Comment on “Do Something Boring” by A. Nelson

I do too! It’s strange that the more I immerse myself in new media and technologies, the more strongly I feel the imperative to stay “off-line” for certain parts of the day, and committed to physical activity. The digital world might stimulate (augment?) my brain, but nothing sharpens my thinking like a good run, an hour of gardening, or fixing something that’s broken around the house.
I loved your post about Vannevar Bush, and am eager to hear what you think about Norbert Weiner and J.C.R. Licklider. Weiner in particular, had the humility and doubt that may have been missing in Bush.

Comment on “Do Something Boring” by Monika Gibson

Just as you point out, I’m also most impressed by Bush’s ability to foresee that connecting pieces of information in meaningful and unique (personal) ways and recording those associations in some form will revolutionize our ability to manage and access the vast accumulated and ever growing knowledge of the world. Although I’m far from being a digital native, even I can see the value and significance of that. I appreciate the connection-making, whether among people or pieces of information, that has become possible, and I take advantage of it daily. But when I get overwhelmed, I still find the best solace in manual labor.