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Fluffy Electronic Addictions

In Selected Papers on Fun & Games, Don Knuth writes about his experiences playing an early computer game in the 1970s:

Clearly the game was potentially addictive, so I forced myself to stop playing — reasoning that it was great fun, sure, but that traditional computer science research is great fun too, possibly even more so.

Is this something we should keep in mind today, surrounded by countless opportunities to do something frivolous instead of something substantial?

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