Old Guys Navigating the Digital World

To give you some perspective of people in their ’60s-’70s in this day and age: we grew up, graduated from college, married, had kids, and worked at a job for over 20 years before we even heard of computers. I developed skills in producing a book for press in what’s now called “the old way.” I won’t bore you with details, but it was a well worked-out process that could produce high-quality results. AND then along came computers and all those hand-done hand-made methods of book production have become obsolete. We’ve had to learn a completely new craft. In this regard I’ve been lucky: since book production is now on the computer, I get to watch our Mac maestro Rick work his magic. He’s light years ahead of me and and I continually watch what he does, ask questions, find out new ways to do things, cool software, up-to-date hardware, a steady flow of tips and tricks I’d otherwise never know. In this sense I’m way ahead of most of my contemporaries (Lowell, S. F. high school Class of ’52). I can do basic work in QuarkXpress and Photoshop, have got my cameras pretty well coordinated with the office Mac G-5, I’m sailing along on the web (in Firefox). I can’t believe how I can access information. A few days ago (see earlier blog re chickens) I wanted to know how much an elephant weighed. Zing! 13,000 lbs. And etc. If you’re of the shall we say post-baby-boom generation, I’d recommend getting much and frequent help from younger computer geniuses. Things are moving (and improving) fast, and an hour tutorial once a week will produce marvelous dividends.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

One Response to Old Guys Navigating the Digital World

  1. We work like a horse.
    We eat like a pig.
    We like to play chicken.
    You can get someone's goat.
    We can be as slippery as a snake.
    We get dog tired.
    We can be as quiet as a mouse.
    We can be as quick as a cat.
    Some of us are as strong as an ox.
    People try to buffalo others.
    Some are as ugly as a toad.
    We can be as gentle as a lamb.
    Sometimes we are as happy as a lark.
    Some of us drink like a fish.
    We can be as proud as a peacock.
    A few of us are as hairy as a gorilla.
    You can get a frog in your throat.
    We can be a lone wolf.
    But I'm having a whale of a time!

    You have a riveting web log
    and undoubtedly must have
    atypical & quiescent potential
    for your intended readership.
    May I suggest that you do
    everything in your power to
    honor your encyclopedic/omniscient
    Designer/Architect as well
    as your revering audience.

    Please remember to never
    restrict anyone's opportunities
    for ascertaining uninterrupted
    existence for their quintessence.

    There is a time for everything,
    a season for every activity
    under heaven. A time to be
    born and a time to die. A
    time to plant and a time to
    harvest. A time to kill and
    a time to heal. A time to
    tear down and a time to
    rebuild. A time to cry and
    a time to laugh. A time to
    grieve and a time to dance.
    A time to scatter stones
    and a time to gather stones.
    A time to embrace and a
    time to turn away. A time to
    search and a time to lose. A
    time to keep and a time to
    throw away. A time to tear
    and a time to mend. A time
    to be quiet and a time to
    speak up. A time to love
    and a time to hate. A time
    for war and a time for peace.

    Best wishes for continued ascendancy,

    P.S. One thing of which I am sure is
    that the common culture of my youth
    is gone for good. It was hollowed out
    by the rise of ethnic "identity politics,"
    then splintered beyond hope of repair
    by the emergence of the web-based
    technologies that so maximized and
    facilitated cultural choice as to make
    the broad-based offerings of the old
    mass media look bland and unchallenging
    by comparison."

    'Thought & Humor' by Howdy
    Cyber-Humor, Cyber-Thought
    Cyber-Riddles for your divertissement!!!

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