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Tendancy towards anachronism

AsheraelAsherael Member
edited September 2012 in The Pub (Off Topic)
I find that snufftaking is only one of several anachronistic habits I have. I shave with a straight razor, I only use film cameras, usually made before 1950, I like to hand-write letters and postcards(some of which I make with my polaroid 100), I prefer a compass and map to gps, etc.

In what ways other than snufftaking do you just prefer to do things in a more deliberate or archaic way?


  • I'm into bushcrafting myself.
  • Perhaps it provides an aspect of intimacy with the task at hand. It generally requires skill and a hands on approach when using tools or procedures of the past. Craftsmanship is involved and shines through when the craftsman gains mastery of his tools and executes his trade with little effort. Selection and maintenance of tools creates a kind of bond with the implements. This has all been lost in today's culture. Everything is disposable and tasks are done half-assed. Back in the day a craftsman or artist took pride in their work and became ONE with their tools. A stone mason could be none by the markings his chisel left on the stone that was different from other masons. People either don't take the time or don't make the time to learn the finer nuances of older ways.

    @Asherael I am the same way. There is no better school than Old School!
  • JuxtaposerJuxtaposer Member
    edited September 2012 PM
    I personally don't see snuff taking as an anachronism. I don't think it was as popular as we all would like to think. I believe its day has yet to come.
  • I don't shave. I cook with cast iron. I have a flip phone i only answer . My music is on cassette tapes and vinyl. I collect and smoke pipes. I encapsulate herbs for medicine, make infused oils and tincture remedies. I hunt with a blow gun, sling shot ,spear ,atlatl ,and bow. Plant gardens and raise chickens for eggs. have a pony to manicure the yard. Make hot sauce, can excess produce.And for fun I throw tomahawks and play disc golf. I know disc golf isn't anachronistic for some.
    My knowledge is worthless if not shared and applied . "Joseph McKenna"  
  • @basement_shaman Funny you bring up blow guns, I was looking at the Cold Steel blow guns as I own several of their knives. (Derail)
  • @basement_shaman Ooh, I have a big bore blowgun! It's a hoot! And I love cast iron and wood cooked (grilled or smoked) food! I always wanted to get and learn to use an atlatl. My Fiancee wants to raise chickens.
  • I personally don't see snuff taking as an anachronism. I believe its day has yet to come.
    Its second day has yet to come for sure. But it also had a hayday in the past, and while its coming back like film and vinyl, It's not what it once was, even if its not what it will be. I do have to say though, after not using it for a few years and coming back, it seems to be having a golden age. There are some BRILLIANT new choices, and I'm dazzled by what Toque is doing.
  • Shave with a straight (sometimes) safety razor always.
    Cast iron is the only way to cook.

    Ok got out the King's now. and the (my favorite)Hibbard, Spencer & Bartlett & Co.
  • Yes, @basement_shaman
    I have a couple CS knives and .......
    You know. SRK and Trailmaster
  • @jpsavage you seen my srk in a whats in you pipe thread next to some plug tobacco?
    My knowledge is worthless if not shared and applied . "Joseph McKenna"  
  • Kind of on this topic... I just watched the pilot of "revolution" on Hulu. It's one of those post apocalyptic TV series.... the world with no power. I thought it was awesome!!
  • cstokes4cstokes4 Member, Moderator
    Safety razors, mug soap, brush.
  • I'm anachronistic for my generation. I read books, listen to music mostly from the 50s and 60s (sometimes even before that), smoke a pipe and take snuff. I've dabbled in leather working and I play a lot of music. Even when I'm making music with electronic instruments I play them and don't program them or I plug in my guitar and bass to record that. I also drink tea like a fiend, but I don't personally grow, pick or blend the ingredients.
  • @Asherael No GPS? I couldn't and wouldn't do without my GPS, no way.
  • @hooked I'll use a GPS while driving alone. With my faincee we use a map. When I'm in the woods, I prefer a compass and map.
  • anachronistic? Me no way. I'am more timeless to be honest. Love the fact that now we can make so many choices. Snuff yes, gps sometimes, books awesome, movies great, music don't give a damn when it was made.
  • Snuff-Check; Straight razor, mug and brush-Check; Cast iron skillet and dutch oven-Check; cooking from scratch and home canning-Check; topo map and army compass-Check; hand bound books-Check (when I can afford them); fountain pen and hand written letters-Check; Fedora, flat cap and derby (as needed)-Check; 1928 BCP and 1611 KJV-Check. All I need now is a Tin Lizzie and a candlestick 'phone. Modernity is for the inexperienced.
  • I walk everywhere. This modern invention they call the 'wheel' probably goes out of fashion soon.
  • XanderXander Member
    edited September 2012 PM
    @AllanH Yeah, its surely just a fad! Though I travel nearly everywhere by bicycle. I'm living life in the fast lane! :-\"

    @maknips I did some home canning last night. Homemade picallily! (extra points if you know what picallily is - no looking it up either!)
  • @Xander innit carrots and assorted veggies and stuff? I got something like that driving from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia one time. The guy that made it sold it to me in a ramble of 90 word sentences.
  • @Asherael Nope, no carrots in it, but I think I know the stuff you are talking about. Pretty sure that's an Amish carrot salad you had. Not sure of its proper name.

    Picallily is a green tomato relish with peppers and onions. The tomatoes in the garden aren't good for much else besides this after the weather begins to turn cool.
  • I also shave with a mug and badger bristle brush and a DE safety razor.
  • I have some characteristics that some might see as anachronistic: I don't own a car or a cellphone, I much prefer real books over electronic reading devices, and I rarely watch television. However, my motivation isn't some nostalgic yearning, but a choice to live a life of voluntary simplicity.
  • @pipensusnsnuff I'm in the same boat. No car, no cellphone, same outlook. I'm not against technology per se, but I have to ask what part of my humanity (or labor, money, etc) must I sacrifice for the "convenience" of complicating my life further. There's quite a bit still to purge from the past and getting those I live with to folow the same philosphy is an ongoing challenge.
  • I couldn't live like the Amish, I need my internet access for
    My knowledge is worthless if not shared and applied . "Joseph McKenna"  
  • I have a cellphone and I don't really use it. It's for special occasions only not for talking all goddamn day about what I had for lunch,
  • My anachronism manifests through an obsession with Steampunk.
  • @bob what did you have for lunch? Please, lots of details. I have plenty of time.
  • @basement_shaman: Voluntary simplicity doesn't mean living like the Amish. I love my PC (including gaming) and my iPod, and wouldn't give either up. Without technology, I wouldn't have a job (and I like my job). My position is simply this: I use technology, but I don't allow it to use me. I don't go out and buy the latest gadget just because everyone else is doing so. It's more a rejection of mindless consumerist culture than a Luddite attitude.
  • @PipenSnusnSnuff- An anachronism, from the Greek ανά (ana: up, against, back, re-) and χρόνος (chronos: time), is a chronological inconsistency in some arrangement, especially a juxtaposition of person(s), events, objects, or customs from different periods of time. Often the item misplaced in time is an object, but it may be a verbal expression, a technology, a philosophical idea, a musical style, a material, a custom, or anything else associated with a particular period in time so that it is incorrect to place it outside its proper temporal domain.

    Has nothing to do about voluntary simplicity. deals with time, Sorry if that sounds brash
    My knowledge is worthless if not shared and applied . "Joseph McKenna"  
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