The KSU CIS department had our annual high school programming contest today. Our department bought free pizza for all the faculty organizers and 250 juniors and seniors.
Aye was coming out of lecture when my graduate teaching assistant came up and told me to hurry up and get a can of Mt. Dew and some Lille Caesar's. So I did, and in the process I went and mingled
with some of the teams ("Hi, what HS are you all from? How did you pick your team name?" etc.)
On the way back, I waved to one of the Shawnee Mission West teams: "Seeya, guys; good luck!" and what did they say?
"Thanks, man! You too!"
Aw, gimme a break!
Kinda makes and trasks your day, all at the same time. :o)
In other news: Wired News ran this story on text messaging and other net addictions this past week.
Dr. Mark Collins of The Priory clinic in London found himself catapulted into the world's press early this month when he was reported as saying that patients at the well-known addiction clinic were increasingly displaying compulsive behavior toward their mobile phones.
... But even without such enticements, Bruce Bimber, a professor at the Center for Information Technology and Society at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is not surprised that communication technologies are so popular. "Communications are a fundamental human interest," he stated. "It is not a surprising story."
But neither is it necessarily a story about addiction, he countered. A parallel argument might be that washing one's hands is not intrinsically addictive, even if some obsessive-compulsive individuals can't resist doing so repeatedly.
How to define addiction? Larry Reid, professor of psychology and neuroscience at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, shied away from the task, claiming that the word has become so widely used that "the scientific community has decided to drop it altogether."
... The New York Times published an article this summer headlined "The Lure of Data: Is it Addictive?" that chronicled a condition pervading the business class that might be termed compulsive multitasking. Professionals with this affliction are unable to listen to a presentation without checking e-mail, attend a meeting without IMing other participants or play with their children without simultaneously consulting their "crackberry" RIM device. The Harvard psychiatrists quoted in the story -- Drs. Edward Hallowell and John Ratey -- call this pattern "Pseudo-attention deficit disorder."
That last bit got my attention, is wot. :-)