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From my with-morning-coffee RSS reading:

Fast Company: This is the most poetic way to block your phone’s distracting notifications
By Katharine Schwab

After staring at a screen all day, the last thing I want to do is look at my phone. But inevitably, the texts and notifications roll in, and it’s easy to get sucked into more screen time.

Something we can all relate to I’m sure. But what can we possibly do about this scourge of modern day life?

Clearly the answer is … bury your phone in a bowl of sand.

Of course it is.

Now, the U.K.-based design studio Cohda has designed a small, bowl-size zen garden for your home—but instead of raking sand to help still your mind, you’re supposed to bury your phone underneath grains of conductive microspheres, which stop all electromagnetic signals from getting out. It’s like putting your phone on airplane mode by covering it up with sand.

Or you know, you could actually put it in airplane mode, or turn off notifications.

Or perhaps, daringly, you could turn the phone off.

Sadly there is no price given for the bowl of sand, but I have signed up for the mailing list.

I will report back. Or more likely much time will pass and I will wonder why I’m receiving mail about bowls of sand.

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Dame Eleanor Hull
June 22, 2019 2:17 AM

But turning your phone off isn’t poetic.
You are so prosaic.

(So am I.)

Dame Eleanor Hull
June 25, 2019 7:00 AM

Strange. I made a comment and now it is not showing. Trying from a different computer. I said something about turning off one’s phone not being adequately poetic.