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July 24, 2003

A day without net

Halley talks about taking a day away from online:

I had this conversation with Joi Ito about S-L-O-W-I-N-G D-O-W-N. I threw out a challenge -- spend 24 hours not talking, not emailing, not IM'ing, not IRC'ing, not communicating in anyway. Just a silent sunday -- this coming sunday actually -- for 24 hours.

You do get to use one hand-held device. A rock. Just keep it in the palm of your hand. Get the urge to IM someone -- just tell the rock. Get the need to email someone else -- just think the message through your rock. Get the temptation to talk -- no talking -- just look at your rock.

So far the toughest thing is explaining to people that you will will be incommunicato -- really not available, really out of reach, really out of pocket -- at least in the traditional ways of communicating.

[Keep your eyes peeled for a picture of my rock -- I'll post it soon.] [Halley's Comment]

I really like the sound of this and have been thinking about doing something like that sometime soon. Disconnecting myself for a day. I think it would be a nice break. Mad William Flint also commented on this post with some interesting stuff. I'll have to think of this. I wonder if I have to talk to a rock. I want to talk to my stuffed cat.

Posted by snooze at July 24, 2003 01:12 AM