Sunday, January 23, 2005

Keep it simple

Russell Fox at in Medias Res has a long post about conscious decisions to keep unnecessary technology out of his life. He has read quite a literature that I don't know well, but he has clearly come to his own place. As a tiny observation, he discusses why the price of a coffee is so high in Sweden-- not only labor costs are built into the price, but also, in effect, the nation's restrictive immigration policy-- and thereby gets to a much more profound sense of what's going in in Europe than I've seen written elsewhere. The commments are also worth a look.

Myself, I am an odd mixture of Luddite and gear-head. You can get me a collapsible wok out of the REI catalogue, and I'm loving it. Just don't ask me to carry a cell phone.

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