Thanks for the new homescreen! Infomagical, day 2

IMG_6430Moments after unlocking my phone can feel like those times I walk into the kitchen and think, “Why am I here again?” Maybe those moments will now be a thing of the past, at least for today.

This screenshot vouches for my commitment to Infomagical Challenge 2: app tidying.

Will I get irritated by the additional swipes and taps now needed to launch apps? Will I be frantically digitally groping for transit info after unlocking my phone as my commute commences? Will I just absolutely love how intentionally I must now use my phone? Will this be instrumental in building that monochronic work behavior Infomagical Challenge 1 considered? Time to find out.

A Fun Week Wraps Up Constructively: The Conclusion of Bored and Brilliant

6. Dream House: tasked to build an ideal abode with the contents of my wallet as the last Bored and Brilliant Challenge (this one coming from artist Nina Katchadourian), here’s what I came up with: Verdant Hills, Lakeshore Solarium (situated somewhere in Western Massachusetts or Oregon, maybe Northern California or Shikoku if it came to that…)
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As you can see, I don’t keep much in my wallet, keeping it slimmed down and comfortably pocketable. No receipts, no rewards cards, no coins—I deplore metallic currency; as soon as I’ve accumulated enough change to meet the $5 minimum for getting a no-fee gift card from Coinstar, I’m at one of their machines, dumping those coins.

BoredBrillant_NTC_SquareWhat a fun week! Thanks, New Tech City! Loved all the insights from research and wonderful interviews you shared with us, along with all the great prompts to tame some of our tech behaviors! I wish this were a month of challenges, but maybe now it’s time to continue building the challenges into habits. Looking forward to upcoming episodes and hearing about how other listeners experienced Bored and Brilliant…

Eagerly Awaiting: Bored and Brilliant’s finale is tomorrow

16216863478_bf12a7db47_mIt’s been a fun week of Bored and Brilliant challenges from WNYC’s New Tech City. I’m psyched to see how this all wraps up with the final challenge tomorrow.

Here’s a rundown of how the week has gone for me…

  1. In Your Pocket: the challenge of keeping my phone in my pocket/bag while in transit was made way easy by being snowed in; I don’t use my phone as much when I’m at home, opting for a computer as my portal for all things Internet (66 minutes on my iPhone; about half of that was streaming video in the evening).
  2. Photo Free Day: I didn’t take any photos… but I did record some video; the snowy woods were just too scenic during my late afternoon walk. (77 minutes)
  3. Delete That App: Tasked to delete my most time-sinking app, I was stumped;  Continue reading

Almost Time to Get “Bored and Brilliant”

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After listening to the latest Studio 360 Science and Creativity podcast featuring Manoush Zomorodi talking about smartphone addictions, boredom, creativity and the default mode network, I am psyched to take part in WNYC’s Bored and Brilliant project! The plan: for the next week, resist/avoid smartphone tendencies, get bored, work on creative daily challenges.

If that sounds like fun to you, jump on in. At least listen to the Science and Creativity or New Tech City podcast on this the topic of boredom/daydreaming and creativity; great stuff there.