02.05.13 by Jeff

Paul Miller: A Year Without the Internet

Paul Miller: A Year Without Internet
Paul Miller, a prominent technology writer, decided to escape the Internet for one year starting May 1st 2012. Miller just returned to the Internet yesterday and The Verge produced a fascinating video of his entire experience.

I don’t think I could do it. Watch the video below!

via: the verge

Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.

  • Demian

    no internet but lots of xbox and other distractions… not really that impressive.

    • rye

      is it supposed to impress you?

    • people fail to realise he wasn’t trying to change the world or impress anyone, just an attempt to find himself

  • And I thought leaving facebook was big. It’s no surprise that in Paul’s reflection of the period he hints at it being depressive. The mere countdown to a comeback makes life online one to anticipate, so that every day in the process was one closer to Internet again. It’s like trying to stop smoking for a week. It doesn’t work!

  • It’s the first time I’ve seen someone attempt this. Great work

  • I’m not that impressed. It would have been interesting to see him live for a year without digital screens.

  • drew

    It’s relatively impressive, but I agree with previous posters that it’s a shame he didn’t avoid digital/virtual content, the whole experience might have been more profound. He could even have finished his book. I’m going to write a book, just after I click another booooooom post.

    • Joe

      You made me close my internet browser. Then I had to open it again to post a comment.

  • rye

    why do all these opinions hinge on wether the idea “impresses you or not.” i think the greater impact is that it just makes you pause and look inward at our own internet dependancy. the irony of posting a comment on a website through the internet alone seems pretty funny already…. this is a really great piece by the verge and personal and vulnerable story on paul miller’s part. if only all people could be as real with their triumphs and defeats.

    • completely agree


      its not about being impressive really. its just not that interesting to be honest. even the guy says he got nothing from it…

  • Guest

    Depressing at best.

  • kev

    “i spent a year without the internet…can you tell?” what a great question. but actually… can you?

  • mcgennisken

    It’s absolutely crazy to think that not using the internet is a big deal. I for one, believe that I could do this, but maybe I couldn’t.. I use every single day – sometime when I don’t have a signal on my iphone and can’t check my email, I get pissed off. What the hell is that?

  • lola

    I commend this guy for disconnecting and figuring out how to communicate in other ways. But agree that video games/or similar are still a distraction from more physical/interactive activities.
    I have to say that this short documentary is pretty melodramatic in the way it was made. The filmmaker(s) could have really discussed some more interesting questions, and less choppy cutting/dramatic music and pretty shots.

    Its slick and trendy looking, but not enough substance – I think there is more to discover under the surface of this man, and how he was using the internet, and thoughts on communication, and virtual socializing, etc.

22.05.17 by Jeff

Booooooom TV Guide

Lots of new videos to check out on our video platform, Booooooom TV, and be sure to check out all our director interviews in the feature section. Here’s a few to check out this week:


1 – Watch: “Coeur Croisé” – The art direction in this is A+.

2 – Watch: “Disillusionment of 10 Point Font” – One of our favs this year!

3 – Watch: “Orion” – not exactly sure how they created this effect.

4 – Watch: “Hills Beyond a River” – a mesmerizing journey through a city.

5 – Watch: “A Continuous Shape” – lovely portrait of a stone carver.



22.05.17 by Jeff

Artist Spotlight: Justin Bauer

A selection of artwork and images by Los Angeles-based Justin Bauer. More work below.

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22.05.17 by Jeff

Vancouver-Based OURO Collective Present “Tangent”

Last week we shot some rehearsal footage of our friends, Vancouver-based dance collective OURO, as they prepared for their first full-length show, “Tangent”. The group has spent the past year exploring movements from each member’s diverse dance background to create a story. Their unique voice is a combination of street and contemporary dance twisted into a language all its own.

For this show they’ve also collaborated with Vancouver artist Kutcorners to create original music inspired by their movements. You can listen to Tangent HERE or on iTunes and it’ll be released on Spotify shortly!

We are proud to be a media partner for OURO’s two performances this week at Orpheum’s Annex theatre (May 25th/26th). If you live in Vancouver come check it out! Their work is fun, accessible and inspiring, regardless of your knowledge of dance. There are only two performances and tickets are going fast (previous shows on Granville Island sold out completely).

Tickets: Get your tickets HERE.


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22.05.17 by Jeff

Illustrator Spotlight: Erik Svetoft

Drawings by illustrator Erik Svetoft. More images below.

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22.05.17 by Jeff

Artist Spotlight: Grace Milk

A selection of work by artist Grace Milk, originally from California and Hawaii, now based in New York. More images below.

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