Nerd Attention Deficiency Disorder

My wife and I are sitting downstairs in front of the TV. We’re watching CSI off tape (no TIVO here yet), and working on our laptops. I come across this amusing article on Rands In Repose: N.A.D.D. (Nerd Attention Deficiency Disorder), in which I read:

bq. The presence of NADD in your life is directly related to how you’ve dealt with the media deluge of the new millennium. You’ve likely gone one of three ways:

bq. 3) You enjoy the content fire hose. Give me tabbed browsing, tabbed instant messaging, music all the time, and TIVO TIVO TIVO. Welcome to NADD.

Sounds like us, eh? So earlier he writes:

bq. Stop reading right now and take a look at your desktop. How many things are you doing right now in addition to reading this column?

So I check (webmail, reading blogs, writing my blog, ICQ and Jabber). I was reading parts of the article to Michaéla ,and she ‘fessed up: 12 windows! 3 email, 2 MS word documents, a file browser, 2 different versions of the same powerpoint file, Google, and a pop-up ad, MS clip-art, and an online clipart page. All dedicated to the same project, but still a busy desktop.

Now the clincher:

bq. Here’s a tip: If the building you are currently in is burning to the ground, go find the person with NADD on your floor. Not only will they know where the fire escape is, they’ll probably have some helpful tips about how to avoid smoke inhalation as well likely probabilities regarding the likelihood you’ll survive.

The prosecution rests; we’re afflicted….

posted at 10:36 pm on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 in Links | Comments (2)


  1. Jeff K says:

    TiVo? Tape? CSI? Ack, CSI is a High-Definition program! You can’t watch that on tape or TiVo! That’s an abomination! (Well, unless you buy one of those $1000 pre-obsoleted D-VHS recorders and you’ve got a U.S. feed). [oh okay, my cable HDTV has a .3s drop out every 10 mins. I’ll have to get them over to fix it.] ..and don’t tell me you’re watching it on a VHS tape. 240x480i res when 1024x720p (approx) is available? You’re living on 1/6th the content presented to you! It’s a wonder a NADD person doesn’t turn blue and expire on the living room floor with a content choke like that in there.

  2. Jeff K says:

    Btw, in the vaporware awards on Wired:,1282,61935-2,00.html?tw=wn_story_page_next1
    TiVo HDTV got mentioned for 2003, but I think that means it’s almost ready. Hang in there!

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