I arrived in Amsterdam on April 13 and by the 15th I knew something had to change. It was the NBA playoffs, which meant I was getting semi-frequent text messages during any particularly exciting game. These came between the hours of midnight and eight in the morning for me, which was not a particularly convenient time to have a phone continue to vibrate.

So I turned everything off. My phone was already set to only vibrate with any sort of notification, but I decided to take it a step further. No more alerts, ever.1

It was refreshing and wonderful, my overall usage dropped significantly and it’s about the closest I’d felt to having a land line and an answering machine since, well, I did that for a year back in 2012.2 Since returning to Pacific Standard Time, I still haven’t switched my phone back to any sort of normal, and I can’t imagine why I would.3

  • Seems this is a growing trend and I highly recommend getting on board
  • This was also wonderful and if I ever live in an apartment again I will just throw away cell phones forever.
  • There’s something to be said for the question this introduces into society though: with a new piece of technology that intervenes in communication, how does the social contract get written? Will we all just be shifting through various notions of ‘Responsibility to Reply’ for a generation before what is ‘proper’ becomes the status quo? Or will certain sects of culture require different standards of communication?

push management

11:15 / 29 August 2018
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17:00 / 23 August 2018
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Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach, Oregon

California is still on fire but people still debate whether or not the president is a racist. Even at the beach, the present shortcomings of America never leave my mind. To even consider the reality of our country is to be overwhelmed by it, but there aren’t many places left in this land it can be ignored.

The Pacific Ocean is a remarkable force—as Route 26 rolls over the various hills en route, it takes a minute to realize how far away the beach actually is. The coastline appears so expansive and all-encompassing, the actual shore presents itself with miles to go before arrival.

Daily life will continue, no matter what. Ultimately, movement is allowed to occur by whoever is holding the guns. It’s as tragic as it is consistent throughout history, and at this point no circumstance of absurd abuse of power should surprise anyone.

Talkin’ Shit About A Pretty Sunset

10:30 / 14 August 2018
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I get dizzy pretty easily. You won’t find me on one of those playground spinning circles or in just about any theme park-type ride. I won’t play drinking games that require spinning around a baseball bat in someone’s backyard. I can keep my cool through such things, but trying to stop and re-adjust to a reality of moving straight forward always makes me nauseous.

It’s another miserably hot summer. There are plenty of anecdotes and reports and opinions out about climate change, but these are just three from this week. My question is, what makes anyone think we’re going to work to deal with climate change in a necessary way? People still use Facebook despite everything—you’ll be hard-pressed to find people willing to give up gasoline.

The air is too thick to think in and walking even feels like a chore, and I just stopped moving for the first time in nearly four months and I’m looking around at America and I can’t stop feeling sick.

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15:30 / 7 August 2018
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