Near-death experiences are a bitch. I had one in 1998, and since then I've been going through life with an "Oooh, shiny!" attitude. It's hard to describe what matters; hard to get stuff done.
I remember when the proto-internet (with Usenet News, teletypes, mainframes), as a source of information, was entirely accessible. Now every day there is more than a lifetime's worth of new stuff on it. All shiny.