Archive for the 'Experiment' Category

Slow Networking

April 18, 2016

You may have heard of movements like slow money and slow food. I’ve started to apply a similar philosophy to networking and communications.

In the past month, I’ve deleted my LinkedIn and AngelList accounts due to their use of dark patterns. I’ve also downgraded from an iPhone to a simpler flip phone. With these changes, I feel less distracted and more able/engaged reading physical books and long-form blogs. At events, there’s no more excuses to be staring down at a smartphone; instead, I’m readjusting to rely on good old-fashioned face time.

At a recent meeting, everyone else brought their laptops and were busily using them during the meeting. I only had a pad of paper and a pen. It didn’t feel like people were present staring at their screens. There was no eye contact at all. What’s the point of having an in person meeting if people are that distracted?

So far, the benefits of disconnecting and slowing down seem to be outweighing the cons. Over the next year, I’m considering deleting my Twitter and Facebook accounts. I’m also experimenting with using my own email server and slowly moving off Gmail for privacy reasons.

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A story about humanity told through graphs

November 14, 2013

Googling around, I noticed searching define + any word displays a small graph showing how often that word has been used in books over the years. This is an experiment to create a cohesive narrative told through word usage graphs. Please let me know what you think and play around with the tool to come up with your own story.

economy

technology

resources

stuff

growth

peak

flaw

happiness

affection

friendship

joy

gratitude

liberty

prosperity

nature

abundance

emptiness

failure

depression

urgency

collapse

ask

why

learning

awareness

understanding

enlightenment

community

collective

camaraderie

shared

interconnected

ethics

empathy

evolve

choose

I blog or you get free lunch

October 25, 2013

Reading Navigating the Coming Chaos: A Handbook For Inner Transition, I’m motivated to start journaling again. Taking a behavioral economics MOOC, I’m mindful of the intention-action gap and the need to have strategies to help us cross that chasm. The plan is to write one blog post per week on Fridays starting today. I’ve added it as a repeating event on my calendar (pre-commitment). To resist the urge to not follow thru each Friday, right before writing a post, I’ll give myself a motivation boost by reading one of my posts from a year ago, which will re-iterate the benefits of long-term blogging. As incentive not to fail, if you catch me not blogging once a week, publicly shame me, and your next lunch is on me!*

free-lunch-anyone

* Email/tweet me exaggerating how much you enjoyed your lunch to inflict maximal regret on me along with cost of meal (up to $25), and I’ll send you the equivalent bitcoins. I cannot be at the lunch; however, you are encouraged to have other guests with you. Maximum one shame per person per week and four total shames per week. First come first serve. You agree to have your message re-posted on a wall of shame.