January 15, 2014

Blast from the past: My addiction

Filed under: On blogging — acagle @ 4:31 pm

A word about my addiction

Gentle readers, I must now confess to you a secret of most profound importance that may forever influence how you read this blog and view its humble proprietor. A secret so deep and dark that I hesitate even as I type this.

It all started in the late 1980s when I was first transplanted to Washington state as a green young graduate student. I didn’t know anyone, no job, no place to live, a complete new start in a new place. The first year or two of graduate school was, indeed, difficult; every nightmare I had ever had about the rigors of grad school came to fruition. Lots of lonely days and nights and weekends spent studying arcane (not to mention boring and pedantic) scribblings on all manner of archaeological trivialities. Stressful in the extreme. Did I belong there? Could I hack it? Would I survive comps? It all made me question the road I had taken, one into a weird profession where future employment was uncertain at best.

So in those times of dark and dreary nights spent pondering many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten archaeological lore, I turned to something that. . .took the edge off a bit. Something that soothed my furrowed brow and made the hours a little easier to take.



  1. When home-studying for a professional designation, I listened to NA. Also a variant called, for some reason, “space music”.
    It was great. A bit of cover for other sounds which might distract, without requiring any attention. Good for extending the attention span on dry material.
    Never since. Had its place.

    Comment by Richard Aubrey — January 16, 2014 @ 8:32 am

  2. “A bit of cover for other sounds which might distract, without requiring any attention.”

    That’s it exactly. Much classical does the same thing. Enough to keep my attention from wandering but not enough to take attention away from what I’m doing. I have a couple of Constance Demby CDs: quintessential space music.

    Comment by acagle — January 16, 2014 @ 9:55 am

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