As a long-time sufferer from ADD (no “H” please, anyone that knows me would laugh at that) I hear a very similar comment with some frequency. I don’t know if it was the original, but Belmont University apparently has a class in their catalog called:
“Oh, Look, a Chicken!” Embracing Distraction as a Way of Knowing
That’s apt. For me, ADD has largely been exactly that. Because with ADD it’s only the first chicken in a wildly-inappropriate setting that grabs attention. You just aren’t impressed enough by the second one, you hardly notice the third one, but a Great Blue Heron or a mongoose would get my focus, as would a cloud of locusts or a flock of chickens suddenly descending in the yard. The ones that do grab you inspire research, and Google and Wikipedia are far more productive than the beloved Encyclopaedia Brittanica of my youth.
On the off chance that you aren’t familiar with this phenomenon, there was a ten-minute hiatus before this paragraph as I checked to see if the EB maintained the Latin ligature “ae” in the name, which led to noticing the name of “Charles Van Doren” as editor, which led to revisiting the story of the quiz show scandals of the ‘fifties, and a quick note to myself to make sure to add Mr Van Doren to the database, where he will eventually (depending on other distractions) join his father Mark and uncle Carl.
But, as Tom Lehrer was wont to say, I digress. This blog exists because the WordPress content management system, the basis for most blogs, provides a huge range of features that can be incorporated in any site, and I wanted to take advantage of that. And since I installed WordPress, I figured that it wouldn’t be too great a distraction to go ahead and use it.