18 August 2010
Day 144: The Bloodlight Chronicles
I'm trying something new: I'm going to either link to my review, or a review I think is good at the end of the blog post so the whiners will stop whining about me not doing reviews. So there! Whiners.
For those of you who have read Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash, you'll be familiar with the concept of what I like to call the InterFace (i.e. the Internet you interface with). I really hate that idea. Oh sure, it looks cool, particularly the Holodeck version from Star Trek, but think of how much time certain people would waste with non face-to-face interactions. We already spend so much time hiding behind cell phones and computer screens, I can't imagine what it would be like to have access to "real" life experiences.
But then literature doesn't really give us the good aspects that I'm sure exist in the InterFace. For instance, I bet it would make certain science experiments a lot easier and safer. And there's something to be said about watching a historical moment in 3D. But look at all the non-research related/productive things the internet is currently used for. I waste so much time with media in my life that it's amazing I can keep up with this blog at all. In fact, I've been in a bit of a crunch lately because I have a temp job right now that completely wipes me out emotionally. I don't want to talk about it, because it just makes me angry and sad and confused and a bunch of other things I don't want to deal with, at least not right now and not in this forum.
It's kind of ironic that the thing that I use to produce my blog is also the thing that distracts me from it. I sometimes wonder what else it distracts me from. Maybe I would have written that great novel that I'm sure is floating around in my head somewhere, but then where would I do my research? This is probably the greatest catch-22 of our time, we have this amazing powerful tool...that is also a huge stumbling block for the development of our species. I can just imagine our species forgetting to physically breed if we ever create an InterFace. But then, maybe that's for the best too.
My review can be found on Goodreads.