On Unplugging (At Least Sometimes)

I liked this article posted by author Nick Earls.

Nick Earls

Brisbane’s last walk-in video store is about to close. I can’t say I realised one was still open, but it’s not a bad time to pause and note the transience of an industry that started from nothing only 40 years ago, became a staple of suburban life, seemed irreplaceable as recently as the turn of the century and then skidded abruptly into the ditch of obsolescence.

It’ll be put down to streaming, but it’s more than that. It’s life. Yes, we stream, and we stream plenty (I’m sounding like someone with out-of-control rhinitis, but bear with me), but there’s more going on. We’re also spending time on YouTube and other infinite sources of online content, but there’s more to it than that too. It’s the arrival of a world of apps in our pockets, all on one convenient device. When the machines rise to take over, they will come in…

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  1. Here’s what I’m going to try and do. I don’t have much of an issue with my phone; I should always have it nearby for my sons (and so forth), and I mostly don’t check it for nothing (I use the vibration options with different beats — and only for certain meanings — and don’t use the ringer). But I’m going to try and watch my favorite parts of The Olympics without being on my kindle. Skating started last night. (Opening ceremony is showing tonight.) Was just now very happy for a young man from Japan. I’m finishing the qualifying round via DVR recording. Everyone seems nervous or rusty their first time on the ice here (in South Korea), but he managed to pull off some of his most important elements.

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