Listling Without Commentary: Things That a Computer Is Without Internet

1. an expensive notepad

2. an expensive stereo

3. a poorly designed breakfast-in-bed tray

4. an expensive chess board

5. a small DVD player

6. an expensive post-it

7. an expensive paperweight

8. a cumbersome camera

9. an expensive calendar

10. an expensive photo album

11. a disorganized filing cabinet

12. a cluttered desk


“i hate it when i lose internet and my facebook machine just becomes a typewriter that plays dvds”

originally published on the shoreline receding, with additional items added by riese & laneia.

‘listling without commentary’ concept inspired by / stolen from the awl

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Emily Choo started as an intern with Autostraddle when she was 18 years old. She's now 10 years older and lives in Toronto with her partner and cat. The defining moment of her career was when Riese said this about her: " I think Emily Choo is a very bright, 'poetically inclined' girl who pays attention to everything and knows almost everything (the point of stuff, how to read, how beautiful things feel, how scary things feel, etc.) but doesn't believe/accept/realize yet that she knows almost everything." She still doesn't believe she knows anything, so, thank you, Riese, for that.

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  1. my friend totes lost internet this morning so this list is so relevant right now. i totes just texted her this whole article, i hope it makes her feel a bit better.

    • It’s always interesting trying to balance having both the laptop and the cat on your lap (and then continuing to use the laptop while the cat inevitably lays on your arms)

      • I know the feeling x1,000. My kitten is too cute to move, but it’s really difficult to type like that.

  2. useless object which suddenly makes you hyperaware of the fact that you otherwise spend 8+ out of any given 24 hrs staring at it.


  3. Sometimes I lose the internet, and then I play solitaire for like two hours, and then I slowly back away from my computer and go outside, and it is lovely.

    • i know right? even when i didn’t have internet i was still trying to find things to do on my computer. then i realized i could read a book.

  4. ….wait. hold the phone.

    are you telling me that i can use this thing if i’m not connected to the internet?

  5. A nice device reading stories to you
    (audio-books are sooo nice)

    The Borg-Cube to my mp3-player

    A photo album

    A reason to get mad :D

  6. Ahh this is super-relevant to my life when I was stuck on Amtrak for 14 hours. How do they still not have wifi?? I did have an L-word DVD though, so.

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