Posts tagged freedom

Hacks & Tutorials

How To Dismantle Your Apartment in Less Than 6 Weeks

One year ago at this time, I did something noone prepared me for: I reduced everything that I own to the size of a suitcase. Why? My wife and I had decided to move to a foreign country which was…

December 18, 2011, by

News

New Religion Claims: “Copying is Holy”

We all know about Catholicism, Buddhism, Islam and so on plus the major cults and sects like Scientology, etc. But you probably haven’t heard of the “Missionary Church of Copying”, yet, have you? Today is Easter, yesterday was the international day…

April 24, 2011, by

Lifestyle

Din & Denial in the Digital Garden of Eden

Remember the days when a piercing was shocking?  Or a tattoo? Nowadays, you have to implant ‘devil horns‘ under your skin, get eyeball jewelry or other forms of bodymodding to turn some heads. The practices applied range from splitting your…

April 14, 2011, by

Lifestyle

For A Fistful of Dollars: How the Religion of Money Fooled Us into Domestication

It was John D Rockefeller who said “I believe the power to make money is a gift from God” and he was not the only one who thought like this. In fact, it was one of the cornerstones of Puritanism…

April 12, 2011, by

Lifestyle

Why You Can’t Buy Time at Seven-Eleven

Last year at this time I was sitting in Middle Europe, waiting for spring to break through grey skies. Now I’m sitting in the Middle East, watching the sun go down over the ocean and drinking Arabic coffee. What’s the…

April 10, 2011, by

News

On Power, Authority, and Egypt

Analyzing the Revolts In a long analysis of the Egyptian unrest and the possibility of the overthrow of the Mubarak presidency, long-time left-of-center middle east observer Juan Cole wrote in “Egypt’s Class Conflict“: Why has the Egyptian state lost its…

January 30, 2011, by

Technology

When Distraction is the Norm

Yesterday I read about a little program called Freedom that forces you to disconnect from the Internet. You set a timer to the desired amount of “offline time” and then you’re unable to connect until the timer runs out or…

January 11, 2011, by

Lifestyle

9 to 5: A Recipe for Disaster

photo by motoyen, Attribution 2.0 Generic License You wake up at 6 o clock in the morning. (Or earlier.) You catch a train, bus, subway and start work at 9. (Or earlier.) You sit at a desk or run around…

June 30, 2010, by

News

The Inexplicable Delight of Giving Away Stuff

The last few days I spent rummaging through my cupboards, shelves and boxes, taking stock of all the stuff I own, sorting it and putting a lot of it onto the street in front of my house. Most of it…

April 6, 2010, by