Things That Make Us Smart

Friday, 17 November 2006

While I took a break for a week, from being hypnotized by the seductive glow emanating from the modern magic lantern every evening, I read Donald A. Norman’s excellent book “Things That Make Us Smart”. It is the first book I managed to finish in quite a while, which is rather pathetic really, but it has been an eye-opener. I no longer intend to be part of the “stultified masses”, as Norman puts it. Using the internet is allowed again, but the experiment continues: no television for a month!


No TV or Internet for a week!

Wednesday, 8 November 2006

I am going to try and do without television and internet access for one week. Starting today. Not because it is particularly original (because it really isn’t), but because I am bored. I am bored with the same old tedious tripe on the television and the routine of e-mailing and searching the web for … nothing really. Whenever I feel the need to do something, I will read a book, work on chemistry problems, play the piano, or take a walk in the forest. Or sit and wait for the need to go away :)
Instead of searching google, I will look stuff up in a dictionary, atlas or encyclopedia. Unfortunately, some e-mailing is essential for what I do. But I will definitely stop e-mailing friends and family.

I guess I just want to force myself to do more reading and to get out more often. Let’s hope my fiendish ploy works.