Nerd Attention Deficiency Disorder
Mr. Lin over there at random($foo) has become one of my favorite linksters; recently giving me chase to such disparate topics as a Bush/Cash comparison of faith to a very interesting reading list for University of Toronto’s Pol A82:H3 -The Politics of the Internet class. A few days ago he also linked to a most excellent PHP tasks web application that I’m fast filling up with to-do reminders.
While I was cruising around the tasks site after I installed the app, I spotted a commenter that vaguely reminded me of someone I knew so I tossed their link into a new tab. That brought my total open tabs to around ten, and if you haven’t switched to a tabbed browser you don’t know what you’re missing, but that’s not the point of this post. What I was saying is that I started reading through the current post on Rands in Repose when partway down the page I saw this:
Stop reading right now and take a look at your desktop. How many things are you doing right now in addition to reading this column?
That link to “more” turned out to be a wonderful essay on what the author calls Nerd Attention Deficiency Disorder or NADD for short. I most certainly am afflicted by NADD. The only problem I have is that I’ve yet to learn how to harness the power of NADD so that I can become uber-efficient and productive. I don’t know if such a power exists for those of us with NADD. I believe it does or at least I want to believe.
Originally published on Saturday September 27, 2003 at 5:09 pm
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