Silent blue screen (A poem)

Inspiration has been in short supply the last couple of days. This is Saturday’s sole poem, partly the result of following the November 7th prompt in The Daily Poet, by Kelli Russell Agodon and Martha Silano, which involved taking lines or images from a previously written poem I did not like, and using them to write a new poem.
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Grandpa’s pipe (a poem)

The January 21st prompt in The Daily Poet, by Kelli Russell Agodon and Martha Silano, is to ‘focus on taste, hearing, scent, and touch’ instead of on sight. I diverged from the prompt after that, going back to a childhood memory instead of noting things throughout my day…

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A bunch of questions and answers for no particular reason

I recently found some lists of questions posted by people on Tumblr. I guess the idea is that the people who see the posts then choose one or more questions to ask of the person who posted them. I didn’t feel like doing that, so I just did a quick copy-and-paste into a Word document… Continue reading

National Poetry Writing Month: Day #11 (April 11, 2013)

Today’s prompt: a tanka. Should be simple enough; after all, the more widely known haiku is really just an abbreviated tanka. The difference is that a tanka has two additional lines of seven syllables each.

Today’s entry is actually kind of silly, but I’ve been doing battle with Roxio Toast, trying to burn a DVD copy of the new Christopher Titus special so I can watch it on my TV, instead of being stuck watching it on my computer. Unfortunately, the only decent software for creating DVDs on the mac is Roxio’s Toast, which has steadily gone downhill over the years—while Roxio’s tech support (as such) has remained maddeningly consistent in its level of suckiness.

I was actually able to successfully burn a copy—but, even though I had Toast set to widescreen, the DVD it burned was most definitely not in widescreen format. So, I had to do it over. Only Toast wouldn’t do it. No matter what adjustments I made to the various settings in order to reduce the size of the encoded video, Toast kept telling me that the video was larger than the capacity of the disc, even though it had been indicating otherwise.

Finally, I gave up and deleted the bastard Toast altogether. Unfortunately, there are no other decent DVD-burning applications for the Mac. The alternatives either don’t work, or can’t even be installed. I’ve had to resort to trying to use a Windows PC (blech!), while simultaneously attempting to get the job done on the copy of Toast that’s on my ancient, eight-year-old iMac G5—which means that, if it actually works, it might finish the job today…

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