I'm starting a small call for entries for a yet-to-exist 'zine on tech for resting, being lazy, letting be, and having a break. Share wide and far.


For the first Fallow Zine, la Jachère is interested in contributions about the following topics, but not limited to them.

- Lazy tech or tech for the lazies
- Tech that falls into place, fits, is just enough
- Tech for rest, pause, have a break, take a breath
- Tech for preservation, of the status quo, of energy, of a moment, of equilibrium

More on

- Deadline: 21. June 2022 (more or less… deadlines are thresholds to play with)

@thgie i don't understand even though i read the web page. perhaps an example technology would help? i can't comprehend what would fall into these categories based on the abstract call.

Hello @dvn and that is a fantastic question. And I'm sorry for not being able to be clear enough.

Let's say more traditional techs would be the hamock or ancient irrigation system strategies. More contemporary tech could include things like automated pet food dispenser or the SwitchBot Bot (which I don't endorse, quite the contrary. although it has it's use case for people with visual or mobility impairments).

Basically every kind of technology that makes you work less, not more, spend less energy, not more (which is a critical aspect that needs reflection, because often we just externalize work and energy through the capitalist system).

@thgie Oh my god, thank you. what an excellent answer, even addressing the externalization problem. totally get it now.

@dvn thanks for helping me to make it more clear. I added it to the call 💖

@thgie Where do I sign up to read this when it's released? Sounds great

👋 @da5nsy We haven't thought about the release date yet as it depends on how much material comes in (if any at all 😅). But we are aiming towards the end of August 2022. You can send material and inquiries to

@thgie wonderful idea. I look forward to relaxing into the first edition.

@thgie none of those weird spreader bar hammocks either. Bunched ends for life


> The washing machine is a better model for a progressive technology then the smart phone.

[Mark fisher - Touchscreen capture: how capitalist cyberspace inhibits acceleration](

Well said Mark Fisher, and you'll be missed. Thanks for the share @az <3

Thanks for the share @pixouls, that looks great and I will indulge in it later. I really love boring technologies… Right now I'm super into archival infrastructures and trying to apply Susan Leight Star to all my thinking. She came up with "The Society of People intersted in Boring Things" which is the coolest club ever…

Hi @borko 👋🏻 I had a quick look and those essays/texts/chapters look promising. If you feel like that they advance the betterment of all of us as well as the discourse please send in your choice(s). It could even be a mashup of the strongest quotes and paragraphes

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