I came across a very old ink drawing I’d done, depicting my segue from science to print. I happily abandoned my old Pickett slide rule for what was then the pinnacle of drawing instruments, a technical drawing pen. I always gravitated to the finest points, enabling me to render tiny details accurately.
I fear that, after years using a mouse, my drawing skills have atrophied completely. Those cerebral circuits have long since been reworked, so that I wield virtual pens in Illustrator and Photoshop, rather than real-world drawing tools. But I think that those sensibilities were repurposed successfully to the digital world.
As with so many valid emotions, it has warranted a country song, and I’ll paraphrase: If loving my monitor is wrong, I don’t wanna be right.
I’ve had a LaCie Electron 22 Blue IV for a little over 3 years, and I’ve been more than pleased with the color and reliability of the CRT. The fact that it weighs as much as a 3rd-grader was outweighed [ha] by the reliable color.
I still do a quite a bit of color work, but I’d grown weary of doing my writing on a laptop. Oh, I’ll still have to write on the road, but my back has been begging me to switch to the desktop when I can. I began to realize that either the CRT was going a bit soft, or that I’d been spoiled by the crispness of the laptop screen. Because I usually wrote on the laptop, but retouched on the desktop, I hadn’t been conscious of the softness of text onscreen on the CRT (at least, as compared to the LCD laptop screen). But once it was pointed out to me by a squinting friend, I couldn’t ignore it.
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