You’re Bored? That’s So AWESOME.

Posted by on Jan 27, 2012 in Resources | 188 Comments

So…I saw your tweet.

You’re “bored”?

Bored.

Really?

WOW!

I am…absolutely floored. Hopelessly lost in admiration!

You are everything I aspire to be.

Oh. Hold on.

…..

Back. I had to go and check what “bored” meant, just in case the definition had changed recently, but no! It’s the same! In essence, you’re saying you’re sat there, with all the resources of the internet at your disposal, and you’ve run out of interesting things to do.

Which is just incredible.

You are amazing.

HOW YOU MUST HAVE LIVED.

I mean, by being “bored”, you must have…

  •  Eagerly delved into everything Stanford, Harvard and Yale are offering up on iTunes, entirely for free – or lost your mind wandering around Coursera, which aggregates courses from some of the most famous universities in the world…
  • …before testing yourself on the basics – all the basics – with Memrise.
  • …and then did the same with Chez Pim‘s output  - with enormous emphasis on the Pad Thai.
  • Backed up every single photo and critical document you own…
  • …and then did it again, elsewhere, because you never know when the badsectorpocalypse will strike…
  • …and even went as far as protecting all your precious bookmarks & settings on your favourite apps by going portable and sending a backup a copy to your USB or cloud drive? (Find all this travel-tech stuff baffling? Here’s a reliable guide.)

Trees in Hornsea, East Yorkshire

  • Packed a bag, walked out your front door, caught a bus, caught another bus, caught yet another bus, and kept going until you ended up somewhere incredible? Because yes, it’s possible.
  • Explored the fringes of your vocabulary with Visuwords.
  • Read all The Morning News, then all of World Hum, then every scrap of archived material from Brain Pickings, rounding things off with the Paris Review. (Well done. You’ve read some of – and read about some of – the best writing on the Internet. Admirable way to spend a couple of decades. I applaud your dedication).

JourneysFrodoExcerpt

  • Read Lord Of The Rings yet again, except this time following the route in Barbara Strachey’s Journeys of Frodo (above), the Ordnance Survey of the fantasy world.
  • …and followed it up with a substantial dollop of TED-watching.
  • Grasped the fundamentals of the 6,000+ living languages of the world. 
  • …and then somehow, against staggering odds, managing to fight your way through all 50 of these.

Hubble galaxies

  • Read this trilogy, while following  the real history of Newton, Liebnitz, Hooke, Louis XIV, William II and all of Stephenson’s “characters” in a real history-of-science book (say, this one), and pinpointed exactly where Neal Stephenson has stuck to the facts and where he has taken wild, anachronistic flights of fancy.
  • …and then written at least as many fiction and non-fiction books as Isaac Asimov.
  • Guess where in the world you’re looking at to within 100 miles, 10 times in a row, with GeoGuesser – or just randomly gone exploring with MapCrunch.

Inspiring Quote

  • Taken every “inspiring quote” in the spirit it was intended.
  • Sat outside and listened to the world – the birds, the weather, the bustle of humanity, the creak of your chair, the sound of your own breathing – until everything held absolutely zero novelty or interest for you. Go on. We’ll wait.
  • Learned how to paint a picture with food, like this, or this.
  • Addressed every lingering guilty regret, until you were satisfied you’d done absolutely everything you could to make amends, no matter how belatedly.
  • And finally (because it’s important to have a sense of proportion here) – you’ve followed every single link in every single issue of Aaron Bady‘s Sunday Reading series.

BONUS

Shannon of A Little Adrift has rounded up a couple of cubic miles of free stuff here, some of which I’ve mentioned above, most of which I haven’t. Click this and you’ll never be bored again, but your head may explode. Your choice.


I mean, there’s other stuff – but let’s face it, doing these things really ate up your free time. You’re allowed a little slack!

And I don’t want to sound unreasonable, of course. Or bitchy.

Anyway, I’ll let you get back to being bored.

Because you, my friend, deserve it.

Images: Shermeee, Hubble Heritage, Mike Sowden.
I probably found less than half of these links on my own – so, my undying thanks to my big-brained friends for getting there first. I could never be bored with you around.

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  • http://www.roamingtales.com Caitlin @ Roaming Tales

    Touché.

    It reminds me of Samuel Johnson’s “when a man’s tired of London, he’s tired of life”.

    • Mikeachim

      I should have added London to the list. :)

      Which reminds me – Peter Ackroyd’s “London” is in my bookshelf, not getting read. Harrumph.

      • tom

        that book is AMAZING. read it tomorrow.

    • Shenpen

      Yes, but so what? I’ve read through this list and realized if this is life I am really tired of it because I cannot give half fucks about anything on this list. Thankfully, I don’t have to worry about amusing myself with such matters, because I have duties to attend to (work, family) that keeps me going. I’d rather be honestly unhappy and duty-driven than trying to fake myself into fake happiness and faking interest into things I don’t give two shits about. Like food, languages or science.

      • Mikeachim

        That’s totally your right and your choice.

        So what things are you interested in? What would you include instead?

        • Shenpen

          1. Finding a good GF. Best thing against boredom. Looking for marriage, kids.
          2. Training hard. Becoming stronger every day is a great feeling.
          3. Improving your home. We have just repainted and so proud.

          Generally… things that are more like producing than consuming.

          • Jeff

            Yeah, this list is definitely geared more toward intellectuals than the everyman, but if you don’t like it and you’re bored, you could always make your own list. Meanwhile, I’ve finished everything on this list and now I’m so bored that I’m responding to the comments.

            • Nancy

              I wouldn’t consider this list particularly intellectual because I guess as a student I’m still getting constantly submerged in information. It makes me a little ashamed to have recognized a lot of the things on this list but quite honestly, those end up boring me more.

              Perhaps it’s because I’m not a complete introvert but some of these are funner when you engage them with other people. (I.e. learning a language from a book is pretty boring but you have a group of friends from various different backgrounds, it’s interesting to exchange tidbits of knowledge between your cultures)

              The introvert tech guy’s list to excitement for sure, but definitely not mine.

              • http://jjj Nancy

                But anyways, I’m still bookmarking this because I will probably need some of these for my students. :D

              • Rose

                It seems pretty intellectual and ya so what if language is funnier with people? These are just suggestions. Lets say you click on the language link and say this is great your right I should learn a language and the travel thing and say but I dont want to go that far.

                So, go to China town or to your friend’s parents house who are a different culture than you and start learning there. Bring one of those translators and check out books for it. These seem more like suggestions but how you get there is how you want to.

          • FingJimYeah

            Maybe if you spent some time learning with the items on this list instead of bitching about them, a woman might find you actually interesting when she talks to you, and then would want to marry and have kids with you, because she’ll know that you might actually be able to teach them something someday.

            Maybe your way works.

            You: “I don’t do all that reading and learning stuff, it bores me. I like to repaint houses. Houses, yeah!”

            Her: “I want to have your babies.”

            Yeah, I can see it now. That settles it for me, I’m dropping out of school and going to buy a paintbrush on the way home from the gym!

            • JJ

              I agree with Shenpen.

              You can’t tell someone they have no excuse to be bored because they could be watching lectures, reading, backing up their data, or studying geography and linguistics. It’s simply idiotic, and that’s even assuming the author has never been bored (by the way, I call bullshit on that).

              Good day.

      • j.r. spencer

        Maybe if you were to broaden your thinking a little, then you wouldn’t be so tired of life. People generally get board because they can’t seem to think of anything interesting to do. Well, if you become a more enlightened person, you may find that you are more interesting and therefor are more likely to be able to find interesting things to do. Or, you can just go through life with your old ideas, and your limited point of view and bitch about how friggin board you are because you yourself are an interesting person. So, good luck with that… o and by the way, work and family are things that define us not things that we define. have a nice day.

      • Rose

        But these aren’t faking yourself into happiness. You do not have to do ANY of these things. Dude these are just /suggestions/ and than you can use these suggestions anyway you please or not at all. I for one found some of these exciting and thats fine. If you don’t make your own list or do other things. You sound like a coincided fucker ‘oh I dont want to do these so there fake.’ So what if you don’t? Thats fine other people with and without duties will like them and thats fine too. Ya but so what is a stupid question. Hes putting this list up there for people WHO DO find it interesting or want to read it. Thats the point. Thats it.

  • Caitlin

    Of course this doesn’t allow for the fact that some people are bored, not because they’ve got nothing to do, but because they have too much dull stuff that they have to do. If I worked as a cleaner or a factory worker all day, I’d be pretty bored!

    • Todd

      I actually work as a house cleaner all day, and perform as a musician at night. I bring an iPod along in the day with music and books and podcasts on it…I’m never bored! Tired, sometimes, but never bored.

  • http://www.angieaway.com Angie Orth of Angie Away

    Bookmarking this post… not that I ever have time to be bored, but someday I aspire to it!

    • Mikeachim

      Does that mean you’re never calling by again? Well THANKS, lady. ;)

  • http://theminimeinme.blogspot.com/ Pam

    Now I’m going to feel guilty everytime I say that, damn.

    By the way, if you ever decide to travel to US, and venture to Colorado, you had better look me up – I would love to show you some of our amazing sites here in the wild, wild west :-)

    • Mikeachim

      You bet. :) I’d love to tool around Colorado. I’ve seen too much of it in the pages of National Geographic to be comfortable with the idea of skipping it when I finally visit the US…

  • Azalea

    Yes, because all those things that interest you also interest me. Completely.

    In psychology, boredom is defined as an attention problem: “an unpleasant, transient affective state in which the individual feels a pervasive lack of interest in and difficulty concentrating on the current activity.”

    It’s not about whether or not something is worthy of interest, it’s about changing moods and psychological states. An in the moment type of things. I love certain things, as we all do, but I don’t always feel like doing them.

    Boredom is also defined as “to weary by dullness, tedious repetition, unwelcome attentions, etc”, which is not about having nothing to do, but about being stuck doing something that is uninteresting.

    • VonneWhat

      Pedantic –

      Adjective.

      1. Overly concerned with minute details or formalisms, especially in teaching.

      Someone takes the time to write down a list of things to do and websites to visit, all of which could drastically improve their audiences’ lives, and you feel the need to niggle about a matter of syntax? Come on, now. The post wasn’t written to be an asshole to anyone who has ever sighed, “God, I’m bored.” It was written to give all of us a few more resources that we may not have had before if we’re ever in the position where we have free time and nothing better to do with it.

      Your tone and use of definitions was horrifically rude and priggish, and your post contributed absolutely nothing of value to the conversation, besides. Go find somewhere else to be miserable, please. We’re trying to learn.

      • Azalea

        Yes, my “tone” was so much worse than your insults.

        I personally felt the authors “tone” was sarcastic and pretentious. If you want to share things, that’s fine, but I interpreted as a put down to anyone who ever considered themselves bored without having done every possible awesome and amazing thing, like those things listed, including myself. One can make a list of awesome things to do without being sarcastic, or accept the fact that some people might be offended. (I’d also like to point out here that I’m not saying the author should avoid possibly offending others, which I regard as impossible anyway, just that it’s should be okay for people to feel offended and be allowed to express that.)

        I used definitions as examples, because the author had mentioned looking up the definition of boredom already. I wasn’t exactly correcting or anything, just pointing alternative definitions to, you know, further learning in that specific direction.

        Accepting others’ thoughts and opinions, as well as expressing them as I did and am entitled to, is another way of learning. Please don’t outright insult me just because you disagree with what I’m saying. I was attempting to add to the conversation, but thanks for ever so subtly shutting me out and putting me down.

        • Mikeachim

          I appreciate the time you’ve both taken in commenting. Thank you. :)

          Absolutely there’s the other definition of boredom, and we all feel that, and I’d be a hypocrite if I didn’t acknowledge it. In the specific case that triggered the post, it wasn’t that kind of boredom. It was the “the world is itself boring” kind of argument for being bored.

          But really, like most posts of this kind (I can’t claim to be original here), it’s mainly aimed at myself. It’s a self-kick in the self-pants. Because sometimes I forget that I hardly know anything. So it’s really a subjective, navel-gazing rant at myself, turned into a list of things I admire so some of my readers might benefit from clicking through and having a look.

          That said, I’d argue boredom is a symptom of something being wrong elsewhere. I don’t believe it’s a natural state of being. Being rested in your own mind, unstriving, drifting, that’s different to being “bored” in the most commonly-held sense. That’s my belief. But then, I’m not a psychologist, just a bloke with a blog…

          • tardisrider

            Could you sum that up in fewer words, please? I tried to read the whole thing, but I got bored in the middle.

            • Vic

              @tardisrider: I see what you did there….

            • Intercostaldrama

              Such presumption! How are we supposed to know what you’re describing if we’ve never experienced your trauma. Or is it pleasure?

            • Darlene

              Your comment is more clever than his list.

              • Intercostaldrama

                A veritable shower of splutterings among the bored this morning ffl.

        • Tiff

          Almost lost hope for a moment there.

        • Rose

          I personally thought he was trying to be funny. Its okay to be sarcastic I think the point was to say if your bored go out there (or online) and JUST DO something about it. These are his suggestions for people who like to do this. If your bored and have access to resources but choose to stay inside and do nothing its your own fault.

  • http://papaisapreacher.blogspot.com Larissa T.

    THANK YOU! For writing this. Every time someone tells me they’re bored, I want to scream. I wish I had the time to be bored. To have run out of books to read, food to cook/bake/eat, photos to take, articles to write, blogs to catch up on, movies to see, friends to make, problems to solve. (etc.)

    Just one tiny thing that is a pebble in my shoe.. thunk? (Grammar Geek.)

    • Mikeachim

      Oh, “thunk” is one of my favourite non-words. I live in hope that it’ll someday get formally adopted into the global lexicon, alongside other useful words like “squee” and “craptastic”. I know it’s wrong, but I can’t leave it alone. It’s a Puritanical thing. Saying “thunk” is my word equivalent of a visit to I Can Haz Cheezburger. I’m not proud of it, of course, but…there you go.

      • Watson

        “who’d’a thunk it?” hahaha i say thunk all the time, and so does my best guy friend. it’s a funny word!

        • Richmal

          “I thought I saw a Squirdle
          I think I thought I saw
          I think I thunk I thought
          I saw a Squirdle by my door”
          If it’s good enough for Spike Milligan… :D

  • Gaurav

    Great. Now I will never be bored again.

  • http://gettingyoungerwithage.blogspot.com H. Scott Dalton

    Well said, Mike. All great suggestions.

    We all have stuff we need to do that may be less than engaging–but that doesn’t mean we can’t make ourselves better. Even when work is dull, or I’m washing the dishes or doing the laundry, podcasts and audiobooks keep me learning and help me get younger.

    Whatever I’m doing, I try to focus on how to challenge myself. I don’t always succeed, but I always make that the goal.

    Make it a great day!
    Scott

    • Mikeachim

      Cheers, Scott. :)

      Challenge is everything – fully agreed.

  • Phoenix

    Just sent this to my friend who complained of being bored :) Absolutely love it, fantastic!

  • http://www.stiegler-legal.com/ Frank Stiegler

    I’d think that “bored” in this context might stand for plain ignorant.

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  • Jojo

    I think I just fell in love with you! :P

    This was brilliantly written, and just so engaging! Although i’m never ‘bored’ I do sometimes find myself not sure what to do next…. you just gave me a complete list! :D I especially like the suggestion that one goes outside to listen to nature- one of my favourite things to do!!

    This afternoon I’m going to listen to a few of the 100 lectures from best scientists, and maybe to a few of the Yale talks about something that has nothing to do with my area of interest, just for breadth.

    Thank you so much for this article. Along with ‘Desiderata’ by Max Ehrmann it may well turn out to be a somewhat life-changing read. And thank you ‘stumbleupon’ for bringing me here!

    • Mikeachim

      You’re too kind. Thanks for saying…

      But this is a really subjective tip of an enormous iceberg. I can recommend dropping by Open Culture (http://www.openculture.com/) if you want tons of entirely free head-expanding wonderfulness. Although there’s so much to do over there that it’s actually a bit scary…

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  • Krista

    Wow! Thank you for introducing me to these great websites! The RSA videos are amazing! I’ve learnt so much watching the videos!

    • Mikeachim

      They are indeed stunning. The one on new education paradigms (which was sent to me by a friend, and sparked my obsession with them) is particularly thinky. Similarly the Change This manifestos. Good brain-stretching, assumption-challenging workouts…

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  • http://www.hopscotchtheglobe.com Kristen

    Booking marking this one. If i ever use the world bored in a sentence, I know where to come to change that.

  • timme

    you basically just bragged about everything you’ve done or know about

    • Mikeachim

      I wish. Nope – I haven’t done all of these things. I’ve barely done a fraction of them. That’s why they’re on this list (which is aimed both at an individual I know, and at myself). Nothing to brag about here, I’m afraid…

  • Al

    You are a pretentious and self-important asshole based on your tone.

    • Mikeachim

      Nice of you to say.

  • Amy

    Has it ever occurred to you that people might find THOSE things boring.
    Twitter back: “Dude shut up, your boring me.”

    • Mikeachim

      Nope, I wouldn’t expect everyone to find the stuff I find interesting, interesting. Absolutely not.

  • michael1_4

    Its good that you gave people some ideas of things to do when they are bored. I do feel though however that some of these things would just bore people even more. I’ve never felt that when one is bored it is because they have nothing to do, it is usually that they want to do something they find interesting and can’t think of anything. So if one of the things on this list is something a bored person would find interesting than mission accomplished, if not they will still be bored. Plus, being bored isn’t like having cancer. You do get over it after a while. It was good to give people some ideas though. :)

    • Rose

      Very true some of these probably would but not all and he probably put all these up here because what one person would like the other would not.

  • Caitlin

    I laughed. :)

    However some of those things in itself would bore me ahaha.!

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  • Sher

    Thanks for the tips, but this could have just been a “things to remedy your bordem” You didn’t have to be an asshole about it.

    • Mikeachim

      Thanks for your thanks. :)

    • Rose

      Yes but adding the humor to it made it funnier dont you think? Well for me it did.

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  • Becky

    Oh my gosh–thank you so much for all these ideas! I can’t wait to try them out. I’m so tired of thinking, “I’m bored of the internet.” HOW CAN THAT BE?

    Thank you. :)

    • Mikeachim

      Thanks for reading, Becky!

      As I said in an above comment, I can also thoroughly recommend Open Culture (http://www.openculture.com/) for whenever you have a spare moment…

  • http://consentient.wordpress.com Benett Freeman

    Firstly, I’d have to be really, really bored (think 10 years on a desert island) before I started voluntarily soaking up the ignorant crap churned out of Harvard and Yale!

    Secondly, does the author appreciate the irony of him receiving so many hits from StumbleUpon – a tool that many use precisely because they’re bored? :P

  • Mikeachim

    “ignorant crap”? Really? :)

    And the author didn’t write this post for Stumbleupon (as he said in an earlier reply, he aimed it both at a specific friend and at himself), so there’s no real irony there – although he greatly appreciates all the people unexpectedly calling by and taking the time to comment, and he uses SU all the time. Surely there’s nothing terribly wrong with looking for new things to learn, even when you have stuff to do already? Or if there is, well, I occasionally do the wrong thing.

    Cheers!

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  • derek pangallo

    Amazing! The only thing that could make this better is linking “your tweet” here: https://twitter.com/#!/search/realtime/bored

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  • http://rawfulnews.com/ Kenny

    If you’re bored then you’re probably boring. Or at least don’t have Stumbleupon.

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  • Bored Person

    Check.

  • wylee

    “you have run out of things to do that are worthy of interest.” Worthy of Interest is the key phrase here, as we never run out of things to do. What interests one person doesn’t necessarily interest another. How about you write an article on why some people lose interest in everything available to them, but others don’t? That would be some interesting and extra worthwhile reading.

  • wylee

    oh, and I suggest you re-title this article something like:
    What? You Have Nothing to Do? Really?
    because that’s essentially what you’re addressing here, not boredom.

  • Marlon

    Challenge accepted!!

  • [email protected]

    Bored people are usually boring people.

  • Anna

    There’s no reason one should be bored with the interent. I got bored with my school work. So what did I do? I started teaching myself quantum physics. Not bored anymore.

  • anon

    a great academic source. mine has more to do with actions and helping OTHER people on it but each to their own! acted as a great catalyst for me and got me writing my own list which is now 58 to-do’s strong!

    :-)

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  • Letje

    Being bored can mean you can’t do what you really want to do, for whatever reason. Or it is a symptom, a starting depression.
    It has absolutely nothing to do with being a boring person.

    • Meph

      Bang on, best comment so far.

    • Olivia

      It may be 366 days after this comment was originally made, but I feel this is worthy of thought:

      For the tl;dr’s : Boring people are bored and you can only be bored if you choose to be.

      Who most often says “I’m bored”? Average intelligence middle-class 14 – 30 year-olds with “great” aspirations to middle management, probably. People whose weekly high point is going drinking, typically surpassing buzzed and landing at blitzed, or discovering juicy gossip about people they dislike, typically because that person is perceived as more successful, more intelligent, more attractive, etc. These people ARE boring. They view anything intellectual, cultural, or even difficult as “pretentious” or “lame” or “stupid”. If you go to a lecture on Friday night because the topic interests you, you’re an outcast, a nerd, but you’ve got something worthwhile to say and think about. If you spent that Friday night at the Popularity Queen of the senior class’s party, you’re cool, but what do you have to say? Maria’s dress was too provocative so she must be a whore?

      To be considered fun or interesting the activity must be social or effortless. Why isn’t learning new things or bettering ourselves fun? Because it’s difficult.

      I’d be willing to say that anyone who ever became successful was never “bored” for more than a few hours at a time. Do you think Albert Einstein was ever bored? Probably not; he was always thinking about a new idea or concept. Think Kobe Bryant is bored? He worked hard to become a fantastic basketball player, and works hard to maintain his skills – not something intellectual OR effortless. Steve Jobs? Never; always formulating new products and the best marketing strategies. The Ancient Greeks and Romans? Not bored; they were occupied with building a successful empire. My grandfather – a high school teacher who mowed lawns in the summer because he was bored without something to do.

      If you are a member of the close-minded group who cannot fathom any intellectual pursuit being “fun”, do something else to better yourself or to benefit others. Take a walk, volunteer, clean the bathroom, it doesn’t have to be extravagant.

      “Well I don’t have access to a gym to work out at or a hospice to volunteer at and my house is sparkling clean.” Everyone has the outdoors; you CAN walk through the inner city. Also, if you have access to the Internet, which practically all of the Industrialized world does, it can tell you a million workouts using things you already own and it can tell you “quiet workouts” if you happen to live in a quiet lifestyle apartment. You can volunteer at schools, or you could volunteer to watch your neighbor’s child while she works since her minimum wage part-time job barely allows them to get by. let alone pay for childcare. And everyone’s bathroom needs cleaned, even if it was just cleaned yesterday. You may not love doing these things, but they will keep you occupied well enough to stave off the boredom.

      To summarize: Boring people are bored, and you can only be bored if you choose to be.

      • http://prachieee.blogspot.in prachie

        Hey Oilvia,

        I loved your reply to the whole debate that’s ensued. You are right. Only boring people get bored. You echo my sentiments.

        Touche.

        And, here’s to being not bored.

        Cheers!

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  • Yeshanu

    Great. Now I have even more stuff to do.

    What’s it feel like to be bored, anyhow? Boredom, to me, is a choice. If I’m doing repetitive stuff, I’m usually thinking about plots for novels or stuff like that, so oftentimes doing boring stuff is a welcome break for me.

    And I taught my kids to never say they’re bored, too. Very easy.

    “Mom, I’m bored!” whines kid.

    “Well, there’s the lawn to mow and the garden to weed and the laundry to do, or maybe you could do some dishes for me…”

    “I’m not bored any more, Mom. I think I’ll go draw/paint/practice instrument/sew/count blue cars going past the house…”

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  • nujo

    I read somewhere that the most boring people on earth are those who are constantly bored.

  • Hatter

    Stumbledupon this. Fantastic! lol

  • http://www.softechguru.com Kona

    gr8 post.. really helpful..

  • Darlene

    I’m the Chairman of the Bored.

  • Chris Hockley

    I very rarely comment online anymore, there are just way too many angry, quick to judge, quick to take offense, quick to insult, anonymous griefers out there, as evidenced by the last few months on this very link. But after having stumbled on this link I just had to congratulate the author, very impressive. And by the way I don’t use stumble because I’m bored, I use it because it introduces me to sites that I might very well have never found otherwise, and now I’ve found even more sites to check out…thanks muchly.
    Here’s to never being bored.

    • meg

      great comment i agree i use stumble to help me know whats current and find cool sites i also agree that people are taking this way too seriously and personal….

  • Tailz

    I will never look at ‘being bored’ the same way again! XD

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  • Toni Tagliarino

    I honestly can’t wait to start. This may be the ultimate Bucket List, and one I may get behind. Thanks so much :)

  • http://www.orchiddreams.com Marissa

    Hmmm it’s never a good thing to be bored.

  • Intercostaldrama

    There is a step closer to being bored, than being bored and knowing that you’re bored, it’s called death. My brain never stops annoying me with its chatter which is how I know I’m not dead, only bored … there it goes again.

  • Alex

    Thanks for the great resource! I don’t understand why people bother to criticize this when all it does is offer value. Keep up the great work!

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  • http://aidyreviews.net Aidy

    I have been convinced there is nothing you can be bored by on the internet.

  • welflio

    Maybe I don’t feel like spending my whole day in front of the computer.

  • Mikeachim

    Appreciate everyone’s thoughts….

    Just to reiterate – this post was aimed at both myself (mainly myself, in fact, with the side-hope that it might prove useful to a few other readers) and specifically at a friend who triggered me to write it, and who knew I was writing the post and slung a lot of sarcasm back at me after it went up – which was part of the fun.

    If I’d known it would get shared around so much, I wouldn’t have been as snarky, because now it looks like it’s aimed at 150,000(+) people I’ve never even met. Hence the accusations of me being an “asshole”, I’m presuming. :)

    Totally fine if you want to disagree with either my tone or what I’m suggesting, or if you want to disbelieve my motives for writing this or the above explanation. That’s part of the fun of having a public-facing blog. And if we’ve never met and I’ve offended you – I’m sorry, that wasn’t my intention. Because we’d have to be face to face before I started calling you names.

    Thank you kindly. (And I hope this isn’t the only post of mine you read – some of my others are *far* more disagreeable).

    • José Eduardo Dozal

      Hey, I liked it, I also prank people when they overpost things that like if they were thinking, it is important for me to remind people they are not speaking to the wind but expressing towards everyone that might read their post and therefore disagree or just answer. I like the way you started developing the issue of boredom, how out of an unsubstancial statement “I am boered” you did a very substancial one. Yet, at some point you overstate your point making it dull, maybe diverging it, or opening the critic would have made it more interesting. Just my opinion.

  • http://franstips.com/Avoid-diabetes-complication-with-a-low-sodium-diet Fran the online writer

    Wonderful attention grabbing article and I enjoyed every word of it. Unique idea and awesome expression.

  • Debbie

    Boredom is wretched! I wouldn’t want to be bored for anything. The world has such wide and various offerings, there’s no way to be truly bored — unless you’re immortal and have lived for over three hundred years or something. But then again, there’s always something fascinating and new right around the bend.

    Thank you for a great post!

  • Josefiend

    What a great article! I love your self-snarky tone, actually. I’m not so self-important to think that you were aiming the article AT me either, but I sure appreciate you sharing it. I’m going to visit some of those sites you mentioned, see if I can’t learn something cool.

    Also? I really enjoyed the way you responded to the comments on here; I would have been was less polite, and way more inflammatory to those who felt the need to be so rude.

    (And no, I’m not some youngster-wannabe-troll. Crap, I’ll be 40 next year, lol)

    Good job all round, Mister :)

  • http://www.keripeardon.wordpress.com Keri Peardon

    You know, I used to get bored when I watched TV regularly. Since I gave up TV and took up writing and crafting/re-enacting, I always have more things I want to do than I have time to do them.

    When I do watch a movie or TV show online or on Netflix, I can watch an hour, at most, before I’m bored with it and want to do something else.

    I think the passiveness of watching TV is what causes the brain to become bored.

  • Juliet Schutte

    I… LOVE… THIS!! :D

  • miranda pilar

    wow, obviously this person has never ever been depressed

  • anon

    you used the word “thunk” in the wrong context.

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    sharing is caring. here is a list of some great educational resources broke down into categories.

    http://pastehtml.com/view/b814w8vvv.html

  • David

    I think that instead of saying that a person is bored and you start on a rant about things they could to do stop being bored i would suggest a more beneficial process.

    Instead of being bored, inquire yourself as you WHY you are bored, as to WHY you feel there is something laking in life. Maybe you won’t be bored ever again once you find out where it comes from?

  • Anoymous

    Well, considering interest is a relative term, what if they have no ambitions to do any of that stuff. Which would then make them not interested in doing it therefore, they have ran out of things they find interesting to do (at that current time, as peoples moods and opinions change with time.).

  • Anonymous

    Hm…Sherlock Holmes was bored all the time, and he wasn’t a boring person.

    Such an obscure reference. That’s OK, someone will understand.

    • nujo

      My read on Sherlock Holmes is that his boredom does not relate to the kind of boredom under discussion. He thrived on challenge snd was impatient with idleness. Even when he was waiting for the next case to pop-up he would play the violin for diversion or delve into some esoteric experiment (or harass Dr. Watson :))

  • http://magictravelblog.com Magic Travel Tanya

    Why is it such a bad thing to be bored every now and then? People are always on about how there is so much to do in life and you have to do it all before you die etc etc etc. You know what? I think that is quite crap. There is nothing better than doing stuff that you want to do, and then sit back occasionally and watch terrible tv to the point where you get bored. I relish these moments. It means that I stopped and smelled the roses for longer than 30 minutes.

    • http://mikesowden.org/feveredmutterings Mikeachim

      I don’t see boredom that way. What you’re talking about is stillness – inner & outer quiet, the kind Pico Iyer talked about here. And you’re right, those moments are worth relishing. when you’re fully present and enjoying the moment, you’re not bored (by my definition, anyway). Boredom is frustration because you can find something worthwhile to do.

  • http://aftanith.tumblr.com/ Amara

    Hey, I just found this
    And this is crazy
    But I loved this blog post
    So write more, maybe?

    (Seriously though, I’m thrilled to have found this post. Tons of useful links I can get lost in for months! :D)

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  • Jahan Nargolwala

    How bored were you to write this?

  • Rei

    I dunno, all this stuff seems kinda boring to me… I’d rather garden or paint or play with the dogs or play video games or watch something funny or hang out with people :D
    Or maybe create something… I made a hanging basket out of hangers, but that wasn’t beacuse I was bored, that was because I was broke. A lot of this stuff seems to involve sitting around and reading, I prefer to be more active. Just my thoughts on it!

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  • mike

    i am so bored

  • Megan

    ALL of these things are going on my list. I simple HATE hearing when someone says they are bored and I am envious of them also. I would love to be bored but, no…too much to do and not enough hours in a lifetime to do them!!!

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  • Keith

    Great page, fascinated me. I find that when I am feeling bored, I am actually tired. I usually make myself go to sleep at that point. I think that we are actually over-stimulating ourselves in this hyper-information age. And with more stimuli (noise, entertainment) comes less reflection, less growth. Just wanted to say I stumbled upon your blog, interesting, keep it up.

  • haleyhellion

    that guy’s kind of a dick

    • http://mikesowden.org/feveredmutterings Mikeachim

      Which one?

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    Se ti staccano internet sei fottuto

    Cazzaro

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  • http://www.ieatmypigeon.com Eva

    Should have included “read all of Fevered Mutterings” on the list.

    • http://mikesowden.org/feveredmutterings Mikeachim

      Flattery will get you nowhere.

      Sorry, that’s a typo…

      - “everywhere”.

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  • 7LeagueBoots

    Good list of things. A couple of them are the very things that lead to boredom, even though, perhaps specially because, they are important. I’m thinking of the backing up/organizing all files and documents specifically. Little is as likely to send my into torpor as organizing files on a computer.

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  • RMB

    This is one of the greatest posts I’ve ever read- so engaging, and packed full of learning stuff. Love it! Thank you!

    I would also add, though, for online learning, MIT’s courses online here: http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm

  • http://barefootmeds.wordpress.com BarefootMedStudent

    Best. Concept. EVER.
    I’ll be sure not to be “bored” this Summer.

  • Jesse

    …. well first off your list contradicts your definition of what is it to be bored. Who is to say the things you have suggested are interesting. Furthermore your suggestions are for killing time until the feeling of boredom passes. Finally if you are bored your most likely suffering from a chemical deficiency. Drink some water, eat some food, and your interests will be re-kindled. A much more apt definition of boredom is rather an acute awareness of the passage of time. Or wasted life, which stems from a much more complicated source.

    • http://mikesowden.org/feveredmutterings Mikeachim

      Yep, I gave a very subjective list of things off the top of my head. It’s very much my list, of things that interest me. I hope they interested some other people as well, but I totally understand if they didn’t…

      …but my point is that whatever your interests are, there’s always more to do. Boredom isn’t a failure of the world, it’s a failure of the imagination, so there’s always something you can do about it (ie. dream bigger!). The most crushing part of boredom is the helplessness, the feeling that the fun is over. But there’s always something new. You just have to ignore how you feel, stand up, and go in search of it until you feel differently.

      $0.10 :)

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  • http://www.tanamatales.com Ruth (Tanama Tales)

    Great post! Like a quote that is going aroung Pinterest / Facebook, “I am bores is a useless thing to say.”

  • Roisin

    I love this list, I’ve bookmarked it and come back a few times now over the past couple of years. My problem is that I get stuck on the first one. I am a total sucker for lectures, courses, languages and all that stuff. I can’t “delve” into what they have online because I just dive right in, swim to the bottom and am not seen for days…

    Fabulous post though; thank you. Anything of any value on the Internet always attracts comment bitchery, take it as a compliment that people can be bothered to argue!

  • Nico

    Excellent! Pointed me in the way of some fun and interesting things to boot.

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  • Bluejay

    I’m pretty taken aback by all the negative comments on this. I found it to be both useful and amusing- not condescending at all. Of course not everyone’s “Boredom List” would consist of the topics that the author posted, but I think the main point here is that there is always SOMETHING to do. No need to complain about life being boring, as it’s silly. If you’re bored, chances are, you’re being kind of boring. So there.

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  • http://dating.theotakuologist.com Loy Williams

    Huh. Suddenly, I ain’t bored no more.

  • Benjamin McCann

    One might also associate boredom with a lack of the necessary energy to do anything one both finds interesting innately and has not done so often as to entirely ravage this interest. For instance, suppose I am interested in museums. If I am bored, chances are it is not because I have been to every museum in the world, but because I have been to every museum that I presently have the energy to visit. Hence, boredom may be described as the cognitive dissonance produced by simultaneously wanting to do something and being too tired to do it.

  • http://www.beyondblighty.com Arianwen

    Hahaha. I love this post! That’s exactly how I feel when someone says they’re bored on social media. There’s so much to life and that one short comment makes me feel angry to the point that they are instantly deleted from my friends list!

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  • Anita Morris

    Bookmarked the list.

    I’m chronically ill. This includes fatigue. If I feel bored it usually means I’m struggling to find something to do that matches my energy level or save energy for the next day.

    When I have energy I do embroidery, or draw. Already bilingual, although I was much healthier when I learned japanese for about ten years

    Must mention Project Gutenberg as more free reading material.

    I have downloaded my first Itunes U course tonight. Modern art is the subject which I was looking to research anyway

  • Rachel S

    Of course, most if not all of these are for ablebodied people… or at the very least, people without chronic illnesses that impair their mental and physical functioning. (Learning another language? Most days it’s all I can do to remember what the month after… shit, now I can’t think of the month before November. October. Yeah. And cooking is right out. You’re lucky if I get the energy to make myself a microwave meal. Academia? Dear lord.) Not that this is anything against you. Just a polite reminder that not every can just get up and do these things.

    My boredom is usually, “I have all these things I’d love to do, but I can’t. And I’ve run out of things I’m actually capable of. Sigh.” (The things I tend to be physically mentally capable of are often a very, very short list. There’s also the problem that it’s very difficult for me to search and find new things. I had this difficulty in school and I still have it now: I have no idea what to search or even what words to use to find something interesting to do.)

    That said, this is a great list for if I can ever get up to normal functioning. Or at least passable functioning.

  • kit

    I will direct my household teens here just so they know it’s not just me that says this! Personally, I’m like Rincewind, I treasure boredom once in a while, because I never truly have nothing I should be doing and sometimes the best boredom is a stolen afternoon of nothing much. :)

  • Pooter

    Sadly, not that many people are interested in doing many of the things you listed. If you aren’t motivated, chances are you are bored. Boredom is not a lack of imagination. It is a lack of interest in pretty much everything. Sometimes its because you’ve mastered the activity, other times it’s just irrelevant. Upon reading your list, I decided none of that sounded very fun to me. Therefore I have no motivation to “back up picture files on my computer”. Yeah, I like to watch TED videos but that’s because it’s interesting and I’m curious about the various subjects they touch on. I get bored because I don’t care enough about something. And then I get depressed. So in conclusion, this article is presumptuous and makes no fucking sense.

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    I like your take on boredom, I could anyone on earth be bored, point is if someone really is bored, it means that they lack creativity, imagination, and their right brain and/or left hand stopped working completely.That’s my 2 cents on it.Cheers man, Rom

  • http://www.debelit.com Peter Licari

    Reading this list made me sort of depressed. Not because I was some bored guy who was robbed of the ability to feel, well, bored. No, I was depressed because all of these are things I’d really love to live…but, alas, I only have one life to live. So I’ll just have to do the most I can.

  • http://www.funsouk.com/p/what-things-to-do-when-your-bored.html George

    This was a funny list of things to do :)

  • Donovan

    I think the point of this isn’t that you should go become a scholar, it’s that you should DO something rather than complaining about how you aren’t doing things. If you don’t care about podcasts from Harvard, that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to do. Go to the gym if that’s your thing, or read the Twilight if you want to, it doesn’t matter what you’re interested in, there are still things to do other than complain about how you don’t like languages or science in the comments.

  • Donovan

    I think the point of this isn’t that you should go become a scholar, it’s that you should DO something rather than complaining about how you aren’t doing things. If you don’t care about podcasts from Harvard, that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to do. Go to the gym if that’s your thing, or read the Twilight series if you really like stories about vampires that sparkle in the sunlight. It doesn’t matter what you’re interested in, there are still things to do other than complain about how you don’t like languages or science in the comments.

  • http://prachieee.blogspot.in prachie

    Hey Mikeachim,

    A really interesting post there, buddy. This is the motherload of exciting activities to do. Thanks a ton!

  • http://missadventuretravel.com/ Jessica J. Hill

    Amen! I have such a hard time figuring out how so many people find themselves bored all the time. I’m never ever with a lack of things I want to do!

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  • http://dulichbui24.com Mộc Châu

    I don’t bored, but i like your post, Mikeachim!!!

  • Andrea

    I don’t understand why anyone should be offended by this article. I think it’s great that someone took the time to share what may be of interest to him with the rest of the world, it’s how we interact as humans, by sharing information and ideas, thus expanding our knowledge. I mean, isn’t that what living is about, constant learning and trying to improve oneself? If someone doesn’t agree with or understand it there is no need to dismiss it as pretentious and be so judgemental. I wish everyone was more accepting and open minded and embraced the opportunities given to them. Thanks for the article!

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  • http://www.nhomphuot.com/tag/moc-chau/ Má»�c Châu

    oh. Bookmarking this post� not that I ever have time to be bored :)

  • http://www.mytravelaffairs.com/category/good-karma-affair/ Marysia @ My Travel Affairs

    You forgot that then man must save a world from poverty! He has a full right to be bored now BIG LOL
    Great post!

  • http://www.travellingforfun.com Ross

    Some great websites there. I wont be getting bored anytime soon so….

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  • kim

    i can’t even finish this post because i’m too bored with it.

  • Isha Aggarwal

    This list has reminded me of so many things, books I want to read, places I want to explore, languages I want to learn, histories I haven’t read yet. I think I will never be bored again.

    Cheers

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