Recently, my family took a trip to Myrtle Beach, SC; we decided to save money by driving there, which—had we driven straight through the trip would have taken about 15 hours—in hindsight seems like a terrible idea. The thing about vacation that I realized over the course of the break and the requisite travels there and back was the fact that vacation is about relaxation and the journey back home negates any progress one has made on that front. Travel isn’t relaxing, it’s stressful; it doesn’t matter how long the trip is, if it is by plane, train, bus, or car, or even if you like the people you are doing it with. The above image has nothing to do with the stresses of travel, but it does have to do with stress on vacation. Being that its sentiment is true, I thought it particularly poignant, as I settle back into my work after having been gone for a week. I’m thinking next year’s Spring Break may have to be a vacation in which I stay home to find rest.
Did the Internet community peak at bookmarks? Asked in a different and perhaps more complete way: just as technologies like RSS and email in their purest forms are hard to beat even as technology marches forward, what better technology exists to keep track of information on the ever-expanding Internet than bookmarks? Taken a step further, what better way to share the bookmarked information than a site of your own? As such, I‘ve been reading, which is why I write now.
Working in and having a passion for libraries, I am struck by the fact that the way bookmarks work in the physical world is not directly analogous to bookmarks in the digital world. Bookmarks in the digital world are instead like dog-eared pages or highlighted passages; if you think of the Internet as a single tome, that is. In any case, anything that moves you to deface a book should probably be shared or become immortalized in some other way than just a reference for a future version of yourself.