East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

Change in perspective


Last night my PC monitor died. So I went to my father’s den – a room we now use as storage – and retrieved another monitor: as an old PC user, I go by the mantra “always salvage the old hardware.” So in about half an hour I had the new monitor up and running. No sweat.

And it’s been a nice step forward – the old monitor was small and cramped, and it had been going progressively darker for months. Not a great problem when writing is concerned, but all my images and covers where someway off. The “new” monitor is an LCD widescreen thing that feels like I’m in the middle of a wide open field. Great.

On the other hand, this will cost me two days of work.
For some mysterious reason, any time I update my system – be it changing the monitor, or updating my Linux OS to the next version – for two days I suffer from working paralysis. Or maybe I should call it Update Related Laziness.
I start toying around, uploading silly new software and dis-installing old one, I try this and that, and basically waste two days playing with the new stuff.
I think it’s a little like breaking in a new pair of shoes: before you take them on a hike, you need to soften and “own” them.
Or maybe it’s just me.

So, let’s get ready for another 36 hours of meaningless doodling.
Stuff like playing Reversi while listening to a podcast.
I wonder what new graphic design software I can try, today…

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

4 thoughts on “Change in perspective

  1. Find a pseudo-scientific name and create a new syndrome. A matter of a few days and it will bounce back on Wired.


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