In April of last year I officially quit the Silicon Valley swamp. No more writing about tech awfulness, no more social media, no more obsessively hitting refresh on breaking news sites. After almost two decades living and breathing tech industry toxicity, I was done.

Without the distraction of tech awfulness, I suddenly found myself with acres of reclaimed time. Time which previously had been spent giving a fuck about Travis Kalanick or Elon Musk or whether Donald Trump had tweeted something terrible.

It would be easy to write a post about the joys of quitting social media, or escaping the tyranny of breaking news sites. But it would also be a waste of words and time. I don’t want to spend another moment thinking about any of that stuff.

Instead, in the hope of perhaps inspiring somebody else (you?) to climb out of the swamp, I wanted to share a very incomplete list some of the things I’ve been able to do in the past fifteen months absent the endless and meaningless distraction of social media, online breaking news, and sharing photographs of my cats*.

Here then is an incomplete list of the things I’ve accomplished in the past year and a bit, without tech distraction…



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