scuttlebutt

Oh hell yeah, there’s an android app for Scuttlebutt now, time to dive back into this. Here are some bits of the Scuttlebutt Principles that really resonate with me:

Multimodal welcoming is how we on-board people via diverse connectivity modes (technological acts of inclusion) as well as with greetings (words of inclusion).

No one “signs up” but everyone is invited.

Our community is a web of friendships: relationships defined not by a follow button, but by the flexibility of subjectivity.

The edges of the social graph must extend to include all people and their diverse values, interactions, and customs.

Removing ourselves as arbiters of other communities, we must design platforms that are easy to re-design.

digital shabbat

I keep coming back to this idea of a digital shabbat, where I follow some sort of ruleset for low social media/tech use from sundown Friday through sundown Saturday.

Some ideas of what this could mean:

  • no twitter, reddit, pinterest or other social media
  • put phone in greyscale mode
  • use an alternate login profile on my devices, which has way fewer things installed
  • no devices or screens a half hour before bed and none until a half hour after i wake up
  • no mindless browsing
  • no solo video games
  • no solo TV, movies, etc
  • minimize discord use

Things that are okay on digital shabbat:

  • using tech for drawing or writing
  • using tech to look up information (ie wikipedia, google maps)
  • using tech to listen to podcasts, music, or audio books
  • reading ebooks
  • signal and discord to communicate with friends
  • playing video games with friends
  • watching TV or movies with friends

Essentially I’d only be using technology to make things, connect with friends, and very mindfully consume. I’d be doing restful things on Shabbat, instead of mindlessly indulging. It’s not so much about not working, but instead slowing down and taking care of myself.

I’ll think about this more, maybe talk to Adira about trying it out together in our own ways. Obv I’d start the night still by lighting Shabbat candles still, and eating delicious food haha.

stop wanting stuff

The book I finished yesterday really emphasized the idea that the best way to stop buying stuff is to stop wanting stuff, and that’s really stuck with me. Reducing the amount of money I spend is pretty damn hard when it feels like it’s me punishing myself and denying myself stuff I want. I’m really into this idea of addressing the underlying thoughts and emotions and behaviors that cause me want to want stuff, instead of just brute-force being like “no stuff for u.” It’s something I’ve come close to doing before, but there’s something about seeing this idea stated so plainly that’s really clicked with me.

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