October 31st, 2013

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31st October, 2013 © blanket sin – "fern"

It's been awhile since I've devoted entire weekends (free time) to tweaking my blog's css code (and what not) for presentation. Today feels like a weekend because I've been enjoying two consecutive days off work. And if you bother to visit, you might notice that I finally came to terms with the sticky note resting location. I had that image at the top of the page where the banner image goes.

I don't know what or why I tried so hard to get my blog to look like a bunch of incoming faxes, but since I've started tweaking the tranquility ii stylesheet, that kind of was what I had envisioned. It's working out, I guess. There is a term in the blogspot world of blogging known as typecasting, and all it is is people with manual typewriters (hipsters) are snapping a picture of their typewriter generated copies and uploading them onto their site. It's a slow process, yes, but when you consider screenwriting format having so many indentions, tabulations, fixed width spacing and double spacing after a sentence, it's much easier to do than trying to figure out how to incorporate these characteristics in html/css.

So the fax machine theme kinda connects with this vision of creative writing in that I would much prefer it if editors would accept manuscripts in old fashioned hard copy format instead of digital format. I think it's all about analog because, and people don't always see things my way, but, if you've ever attempted to write on a typewriter, you may notice typos and misspelled words that typing on a computer hides from the writer. While it may be quicker to lay down your thoughts on a computer because you don't have to scurry around looking for the correct spelling in a dictionary, most people reading your typos are still going to guess what you were trying to say, spelling errors and all. I just saying, IMO the process of computers taking over starts there. I just don't want a computer to tell me what the correct spelling of a word is, that's all.

So, returning to the banner issue of a faxing machine themed blog, I'm slowly going to figure this banner image I want to design that will convey the idea of analog ms vernacular. I visualize the Internet slowly bringing reading back as a favorite pastime over TV. I think there's so much competition between cable networks that TV isn't satisfying anymore because people want to watch what they don't have a subscription to, and they default to channel surfing ending up watching crap.

Hey, if I was a librarian, I might even be able to find those hidden video streams for popular shows online and post the links in my blog making TV enthusiasts return for their weekly TV fix of American Horror Story and House of Cards. I mean, I'm one to talk about increasing reading habits as I can channel surf my life away (as I have been doing.) I simply read slowly and it takes a great deal of effort to entice my interest in fiction. Probably, the only people I'll ever see returning to my blog will be those with a particular taste in the production of moving pictures. That is, if I get any good at it.

These screenplay scene posts I upload are bits and pieces of the great American screenplay I write. The story revolves around the life of a loser who can't find happiness because he's so distraught over having lost his first love. He is a loser because his one true love is still in this world. He just can't bring himself to get closure from the hurt he feels from having cheated on her when she wouldn't put out. I don't expect the other half of the population to see eye to eye with me -- and that's pretty much where my writers' block set in -- and thus far, it's the reason I don't take myself seriously as a screenwriter and try to protect my writing from being used by independent filmmakers. If it's any consolation at all to the gender conscious, we kill the loser in the end.


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31st October, 2013 © blanket sin – "typewriter"

I work by the railroad tracks where the subway trains like the Metro line frequent. I'm sure larger passenger trains also run by those tracks, like Amtrak, but I know freight trains hauling containers go by all the time. I work one blog away from the trailer yard and there's been some activity there. Apparently, some low-income apartments are under construction and soon we will be seeing that much more patronage at the library -- just as soon as these apartment get filled.

Since this little library where I work relocated to a nice new building, I've seen business pick up. It's picked up so much that the number of employees has increased. One of the things affected by this was moving the typewriter from a counter top complete with countersinking chair where one could sit and stretch their legs, to counter top by the delivery entrace above some cabinets. No chair.

In 2003 when all the furniture and books needed to be packed up for the move to the nice new building, one of the typewriters was left behind. I still use this electric typewriter at work for typing spine labels. Most if not all my co-workers were in the habit of using the laser jet printer. They inserted small Avery labels in the letterhead paper feed, but we've recently received an upgrade and our printer is now basically state of the art scanner/fax machine/printer. How my co-workers are going to work around printing their labels on 4x6" avery label sheets is beyond me. I still like the typewriter for this task.

At first I didn't like the spot the boss decided moving the typewriter to accommodate desk space for the new employees, but now I think it's terrific. At first I had the impression that the typewriter was slowly being devalued, eventually terminated because it was placed so close to the exit, but I like the idea of having it right next to the fax machine. It is somewhat of a nuisance bringing my work to this counter top type, but the typing I do on it isn't so much that it effects my work overall. I thought I would share this picture because I'm sure one day the typewriter will be gone and then people are going to be like "what's that weird keyboard on the counter do?"

I would bring my portable manual Royal Quiet De Luxe and work from my cubicle. I love the impression it makes on the labels I would type with it, but that's probably the only thing I would be able to type because it would be so noticeable if I tried typing entire blog entries with it (at work). As it is, I already brainstorm my blog entries with notes printed in Sutterlin. It's a bitch to transcribe, but I get satisfaction of nobody but me being able to read my writing.