Like a ponderous Leviathan encrusted with barnacles my inbox is stuffed with the junk of countless lists.
Unlike a whale, I invented a barnacle-removal routine. My online housekeeping project for this month goes like this: every time I sit down to do some work on the computer I take out five coins. I unsubscribe to a mailing list and then put a coin back in my pocket, similar to how I keep track of reps when I exercise. It's to make sure I don't get lost in a neverending sea -- I just want to spend a few minutes a day until my inbox gets under control.
Today I deleted my name from the email lists of:
Google Alerts (Taiwan, Chemistry Teacher, Sarajevo, Joel Klein)
- Oxfam (sorry!)
- Friendster (remember them? Today's email subject line was "Now in Tagalog"!)
- Spirit Airlines Richard Foreman's Hysterical Ontological Theater