Intellectual plankton and increasing my I/O

I sometimes feel like an old cheap computer whose I/O just isn’t up to snuff. I just can’t process stuff fast enough. I usually have at least two “real” books on the go and Kindle books that I am reading on my phone in snatched moments. I also listen to audio books and am about to re-instate my evening walking habit as much for the increased “reading”  time as for the exercise!

I am a sucker for enticing references online to books I want to read and, thanks to Amazon Prime, have a queue of books in all formats waiting to be read. Having crammed all of this stuff in faster I need to get it out faster. I make notes all the time on my iPhone or in my trusty Moleskine, squared, black cover cahier. I also need to process faster and to write for my blog more often.

I sometimes think that faster isn’t necessary better. I feel the urge to read more poetry and to invest the effort required to read more classics. But then I am more and more aware as I get older of the fact that I inevitably have less time left to read and need to get a move on! 

But why? Isn’t this bit of meat between my ears going to be rotting in, if I am very lucky, about forty years time? Am I just a piece of intellectual plankton sucking in knowledge like protein and passing it through my system barely processed? All I know is that I attack the problem with more vigour than almost anything else in my life so hopefully it is not entirely wasted time!

2 thoughts on “Intellectual plankton and increasing my I/O

  1. it is fun you start almost everywhere on "false premises". the meat between ears is the most entertaining one, granted you have something different for sure. and to the bottom line, you’re certainly not a waste, for the information sponge you’re. Happy New year!


  2. <i>Isn’t this bit of meat between my ears going to be rotting in, if I am very lucky, about forty years time?</i>

    All the more reason to slow down, read and savour ? Go slow to grow fast ?


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