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There's an interesting article on/in Wired about tech burnout.

My days mostly consist of staring at a black background with tepid grey-white text which reads something alone the lines of charis$ waiting patiently for me to enter a command, or a string of them with various combinations of pipes and various little output parsing tricks.

I sometimes find myself frustrated with the technology I'm immersed in on a daily basis. An IM or a chat with a friend or a partner, usually welcome and enjoyable, becomes terse and transactional.

I get tired of the sound of my phone chirping to alert me to the sound of a new voicemail or a new text message.

I'm lucky enough to have a rather low tech escape. I can always ring Ambrose and say, "Hey mate, feel like concelebrating the late mass tonight?" And it works most of the time, but sometimes I feel the need for a longer reprieve. I want to curl up with a book, a cup of coffee, and a blanket and do nothing involving something more complex than a book.

Sometimes I don't realize how complex it is just to keep in touch. Colleen lives not even a half hour from me, but getting our schedules to mesh enough for face-to-face time is difficult without texts, voicemails, mobile calls, and things of that nature.

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