Saturday, October 31, 2015
Usually perfection can’t be attained. Bare minimum for me: An adequate result.
I snail-mailed the last paper edition of my zine. Why? Not the computer but the printer.
This Windows-compatible printer is the third one I’ve owned. All three were crap. This one started to print faint copies. I tried the usual fixes. Nothing. I searched via Google for other fixes. They didn’t work. Two hours wasted.
I had to take my PDF file to a print shop. Text was OK but the images were muddy. A problem I could’ve fixed with the file if my printer had been working. The file was uneditable so it couldn’t be properly fixed at the print shop.
Online the images look great, in color, not B&W as with print.
Since 1994 I’ve been cranking out my paperzine The Ray X X-Rayer. No more. I don’t want to waste money on another crap printer or take the option of trying to get adequate copies at a print shop.
Online writing and editing can be a pain but not like producing hardcopy. Paper jams, dried out ink cartridges, smeary copies – no more. Stapling, folding, envelopes, stamps – forget it.
There are holdouts in meatspace who are paper only. I respect that but if they want to read my stuff they’ll have to do it online at this blog or at http://www.tinyletter.com/RayX .
Good riddance to paper.
Time and money saved. One stressful activity gone.
I’ll save my energy for more reasonable pursuits. Like capturing a UFO.
Posted by Ray Palm (Ray X) at 3:00 AM