Dallin Crump


I enjoy reading books. Real, physical books with paper pages that you keep on a shelf when you're not reading them.

Reading on a phone, tablet, or even a dedicated eBook reader just isn't the same.

You don't have to charge a real book. There's no risk of being distracted by notifications or being tempted to check your social media. You don't need an account or a subscription to access it, and there's no risk it might randomly disappear due to arbitrary licensing agreements or the whims of a big tech company. And those big tech companies can't track your reading habits so that they can try to extract even more money from you and try to sell you things, or let other companies pay them for that information so they can try to sell you things, too.

There's no substitute for holding a real book in your hands – feeling the weight of it, reading the dust jacket (if it has one), thumbing through the pages.

Real books have a smell. A magical combination of glue, paper, ink, and – if it's an older book – age. As soon as this distinctive aroma hits your nostrils, you can't help but get excited at the prospect of learning something new or being taken on a grand adventure.

Books are more than just words on a page. They are a catalyst for thought and imagination. And for me, they are best experienced and enjoyed in their physical form.

#100DaysToOffload (No. 7) #books #intentionism

Taco Bell recently announced a new taco subscription service.

This evening my family had delicious homemade tacos for dinner, so naturally the topic of the taco subscription came up. I remembered seeing a headline about it somewhere, but none of us had looked into the details. So we started speculating what the taco subscription might be like based on what we know about streaming subscription services. Here are the results:

  • If you are willing to pay more, you can get a fast food subscription bundle that also includes KFC, Pizza Hut, and The Habit Burger Grill.
  • You can set up taco profiles for each member of your family.
  • You can set up parental controls in case you don't want your kids eating tacos that are too spicy.
  • If you pay for the cheaper plan, you get tacos with ads printed on the shells.
  • As you eat more tacos, your taco eating habits are tracked and analyzed. This is so they can suggest the best possible tacos according to your tastes and serve targeted taco shell ads to you.
  • You can only eat your tacos in approved locations.
  • The kind of taco you have been eating every day might disappear from the menu with or without warning. It will then appear on the menu of TacoTime or Del Taco.
  • Some tacos are not available all at once. You can only get a piece of the taco during one visit, then you have to return another day to get the next piece.
  • Some tacos may be incomplete. They can be cancelled before they are finished.
  • You can take your tacos with you to eat later, but you must keep them in a special container that you have to purchase separately. If you don't eat your tacos within 24 hours of picking them up, they disappear.
  • There is an older subscription option where you can receive tacos in the mail. You can only have 1 or 2 at a time, then you must send the containers back to receive the next tacos in your queue.

#100DaysToOffload (No. 6) #tech #humor

We are bombarded – assaulted – with imagery and noise all day.

Every day.

Everything is picture. Everything is sound.

Carefully designed to entice, provoke, enrage, influence, addict, stimulate, manipulate, subdue.

The purpose? Lucre. Extracted directly from us or collected from others who are willing to pay for our most precious resource:


Time is more than money. It's power.

Tomorrow is shaped by what is done today.

If you give them your time today, you let them shape your tomorrow.

Captivation leads to captivity.

Protect your time. Don't squander it.

#100DaysToOffload (No. 5) #intentionism #media

As of today, BlackBerry has shut down services for their phones running the BBOS and BB10 operating systems, which means they lose most of the core functionality that has allowed them to be usable phones long past their prime.

There are lots of news articles, blog posts, and social media posts about it, so I will try not to get too wordy here. Suffice it to say that I am and always will be a BlackBerry fan, and I dearly miss my beloved physical phone keyboards.


I go through these phases where I try to acquire things that I once had – or always wanted to have – in the past. Even if I got rid of those things for a good reason, even if I felt like parting with them was the right thing to do, I sometimes regret having let those things go. This is probably why – although I will always aspire to be one – I will probably never truly be a so-called minimalist.


I'm a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints living in the US. I currently serve on my Stake High Council (a lay leadership role).

Here's how I use technology to help fulfill my calling (responsibilities) as a High Councilor on an average Sunday, and other ways I use technology for church-related things outside of my calling.


When I saw this post in my Mastodon feed, I thought it sounded like a good way to motivate me to start writing blogs again and develop a habit of writing consistently.


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#100DaysToOffload #books #Christianity #ChurchofJesusChrist #COVID19 #family #humor #intentionism #life #media #misc #music #privacy #prophets #retro #socialmedia #tech #TV #unity (not the game engine)