Sunday, December 13, 2009
Delicious Monster and the Comfort of Collecting
One day, all of us media junkies will probably have our entire catalog of movies, music, books and games compiled into one handheld projector/stereo/gaming device thing-a-majig, but until that time comes, we can at least pretend it's all in one place.
Delicious Monster is an application for collectors and obsessives. Namely, someone like me.
Though I've been using a site called Listal.com to obsessively catalog and rate everything I own and want to own, Delicious Monster offers the enticing ability to log down UPC numbers (Universal Product Codes) so that in the event that all your precious DVDs were stolen or lost in a fire, you would be able to provide the insurance company with the exact amount of and dollar worth of your collections.
Obsessive and paranoid, or thorough and prepared?
It's a personal preference. There is an undeniable attraction to cataloging my interests. I can't quite pinpoint why. A lot of people get it, but a lot of people don't, too. There are all kinds of personal factors that determine whether or not you're that type of person, but for me there's something comforting about it. Maybe it's the enforcement of order and sequence in an unruly world, if that doesn't sound too pretentious. There's a scene in High Fidelity that really nails this sentiment, in which John Cusack's character, Rob, is undergoing a massive reorganization of his record collection after breaking up with his longtime girlfriend...
Maybe it's as simple as nostalgia. Collecting and maintaining a collection is like looking at a time line of your life. You can clearly see where you've been, and where you are, and, maybe, be reminded of where you've always planned to go.