Another Slow ________ Movement

Slow tech, that is.

I’d argue that what’s happening is that we’re becoming like the mal-formed weight lifter who trains only their upper body and has tiny little legs. We’re radically over-developing the parts of quick thinking, distractable brain and letting the long-form-thinking, creative, contemplative, solitude-seeking, thought-consolidating pieces of our brain atrophy by not using them. And, to me, that’s both sad and dangerous.

From a great fifteen-minute talk by Googler Joe Kraus {nick carr}.


The Bicycle is a Machine of Solitude

“Why didn’t you go with them?” Lindsay asked, as we pulled bags of spinach out of a box and tossed them onto the shelf. A group of guys had recently left for a bike trip across the country.

“I don’t know, I think I’d rather go for a bike trip by myself.”

My response surprised me a little too, like when you notice a little detail, a piece of finely painted trim or a flower box hanging from the side of a house you walk by everyday. Something a part of you always saw, acknowledged and seen from a different perspective.

Maybe it was just that particular group of guys that prompted my response. There aren’t too many guys I would want to bike across the country with, but there are definitely a couple, and neither of them were going on this trip.

Another aspect of my response is my style of storytelling. I like to sit down and watch or make a drawing. Most people think that’s boring, or at least would describe my company as such. It’s an old-fashioned, novelistic way of looking at bicycle travel as pioneered by David Byrne; a trip that’s best experienced by oneself.

I’m not planning a trip, yet.