For boredom’s sake

Boredom is the enemy, kept at bay with the smartphone.  As Clive Thomas writes, “If you have a planet’s worth of entertainment in your pocket, it’s easy to stave off ennui.” But boredom is beneficial, and embracing it may be a key element to unlocking your potential. “Boredom might spark creativity because a restless mind hungers for stimulation.” …

Train of Thought: Reflections on the Coast Starlight

In celebration of World Book Day, I’m previewing a sample chapter from my forthcoming book Train of Thought: Reflections on the Coast Starlight. You can pre-order it now on Amazon.  The train represented that ‘third place’ between work and home, a space for both productivity and relaxation. It could hum with the ambient sounds of …

Idle humanness

Humans are organic algorithms. We are cardiologists, historians, and taxi drivers that represent a bank of knowledge and reproducible skill. In 2005, Thoms Friedman famous proclaimed that the World is Flat. What he didn’t foresee is that the democratization of phones and web access would render human thinking useless. Cars will be autonomous, robots will …