This year I am more ambivalent. I am still very much driven by the fear of missing out on stuff-- my self-diagnosed most significant neuroses. Being off the net means that I am missing stuff that is going on--conversations on facebook and twitter, news at various places, silly stories at the usual websites, etc. On the other hand, I was kind of glad not to be sucked into some discussions (whether civil-military relations applies to the NYC cop situation). I do find myself being weak--being easy to troll, having a hard time avoiding engaging in arguments that I see in my feed.
Having a technological barrier that imposes costs (no wifi at the in-laws) can both be boon and bane. I read and reviewed all the papers in the volume I am co-editing. So, there's that. I also plowed through a bunch of Michael Connelly mysteries. But I missed my snark outlet. It was nice to be able to tweet this morning this:
Does he start with himself? RT @CanadaNATO: Putin outlines threats to Russia’s security: http://t.co/FFm1TwIgqJ #FTOf course, the big bane is that I do enjoy being connected to my friends, and hate being disconnected. If I was healthy and could spend time at brew pubs over the holidays, maybe that would have lessened this sense of disconnection. Instead, I was stuck.
— Steve Saideman (@smsaideman) December 28, 2014
Anyway, I am back, and ready to think aloud on the internet again. Probably not a good thing ;-)
Happy New Year!