Interview with Light Phone user Paige Weber

    I have had my flip phone since September 2022.

    It was excitement to try it, followed by frustration, followed by a resetting of expectation and then settling in.

    Youtube is the only social network I use and since embarking on this flip phone journey my Youtube has been sending me more and more videos of others on the same journey.

    I decided to email some of these people and Paige was gracious enough to give me a shot at an interview.

    So today I interviewed Paige Weber. She has used a DumbPhone at least a year. She started with a basic flip phone and recently moved the a light phone.

    We discuss a wide range of topics all centered around living a more intentional life. The discussion was broader than just a discussion of the pros and cons and this choice including how smartphone and the lack of a smart phone is creating a digital divide but in the other direction.

    Here is a link the YouTube Video

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    Russians | Sting 1985

    In Europe and America There’s a growing feeling of hysteria

    Conditioned to respond to all the threats In the rhetorical speeches of the Soviets

    Mr. Khrushchev said we will bury you I don’t subscribe to this point of view

    It would be such an ignorant thing to do If the Russians love their children too

    How can I save my little boy From Oppenheimer’s deadly toy?

    There is no monopoly in common sense On either side of the political fence

    We share the same biology Regardless of ideology

    Believe me when I say to you I hope the Russians love their children too

    There is no historical precedent To put the words in the mouth of the President

    There’s no such thing as a winnable war It’s a lie - we don’t believe anymore!

    Mr. Reagan says we will protect you I don’t subscribe to this point of view

    Believe me when I say to you I hope the Russians love their children too

    We share the same biology Regardless of ideology

    What might save us - me, and you Is if the Russians love their children too

    Songwriters: Sting, Prokofev Sergej S

    Twitter Detox

    Since deleting my Twitter account. I find myself wanting to post on my blog ( more and more and then coming here to check the comments. Which are not that many :) It is the same reflex of distraction seeking that I did with Twitter. Just part of the detox? I hope so.

    Micro.Blog in the wild. Cosmic Coffee. Austin Texas.

    Broken Links

    or Why twitter and social media has ruined the open web

    I have been reading a back through Merlin Man’s 43 folders blog.
    It started in 2004 His last post was 2011 - Cranking. which is “peace out” I had a kid and that is more important.

    His blog was part of Web 2.0 movement. Remember that? His blog is like a time capsule and it has a lot of relevant and helpful information about how productivity. It is quirky and fun and full of broken links.

    It makes me think about all of the time and attention people are putting into twitter, instagram or tiktok and where that work you put in will be in 10 years? Will it result only in your vain attempt to find self affirmation in your 10 seconds of fame?

    2021 - The Year of the Personal Blog

    Fall of 2019 I deleted my facebook account.

    Fall of 2020 I deleted my instagram account.

    I never looked back.

    Do not doubt that there was an addiction. It took a week for me to stop wanting to pick up my phone and look at what is going.

    It was not just “The election” or “Covid fatigue” - It is that I wanted my mind back.

    People tend to complain about Facebook as if something recently curdled. There’s a notion that the social web was once useful, or at least that it could have been good, if only we had pulled a few levers: some moderation and fact-checking here, a bit of regulation there, perhaps a federal antitrust lawsuit. But that’s far too sunny and shortsighted a view. Today’s social networks, Facebook chief among them, were built to encourage the things that make them so harmful. It is in their very architecture. - Facebook is a Doomsday Machine, by Adrienne Lafrance The Atlantic December 15, 2020.

    In your bones you know it is true. Facebook preys on our worst behaviors to make money. They use the power of addiction to make users use more.

    Break the cycle.

    In the words of The Chicks “Be an Army of One

    My Plan

    I made a list of my friend that really matter to me. I made 100% sure that I had their details in my contact list on my phone and I used it. I sent iMessages. I called. I emailed.

    I will continue in 2021 and I will do more of it.


    I do want to share what I am doing. I want to provide context for the conversations I am having with people. Life’s celebratations and life’s difficult lessons learned.

    I want to say. “Here’s what I see, here’s how you can be part of it.” Seth Godin

    A new school but old school personal blog.

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    Here, I write for you.

    For you, I am always here.