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Home Screening

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A lamp keeps the stars away.
If I go out there they are.

    — At Home, by Linda Gregg, as posted on The Writer’s Almanac

Memo to Self: When using the Safari option to “Add to Home Screen,” remember that additional steps will be necessary for locking in a particular moment prior to passing anything over to Twitter or Facebook.

That’s because the icon placed on the homescreen will generally take me not to whatever I was seeing at the moment I had meant for passing down the line, but rather will typically take me to a routine that will give me the current moment’s version. And likewise what generally will be seen anywhere I’ve passed something down the line will be the image of the moment that the page is viewed, not how it looked the moment I viewed it.

If I am unlikely to return to a web page, I tend to rely on Internet search engines if it does turn out that I wish to return. If I return to a web page frequently, but not for periodically updated content, I tend to use browser bookmarks to hold my place. These Safari home screen links (as with similar Windows links I have on both my laptops), I tend to use in the case of pages with content that is regularly updated in a specific format, such as in the case of the daily poem served up by The Writer’s Almanac. And of those different logistical methods that I employ, it is the home screen links that would usually give me content that I might want to pass along, either for my own purposes (such as I might pass a tool from my right hand to my left) or for any other reader’s use.

But taking The Writer’s Almanac example a few steps further to make the point, although Safari’s “Home Screen” performs quite effectively in organizing my routines and in taking me to TWA regularly, I can’t then directly send that same TWA page on to Twitter or Facebook, not “as is.” For by tomorrow, the tweet or FB status note will link to tomorrow’s poem, rather than to today’s. Making any note I add incoherent and irrelevant, even useless.

In the instance of The Writer’s Almanac, if I wish to pass a particular poem on to Twitter or Facebook, I first have to back up to yesterday’s powm using TWA’s own links, then come back into today, at which point I can make the pass over to Twitter or Facebook. For certain other pages I use Safari’s Home Screen option for organizing my logistics, a screen shot might be the easiest way to similarly capture the moment.

It’s kinda like poking holes in a piece of paper that is placed on top of the lamp so that starlike spots appear on the ceiling. One might then think it unnecessary to go outside to see the stars, but nothing then looks quite right unless one keeps continually moving the paper. (Yeah, I know, that’s the kind of metaphoric reflection that could win me ridicule and judgment from some, as long as one works off the assumption that it means I don’t know what it really means to be “at home.” Yeah well, at least I know enough to know that that ain’t it.)


Written by macheide

25 March 2012 at 11:15 am

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