I've been wanting to post, really I have. But, well... you know... things...
I don't know why life has seemed so busy. Clearly, judging from some of the other blogs that I read, life isn't any busier for anyone else - why should it be for me? Am I lazy? A bit. Do I make poor choices for my free time? Undoubtedly. It probably means that the moment has come for a time and motion study.
Or perhaps not. That way madness lies.
Speaking of madness, I missed this article the first time around, Nicholas Carr's "Is Google Making Us Stupid?", and finally read it in the Best American Science and Nature Writing for 2009. I have to say that it really, really depressed me; not least because I like to read, nor because I've got way too much money invested in books to now find that I'll no longer be able to read them because the sodding internet has reprogrammed my mind, making it impossible for me to finish a thought, never mind a modestly-sized book.
No, the real reason it depressed me is because my father railed for years about how children don't need to immediately learn to use computers in school - at least, not from the moment that they're pushed sobbing into their kindergarten classroom - and that maybe they should learn other things instead. And now I find myself in the not-altogether-comfortable position of having to agree with him.
On the other hand, he was right about badgers, too, so perhaps I can let this one slide.
Anyway, read the article if you've been wondering why it is that you haven't been finishing any books lately, or why it is that you keep looking for hyperlinks in the print copies of those magazines in the dentist's waiting room.