Last week I had an accident while bicycling to work, and I fractured my wrist. So I got to spend two and a half days at home with nothing to do but put ice on my cast and eat pain pills. I feel better already, but my attempt to observe Mental Detox Week was something of a bust. All that time laid up at home wiped out my will to do anything but watch DVDs and surf the Net. One thing I noticed during my brief experiment, however, was the effect of not having my iPod plugged in constantly. I didn't have that cocoon of my own soundtrack to life, but became much more aware of my surroundings very quickly. And this was annoying at times, but also good to re-experience. So as a tool for examining how mediated our lives have become, I give Mental Detox Week two thumbs up.
But for now, and a few weeks to come, one of those thumbs is in a cast. So I won't be blogging much until it comes off.