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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Out with a whimper.

This is not the way I intended to do this.

For the first time since July 14 of last year, I did not have a post on a weekday yesterday.

I had been intending to continue The Streak until I hit the one-year mark. Oddly, that might have resulted in extending the streak into at least September and possibly (after college football season) December, because of at least one project I have in the works.

Honestly, after abandoning webcomics posts for March on the grounds I needed the time to work on a paper, I've been completely procrastinating. I spent most of yesterday sleeping, watched more TV than I should have or planned to, went out for a while and had no place to really use the Internet (nor, for the most part, did it cross my mind to), and used the last few hours of the official Tuesday playing games rather than at least work on the paper. Really, the paper's barely started and I'm going to need a three-day blitz to write... eight pages? I hit a research bottleneck where I had to go running around for books to cite to make the point I intended to make (by not being what it calls an "indiscriminate collection of information" Wikipedia may actually be hindering the Web's potential as a repository of all knowledge by attracting too many queries for it to itself) and that's been taking up a lot of time I could use actually working on the paper.

(For the sort of research I want to use not just for this paper, but spending much of my life doing, I have a feeling I'll need a lot of money for books... and I STILL don't have a real job...)

I may well start a new streak with this post anyway - I have posts planned for the remainder of the week and may try to get a second post out today.


Robert said...

You do realize that's why EbscoHOST is a far more effective research tool. Your library and college should both have Ebsco accounts which you can use.

Morgan Wick said...

Here's the thing: that's not what I'm looking for. I'm trying to pull insight from one field into another, and I'm looking for the general consensus in that field, not one guy's opinion. That means I'm poring over textbooks and "For Dummies" books, not research papers. (I'm looking through anthropology textbooks for a political science course.)