About

I wanted to create a blog about retirement and was going to call it Stumbling into Retirement, as I thought that accurately described my journey.

Then I feared I wouldn’t have enough insightful, incisive things to say about retirement. So I decided to expand the scope of the blog. Then the problem became what to name it.

One of the (many) things that I do too much of is read online articles and I realized that for me (and, I suspect, many others), this is a real problem. There is so much information on the web, so many interesting articles, so many good writers, that it’s easy to waste ones life reading, following links, reading, following links, reading.

I realized that if I started writing a blog I would potentially be contributing to this problem – at least, if anyone read my blog. Hence the name, Contributing to the Problem. Naturally I hoped that enough people would read the blog that I seriously contribute to the problem.

However, I’ve since changed the format of this website to be  a static site providing descriptions of cycling and hiking around the world. My actual blog is now called First World Problems and can be reached by clicking here.

Links to Other Web Pages

In general I don’t include links in the main body of a post or a static article. I read in The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains that if an web page includes links, people’s understanding of and memory of the article goes down, even if they don’t click on the links. Just the fact that links exist is distracting and diverts our attention.

Since learning this, I’ve generally tried to isolate links to a section at the bottom of the article or post. I’ve named this section:

Links and other Clicks

Just to be consistent, I’ve included the link to The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains down here in the correct section 😀.

One Response to About

  1. Hello old friend –

    Yesterday morning around our breakfast table avoiding getting to work on a project I am far too far behind on (I wish I didn’t require quite so much pressure to perform) . . .

    No, this is how it happened. I had gotten to work in my shop just beyond the house but was keeping an eye open for watching my wife Bronwen descend our hill into the yard as she returns from “walking” our dog. When she comes into view she is working her way down the hill on foot with the skis in her arms. Chagrinly (😐) I follow her back into the house to this time properly epoxy the binding back onto her skis. My effort at this task the previous day had been too rushed and hopeful. So now back at the breakfast table in the sun become work station I’ve settled with the ski and drills and epoxy and clamps and the morning’s second cup of coffee while Bronwen is wondering out loud why she should feel confident heading out again into the deep snow after I have fixed again, her ski. I suggested she become part of the team by google searching “bindings – repair – holes – epoxy”

    Bang – we find the rest of the world doing just like us . . . we are inspired to mix some steel wool with the epoxy . . and most importantly, she’s onboard.

    One of the sites providing information on our topic was from a ski and snowboard business named “Tognar Toolwork” . . . their west coast USA business name sounds Scandinavian but is actually a smash-up amalgam of, Totally Gnarly.

    So I say to Bronwen that back in the late 1970’s I had accompanied a friend of mine on a first ascent rock climb of his. To give the climb a name he had found inspiration in the freshly emerging slang from California; and name the climb; “Way Honed and Gnarly” . . .

    Now I had my hands and to some extent my head involved in my repair project, my coffee, and Bronwen for further conversation . . . but I still reached for my device and google searched – Alec Sharp, Way Honed and Gnarly –
    and there on the first page discovered a blog from a like named person in Tucson . . . . . the skis got fixed (hopefully), the coffee finished, and Bronwen moved into her day. I procrastinated on with what I found to be compelling reading, intrigued that this blog could be the creation of the very same Alec Sharp with whom I had shared a number of formative adventures, oh so many years ago.

    I did eventually get back to work, but maybe quit a little early, pulled a chair and beer up to the wood stove, and took in more of the writing in the ‘blog’ – and again this morning . . . for the first time in months I have not either nosed into the newspapers or The Economist (which I believe I remember your father used to have sent to you) . . and instead allowed you to succeed in ‘contributingtomyproblem’ . .

    Nice to see you again old friend,
    Love,
    David Howard Carter

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