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Brian G. Fay
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Writing, changing, running, becoming, teaching and wondering.
Writing, changing, running, becoming, teaching and wondering.

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Remember the sine wave from high school trigonometry? It's a gorgeous thing and as good a metaphor for mood and life as I know. Come plot the wave with me.

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A meditative cup of coffee.

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Remembering my father.

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Saw this book today and it got me to thinking about the news.

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It’s not that records sound better, not at all. It’s that I listen to records better. That’s what this is all about.

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There is a way to discuss politics in schools and among teachers. It's a tough needle to thread but worth the effort.

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It's not like anyone missed these posts, but I'm back after a few days off.

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Four hours' sleep, an upset stomach, a flat tire, and a new/old turntable.

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Reading Online Done Better

I’ve been thinking and writing lately about analog experiences. The book is the analog device that has been least touched in my life by all things digital. Writing, though I still write with a fountain pen and a couple of typewriters, was the first thing to fall to digital influence when I found the power of a word processor, but reading has remained an analog activity. Even when I got a Kindle reader, I was disappointed in it almost immediately and have since given it away to a friend without a moment’s remorse. Reading works better on paper. Period.

Still, there are things that I read online, such as this morning’s Wired article "Tesla is Snatching Apple’s Stars to Make Itself the New Apple"
(https://www.wired.com/2017/01/tesla-snatching-apples-stars-make-new-apple/)
which I read on my Chromebook. Clicking on the link I’ve given you will present you with the article, but my guess is that you won’t want to read what you see. I sure didn’t. A screenshot of the is below (wish I had a way to embed pictures inline here).

The first things I noticed were that awful zombie-looking guy, a Chevy ad, and my guess that the text of the article was buried somewhere down below. And then there are all those sharing buttons, the masthead, and the Tesla logo. I just wanted to read the article. Scrolling down, the zombie guy followed (like a zombie) and I was too distracted and annoyed.

Then I remembered Mercury Reader. It’s an extension I have installed in Chrome. I clicked the button and was greeted with the clean image below.

It is the next best thing to an analog page. Black letters (with some links thrown in) on a white background surrounded by a grey desk. I love it. I read the article. I savored it. About the only thing I didn’t do was mark it up with my pen as I would if it had been on paper. That purely analog experience would have been the best option for reading, but it is expensive and wasteful. The original page was abysmal and distracting. The Mercury Reader page is a nice compromise.

Reading online is the pits, but it’s less terrible with an extension to remove the distractions and lets me truly and deeply read a piece of writing. 
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