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pausing, patience | Techno-logy

In Techno-logy on 7 April 2011 at 5:10 pm

I have an insanely annoying habit of nagging. Specifically, if I come across a link to an article, or a blog post, or something that might interest you, something that has the slightest semblance of you, I have to send it to you. Now.

While this isn’t really the most annoying habit – I’m sure there are worse – what bothers me about it is that I lost the thought behind communication. In these exchanges, I have become somewhat machinated – a google alert for what reminds me of you, within my collective memory. If it exists, you need to know about it.

In doing this, what I’ve lost is both the art of pausing, and of patience. Before I know it, I’ve hit send, instead of carefully monitoring what I send, and how they will receive it. Perhaps it should be sent, but it would be nicer to add a courtesy preface. On the other hand, perhaps I need to follow up more with people, rather than just sending them links. Maybe quality time would be the more loving form of communication?

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phone fast recap | Techno-logy

In Techno-logy on 7 April 2011 at 9:53 am

I finished the phone fast in full, with help from my roommate who took my phone with her in her purse, and didn’t return home until 1:30 AM this morning.

I finished the phone fast because I was forced to.

Let me add – I did not detox from facebook or e-mail (detoxing from e-mail would actually be more challenging for me). However, since I was away from unrestricted Internet access for the bulk of the day, I was still somewhat disconnected from all of my “online identities.” [I am such a nerd!]

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Throughout the day, it was incredibly calming to be without a phone. I took an easy route, knowing that essentially I wouldn’t need to be reached by anyone. But waking up and not checking the cell phone was nice … I mean, who messages you while you are sleeping that you actually need to get in touch with? Probably no one.

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phone fast! | Techno-logy

In Techno-logy on 5 April 2011 at 10:41 pm

As always, when there is plenty to do, I tend to find plenty of better things to do.

I haven’t ever written about self-discipline, or about stress in general, but I have always remembered Matt Richtel’s work which describes technology as “little lions” that bite for your attention, constantly warping you one way or another, and giving you bursts of sensation whenever you get a text message, email, or an instagram like.

I’m completely guilty. I can’t last more than an hour without getting incredibly antsy, for lack of phone. So, for want of peace of mind, and in an attempt for more discipline, tomorrow I start phone fast.

I’m leaving my phone at home, and committing to not using it for all of tomorrow, midnight to midnight.

What to expect? I am sure that halfway through the day I will consider taking a lunch break just to obtain my cell phone; I am also bringing my journal in lieu of my phone so that I can write about the life crisis that tomorrow could be.

I will probably blog more, read more, but hopefully, after the initial desperation wares off, I will be a calmer, more content Meredith.

And maybe more productive.

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hip electric and such | Techno-logy

In Techno-logy on 8 March 2011 at 5:47 pm

New obsession: mix tapes.

Not only a new interest in mix tapes, but in music in general… tapering off of my 8 month fascination with podcasts and talk radio, it is fun getting back into the swing of things.

In making the mix tapes, I tried to curb my taste for obsession by following the rules, not just merging all of my favorites. Rules, such as not including the same artist twice, mixing from the same genre, and also notes about  the progression of the album, including the importance of track 9.

The artist rule served me well, but I may have missed the genre mark a bit. I mixed alternative with pop at points, but tried to keep it mellow enough in the middle to set apart the climax.

Anyway, here it is, and whether or not you like it, I. Feel. Cool.

Mix no. 1: hip electric and such

Census Blogging Stats | Techno-logy

In Techno-logy on 28 February 2011 at 12:10 am

According to the U.S. Census data, collected in January 2010, only 4% of Internet users “Create or work on their own online journal or blog.”

Here I was, thinking that everyone with a computer had a blog, but as it turns out, I was tragically wrong.

I guess that means I’m cooler than I was originally thinking. </jk>

(Ref. 1159: Typical Daily Internet Activities of Adult Internet Users 2010)