Reading time: 826 words, 3 pages, 2 to 3 minutes.
It took a while, but I finally realized that I reached another milestone. I sucked the internet dry, again. And, I’m not sure what to make of it. Perhaps, you have an idea. If so, feel free to leave a comment.
After posting many doom and gloom missives, it’s time for a light-hearted article. After all, global economic systems will continue their relentless collapse whether I write about them or not.
Back in 1999, I had the good fortune to be selected to assist our corporate IT team doing a conversion and migration to a new ERP and a new platform. The details are beside the point (see Y2K note below) although it’s a testament to their dedication and professionalism that we finished in record time. What’s important is that, up to that point, I’d used a PC at work, and now the IT department gave me a laptop and encouraged me to take it home evenings and weekends to surf the internet.
I asked, “Why?”
The answer was because the Internet is the way of the future. More and more applications will be internet-based. More and more information will be on the World Wide Web. They wanted me to surf and search and learn how to use it for research.
They knew that I threw away my TV eleven years before and acquired a voracious reading habit. Good thing, too, as I’ve acquired a library of about 2,700 books in https://geroldblog.com/2010/10/13/378/ some of them still unread (I mark their spines with a red stick-on dot).
They said, “It’ll take you about six months to suck the internet dry and then you’ll go back to reading your books again.”
It was almost six months to the day when I got bored with the Internet and started reading my books again. I had sucked the internet dry. Of course, there was much I hadn’t done, seen or read, but for the most part, my numerous interests had been filled, and everything else was just a variation on old themes.
Six years later, in 2005, I bought my own PC for home use and started surfing the web again. Much had changed. It was much faster than the old dial-up, and the amount of information seemed infinite and expanding faster than the universe. There was no way I could get bored with it. Or, so I thought.
Off topic: I read somewhere that the biggest business on the internet is porn. That boggles my mind as I have no interest whatsoever in internet porn. To me, it’s as exciting as taking a bath with my clothes on.
In any case, where once I’d read two or three books a month (sometimes I’d do that in a week) now I might have read two or three books in a decade because I was so addicted to the internet. Being a life-long bachelor (no wife, no kids, no pets, no catastrophes) I had hours of free time evenings and weekends.
A decade later, I ordered several history books on ancient Rome and the spread of Islam for a future article I’m researching. Hint: it was Islam, not the so-called barbarians that destroyed the Roman Empire.
Then, I noticed a few (unread) stick-on dots on some books by one of my favorite horror fiction writers, Brian Lumley. By the way, if you’re a horror fan and have never heard of Lumley, check him out. I started reading a Lumley book. I also started reading The Big Short about the build-up and crash of the U.S. housing bubble which I covered in some of my Economic Collapse posts. And, then, I read another Lumley horror book. And, another.
And, then, I realized that I’m bored with the internet. I never thought it possible, but I sucked the internet dry again. It took six months the first time. It took eleven years this time. Just like 1999, there was much I hadn’t done, seen or read on the internet, but for the most part, my numerous interests had been filled, and everything else was just a variation on old themes.
I’m back to reading books. I still surf the internet, but not nearly as much as before. I wonder what’s next. I bet it too will be a surprise.
July 3, 2016
Note on Remember Y2K? Here’s How We Prepped for the Non-Disaster
I cringe whenever some blockhead decries the time and money spent on Y2K. No, it was not a waste of time. Nor was it a complete waste of money. In some applications, it was not necessary except no one knew which was which. It was a case of better safe than sorry. The disaster never happened because a lot of people worked hard and prevented it from happening. You’re welcome!
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