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6th February, 2011

Wake up with the sun. Work, play, exercise, eat. Go to bed when the sun goes down. Just don’t use anything that needs a plug – no mobile phone, no computer, no lights.
That was the premise of todays little experiment – to see how reliant I had become on electricity in my daily life. To find out how it went,

I hadn’t really planned this, but it’s always nice to have a little challenge. I find it keeps the mind fresh.

As I awoke I turned over to pick up my phone and the battery was dead. I then turned to my computer to plug it in and it too was dead. The cable to plug in both devices was just a few feet away. Out of early morning lag, a laziness kicked in and my mind started to wander – what if I didn’t get up to plug in. What would it do to my productivity to not have these tools at my disposal. Could I survive a day without them.

The challenge was set. I turned over and went back to rest for a minute to decide what to do on my day off. It struck me that for my whole life I have barely spent a day without some form of device that relies on electricity.

It felt quite novel at first, but then the first pang kicked in… I should reply to that email. What if  someone was trying to call me about an emergency. I could add the finishing touches to that project. I fought these off by going for a run, then breakfast then…
…now what, I was lost. No email, no calls or texts, no design, no creativity. Hang on, this was ridiculous – I had never needed a computer to draw or design throughout my childhood. What was holding me back. The answer of course was nothing. I picked up my sketch pad and started to scribble and sat there for hours before I realised it was already well in to the afternoon and I hadn’t had lunch yet. I headed for my favorite little restaurant up the road. When I sat down I noticed another thing out of the ordinary – I was not constantly looking down at my phone waiting for my food to arrive like a nervous tick. I actually relaxed.

The afternoon as a little tougher. The thoughts about my lack of connection to the outside world were playing with my mind – I repeatedly found myself having to rationalise these near panics with the reality that in all likelihood, nothing extreme was going to happen today that could not be reviewed tomorrow.

I stayed strong. But the mere fact that I had to ‘stay strong’ blew me away – this addiction to the plug was way more severe than I had previously given it credit.

The night time was the toughest – no lights meant that getting down the stairs was actually quite hazardous – and no open flames, I live in a bamboo house. Fortunately there was just enough moonlight to help me out once my bleary eyes had adjusted.

This morning I raced to my laptop to plug in and see what I had missed – nothing. Well, nothing so earth shattering that it couldn’t have waited at least another day.

It actually felt really good to have a day unplugged and I will see about making it part of my weekly schedule. Try it. It’s strangely liberating.


(Zach Hilder created Fuck Photoshop, the pencil for the purist, available through his Etsy store.
I chanced upon it while writing this and it seemed an ideal accompaniment – apologies for the profanity)

fuck photoshop

Wake up with the sun. Work, play, exercise, eat. Go to bed when the sun goes down. Just don’t use anything that needs a plug – no mobile phone, no computer, no lights.
That was the premise of todays little experiment – to see how reliant I had become on electricity in my daily life. To find out how it went, Read on…


– Hi, yeah I’d like to see about flights to the US
– Will that be a return sir?
– No.


Horn emporium launches its teaser site.
Sign up to be notified of the grand opening…
It’s going to be huge!

ranier milke

A riddle: What is one of the most crucial commodities for creative people that’s also becoming increasingly difficult to obtain in the 21st century?

Click here for answer

As the internet is down many Egyptians are resorting to a new Google phone service to spread word of the protest, via audio tweets.Announcing the service on its blog, Google said:

Like many people we’ve been glued to the news unfolding in Egypt and thinking of what we could do to help people on the ground. Over the weekend we came up with the idea of a speak-to-tweet service—the ability for anyone to tweet using just a voice connection.

We hope that this will go some way to helping people in Egypt stay connected at this very difficult time. Our thoughts are with everyone there.

(extract from the guardian.co.uk)



“Echoism” is a project by artist
 Julian Wolkenstein and plays with the notion of your own identity. What do you look like? What are the things that make you look like you – your identifying features? If you are made symmetrical, do you consider yourself more beautiful, less so, or is it just weird? Or is it you at all? Do you have a best side? What is to be said of left and right brain dominance?

Read on…

snake jambangan

That was lucky… nearly stepped on this little fella as I got out the shower this morning Read on…


What a shot. Read on…


Laser-sintered and vacuum cast polyamide on raw oak – 27cm in height – Edition of three.

brain research

New research suggests our brains delete information at an ‘extraordinarily high’ rate.
The mysteries of the brain may be virtually endless, but a team of researchers from two institutes in Göttingen, Germany now claim to have an answer for at least one question that has remained a puzzle: just how fast does the brain forget information?
Read more at Engadget here

paper clip

Widely regarded as a classic in the design world, the humble paper clip may have just been improved upon one again…
Read Fast Company’s article here


One of the Green Camp staff just walked past my chair and dropped this in my lap and with no explanation walked off. It is piping hot chocolate freshly made by the kids in their chocolate making class – oh and they also made the banana leaf vessel and spoon.
no more words now… must concentrate… on… chocolate


Not wanting to make light in any way of such an horrific incident but…
…way to go Gooogle Ads

Information overload

How too much data can kill – an horrific outcome caused by a very real issue.  This is a fascinating article in the New York Times on a subject that concerns me as one of the major challenges facing future generations, namely filtering.


I treated myself to banana and coconut pancakes with passionfruit syrup for breakfast this morning

tiepolo topology

Fascinating exploration of old masters. Link here

cigar bug


The length of my fingernail, this stunning little bug looking like a gold-tipped havana landed on my screen earlier.

lartigue's racing car photo


This is one of Lartigue‘s most well-known photographs depicting a racing car and spectators. I recently found this explanation of the optical distortion that made this image so famous. It is apparently down to the comparatively slow shutter speed on his large-format camera that opened from bottom up as he panned the camera Read on…

Stevie's General Store


Another cracking find in Singapore – and just over the road from Books Actually – it has a lovely collection of vintage clothes, accessories and emphemera like this jar from Roswell. Honest.


Surely one of the great product designs of my generation, the Technics 1200 is finally being EOL’d by Panasonic. A sad day indeed.
As a true mark of its quality, this is one of the few things I have bought four times in my life, spanning two decades and always bought the same version. They are a brilliant example of the balance between strength, durability and delicate precision.

link here