Considering the island story has eclipsed my next most popular story on this blog by almost 4x, maybe a follow-up is in order.
At this point I should admit that I have no idea what the public likes. I wrote that last post thinking that my regular readers would really get a kick out of it, but that the public in general wouldn't really care. I was wrong, of course, and the story stayed at #1 on Hacker News longer than I've ever seen a story stay there. Gawker also wrote a really cool piece about it., and other press inquiries have been coming in.
The strange thing is, the reception has been overwhelmingly positive. While me living in an RV triggered all sorts of pent up anger and resentment, buying an island was okay with everyone. There was one interesting question that was brought up a bunch of times, though: what the hell is a minimalist doing buying an island?
I think that this is a great question and that the answer touches on some important principles on living and minimalism.