Going into college, I decided to try a year without any hair products. The idea is that the cycles of shampoo, conditioner, and product that we put out hair through doesn’t actually do anything but cause it unnecessary stress.
Recently I was staring up at the clock in class while teaching, and it struck me how fleeting our time is. We often act as if we have an unlimited amount of it left, yet it is a very finite resource, if not the scarcest of all. So, I did what any sane person would do and created a countdown timer keeping track of the amount I have left.
While seeing new cultures forms of expression while traveling is always stunning, sometimes my favorite elements are the small things. Recently in Japan, my host family showed me that you can de-select a floor in Japanese elevators by double pressing the button.
A few years ago, I came across Ann Morgan’s project “A Year of Reading the World” . Basically, she realized that even as an avid reader, she was completely unfamiliar with most non-English literature, even in her native continent of Europe. Now, I've decided that even if I can just read all 197 books, that will be a good place to start. I encourage you to join me!
One of the things that I have enjoyed most about switching computers at the beginning of college is the little automation features included in MacOS. While most of these have simplified my workflow, there was one design that I dearly missed from Windows: opening an application in full screen by default.