Thursday, March 15, 2007

Playing with the layout

Tonight I started playing around in the new blogger tools. Since I don't have the choice anymore to stay with the old blogger, I might as well play with the new one.

Something about myself: I am a "dragged-kicking-and-screaming" adapter. I bought a CD player last year because I figured they were finally catching on. This year we bought a TV with a built-in DVD player so we could try out that new technology. The thing tanked after a couple of months, but it was fun while it lasted.

Being forced to upgrade in Blogger was a trauma I managed to survive.

About 10 years ago I watched an amazing exodus of skilled workers: printers and pressmen, become extinct as technology raced past them. I figured typesetters were next, but a few of us survive.

I'm all about print and I get it. I know what works and what doesn't on the printed page. I can kern a document within an inch of its life. I can make type sing off the page. I can make it invisible so that thoughts flow directly from the page directly nto your consciousness with no distractions or side trips.

So it's bizarre to be communicating in pixels. HTML coding is not that different from traditional cold type. I know I could learn it if I put in the effort.

But, you know, I bought a CD player last year because I believed they were catching on. I bought a DVD player this year.

2 comments:

belledame222 said...

yeh, I'm a luddite as well.

Bint Alshamsa said...

I am exactly the same way but my partner is just the opposite. He's already stopped buying DVDs and started getting the new blue-ray discs. As for me, I'm still holding on to my VCR in the bedroom. Hey, what can I say? I'm from New Orleans where people pay hundreds of dollars for houses with cracks on the walls with the intentions of leaving them that way. Therefore, I am proclaiming that I am not old-fashioned. I'm a preservationist. :)