Wednesday, April 25, 2007

My Wikiddiction   posted by Razib @ 4/25/2007 02:07:00 AM

Of late I have been leaving my laptop behind and taking my books to coffee shops to get my reading done. The reason is simple, I have a compulsive tendency to look up data on references made within the text of any book. For example, if there is an offhand reference to the Dual Monarchy of Austria-Hungary, I have to look it up so I know more about it. I probably do this sort of thing around two times per page, and the discontinuity it generates is a real bother. When reading material on the internet, in particular Wikipedia entries, I have to make an effort not to click illuminating links precisely because I know that within a few minutes I'll have become snared in a whole new tangle of facts. I assume I'm not the only one....