How many slaves work for you?

When researching minimalism and reading the Affluenza book, I came across the “Slavery Footprint” website (http://slaveryfootprint.org)

how many slaves work for you?
On this website, you take a survey:


…and then at the end you get the result:

This is not my real result. This is an example.


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How to turn your bookshelf into an e-book library: Digitizing all of your books

digitizing-books-scannedSince I moved to the US, I collected around 350 books. I love books and the thought of giving them up is not a pleasant thought.

Each time I used to move from an apartment to another, the majority of boxes would be packed with books. Each time I travel somewhere for a long period, I miss being able to grab a book from my bookshelf and start reading (most of my books are old and they do no exist in digital format anyway). It is clear that I have attachment to those books.

To break this attachment, I had to make a couple of decisions. The first was whether to just forget about the books, leave them on the shelves and get myself busy with another chore. The other decision was whether to scan and /or give away the books. With that came other questions like how to scan books and convert them to eBooks, what methods to use, how much efforts would it take to convert the books, etc.

I decided to get rid of the books and the trim down on the space they occupy. For the reasons outlined later in this blog post, I chose to destructively scan my books. By scanning the books, I get a digital and searchable copy of my books (in PDF format).

In this blog post, I will share with you different ways you can use to digitize books and then the remainder of this blog post will illustrate how I destructively digitized all of my books and what tools I used. Continue reading

Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic

The All-Consuming Epidemic

The following documentary is based on the “Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic” book. I read the book and it changed my life. I highly recommend it if you are looking to start implementing a sane and minimalistic way of life. Continue reading