National Day of Unplugging Is This Weekend

[Photo: Sabbath Manifesto]
Hey, you! Put that smartphone down! Back away from that iPad! Switch off your laptop, and stop Tweeting! It's almost time for the Second Annual National Day of Unplugging. After all, even geeks need to disconnect now and then.

Based on the concept of the Jewish Sabbath (i.e. a day of rest), the National Day of Unplugging is put on by a group called Sabbath Manifesto. It runs from sundown on March 4 to sundown on March 5, and is exactly what the name implies--it's a day of rest from all gadgets and electroinics.

Sabbath Manifesto has a list of its Ten Principles to follow during the National Day of Unplugging. The basic gist: It's a chance for you to avoid technology, get some fresh air, and get back in touch with friends and family.

If you're so inclined, check out Sabbath Manifesto's cell phone sleeping bag (a pouch to store your smartphone for the weekend) and cellular service-blocking phone-kerchief (a handkerchief that can actually block cellular signals--pictured above).

As much as we love it when you read GeekTech every day of the week (bonus points if you refresh the page compulsively!), we won't hold it against you if you decide to avoid the blog this weekend. It's OK; we understand, and we'll still be here when you come back on the grid. Promise.

For more, visit the Sabbath Manifesto site, or follow them on Twitter @SabbathManifest.

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