‘Swedish death cleaning’ is the new decluttering trend –via TreeHugger

Several years ago, I said to my mother in frustration, "It would be a nightmare to have to deal with all this stuff if you died tomorrow." She looked at me, stunned. Up until then, I suspect she'd assumed that everyone appreciated her junk-treasures as much as she did. What ensued, mercifully, was a house … Continue reading ‘Swedish death cleaning’ is the new decluttering trend –via TreeHugger

The Insect Apocalypse Is Here – The New York Times

The current worldwide loss of biodiversity is popularly known as the sixth extinction: the sixth time in world history that a large number of species have disappeared in unusually rapid succession, caused this time not by asteroids or ice ages but by humans. When we think about losing biodiversity, we tend to think of the … Continue reading The Insect Apocalypse Is Here – The New York Times

Why be alone when you never have to?

Well, the answer is that never being alone is not the same thing as never feeling alone. Worse yet, the less comfortable you are with solitude, the more likely it is that you won’t know yourself. And then, you’ll spend even more time avoiding it to focus elsewhere. In the process, you’ll become addicted to … Continue reading Why be alone when you never have to?

Email Is Still the Best Thing on the Internet – The Atlantic

Email was one of my first experiences of the internet. Hearing the squarks of my 56k modem, before loading up Eudora and checking my email. Email is actually a tremendous, decentralized, open platform on which new, innovative things can and have been built. In that way, email represents a different model from the closed ecosystems … Continue reading Email Is Still the Best Thing on the Internet – The Atlantic