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Archive for November, 2011

“It’s okay, the Internet will be just fine without you”

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Here’s an ad for the Dodge Journey which plays on our sense of online overload and our desire to experience more of the “world wide world.” It starts off: “People don’t make a list of websites they want to see before they die.” Thanks to Michael Sacacas for bringing it to my attention, and for […]

Insights from Orthodox spirituality on technology

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Yesterday I wrote about mindfulness on the computer and a new clock app I’d discovered to help me with that. Today I was introduced to the word nepsis, the hesychastic practice of perpetually guarding and watching over the heart, lest the passions (“the sinful inclinations, movements, or energies within a human”) rule over us and […]

Mindfulness on the computer – a helpful app

Friday, November 18th, 2011

When I was growing up, my parents had a chiming clock that would sound the Westminster quarters throughout the day. It was always a comforting reminder of the passage of time. When I’m on the computer, hours and hours can go by without my being aware of my own body and physical surroundings, let alone […]