I'm reading Jonathan Ames' Wake Up, Sir and keep happening upon words or phrases I want to look up. Either it's a word I've never heard or a reference to the characters Tadzio and Aschenbach, whom I now know are from Death in Venice.

I was able to look this up because I had my computer next to me while reading on my bed. Unfortunately, I rarely have it with me on the subway or in the park. Even if I did, it would be a pain to bounce between the two on a regular basis; I'd lose my train of thought.

This is why I'm chomping at the bit for internet-enabled digital paper. This way, I could just highlight a passage or word in a book while I'm reading, right click and have it look it up in google or the dictionary. You'd see a little pop-up window with the relevant information and then could go right back to your book. If I had that, I feel like I'd learn a lot more while reading.

I suppose this is still a few years away, but it's going to be a very welcome addition to my technological repetoire. In the meantime, I'd settle for 120 gig iPod.