The Lowest of Low Tech
Today I noticed my iPad screen wasn’t turning off automatically after a few moments anymore. My daughter said, “You want me to fix it?” “No, I can do it…I think.”
It has nothing to do with my age, I’m not old. It’s not even that I’m averse to anything technical. I knit a Beatnik. I knit two Beatniks!! I can do tedious and technical. I just don’t feel a need to be the master every kind of technical.
Take my washing ritual: regular old dish liquid
and my blocking apparatus as an example:
(on instagram and ravelry and kollabora)
It’s working for me. If my Settler Shawl looks a little wonky tomorrow, that’s okay by me. I did try using blocking pins and a yoga mat for the Rattan shawl, but the mats weren’t right, or the shawl got pulled out of shape, or I forgot to buy blocking wires, or something. So my blocking system remains old school. Libby is starting a series about blocking shawls, so you might check that out if you’re a shawl novice, like me.
Then there’s texting. I’m an old school texter. Which would read more like “I’d school texted” if I typed it on my phone because it doesn’t get me and corrects everything wrong. My middle finger one-letter-at-a-time texting gives my kids another reason to mock me, but I can actually type and if I use my thumbs, my phone can’t keep up and all of a sudden Marty becomes “Nasty” and everything becomes “every thong” and … you get the picture.
And I don’t do emojis. I feel really stupid having just typed the word emoji. Once, my husband sent me a text from his brand new iPhone full of emojis. I think I hurt his feelings when I informed him that emojis are lame. Poor guy- he’s sent plenty of emojis since then, but never to me. The fact that I still smile with parenthesis and do back-slash sheepish grins is not lost on me. :/
I wanted to send my son an emoji once, but I couldn’t find it anywhere. So I made a homemade emoji. One that stood for “laughed ’til I cried blood.” I found that just drawing it on paper, clicking a photo of it, and then texting it is almost as fast as using an emoji tool. Really. And who wouldn’t want to receive this in a text?
My son is a teenager. Just saying, in case that seemed disturbing. We also have a darkish sense of humor.
Sigh. I will never use all of my phone’s options. Siri gets on my nerves, as do Garmin and Ford Sync. I will also probably never fully utilize all of the options on ravelry, bloglovin, kollabora, instagram, Disqus, aperture, or Photo Shop. And I don’t want to.
When I finally put social media icons in the sidebar of this blog, I googled around until I found free icons for most of my social media sites in a style I liked, but I couldn’t find a matching one for Ravelry. No prob, I thought, I’ll just make one… by uploading a solid colored circle, then using my mac’s paint program, which required a little reading up, to draw an “r” in the center with my mouse. I won’t say how many tries it took to produce a steady letter worthy of the ravelry symbol. Do you understand me? It’s just one step above finger painting my own icon and uploading a photo of it.
A couple of years ago, I wanted my blog to have a clean, simple template. Blogger wasn’t offering anything like that then, so I set out to do a patchwork template of my own. My understanding of what I was doing was kind of like my grandparents’ understanding of Star Wars when we tried explaining it to them, as kids. Every change I made required an explanation that required another explanation and change, which required another explanation and change, etc. What you see today is so Frankensteinian that if I ever change anything except the header, I think I’ll have to hire someone. Even changing the header is a yearly – nope I didn’t even do it this year- slog wherein I finally remember how to do it after spending a couple of hours trying something way too complicated, then I immediately forget what I just did, insuring the next year will be another facepalm session.
But the one technical thing I have to tackle this year is streamlining my photo editing workflow. My current system is: take photo, leave it in camera for months, dump and forget. Find it later, run it through Aperture, export it to a “safer file” than iPhoto library (I know iPhoto doesn’t even exist anymore. See what I mean?) since I’m not sure if I want to use my Aperture library for long term storage. I also move a version into a file for appropriately sized blog photos. Then, I forget about it, leaving all of these originals, and versions, of each photo to clog up my hard drive in record time. I tell you it’s a gift.
So getting a handle on both Aperture and Photo Shop would be great this year. To be fair, the last few years have been about other things and I haven’t had the mental energy to spend on learning anything I didn’t already know. Our family is entering a new phase, on a couple of fronts, and I am getting hormones for my fatigue/migraines that is working really well. So, maybe I’ll get a grip on this stuff in the upcoming year. Besides, I am just happy to have continued taking some photographs and doing a few creative things these days. I think I’ll be trying quite a few new things in the upcoming months, but I’ll never be going too geek on you.