Saturday, March 30, 2013

Hot lead man tries to be hot geek

Funny thing.
 
Up until fairly recently I have not been a nerd, but a Luddite...Smash the fershlugginer machine!...it ain't gonna make your write any better! My stand-up 1920 Remingon would do just fine!
 
But by 2007, there was a transformation when I began to experience  difficulty in getting my typewritten words into some prospective publisher's hard drive. Golly. You could  now multiple -submit by learning Word,  copy and paste your material  to all and sundry-- even to your  friends, most of them fellow writers and with more clout than you  had in the various media.
By the year 2,000 one published writer finally had lunch with me-- and seemed baffled by my transformation. "Migod, you've become a nerd, a geek!"
This  old hot lead linotype jockey had finally seen the light! But too bad because of a technology lag, he was now unemployed. In the business, you used to do things differently.
Gone for years was the linotype operator to whom you would submit your  clumsy scrawls and he would make heads or tails out of them, down to proper paragraphing,  spelling, headlining and artistic use of white space. (So much the worse for parvenu  folk usually gay,  who could baffle you with demonstrations- with only one had--to show you indeed, you  zen freak, that it is possible to clap with one hand--these guys seemed always to possess big hands. Gevolt, I can demonstrate to you one hand clapping! Thump! Thump! Thump!
"You are old, Father William."
This reference had me always reaching for my Lewis Carroll books.
Gone is the "superior knowledge" linotype operator. We now resort to Google.
In any event, I had become a nerd, a geek.
Which,I fear has not made me write any better...But it sure engages your brain, filled now with three score years of rust, bullshit and hot lead.
And you notice, quickly the vast gap between those who are online and those who are not. Migod it seems the same difference between humans and animals at times. We geeks have this sense of assumed  superiority. The asshole is computer illiterate! Damn his l950's PhD.
 
One has become a geek.
 
Cheers.
 
 

4 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

Indeed, it does seem quite a transformation.

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