A few words from the author of Information Diet on why notifications are evil, in case you were convinced otherwise.
We’re getting so many notifications because the companies that now power the web are engaged in a war with one another to capture our attention. They call it “user…
Most of us stay connected through some sort of mobile device. We rely on these devices and their notifications to stay on top of things, reply promptly, and keep up with friends.
What happens when we turn off these notifications? Will we miss out on important events? Will we forget to reply according to the etiquette? Or will we not really miss out on anything important at all?
Cursor on the floor. #projectionsofreality
Some Rules for Students and Teachers by John Cage
"The only rule is work"
Nebulous grainy sky
Curiosity is its own reward.
To be curious means to never lose the hunger to learn something new, try something new, or figure out why things work the way they do.
Breaking things, asking questions, making a fool of yourself, making mistakes, these are all part of the curios person.
Taking a genuine interest in life, people, and the world around you. Experiencing things, that is why curiosity is its own reward. It’s getting excited and taking notice of the little things in life.
Labor Day Observations
This time back home, it was fairly busy with helping mom get things together, cleaning, cooking, getting beds made, etc. I was mom’s little helper, like I used to when I was the last kid at home in the summers. It was busy, there was always someone to hang out with, and instead of capturing and externally documenting my time with the family, I just enjoyed it. I soaked in the sun, was refreshed by swimming in the lake, hugged my dog, enjoyed my grandma’s company, and visited with family and freinds. I wasn’t attached to my phone and tweeting every little funny anectedote my dad said. I barely even checked my social outlets, because this time I wasn’t anxious. I was completely content with doing nothing, or working for a little and then enjoying the company of others I only see a few times a year. It was refreshing for me, because I didn’t feel as though I had to check my phone, I didn’t feel the tether, it was disconnected or loosened for the weekend. I knew no one needed to get a hold of me anyway, so there was no reason to be attached to my phone.
I noticed my sister would jump and dig for her phone in her purse everytime she heard it ring. At one of these instances she was driving and asked me to ger her phone, in which I replied rudely, “Get it later, you’re driving!” In which she reacted with,”Well, but it could be Juan [her boyfriend], I want to talk to him.” I suddenly did not understand why she felt as though she needed to talk to him as soon as her phone rang. She almost panicked. She franticly dug through her purse while driving to find her precious connectore to her man. Maybe her instincts were due to the strong relationship with her boyfriend. Loving him so much that she wanted to talk to him any chance she got. When she’s away from him she wants to keep “in touch” and give him status updates.
I guess lately I’ve become aware and interested in the idea of living a more kairos lifestyle. Doing things when you feel like doing them or when the moment is right. So maybe for my sister, that was the opportune moment for her to talk with her boyfriend. So what’s the opportune moment to have a serious or difficult conversation? Can we instigate or design situations for these opportune moments? Or can it not be choreographed?
“‘Lightness,’ reminds us that the word does not need to refer to perfection and utopia. ‘Whenever humanity seems condemned to heaviness,’ writes Calvino, ‘I think I should fly like Perseus into a different space. I don’t mean escaping into dreams, or into the irrational. I mean I have to change my approach, look at the world from a different perspective, with a different logic, and with fresh methods of cognition and verification.”
From In the Bubble by Thackara
sometimes that’s the hardest part, changing your own approach and perspective. it can be a scary thing.