Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Spending too much time on Facebook....


Weather like this is my excuse. It's not very nice outside today. It's 46 F and raining.

Speaking of Facebook, I can hardly believe some of the things people say on there. It's like their brains are out to lunch, or closed for the weekend, or something. And hardly anyone seems to be thinking of the fact that it is being seen all over the world. It is like telling the world "I'm a babbling idiot, and I am actually proud of it." Einstein may or may not have said this, but it is worth repeating anyway: "The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." 

Something I was reading the other day said we should not sit for long periods because it doesn't let our major muscles in our legs or butt get enough exercise, and so we should stand more and sit less. I have an extra keyboard and mouse so I stacked up a couple of short stools, to get enough height, then placed a board on top, large enough for that extra keyboard and mouse, and tried standing up for a while, as I worked on the computer. It works alright, but it isn't as relaxing as sitting down, of course. Maybe standing at his typewriter worked for Hemingway, but I'm no Hemingway. And I'm already 21 years older than he was when he died. So I will probably continue sitting for most of my writing chores. But it is nice to have a choice.

The following is from  http://www.openculture.com/2013/10/ernest-hemingway-standing-desk.html

In 1954, George Plimpton interviewed Hemingway for the literary journal he co-founded the year before, The Paris Review. The interview came prefaced with a description of the novelist’s writing studio in Cuba:
Ernest Hemingway writes in the bedroom of his house in the Havana suburb of San Francisco de Paula. He has a special workroom prepared for him in a square tower at the southwest corner of the house, but prefers to work in his bedroom, climbing to the tower room only when “characters” drive him up there…
The room is divided into two alcoves by a pair of chest-high bookcases that stand out into the room at right angles from opposite walls….
It is on the top of one of these cluttered bookcases—the one against the wall by the east window and three feet or so from his bed—that Hemingway has his “work desk”—a square foot of cramped area hemmed in by books on one side and on the other by a newspaper-covered heap of papers, manuscripts, and pamphlets. There is just enough space left on top of the bookcase for a typewriter, surmounted by a wooden reading board, five or six pencils, and a chunk of copper ore to weight down papers when the wind blows in from the east window.
A working habit he has had from the beginning, Hemingway stands when he writes. He stands in a pair of his oversized loafers on the worn skin of a lesser kudu—the typewriter and the reading board chest-high opposite him.
Popular Science, a magazine with roots much older than the Paris Review, first began writing about the virtues of standing desks for writers back in 1883. By 1967, they were explaining how to fashion a desk with simple supplies instead of forking over $800 for a commercial model — a hefty sum in the 60s, let alone now. Plywood, saw, hammer, nails, glue, varnish — that’s all you need to build a DIY stand-up desk. Or, as Papa Hemingway did, you could simply  throw your writing machine on the nearest bookcase and get going. As for how to write the great American novel, I’m not sure that Popular Science offers much help. But maybe some advice from Hemingway himself will steer you in the right direction. See Seven Tips From Ernest Hemingway on How to Write Fiction.
For more on the benefits of the standing desk, see this post from the Harvard Business Review.

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