The R. Buckminster Fuller Collection documents the life and work of this 20th century polymath, and contains his personal archive, correspondence, manuscripts. In , Buckminster Fuller began to catalog all of his personal documents into the “Dymaxion Chronofile,” a chronological filing system that. Fuller called it the Dymaxion Chronofile. He cross-referenced its contents with 13, index cards. The archives also include “over 2,

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Maybe they are keeping us stuck in the past instead of being rooted in the present. In aggregate, the collection weighed 45 tons.

As a boy he was a tinkerer, and by the age of 12 he had invented an alternative rowing system for boats that allowed one to push to row—essentially an inverted, underwater umbrella. Many hoarders keep stuff out of anxiety that they might need it someday. I can easily search through all of them with just a few keystrokes and they occupy just a small fraction of the space available on a laptop hard drive that is roughly half the size of a pack of cigarettes.

You will simply say, this is right, or this is wrong. A touch antiquated, but aligned with our document retention policies. I think it depends. He refused to allow what he ultimately considered an unfinished design to be manufactured at scale. Dymaaxion Dry cleaning is tax deductable. US patent in He had two computers, and I will go through them and delete the information before I somehow recycle them.


I have spent hours looking for digital files, with no luck. Fascinating question, which does cut to the heart of the uncluttering dilemma. And thus, Fuller resolved to embark upon “an experiment, to find what a single individual can contribute to changing the world and benefiting all humanity.

He saw people suffering, and he saw homelessness. Only three were ever produced; a series of accidents prevented the vehicle from taking off. What did he say? I save all of my files on digital hard drives, perhaps not all of my emails but Gmail chronnofile that nicely for me. And Kevin Kelly has written best about Lifelogging Cheers!

Inspired by the fuselage of an airplane, the vehicle was called a 4D Transport when it was conceived in It’s a design challenge he started called The World Game. It takes almost no effort at all. But only two complete Dymaxion House prototypes were ever produced owing to the fact that Fuller was a perfectionist.

The answer dmaxion me then is to keep only that one good shot and trash the others. But some researchers contend that many of the most productive people do have some degree of hypomania. First and foremost should be the decision whether an item, tangible or not, is worth cnronofile.

Dymaxion Chronofile

He would go on chronotile invent a sort of winch that could fish early airplanes, and their pilots, up out of the water. But I do know why I keep them. Whether you keep it in paper or digital form, someone, someday is going to have to deal with it.


Another thing to keep in mind is data rot: Fuller is perhaps best known for the popularization of the geodesic dome, a term he coined for the spherical architectural oddity.

R. Buckminster Fuller Collection

I keep only material chroonfile has a foreseeable use, and try to keep it organized in a way that, if I get chronofiel by a bus, my DH or other executor can figure out what is needed to clear things up. This habit has worked well for me. The house would have been affordable, transportable, and energy efficient. Growing-up you use to be able to dig out a shoe box full of old photographs. I think this is perfectly reasonable.

Fuller married his wife Anne Hewlett in I delete fairly relentlessly. This article about a biographical or autobiographical book whose subject was born in the United States is a stub. Most of it goes.

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Otherwise, why are you keeping them? There is something uniquely satisfying about having empty email files! Buying a newer-bigger harddrive dispells energy and environmental impact as does throwing out the smaller information storage pieces.

And is the question, the dilemma, drawing the line between need and want? chronofild