How to Google less

I wrote last at my infrequent, long-format blog Rev. Scott Wells that I was cutting back — cutting out, really — my meat eating, and less Google. I wonder what is more difficult.

While I wasn’t terribly clear in my blog post, it boils down to an unwholesome dependence on a company that’s quickly becoming a Data Trust, to rival Standard Oil of old.

Thus I was glad to see Leo Babauta’s Zen Habits post “How I Became (Mostly) Google-free in About a Day“.

The only thing I would add is for public-domain book downloads — indeed, it has lots of amazing media pieces — for Google Books (which itself makes annoying claims on what doesn’t belong to anyone.)

4 Replies to “How to Google less”

  1. You may be interested in this free screening coming up in your city (or as the promo cites, “the Nation’s Capital”).

    It’s been shown in a number of Unitarian Universalist congregations around the country, but not this latest version, which was only recently released.

    My minister and her partner went vegan the day they saw it, although at that time they had already cut back on a lot of their animal product consumption.

    Best wishes for overcoming your Google dependency!

    Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home
    at the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital
    Q&A with filmmakers Jenny Stein & James LaVeck, and film subject Harold Brown

    Saturday, March 27th at 12:15 PM
    Carnegie Institution, Elihu Root Auditorium
    1530 P Street NW (Metro: Dupont Circle)

  2. Scott, thanks for this link. It’s just what I needed.

    For books, I’d add Project Gutenberg — although they have fewer books online than Google, if you’re looking for text-based books, they’re much better because Google’s OCR which generates the text is error-prone.

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