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December 9th, 2005
02:51 am
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I have just realized that when I really get In the Zone ... I can quite literally blot out the world around me.

I've been wearing headphones, listening to music at a reasonably loud volume, while I've been doing some on-screen reading here at the computer. I just skimmed back through my Winamp playlist. Songs #61, #70, and (I'm currently on) #77 all trigger specific memories of having heard and registered the song playing in the background -- the lyrics briefly caught my attention. Most of the ones in between ... nothing.

I haven't gotten up from the computer, taken my headphones off, or fast-forwarded through songs -- and yet I stare at those song titles and think, "Oh! That's a good song I haven't heard in a while. I should queue it up."

Some pretty distinctive stuff, too. Like the Waybacks' "Compadres in the Old Sierra Madre," which happens to be right within my vocal range and a great song besides, so I almost always (when able to not make a fool of myself) start singing along or at least tapping my foot. And the Rabbit Joint's "Legend of Zelda" remix -- how the heck does one ignore that? It's second only to "Music of my Groin" in the canon of "brain ... melty ... now" lyrical game remixes.

I assume that this sort of focus is a fairly common experience (or at least have been around enough hackers to not really be surprised by it). What really surprised me was the totality of it. I would have expected some sort of dim delayed realization that the events had occurred ... but no. A complete gap.

Current Mood: guiltyat the office late again
Current Music: "Nevermore," Afro Celt Sound System

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Date:December 9th, 2005 01:54 pm (UTC)
Huh. It's called hyperfocusing. I get that a lot.
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Date:December 11th, 2005 07:08 am (UTC)
Didn't know there was a word for it. Thanks!
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Date:December 12th, 2005 10:09 am (UTC)
No problem. Psychology is a hobby of mine, and I'm always glad to share my knowledge.
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Date:December 10th, 2005 02:15 am (UTC)
>I have just realized that when I really get In the Zone ... I can quite literally blot out the world around me.

You've just now realized this?

You should have asked me a year ago.
BTW, you're also very tall, eat things that aren't good for you, and wear large shoes. ;-}

Signed, Keeper of the Obvious, aka: your bride-to-be
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Date:December 10th, 2005 10:37 pm (UTC)
Well, yeah. The thing about people holding up big "You're blotting out the world around you!" signs is, they're in the world around me. ;-p
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