Nothing is random

Serendipity on the internet will forever be twisted in the maw of algorithms. Nothing is ever truly random. We are data’s significant other with a bullseye on our back. Facebook has been triangulating our data for years, matching our likes with the highest bidder. Internet ads are designed to strangle our attention into a click-hole. […]

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Hearts manipulated at scale

Hearts manipulated at scale. It’s as if social media is the new religion. The double-tap ❤️ permeates everything, so much so we stopped going on vacation for pleasure and instead with desire to accumulate likes. Studies show that if your phone is in your field of vision you won’t be able to resist it. Do […]

Cal Newport’s Digital Minimalism

I’m looking forward to reading Cal Newport’s new book Digital Minimalism before my face falls off from the screen glare.  A philosophy of technology use in which you focus your online time in a small number of carefully selected and optimized activities that strongly support things you value, and then happily miss out on everything […]

A big believer in boredom

“I’m a big believer in boredom. … All the [technology] stuff is wonderful, but having nothing to do can be wonderful, too.”  Steve Jobs Boredom adds to the mystery of life. When we sit alone with our thoughts, the world breaks open. Nature comes alive. Time slows down and insights emerge from dormancy. The ransacking […]

Clack-clack: Go retro with the Qwerkywriter Typewriter

For the nostalgic typewriter enthusiasts comes the Querkywriter keyboard that recreates the look and feel of the click-clack experience onto modern computing. If you’re a fan of Tom Hanks Hanx writer fan, then you’ll certainly want to take it a step further and use the closest to the real thing.   As they say, the life […]

Tumblr to ban “adult content” creators

I’m not surprised Apple banned Tumblr from its App Store for supporting a bunch of porn. But I am surprised Tumblr will ban the entire “adult content” category on December 17 so you won’t see some of the more risque artsy images. Most creators will be hoping that the social network — driven primarily by advertising […]

Punching back against nihilism

The brain is stuck on hype rather than facts and figures. It devours the external stimuli of incessant feeds and 24/7 news and predictably shuns the details. If we want to overthrow the swathe of nihilism, then we need to create a system that supports credibility. The algorithm failed to do it. Pre-programmed maths exposed […]

‘Paper’s seclusion from the Web is an emerging strength’

“In a multi-tasking world where pure focus is harder and harder to come by, paper’s seclusion from the Web is an emerging strength. There’s nothing like holding a sheaf of beautifully designed pages in your hands. The whole world slows down, and your mind with it.” William Powers

Inconvenient truths

We live in a world where self-checkout is more painful than regular checkout, where Instagrammers risk their lives for the perfect pic, and where people hide behind their avatars to become trolls. Sure, a quick google yields all the answers. But the price for the latest convention is reduced comprehension. As soon as we hide, […]

Half bots, half real people

The internet is half bots, half real people. It makes you question whether humans are even evolving or code is the only advancer. Take a scan of Twitter and you’ll hardly notice a difference between man and machine. They both spew the same self-confirming garbage. But even the bots are more random now — arbitrariness […]

Tethered to distraction

Set your brain roaming. Let it unbuckle into the window of boredom that bleeds into wisdom and insight. We are at peak attention. Additional information complicates and confounds. By keeping you bondage, it erodes your attention muscles so that you can’t even daydream. Too many thoughts at once, not even our own. We’ve succumbed to […]

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