And then the social anxiety kicks in
Scientists have treated a man they believe to be the first patient with internet addiction disorder brought on by overuse of Google Glass.
The man had been using the technology for around 18 hours a day – removing it only to sleep and wash – and complained of feeling irritable and argumentative without the device. In the two months since he bought the device, he had also begun experiencing his dreams as if viewed through the device’s small grey window. […]
The patient – a 31-year-old US navy serviceman – had checked into the Sarp in September 2013 for alcoholism treatment. The facility requires patients to steer clear of addictive behaviours for 35 days – no alcohol, drugs, or cigarettes – but it also takes away all electronic devices.
Doctors noticed the patient repeatedly tapped his right temple with his index finger. He said the movement was an involuntary mimic of the motion regularly used to switch on the heads-up display on his Google Glass.
Ferguson protesting moved to the StL symphony over this past weekend. I found out today that it was timed during intermission before the symphony was about to perform Ein Deutsches Requiem by Brahms. Brilliant timing. Beautiful expression of the wounds in St Louis that are current and deep.
As Douglas Adams once pointed out to me, more than 20 years before the Kindle turned up, a physical book is like a shark. Sharks are old: there were sharks in the ocean before the dinosaurs. And the reason there are still sharks around is that sharks are better at being sharks than anything else is. Physical books are tough, hard to destroy, bath-resistant, solar-operated, feel good in your hand: they are good at being books, and there will always be a place for them. They belong in libraries, just as libraries have already become places you can go to get access to ebooks, and audiobooks and DVDs and web content. A library is a place that is a repository of information and gives every citizen equal access to it.
Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming. (via science-junkie)
Just a reminder for those who sweat about the paper v digital debate…don’t.
Rules confirmed so far via Benedict:
-> If nominated more than once, must be dumped more than once
-> If celebrity and/or one of the later nominees, must try to be clever about it.
Though seriously, this looked like it would have been fun.
Preach it, Lisa.