Musings on Media Deprivation

Jan 02 2006

And I’m back online. Boy, that was an experience.

By the end, I craved more media. I wanted easy stimulation. And that worries me. Stimulation is easy, sure, and it’s not necessarily bad, but it’s not necessarily good, either. I wonder if I wouldn’t be better off with fewer distractions.

Or maybe I just shouldn’t rip myself away from all media for such a long period of time. Oddly, I most missed DVDs, not books or the web or newspapers as I’d expected. I really want to be able to “zone out” to a brainless DVD like an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000. What if I “zoned out” by just…well…sleeping? Or at least dozing or something? Or look at a fire or out the window instead of re-watching Manos: The Hands of Fate for the fifth time.

Oh well. I’m back, and I’m certainly glad I had that experience.

I have been baking a lot over the past week or so, thanks primarily to an infusion of the TV show Good Eats before and after (and, I admit it, some during) my media vacation. I’m making some of the dishes from various episodes, and enjoying myself. I bought a bag of potatoes and made a simple potato gratin, mashed potatoes, and baked potatoes on various days. None were great, but they were all edible at least. I’m learning. Ooooh, I also made homemade lemon ice cream, and that was/is fabulous. I don’t know why I’d buy ice cream from the store again.

Gah, I can’t write well tonight. I guess it is getting late; I’ll end this here.

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