I've always hated working.
I wonder why rich people work, and celebrities keep doing movies.
as a teen i would say I wanted to find a shed, so I could live, and I wouldn't need to pay rent.
you can work a lot, or not-spend a lot - same right?
i still sometimes feel this way.
as a guy, whenever you tell another man this, he says - 'well, good luck finding a woman!'
which is honestly how many guys think.
i was just like - I'll find a shed-girl.
a few years ago I started working freelance software jobs. I made more money than i need.
i put it all in the bank and it just added up.
as someone that hates working, hates buying things, and hates shopping -
having extra money, and a poor lifestyle, is a dissonance that's loud.
i started getting angry at myself for not having a plan.
why was i working, if I had nothing to buy?
you could guess - i just started buying things badly.
i don't know how to shop well.
i bought the wrong air-conditioner for my apartment.
and it just leaked all over the place.
i hate travelling, and am a bad traveller.
you should want to go somewhere, before you go, right?
i considered buying a crumbly house in the country.
what am i gonna do with a house in the country?
I looked at life-coaches, fashion advice, cooking classes.
it was all kind of depressing actually.
i googled some scientology workshops.
having money for the first time is a fucked-up thing.
many people don't handle it well.
these days I'm working less. I have less money, but longer evenings to scroll through amazon reviews, and change my mind about things.
There are a few things that have come up, but I couldn't find.
please let me know if one is a thing,
An e-Ink wall-calendar
i want a quiet thing on the wall that shows me what day of the month it is.
no syncing to stuff, no nothing.
it could update once at midnight, then shut-off.
I don't mind charging it even once a month.
some designers made a concept video for a cool colourful one in 2017.
i looked into making one and:
1) e-ink is really expensive.
the size of a normal painting would be at least ~$600.
2) it would need an interface to set the time/timezone.
and get the DST-change updates,
which means wi-fi, which means linux, which means a power-cable...
anyways, i want one.
A few-second dimmer
I'm a huge fan of mechanical timer switches.
i have a small appartment and run about 6 of them.
anyone that's tried doing anything in home-automation knows that it's a comical disaster.
there's no point using any commercial scheme.
one thing that really works though, is these little timer switches.
they turn things on & off on a schedule, and they never complain.
they turn on the lights so abruptly though, it is always alarming.
this year i paid a-bazillion dollars for the phillips wake-up light, which I couldn't even get to work.
what i want is a little device that ramps the power up and down, once the timer turns on and off.
the longer the ramp, the better.
having lighting fade in some kind of brian-eno / tony-stark sorta-way,
thats just my vibe.
i mean, what i want is a capacitor.
i just don't trust myself to build it, and I wanna buy one.
i swear, one day I will buy a whole house, just so I can have a dishwasher.
Millenials are all renting. We're priced-out, and it's maybe permanent.
I don't mind paying rent, I just deeply hate washing dishes.
I resent cooking, mostly because of the gross dish-sponges, and the neanderthal-like scrubbing.
i just always feel like a moron.
worse is that any alternatives to cooking involve excessive packaging, and poor nutrition.
i'm wrecking myself, and the world, because I can't have something invented in the 1950s.
I want a millenial dishwasher, with fancy settings, and cool optimizations.
when i'm reno-victed, i don't wanna gift my landlord some huge appliance.
Complete works of Bach
i want to buy some kind of vanity object with all BWV 1–1080 compositions,
in chronological order.
i don't care who's performing it.
that would be ~200 hours, or ~15gb.
that's about 150 cds, or 230 vinyl records
this is what 230 records would look like.
i want that.
classical music has such problematic and old-fashioned licensing and royalty issues,
i have no idea why.
also, CD-players? not a good time.
i've also thought about buying a 20gb mp3 player, and finding it as some kind of gross torrent file.
point is, it doesn't really exist.
really, i'd buy any major composer if it was a cool-looking object.
it just seems like a neat idea.
the pi-hole is an amazing ad-blocker that goes between your router and the outside internet.
it stops all ads, on all devices, forever.
it costs $9.
it also logs requests, so you can catch your internet-blender sending all your personal data, every second, or whatever.
it is so, so cool.
unfortunately, it involves, typing arcane linux commands, screwing with your router-settings,
knowing the difference between a netmask and a netstat..
and if you screw something up, your house is offline.
and you're scrolling through help forums for obscure things to try.
i couldn't figure-out how to change my router settings, which seem confusing-on-purpose
and i program computers for a living.
i want badly just to pay for a thing that does this for me.
i have no idea why it does not exist.
An electronic dust attractor
man, I hate nothing more than dust.
this idea, that we have to constantly re-clean every surface,
we have to reclean it, even if we haven't touched it.
and you can't see it until it's a gross-out problem
... and we're okay with doing this over and over.
dust is attracted to statically charged things, like an old television screen.
what I want is an electrostatic device to attract dust in the air.
I'd just wipe that down, you know? I wouldn't mind.
Multi-channel white noise machine
I use a white-noise machine to drown-own traffic sound.
I figured any of the electronic ones just use a cheap tweeter speaker,
so even if you select 'brown noise' it's still white noise.
but even a mechanical spinning-fan one, it's still a loud thing in the room.
it doesn't feel like the room is full.
i'd like something with 10-15 speakers, of different sizes, that chain together.
i'd like it to be programmed to turn on/off at specific times.
i'd like the volumes to dynamic, so they slowly change balance, but remain a combined volume.
what i don't want is to buy 10 white-noise machines, and flick them on every night.
I'd like a big rubber button, that I can program,
and that simply repeats a button on my remote control.
just a ball to squeeze, to Turn off the tv.
i'd just put one on a wall, so I can smack it, and mute things.
remote controls are awful, you can't throw them, you only use 5% of the buttons,
and their output is not that complicated.
i'd like to split-out the functions into dumbed-down 1-function objects.
Storing, and repeating a specific function wouldn't be hard.