My First Week Without Facebook (#DeleteFacebook)

One week ago today I deleted my Facebook account as a gift to myself. I must be honest and say I was a bit apprehensive about going through with deleting my account—permanently deleting my account. I had been building up to the idea for months. So I’ve had 2 questions about it. 1. How did you go about doing it?… Continue reading
Yes indeed! Tomorrow is the day! Tim unplugs from Facebook! Permanently. So, this is it! Today is my last day on the Facebook platform. I’m not saying goodbye to my friends and family. I’m saying goodbye to the Facebook platform. Remember, there is a difference, a very important difference! You are not your Facebook account, and I’m not mine either.… Continue reading

Even though I’m Deleting Facebook, Let’s Keep in Touch!

As I’ve mentioned on my blog and on Facebook, I’m deleting my Facebook account on my birthday in a matter of days. But I want to keep in touch with everyone, and I want you to be able to easily keep in touch with me. So, here are some easy ways for us to stay in touch. Ways to Keep… Continue reading

Why I’ve Decided It’s Time to Go

About 15 years ago, I was invited to speak to graduate students at Emory University and at Kennesaw State University (then Kennesaw College) about technology innovation. At the time, I was a huge advocate for exploring how technology could advance education. And while I had some significant concerns about technology, those took a rather distant backseat to the exciting potential… Continue reading

Cutting the Cord: Update

Smartphone Use I read a short article about reducing the impact of the digital world over my world. This article focused on the smartphone. The author recommended: Don’t charge it by your bed. (I have to because it controls the lights, sound, thermostats, etc.) Kill all notifications. (Done!) Delete Facebook, Twitter, Insta and other “attention loop” apps. (Done) Switch to… Continue reading

Never Tell Steve…

When we travel to a new city, we just walk, walk, walk. We walk everywhere. Such was the case when we arrived in Dublin, Ireland. Ah! I loved Ireland! Our walkabout took us unexpectedly to the campus of Trinity College which was established in 1592. These are just two of the photos I shot while we were briefly on the… Continue reading

Comcast: HaHaHaHa!! The Laughs on You!!

You assholes are getting what’s coming to you! And you more than deserve it! You and your absurd 300GB bandwidth limit! Your horrific phone system. Your wretched customer abuse masquerading as support. Frankly, I hope Brian L. Roberts, CEO of Comcast, loses his fortunes, that all of his good employees go to work for Google and Verizon, and that the… Continue reading

New AppleTV & George Orwell

Short version: Unless you are wanting to play a few games on your TV, or unless you want to cut the cable cord, the new 1st gen TV is a total pass. Version 1 of the tvOS is, as has become standard practice for Apple’s new products, a big step backwards. The foundation they have set in place has potential… Continue reading

Unplugging Tim: Answering Michelle’s Question

In her comment to my last post, Michelle asked “which pen(s)/ ink/ paper did you go for?” So, here’s the long answer: I ordered the Iroshizuku 24 sampler pack and a bottle of Iroshizuku Kon-peki. I have the TWSBI 580 with a fine nib and am trying both the Rhodia and the Clairefontaine papers. Things I really like about the… Continue reading

Unplugging Tim: The Goulet Pen Company

Yesterday, a second package from Goulet Pen Company arrived. I bought a fountain pen, some ink and some paper. This purchase is part of my unplugging adventure, my efforts to slow down, be more attentive and mindful of the now, and feel more feedback from the analog world all around me. More on the latter later. At any rate, I… Continue reading