Monday, April 13, 2009

Am I getting dumber, lazier, or more efficient?

I'm beginning to wonder if my brain functions are in decline. I've been reading some physics texts for an iPhone app I'm developing and I find myself glossing over all the explanatory text and just cutting ahead to the final formulas which I need.

While I find I am interested in the why of it all, I just don't seem to have the mental energy to spend on it. I'll start to read the descriptions of the derivations of various formulas, but after a few minutes I'm finding myself doing a Homer Simpson with dancing clowns and circus music playing in my head. I'd like to think I'm just being impatient and want to cut to the heart of the matter and get the formulas needed for the task at hand, but I'm beginning to wonder if I'm being lazy or I'm getting dumber as I age. It seems there was I time when I would have picked this stuff up a lot quicker.

Oh well, I should get back to my afternoon nap. And maybe yell out the window at those dang kids outside making such a racket playing ball. Young whipper-snappers!

1 comment:

Chris said...

I'm the same way. In comp sci class, I just skim-read the book until I figure out enough to code the program. I thought I was moving at a faster pace than the book wanted to teach, but I might be getting old too. (I'm almost a fifth of a century now!)