I am going to keep this journal entry brief. Most of us do a lot of superfluous things in our daily lives that we do not have to but want to for whatever reason. Perhaps we enjoy it or perhaps we are paid for it, or, for the lucky ones, both. But some of these things have benefits that are so entwined with our life that we hardly ever recognise, let alone acknowledge, their existence until they are gone. To me, writing is one such thing. It is something I love immensely, I occasionally get paid for my articles when they are published elsewhere, but it is not my day job, so to speak.
I recently also bought Launch Centre Pro because it was selling for only 40% of the regular price. I think it is worth it although I do not see myself using it anytime soon. The x-callback syntaxes are simple enough, but the core purpose of the software is where my problem lies. Over the past nine months I have been on an experiment to use technology more mindfully (a report marking my entire year is due by the end of October, so I will not describe specifics for the time being) and one of the results of that has been, rather unsurprisingly, a stark simplicity in the way I use technology. I therefore have no need for automating the modification of clipboard contents and then automating its use to invoke another application, or quickly viewing select 1Password entries, or building lists of contacts and the manners in which to reach them, or logging paid purchases to a cloud-based spreadsheet, or any of the myriad, unusually specific things Launch Centre Pro lets one accomplish. I understand that some may find all of this useful, but I do not.
With my research taking centre stage and with Pixel & Paper to manage now alongside Physics Capsule, my day has become somewhat hectic. Not one to compromise on any of my hobbies in their entirety, I have decided to make my journal updates here briefer than usual: 1,000 word articles in the place of 2,000, and 700 word articles in the place of 1,000, and so on. They will also be published in fewer numbers: once or twice a week instead of four times or more.
This is partly why I restructured this website with simplicity — to convey my point that the simplest, most commonplace of things can prove to be remarkable if only you open your mind to it. I have used the classic Garamond as the only typeface and I think it looks lovely. I will still publish here and nothing changes except the frequency of publishing and the fact that brevity will be held in much higher regard than usual. It is time we all simplified our lives and stopped considering busyness a sign of prestige — it is certainly not. ❖