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Sapir-Whorfing like there's no tomorrow

I'm trying to think of it as the Abundance Non-Problem: when you have more things that you want and can afford to do than time in which to do them, so you have to choose.

Case in point:

mrinesi@hannibal:~$ ls docs/queue/books/ |wc -l
842


This shouldn't feel like a problem, yet it does. And it's not something that's going to go away, unless we mess things up spectacularly; if anything, it's getting worse better more so. So it's more of a psychological readjustment (infinite books not being something any of us last century dinosaurs ever grew up with) than a technical or logistical one.

(I think I might have written about this in the past. I'm very likely to write about this in the future. Because, dammit, infinite books. It's existentially unsettling.)

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oflittlefaith
Feb. 2nd, 2016 03:02 am (UTC)

Currently vying for my attention:
_The Aeronaut's Windlass_, Jim Butcher
_Anathem_, Neal Stephenson
_The English and their History_, Robert Tombs


Approximately 2500 pages, including a library book that needs to be returned on Saturday, and the last from the 2009 Hugo best novel shortlist  (which has taken far longer than I expected it to, damned interruptions )


This is, to rephrase you, the -opposite- of a problem, but damned if I don't feel like I'm drowning sometimes.


And what does Sapir-Whorf have to do with it, anyway?

__marcelo
Feb. 2nd, 2016 04:57 am (UTC)
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This is, to rephrase you, the -opposite- of a problem, but damned if I don't feel like I'm drowning sometimes.

Indeed.

And what does Sapir-Whorf have to do with it, anyway? Very little, and most of it metaphorically. I'm operating under the hypothesis that if I label it as something else than a problem, it'll start feeling like less of one (a sort of emotional cousin twice removed to the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis).
oflittlefaith
Feb. 3rd, 2016 01:24 am (UTC)

Re:Sapir-Whorf : Clever! Or possibly Orwellian. Or both, i suppose.


I was thinking rhe other day about something my dad said when i was younger. At one point  (probably no later than the early 80s) he was able to read all of the science fiction and fantasy that was being published, there being so little of it and he being a voluminous reader.


How times change.

__marcelo
Feb. 3rd, 2016 09:47 pm (UTC)
Ah, the good old times. Or the awful old times, really.
alejandradd
Feb. 2nd, 2016 05:57 pm (UTC)
My husband has about 800 books on his "to-read" list as well. I don't think he really means to read them all, though!

Just imagine that if you ever read those 800 books, there'll be another 800 you'll want to read next. It's really not a "solvable" kind of problem

Whenever I finish a book, I look at all the books in my Kindle and they all feel "meh". Obviously, if they're in my Kindle is because I put them there because I want to read them.
__marcelo
Feb. 2nd, 2016 06:37 pm (UTC)
I don't think he really means to read them all, though! Well, I can't speak for him, but as for me... *g*
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