Laurence recently posted about the transformation of our habits due to the wider availability of information via the Internet. To paraphrase, he’s noticed that he’s gone from whining about not being able to look up an actor’s filmography during a movie or TV show to not being able to resist hopping on IMDb every five minutes. Or something like that.
Every day I find myself in the same boat:
I need to know what musicals Rodgers and Hammerstein did… IMDb.
I need to know the tracks on the Beatles’ Revolver CD… Amazon.
I need to know that it’s “effrontery” not “affrontery”… Dictionary.com.
I need to know how to get from the St. Louis airport to Cuba, MO… MapQuest.
I need to know the showtimes for Chicago… DigitalCity Orlando.
I need to know the origin of the phrase “hat trick” (or anything not covered by the above)… Google.
I don’t think there is a single day that has gone by since Google was invented that I have not used it. What’s really sad is that I’ve come to use it as a crutch. I know the answer to your question… I just can’t remember it. Ever.
I know there are different (and possibly better) tools out there, but these are the ones I have come to rely upon. When they come out with versions that plug directly into my brain, I’ll be standing in line.
Is there a site that you use as a daily tool? One that would cut your heart out if it went away?