Freedom is Minimized

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“The Burghers of Calais” by Auguste Rodin (1889). Rodin, nor his subjects, were ever distracted by the internet. Because of discipline.

Boy, it is really hard to update this blog when the only thing I’m doing is writing. The only excitement would be if I told you, my five readers, that today I used the letter “z” more than once.

Hence the first update in a month. I’m just plugging away at a feature script, the details of which I’ll fill you in on in the future when I’ve made more progress. Also I’ve been reading scripts, too – including one I really liked which is always inspiring.

But there one interesting tidbit to make updating this here weblog worthwhile. For the last few years I’ve been using an application called “Freedom” when I start to work on a script. The application irreversibly turns off the internet to my desktop computer (and my old laptop when I was using it) for a set period of time. If I just need a kick to start going, I’ll set it for 15 minutes, but lately I’ve been setting it for an hour because I’m getting too distracted by The Internet and its Shiny Objects.

So when I click on Freedom, the program starts, shutting down web access, and then I will press that “-” button in the upper right corner to hide the countdown clock. It then hides itself in the system tray with a dialogue balloon that says “Freedom is minimized.” I’m sure there was no intention to have that be ironic or funny in any way, but I find it hilarious every time I do it.

And I’m certain there is some other meaning to it – minimal freedom as I’m a slave to my computer, my script, or something – but each time I run the application I hear someone saying “Freedom is minimized!” in a Robocop-like voice and chuckle to myself each time. Yes, I’m 12 years old.

Okay, back to writing. I have nothing to lose but my chains.