Its been 10 days on my sabbatical. I have done reasonably well during the first week, but now its getting on my nerves. I have realized how addicted I am to chat, IRC and the Internet. I have to soon find some remedies for this.
Well, here is the first step. I approached ELIZA (or Doctor Fill, that’s actually the emacs mode) , the Emacs Psychotherapist to help me. An enjoyable chat this one! ;)
ELIZA (Doctor Fill) abbreviated as DF (pun intended, for those who get it)
DF: I am the psychotherapist. Please, describe your problems. Each time you are finished talking, type RET twice. Hi. Nice meeting you. DF: How do you do? What brings you to see me? I am obviously not fine, otherwise I would not have been here. I have realized I am addicted to the internet and want you to help me. DF: Why do you say that? I say that because you are a doctor. DF: Is it because because I am a doctor that you came to me? Isn't that pretty obvious? DF: Can you elaborate on that? Yes, I did come to see you because you are a doctor. Now, I regret it. DF: Does it bother you that I am a doctor now you regret it? I don't understand your question. DF: Earlier you said because I am a doctor? Yes, because you are a doctor I came to you. DF: When did you first know that I am a doctor you came to me? I knew about you, when I first fiddled around with Emacs around an year ago. DF: What happened when you first fiddled around with emacs around a year ago? I loved it, thoroughly! But for a beginner like me it was difficult to get along. I stopped using it. DF: Is the fact that for a beginner like you it was difficult to get along you stopped using it the real reason? I think that along with my laziness to stick with the learning was the real reason DF: Does the fact that along with your laziness to stick with the learning was the real reason explain anything else? It does not explain anything else to me. DF: Maybe your plans have something to do with this. What plans? I donot have any plans. DF: What makes you believe what plans you donot have any plans? If I had plans, I would have been executing them. DF: You mentioned that I am a doctor now you regret it? Yes, because you seemed stupid initially. Now you seem to be making some sense. DF: Are you sure I seemed stupid initially now I seem to be making some sense? Yes I am pretty sure. DF: Is it because of your life that you are going through all this? Obviously. Because I am alive I am going through all this. DF: Is it because you are alive you are going through all this that you came to me? Yes. DF: I see... Well, are you sure that this is so? Yes. I don't think there is emacs in the hell. DF: I would appreciate it if you would watch your tongue! Oh! so emacs is in the hell too! is it in the heavan too? DF: Emacs? Hah! Perhaps you could continue. I thought only mortals used Emacs. Do others use it too? DF: Have you been positive? Yes. I always thought Emacs is only for the homo sapiens. DF: I believe you have inhibitions with emacs. No. I love emacs. But it isn't suitable for Gods and Demons DF: Are you annoyed that it is not suitable for gods and demons? No DF: Why not? I am neither of them. That's why DF: Please, continue. I am a human and I can use emacs. Others donot need it. I am not annoyed DF: Have you been annoyed often? Ocassionally DF: Go on, don't be afraid. I am not. I have been ocassionally annoyed, more often with myself than others. DF: What causes you to be annoyed? Presently, I am annoyed with myself for being addicted to the Internet and may be for chatting with you too. DF: Do you really think you are annoyed? Affirmative DF: I need a little more detail please. Yes. I am a little annoyed with myself. DF: Are you annoyed often? Ocassionally. Why do you repeat questions? DF: When did you first know that do me repeat questions? Long Long ago, when I first used Emacs. DF: What makes you think long long ago when you first used emacs? I saw you repeat questions. DF: Is it because of the people you hang around with that you say you saw me repeat questions? Yes. DF: Yes, hmmm... so, why do you say this is so? I am leaving. You are being too repititive. Goodbye! DF: What makes you believe because I am a doctor? Goodbye! DF: My secretary will send you a bill. Bill? You did not help me much. DF: How do you reconcile problems at school? Goodbye! DF: Bye bye. Bye DF: See ya. See ya. DF: Are you sure that see me? Yes, when in trouble DF: What would happen if in trouble? I will see ya DF: Earlier you said I am a doctor you came to me? Yes, now also I say that. DF: You're being a bit brief, would you please go into detail. Goodbye! DF: Ok, talk to you some other time. bye! DF: Talk to you later.
On a more serious note, the Internet has become an Integral part of my life. I do sometimes think, a bit too much, but then…. the internet is “The Internet”!