will gladly take you back.Read More
you know the to-do list items so lofty, obscure, and irritating they never get done? mine are:
- call the gas company to re-light the pilot light in the electric fireplace,
- actually resell my old Mac book instead of leaving it at the bottom of a drawer to further depreciate
- take the comforter to the Laundromat
the fun just never stops!
however, each task is either complete or will be shortly. but i hardly had anything to do with it. let me explain.Read More
the idea is: add sites you want to block to a blacklist, set the timer for how long they should stay off-limits, and get to work.
there’s also a “whitelist” option, which only lets you visits sites on that list. i haven’t touched it yet because don’t fence me in, right? i’m a free spirit.
although i would not have selected the skull and crossbones motif, it is powerful. i can’t decide if it’s a nod to the hardcore nature of voluntarily banning websites from yourself, as in, you’re a SelfControl badass!
or a threat, like, don’t you dare delete this. doing so is poisonous and toxic. you will die. plus, pirates will come.
but the app is scary. our first day together was rough. i downloaded it and was goofing off, pressing buttons, checking settings. the interface is shockingly simple. so simple, in fact, that i slid the timer to 10 hours. before i knew it, a countdown clock appeared in front of me: 09:59:59, 09:59:58, 09:59:57… what the?
i’d started the timer. for the next 10 hours, Facebook, Twitter, and the like were verboten. there’s no way to edit the timer once it starts. rebooting your computer and deleting the app are equally useless. you must let the clock run out.
the FAQ section threatens against any attempts to bypass the system, claiming it will mess with your internet connection/computer/the entire world. i don’t know if this is entirely true but there’s no way i’m testing it.
on the plus side, while the timer is running, you can add to your blacklisted sites. meaning if, hypothetically, justcuteanimals.com has become your go-to because buzzfeed.com/animals is blacklisted, you can limit their baby pandas as well.
sound intense? it is. but you wouldn’t find yourself in this situation if your life hadn’t deteriorated so completely, now would you?
in summer of 2011, i fell in love with a water bottle. a friend had a beautiful glass one—sleek and pretty but not girly. i couldn’t stop looking at it. if this obsession sounds unusual—and it does—remember how seriously i take water consumption...Read More
while in new york i stopped at a florist’s for a bouquet to bring to a dinner party. it was an old-school shop with wood paneling and a musty interior. once i adjusted to such a non-L.A. space, i noticed there weren’t any pre-arranged batches and began staring at the flowers enclosed in the refrigerated glass case until the owner let me inside the chilly walk-in.Read More