I haven’t mentioned this before, but I have a rather librarianish habit. I get on research kicks, usually to no end except my own edification.
For a month or so, I’ll just get on some topic and won’t let it go. I’ll read books on the topic, surf it when I’m supposed to be doing something else, and bore you with conversation about it.
In the past, I’ve become a mini-expert (knowing just enough to be dangerous) on the following:
- The Northern Cities Vowel Shift
- The use of scientific imagery in cosmetics advertising
- US Copyright law
- Yiddish and Zionism in the 1940s
- Japanese cooking
After watching An Inconvenient Truth, I’ve been in a state of semi-panic. I’ve researched hybrid cars, veggie cars, rentable solar panels, household wind energy, and biofuel. I’ve swapped out our lightbulbs with compact fluorescents, covered our windows with plastic, and turned down the thermostat. We bartered webwork with our friend Lexie, who does home efficiency evaluations (hire her!). But we still have a long way to go.
Point being, I thought I might start share some of the stuff I dig up. I’ll title the posts Research Obsession so you can skip ’em if you don’t care about the Poetry of William B. Yeats or whatever it is I’m currently nuts about.