Posted in The Neo-Luddite and Technology

 A man walked down a street with 99 phones in a wagon. Google Maps thought it was a traffic jam.

Simon Weckert used cellphone signals to deceive Google servers in Berlin for a digital art piece posted on Feb. 1. (Simon Weckert)


Ending Online Defragmentation

Over the past year, I have:

deactivated 4 twitter accounts,

deleted 2 Facebook pages,

canceled 1 LinkedIn account,

deleted 1 Pinterest account,

let Google Plus die,

canceled 3 photography site memberships,

canceled my Amazon Prime membership and am no longer shopping on Amazon,

am no longer posting on or checking my Facebook account,

deleted both Etsy and Square Online stores for my inlay business,

deleted multiple apps from my phone,

unsubscribed from multiple email lists (ongoing),

unsubscribed from multiple Yahoo groups as Yahoo Groups has gone away,


removed many notification permissions from multiple apps on my phone (ongoing).

As a result, I am:


feeling less all over the place,

writing more,

feeling more centered,

having fewer interruptions,

praying more,

updating my resume,

dreaming again,

finishing art projects

and …

anticipating some thing(s) amazing just around the bend.

Posted in Musings and Reflections

Work Gloves for Your Smartphone


The work gloves were on clearance at the Home Depot so I grabbed a pack. With the variety of handyman jobs I do, I’m always in need of gloves.

I’ve also found that listening to audio books on my smartphone while I work is a helpful way to pass the time as I complete the task at hand. I can answer the phone if I need to by pressing a button on my Bluetooth headset, leaving my hands free to keep doing what they need to. However, sometimes I need to access my phone via the screen and it is a pain to keep taking the gloves off.

Imagine my surprise when I found that the screen on my smartphone responded to my touch with the gloves on.

So I figured I’d share my discovery here. If you get a chance, pick up a pair of Grease Monkey Gorilla Grip Work Gloves. You’ll find that they not only grip quite well, but you don’t have to take them off if you need to access your phone while you work.

Posted in Longreads and Essays, Musings and Reflections, The Neo-Luddite and Technology

Information Overlord – In Search of Good News


At times I have felt the need to take a break from the news which is rather difficult as I am a consummate news junkie. I believe in being informed.

Then inevitably a day comes when the information interferes with the being.

It is not that there is no good news happening in the world. I would submit that there is more good than bad happening on any given day. It simply is not broadcast.

Or one must look a little harder to find the good news broadcasters.

So I have stopped reading the newspaper. I also deleted several news apps on my phone and canceled a variety of notifications. To say I was obsessing over the news was an understatement.

But it isn’t enough to simply refrain from something. So I did some research to find a replacement.

Here is what I found:

Outlets for good, positive news do exist. I am especially impressed with the Good News Network and Positive News.

So here is what I did:
I downloaded the News Republic app. I turned off all of the notifications from its news sources. Then I customized it by adding the RSS feeds for the Good News Network, Positive News, Yes! magazine, my blogs, MWR, etc.

So now when I click on the News Republic app I have a nice screen of good news. I also get notifications during the day. News Republic also learns my preferences and creates a personal profile.

Benefits so far?
I am happier. I am less depressed. I have a better perspective on what is happening. I am not as angry.

And my creative muse has returned.

Now that is good news!