One of my favorite poems is Philip Larkin’s “Church Going.”

It begins, “Once I am sure there’s nothing going on, / I step inside, letting the door thud shut.”

This is the way I sometimes return to my home, letting the door thud shut on the world. It’s especially the case when I return from a talk where the speaker has wowed us with the latest in connectivity, machine learning, AI, smart homes, smart cars, smart toilets.

Smart toilets. Honest. There was a smart toilet (costing maybe five times a...

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