Things kids need but don’t get enough: boredom, building, unsupervised human interaction….

Boredom, daydreaming, a good book, building in three dimensions, interactivity with other humans–these are precious skills, skills that are being denied kids that are simply given a plate of chicken fingers and a tablet instead.

—Seth Godin, in ‘The digital divide is being flipped

I’ve long been a great believer in the value of boredom. My most creative, even productive years were when I was bored. Even today, more often than not, solutions and creativity come to me when I let myself be bored.

TV, social media, games and news are the enemy of boredom. I’ve removed 3 of them from my life in last few years, and my productivity has rocketed. When I leave this house, the fourth will go as well.

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Why every app has a subscription:

My use of Paper is an essential part of stratechery, yet I needed to only pay $8.99 for two in-app purchases, for which I never need to pay again. That’s a hell of a bargain, but it’s ultimately unsustainable.

Ben Thompson in Stratechery: Papering Over App Store Problems

Smartphone, a.k.a. expensive handcuffs

I don’t want to get a $800 phone and then lose or drop it and feel horrible afterwards. I don’t even use my phone all that much and I have no apps or fancy stuff on it.

You get yourself a fancy phone and then you put the fancy stuff that goes into your fancy phone and bam, your life is not as simple as it was anymore.

Poetry in (slow) motion, January 3, 2017 at 11:28PM