// The Comment #11: No Distract Zone

The Comment is a weekly digest of the stuff that grabbed my attention or occupied some part my mind during the past week. Normally, it’ll be one thing that’s really been on my mind, followed by a handful of things that I found interesting. The Comment will be published each Monday at 10:30AM EST. 

Thanks for reading.

# Eliminating Distraction

Most of us have smartphones loaded with tons of apps used for communicating, news, social media, and entertainment. This presents tons of distractions. Fortunately, we have total control over how we let smartphone apps interfere our real lives. This article at timewellspent.io gives us a few tips for reducing or eliminating this distraction.

Some things I’ve done to eliminate some distractions:

  1. Remove social media apps. I don’t use apps for Twitter or Facebook. I sign into Twitter’s mobile website. I try not to sign into Facebook at all. The only social media app I use is Instagram.
  2. Turn off useless notifications. I only get interrupted by phone calls and direct messages (text & chat). I have turned off Instagram likes. I get notifications for breaking news, weather, calendar invites, NY Jets losses, and reminders.
  3. One-two tap access is reserved for apps that allow me to do constructive things like writing or passive entertainment like listening to music. I have to go to my app drawer for everything else.

// Injustice in the US criminal justice system

I listened the following TED Talk thinking it was published recently. It was published in 2012. This is an evergreen TED talk.

Bryan Stevenson talks about the injustice in the US criminal justice system.

// “Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble”

An incredible article by Steven Johnson at the New York Times.

For our purposes, forget everything else about the Bitcoin frenzy, and just keep these two things in mind: What Nakamoto ushered into the world was a way of agreeing on the contents of a database without anyone being “in charge” of the database, and a way of compensating people for helping make that database more valuable, without those people being on an official payroll or owning shares in a corporate entity. Together, those two ideas solved the distributed-database problem and the funding problem. Suddenly there was a way of supporting open protocols that wasn’t available during the infancy of Facebook and Twitter.

Blockchain is one of the most revolutionary technologies invented in some time.

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