Technology & Convenience

“Today’s cult of convenience fails to acknowledge that difficulty is a constitutive feature of human experience. Convenience is all destination and no journey. But climbing a mountain is different from taking the tram to the top, even if you end up at the same place. We are becoming people who care mainly or only about outcomes. We are at risk of making most of our life experiences a series of trolley rides.”

An interesting opinion piece about technology and convenience.

 

Four Seasons of Reading

 Written by a staff member:

Winter –  It’s too cold to go outside. Read all day. Power went out because of the storm. Read by flashlight until power returns. Power returns, shut off flashlight, keep reading. Have to shovel? Plug in headphones to smartphone and listen to audiobook while shoveling. Return to print book after shoveling.

Spring – It’s warm out again. YAY! Don’t care, still inside reading.

Summer – Outside reading. Too hot. Return to air conditioned house to read. Too cold in air conditioned house, head back outside to read. Repeat. Over and over until night time. Read in bed.

Fall – Photograph foliage, stock up on all things pumpkin flavor. Drink tea and read under a blanket until Winter.

Accurate.