I’ve recently been able to figure out the phenomenon of a webtrap.
There’s a site called dannychoo.com, the adventures and experiences of a guy in Japan called Danny Choo. Danny’s a technical guy, a photographer, an otaku, a fan who wears costumes… and he’s also a great tour guide, giving you context to life in Japan. He’s really good. Really, really good. Like, too good.
He’s so good that one of his entries can take me 30 minutes to read and I can finish reading and still not feel done. I feel like he just put out the nice pamphlet that I could browse for hours while on a train or walking around, giving me insight and more details to research. Each one of his entries is this little microcosm.
In my web browsing, I have to keep moving. I have so many things I’m looking up, so much stuff out there. Like a shark, if I stop moving, I die. (Also, my eyes look scarily dead and people think I’m super dangerous and I am mostly not.) When I find a page like Danny’s entries, I have to say “OK, this has to wait” and I set it aside.
In no time, I have DOZENS of his entries set aside. Entries of sparkling detail, of context and regard and insight, waiting for me. Piled up, and waiting.
Danny consistently does this, but others do this too. It’s a mark of quality, no doubt, and I am complaining of the weight of the riches, not the pain of poverty. These are meals that pop out of the little slot when I bang the vending machine a few times looking for junk food. They are wonderful.
While browsing these weblogs, I will stumble on these, and go “Oh no, webtrap.” I find a page where someone has meticulously linked to so many cool things, that I could lose a day going through them, and at the present I do not have days to lose. I have less than days to lose. I am going to start cutting some major stuff out of my life so that my film gets done on time. I can’t afford to spend two hours on an amazing overview of a subject I always wanted to know. Or a subject I didn’t know I wanted to know about until right then and there.
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