academic gluttony

the other night mr and i were hanging out and just chatting about life, the universe, and everything, when i mentioned that i had fallen down into the research black hole that morning.

"you're such a nerd!" she laughed at me, and i couldn't help but laugh, too.

it's true, though. i have a habit, like so many of my academic friends, of finding myself on a library website or google scholar or something, compulsively downloading articles and noting possible sources for future research. a good portion of the time i don't even have a specific idea of what i want to do with the information, i just know i want to read it. it's an addiction.

when i do have a research question or thought in mind, however, it's even worse. the pdfs pile up and my brain starts whirring so quickly it needs an exhaust fan. i suppose that's why we have air conditioners on in the summer - otherwise we'd all explode from thinking too hard.

so this past weekend, as i watched the list of downloads clog and stall with each "get article" click, plotting and planning like a cunning baldrick, i realized i had a problem. too many ideas leave you scattered, and sometimes you just have to suck it up and say this. this is what i'm working on. no more extraneous search terms until you're done. 

it's difficult, and i might have a few relapses, but it's about the quality of the thought, not the quantity of the research. so, i've picked a topic that i've been thinking about for a while now, it's a theoretical piece looking at the relationship between anthropology and doctor who. i know it's moving away from food for a bit, but hey, everyone needs a break every now and then.

and, as mr says, i'm such a nerd.