Wednesday, June 4, 2008


As a so-called “creative,” I spend most of my day on the computer. Not immune to the brand of technological ADD that has infected my generation, I tend to surf the net in between bouts of productivity. I read a variety of blogs, many of which discuss the confluence of design and emerging technologies, two topics that inspire me vocationally as well as personally. These blogs discuss the latest developments in social media, hyping the newest tools for simplifying and enriching everyday life.

Each day a new application emerges that one-ups the benefits of the last, or an idea surfaces that is so obvious and clever I can’t believe I hadn’t thought of it. Then comes the feeling. Sometimes, after a few minutes of breathless clicking from link to link, discovering potentially world-changing ideas, I will experience a certain frisson of excitement, a thrilling moment of happiness to be alive and anticipation for the future. After experiencing this thrill, I become ready once again to take on the world. I remove my earphones, rub my eyes, and resume my presence in reality, motivated to get things done.

Sites that provide this feeling on a regular basis include Mashable, Engadget, and Google.

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