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Do you have display cabinets full of stuff? With it all neatly labelled, cross-referenced and entered into a database. Have you been to a convention? Do other collectors look up to you in awe?

I thought I was above this one. I'm not that autistically geeky that I have a Collection with a capital C. But no, I remembered I'm hoarding away every version of "Inside Macintosh" ever published.

What do you collect? And why? I mean, what makes you do it?

(, Thu 11 Jan 2007, 16:52)
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Ahhahahh! One I can join in on...
The things I collect (or 'Hoard') tend to have practical value, rather than 'just because', and others prolly aren't going to find them in the least interesting but here we go...

Retro computing: Acorn Atom, Electron, Beeb B and Master, Archimedes... 3000 I think. Speccy +3, C64. There's a boxed ZX81 (hopefully) squirrelled away in my parents' loft.

I own emulators on the PC for the beeb, the Commie and the speccy (as well as Amiga, The atari 2600, and even the old Vectrex thing that I lusted after when I was about 4). I have a large... No that doesn't do them justice. I have a laaaarge collection of disk/tape images for the beeb, spec and C64. All legal too.

DVDs. Don't get me started on DVDs. I had to catalogue them when they got to being floor-to-ceiling along one wall of my bedroom. The ones I've unboxed and put into folders now number over 800. The remainders (and these are complete sets/series we're talking...) (Bond, Who (old and new), Will and grace, South park, Scrubs, Galactica (old and new), Terrahawks, Prisoner, Queer as Folk, Bab 5, Crusade, Trek Films and Original Series, TNG, DS9, Voyager, Simpsons, Futurama, Dune, LoTR, Blakes 7, Buck Rogers) number around another 200-300 and are still on the mantelpiece.

I've got pretty much every Dr. Who VHS ever released, and I have my own turned aluminium sonic screwdriver and cast TARDIS key. I also have every X-Files on VHS.

I go through sessions of downloading vast swathes of MIDI music off the internet. It helps my local Am-Dram group when their pianist has no idea what tune the elderly director lady is warbling, as it's normally from the 20s.

I have been in the same job for eight years, and have yet to delete an email.

Wire. I never discard cable, and now posess four large moving boxes of audio, computer and 'other' cable. To be fair, I normally have to go ferreting through them for something about every month or so.

Clocks. I have a 'thing' about knowing what the time is, and I get disturbed if there isn't a clock around. I can see three from where I'm sitting, and that's without calling up the task bar on the computer, or looking at the video.

This is getting a bit freaky now...

Hats. Mostly Ski hats, about 15, but I do have a fibreglass firemen's helmet from a London brigade in the 1980s. I'm not even sure how I got that...

But my major collection? Porn. Listing WMVs in my download directories bigger than 20MB gets me 845 files. File size: 140GB. And I' *know* there's at least 10 Gb in AVIs and probably the same again in MPGs. That's a lot of naked bottoms. A lot a lot.

For interest I checked the files between 2MB and 20Mb. 613 of them, amounting to another 5GB, but they have a higher percentage of 'Stuff I downloaded' rather than 'Naked People'

And having just watched the Windows search go by for the past 15 minutes, I also apparently collect defunct Windows installs. 6 of 'em.

I think I've embarassed myself enough for one evening...

Length? Ah, hell with it. 7", cut.
(, Thu 11 Jan 2007, 22:33, Reply)

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