numbers would is probably the more succinct way to say it. Any individual is simultaneously the epitome of cool to someone and the worst example of humanity to another. I may have broached this subject on this very site before, so I'll stop here before my fingers get away with themselves again.

Now what does the second paragraph have to do with the first? Well, I'm in another one of my purge cycles; this one being of the digital variety. Over the past few days, one thing has become painfully clear: the main block in being able to get rid of unwanted/unneeded virtual stuff is the part it plays in my--debatably--carefully crafted image, not necessarily what is practical.

For example, both my phone and tablet have ubiquitous apps on them that I have not opened in at least six months but they are there because they are a visual reminder to anyone who sees them as to what kind of person I want to be known as. Without going into too much detail, I identify as a geek (sometimes I use the shorthand "nerd" because I don't have time to debate the difference), and having GTA: Vice City on my phone is a very easy way to get people to understand that. The problem? Barely anyone outside of my fiancée ever sees my phone's screen.

Will I ever play that, or any other number of retro video games on my phone? Probably. But logically speaking, I can put the game on my phone when that becomes a reality. I don't need it there as some kind of "geek cred." I also don't need my entire photo library on my phone, but that's another argument for another time.

It's easy to get caught up in the metality of "I need access to everything at any time" because that's basically possible with the right amount of money and tech. I just need to remember that I grew up in a time when that wasn't the case, and I did ok.

If anything, this is a perfect example of the mission statement of this blog: Struggling to remain relevant without getting lost in the process...sometimes you're Google Maps and sometimes you're Apple Maps.

I'll leave it up to you to decide what that means, exactly.