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What do we call the period of cleaning that we carry out in the spring? That's right, Discardia! This five-year-old holiday started yesterday and lasts till April 5th. Via Lifehacker, who open the festivities with 10 ways to declutter your digital life.
posted by tomcooke (36 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

 
I have a Libertarian neighbor who was planning to invade and occupy a local landfill and declare it the Independent Republic of Discardia. I guess he's gonna have to find another name. Refusia? Trashistan?
posted by wendell at 7:35 AM on March 20, 2008


I thought Discardia was when you threw golden apples at ladies to make them fight.

Maybe it's when you throw out the uneaten hot dog buns?
posted by louche mustachio at 7:49 AM on March 20, 2008


You were thinking of Discordia, louche.
posted by bettafish at 8:00 AM on March 20, 2008


You broke my funny.
posted by louche mustachio at 8:05 AM on March 20, 2008 [12 favorites]


Isn't "Discardia" a song by The Pixies?
("I adoria, My discardia...")
posted by Dizzy at 8:06 AM on March 20, 2008 [1 favorite]


I’m about to discard Lifehacker from my RSS viewer. It seems every post now is a flashback to a year ago, some really obvious organizational tip, some so-anal-as-to-be-silly tip that takes more work than it saves, or a recap of AskMe.
posted by bondcliff at 8:06 AM on March 20, 2008 [1 favorite]


I never would have thought to empty my inbox or move unused icons off of my desktop without Lifehacker. Another satisfied customer!
posted by iconomy at 8:18 AM on March 20, 2008 [2 favorites]


Lifehacker is the lamest site on the intarweb. Their 'stud finder' actually locates metal wires and pipes. (They claim it locates the nails in studs... :rolleyes:).
posted by unSane at 8:21 AM on March 20, 2008


No, no, no - Discardia is something you get after drinking unfiltered pondwater. It was mentioned on Northern Exposure at least 4 or 5 times.
posted by Smart Dalek at 8:23 AM on March 20, 2008


The lifehacker page looks wonky to me, as if someone removed all the CSS formating...
Anyone else having this problem?
posted by chara at 8:26 AM on March 20, 2008


It's spring cleaning. Not everything in the world needs to be clever.
posted by boo_radley at 8:42 AM on March 20, 2008 [3 favorites]


You've all got it wrong; discardia is a poem that you couldn't get away from in the seventies:

"Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
And remember what comfort there may be in owning a piece thereof."

Or something.
posted by Bernt Pancreas at 8:43 AM on March 20, 2008


Discardia sent me is very sweet. Thank you.
posted by louche mustachio at 8:51 AM on March 20, 2008 [5 favorites]


Hail Eros.
posted by Reverend John at 8:58 AM on March 20, 2008 [1 favorite]


I like that #2 in the ways to declutter is by unsubscribing to LifeHacker RSS. Wow, I feel better already!
posted by Eideteker at 9:06 AM on March 20, 2008


I just decluttered my fnord.
posted by louche mustachio at 9:07 AM on March 20, 2008 [1 favorite]


Et in Discardia ego
posted by darkstar at 9:10 AM on March 20, 2008


LIFEHACK: Make sure your folders are properly organized for maximum access speed:

A) Solo
- 1) men
- 2) women
- 3) trans
B) Two or more
- 1) hetero
- 2) balls touching
- 3) lady-on-lady
- 4) misc
posted by Greg Nog at 9:13 AM on March 20, 2008 [7 favorites]


You guys are too hard on life hacker. They told me if I'm feeling run down to get more sleep. It's worked wonders!
posted by justgary at 9:38 AM on March 20, 2008


No, discardia is one of those shots your dog gets.
posted by grubi at 9:56 AM on March 20, 2008


Wait, so, this is a new expansion for Magic: The Gathering?
posted by cortex at 9:57 AM on March 20, 2008 [2 favorites]


Mr. Nog, I believe the Lifehacker way would be much simpler:

@WhackTo
@HaveWhackedTo
@NextWhack
posted by bondcliff at 9:59 AM on March 20, 2008


10 ways to declutter your digital life.

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Apparently, "stop publishing your website" is #1
posted by jeblis at 10:01 AM on March 20, 2008


Discardia is not Datcardeya.
posted by mkultra at 10:06 AM on March 20, 2008


Greg Nog Make sure your folders are properly organized for maximum access speed:

I tried that but one folder inevitably gets filled while the rest stay empty. Also what takes priority in the hierarchy A2M or DAP?
posted by jeblis at 10:06 AM on March 20, 2008


I’m about to discard Lifehacker from my RSS viewer. It seems every post now is a flashback to a year ago, some really obvious organizational tip, some so-anal-as-to-be-silly tip that takes more work than it saves, or a recap of AskMe.

IIRC the editors get paid by the post and have daily minimums to meet, so it's no surprise that they constantly and cheerfully recycle their own old material and repost content from any number of other blogs at a furious pace.

I, too, was going to dump them for good, but I discovered you can filter the RSS by tag. Currently I'm subscribed to this:
http://lifehacker.com/tag/not:love-and-money/not:flashback/index.xml

Recently they've invented new filler content tag that I need to add as well.
posted by turbodog at 10:43 AM on March 20, 2008


How I found cleanliness and what I did to her. It.

Hmm?
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit at 11:02 AM on March 20, 2008 [2 favorites]


Not everything in the world needs to be clever.

Needs repeating. Should be tattooed on Cory Doctorow's head.
posted by jeblis at 11:24 AM on March 20, 2008


"I’m about to discard Lifehacker from my RSS viewer. It seems every post now is a flashback to a year ago, some really obvious organizational tip, some so-anal-as-to-be-silly tip that takes more work than it saves, or a recap of AskMe.

IIRC the editors get paid by the post and have daily minimums to meet, so it's no surprise that they constantly and cheerfully recycle their own old material and repost content from any number of other blogs at a furious pace.

I, too, was going to dump them for good, but I discovered you can filter the RSS by tag. Currently I'm subscribed to this:
http://lifehacker.com/tag/not:love-and-money/not:flashback/index.xml

Recently they've invented new filler content tag that I need to add as well.
"

Yeah, I need to get around to filtering my Lifehacker feed as well. They used to post fun and useful programs on a daily basis, but it's been getting more and more useless and self-help-ish over time. I'll never dump them entirely, though. Their Ask Mefi Round-up was how I came across this site!
posted by Rhaomi at 12:37 PM on March 20, 2008


Needs repeating. Should be tattooed on Cory Doctorow's head.


Oh Christ, no. Like all we need is a fucking Cory-got-this-cool-tattoo post on Boing Boing.
posted by unSane at 1:53 PM on March 20, 2008 [2 favorites]


Hail Eros

No, no, Hail Erais.
posted by dhartung at 2:14 PM on March 20, 2008


"No, no, no - Discardia is something you get after drinking unfiltered pondwater. It was mentioned on Northern Exposure at least 4 or 5 times."

I thought that gave you an amoeba confection.
posted by mcrandello at 2:18 PM on March 20, 2008


Needs repeating. Should be tattooed on Cory Doctorow's head.

Yeah, like we need him to look at himself in the mirror more often than he does now.

Anyhow. Digital decluttering? What's the point? Every year I spent $100 on a new hard drive that's four times the size of my smallest hard drive, and I replace it. I just gave away a box of 60 VHS movies because there was no point in owning them anymore: I threw away my shitty old VCR a few years back and I can store pretty much every movie I'd ever want to see in a nearly negligible amount of physical space, digitally. Why would I want to declutter my data? I want to increase the amount of data I have and declutter my physical life.
posted by ten pounds of inedita at 2:25 PM on March 20, 2008


Hail Error
posted by cortex at 2:30 PM on March 20, 2008


Needs repeating. Should be tattooed on Cory Doctorow's head.

Yeah, like we need him to look at himself in the mirror more often than he does now.


No dude, it's not for him -- it's the most eloquent possible defense of him, for anyone looking at him.
posted by grobstein at 6:22 PM on March 20, 2008


take it to the limit ..one more time .





.....( the Eagles)
posted by celerystick at 6:44 PM on March 20, 2008


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