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Jerky Stop-Animation - Salvador Dali in a lawn chair.
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Jerky Stop-Animation
Linda Stone, formerly of Apple and Microsoft, has coined the term "continuous partial attention" to describe life in the era of e-mail, instant messaging, cellphones, and other distractions. This curious feature of modern life poses a problem for a someone like me. Every thing that I do that's worth doing requires ALL my attention.

I cannot put it any better than Donald Knuth, who writes on his website, "Email is a wonderful thing for people whose role in life is to be on top of things. But not for me; my role is to be on the bottom of things. What I do takes long hours of studying and uninterruptible concentration. "

Knuth also provides the following quote from Umberto Eco: "I don't even have an e-mail address. I have reached an age where my main purpose is not to receive messages."

I found these quotes and the super-quote containing all of them on Neil Stephenson's website. Reading them made a few firework go off in my head (damnit, I tried several times to write that without using a cliche and I couldn't think of anything quickly enough), first, because the term "continuous partial attention" was a zinger description. Second, it took many thoughts that I've been juggling and wrapped them into a perfect little paragraph, better-said than I could have without strained effort.

I will continue to try to let things and people wait until I've accomplished what I need and want to. Civilization has proceeded in its jerky stop-animation for thousands of years without me. I need to concentrate on myself and work for it.

mood: dry-mouth
music: a patchwork of lyrics and blended melodies

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From: spiderknight Date: June 14th, 2004 01:46 pm (UTC) (link)
It's much the same philosophy that drives me to refusing to buy a cell phone...I like being able to go 'off the radar' without people being able to find me.
lost_angel From: lost_angel Date: June 14th, 2004 02:06 pm (UTC) (link)
The guiding principle is the same.

But me 'ole mindset is a bit different. I don't mind being found. I don't go that many places without dragging scores of people with me.

Bah, it's sparked a whole new entry. Forthcoming.
From: spiderknight Date: June 14th, 2004 03:24 pm (UTC) (link)
Well, for me, I can't get into something knowing that I can be so easily accessed. I tend to need my long alone times to work my way through some things.

Sorry for sparking more writing (and hence, distraction) :)
lost_angel From: lost_angel Date: June 14th, 2004 03:26 pm (UTC) (link)
Yes, it didn't help that you immediately send me an instant message when you read this entry. Bitch. :)
From: spiderknight Date: June 14th, 2004 04:46 pm (UTC) (link)
Yes, well. The internet age can be a bitch. UNlike me, and quite like vous.

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