I am addicted to the internet. I browse for probably a good ten hours a day. It's really getting out of hand. There's just too much interesting stuff out there. Too many links that lead me off into too many wasted hours. Like, someone mentioned an episode of "Mama's Family" to illustrate a point the other day, and included a link to the clip on Youtube. Three days later I had watched every 20-minute episode available.
I've been trying to limit myself, but it isn't easy. Today I turned myself loose, and kept notes of what I did, where I went. I learned a few things, like about methane, and about the active volcano in Antarctica, and how young men in Saudi Arabia are crazy.
Here's where I've been - one day in my addiction:
- Read some email: notice from town re water flush, some meetup notices.
- Scanned titles of offerings in my feedly feeds list.
- Watched a video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gsbPLCBa8s on youtube.
- Researched how to watch any video in slow motion.
- Read an article re obtaining methane from dairy operations, including the links in it, http://nowiknow.com/another-way-to-milk-a-cow/.
- Shopped for refrigerator magnets on Amazon.
- Watched a scary video, changing tires on a moving car, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQm5BnhTBEQ.
- Took a trip to the future of the past, 1964 World's Fair, I was there! http://mashable.com/2014/04/23/1964-new-york-worlds-fair-photos/?utm_medium=feed&utm_source=rss
- Read a slew of news headlines.
- Read an article re raindrops and windshields, http://what-if.xkcd.com/93/.
- Scanned a few "Cute Overload" posts.
- Read "Field Negro" opinion piece.
- Read a few short WSJ Law Blog blurbs.
- Read article, picky eaters don't survive, http://mashable.com/2014/04/23/survive-extinction-picky-eater/?utm_medium=feed&utm_source=rss
- Watched video about students abusing Adderall, http://news.discovery.com/human/videos/are-students-abusing-adderall-video-140422.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1
- Read article re animals dining on humans, http://news.discovery.com/animals/do-some-animals-get-a-taste-for-human-blood-1402071.htm
- Read a You Suck At Craigslist entry.
- Read a blog entry from a guy who lives near the country house.
- Checked past RockyCat blog posts for more comments.
- Read latest post(s) on Cake Wrecks, New Dress a Day, Simian Idiot, Pearl Why You Little... (another cat one, so I skimmed it), Shoebox, FreeRangeKids, The Daily Coyote, Out There, QC RSS.
- Switched from Firefox to Explorer to read four new posts on Comics I don't Understand, including the comments (the best part). Interesting discussion of the disappearance of cursive at http://comicsidontunderstand.com/wordpress/2014/04/22/of-course-we-cant-let-a-rhetorical-question-go-unanswered/#comments.
- Looked up Sutterlin font.
- Read the Wikipedia entry on origins of the QWERTY keyboard.
- Deleted without reading some 30 alerts from feedly.
- Took a break by playing a few games of 2048.
- Checked email.
- Read an article about a school bus driver bullying a disabled child.
Five hours have passed. Food. Bath, got dressed.
- Read about the spreading of the NYPD twitter fiasco. http://mashable.com/2014/04/23/mynypd-hashtag-anger-police/?utm_medium=feed&utm_source=rss and http://mashable.com/2014/04/22/nypd-hashtag/
- Few more iterations of 2048 game.
- Read about a lava lake in Antarctica (never heard of that before!), http://mashable.com/2014/04/23/antarctic-lava-lake-erebus/?utm_medium=feed&utm_source=rss *and* http://www.livescience.com/44892-gallery-erebus-volcano-lava-lake.html
- Looked up view of Hawaii's Kilauea caldron (supposedly one of Earth's four persistent lava lakes, because I don't remember seeing a lava lake, and yup, it doesn't LOOK like a lava lake), https://www.google.com/maps/place/Kilaueaemail@example.com,-155.2770128,1464a,35y,77.53t/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x7953da0ab927343d:0xfb584cf4fd7e4451
- Read article
"Why Habitable Exoplanets Might Mean Humanity Is Doomed", http://mashable.com/2014/04/23/habitable-planets-human-extinction/?utm_medium=feed&utm_source=feedly&utm_reader=feedly
Cut open five 50-lb bags of sand, filled Nugget's new sandbox on my back patio. Added shells and toys. Her 3rd birthday is Saturday. The wind was so strong I could barely stand.
Later, Daughter and Nugget visited and we had a tea party. Nugget did an excellent job pouring iced tea from a small teapot, and serving little cuts of carrot cake.
It is now 7 pm. Will wash yesterday's dishes, and start something for dinner, then watch Survivor at 8. After that I'll peruse the 21 items that have already dropped into my feeds reader since I cleared it out at 5:30 (plus any additional that arrive later).