Where did the time go?
Sometimes I need little extra push to get myself pointed in the right direction. There are countless methods out there that proclaim to cure a writer of their creative blocks, or motivate even the most lethargic pencil pusher.
Nostrums! Snake Oil!
Autism-causing vaccinations! OK, maybe not that last one.
As a slacker fueled by distractions, I have attempted just about every method out there to escape the event horizon of the anti-productivity black hole. Yet, even my ever-increasing mass does not seem to attract enough accountability to keep me from ignoring the goal all together and justifying my inaction.
Something a little more drastic must be done.
The Apple iPad
I guess it is about time for me to weigh in on the recently announced Apple iPad Tablet. I would not be a blogger if I did not, right?
Previously on Worthless Genius, I talked about my misgivings for the then-upcoming Apple presentation, and the impact–or lack thereof–the announcements would make on my life. I used my oracular powers to divine that my life would not be changed in any significant way by the results of this presentation.
Was I correct in this assumption?
Alright, Let's See It.
It is that time again, time for Apple fanboys to go all out and present as many unfounded rumors as they can possibly muster in a week’s time.
The time leading up to a new Apple presentation has historically been filled with massive amounts of wild stories about what new shiny product the Cupertino powerhouse corporation will be coming out with next.
Though I understand everyone’s enthusiasm for the upcoming event and the possibility of an Apple-branded tablet PC, I think that I am once again going to be underwhelmed by the news. Here’s why.
Every creative person before me has identified and dealt with a little issue that I’m going to call Writer’s Guilt. Writers Guilt occurs in two distinct–yet definitely intertwined–forms.
It occurs to me that everyone with a creative pursuit must go through this ordeal and come away making a choice in either direction. I have yet to make that choice, and end up doing 50% on both sides of the coin, rather than picking one and going full force.
What can I do about this? Let’s first identify the two sides of the story, then we’ll do a little research to find out what ways other writers suggest to get past this social and personal road block.
Yesterday, our region experienced some high wind activity, and we were left without power at home. Though my internet devices (modem, routers, wireless access point) are on a battery backup, the outage looked like it was going to last for a little while, so I shut those devices off.
I got to school thinking that I could just do my daily internet rounds from the classroom, only to find that the internet was down on campus. The campus is supplied by a local ISP which beams microwaves from a distant mountain to a dish on campus. Of course, the distant mountain was also experiencing high winds, as well as some sleet, so there was no access to the outside world.
Though it’s not as extreme as a Technological Holocaust, being without internet access for 12 hours got me thinking. What would I–as a knowledge worker–do in a world where technology was rendered unusable?
Recently I’ve put a lot of thought into the reasons behind this blog’s existence. It’s not here to make money (though the $0.30/month in AdSense revenues doesn’t hurt), but for a more ethereal reason that touches on the very nature of my being.
One of the greatest benefit of living in this country of ours is the right to free speech. Though I don’t have many things to say that would be censored in less understanding nations, I still like to stand by this basic human right and express my opinions.