Freedom is Minimized

“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.


2 thoughts on “Freedom is Minimized

  1. Dear Sharat, Ramona Ramdeen here, your most faithful devotee! lol lol I am sure you don’t have a clue who I am, but I reached out to you awhile back because I was inspired to become a filmmaker by your film, American Made. I enrolled in film school at the Art Institute of Jacksonville and this Summer, I will be graduating with my BFA in Digital filmmaking. I produced a senior thesis film that WON A FREAKING STUDENT ACADEMY AWARD!!! I am coming to Los Angeles next week to join my Director, cast and crew to receive it. What an unbelievable journey!!

    I wanted to shoot you a quick note to tell you thank you for the work you have put out into the world and inspired another filmmaker to put messages out into the world that help move people forward. Thank you!!!

    The award ceremony is on June 7th at the DGA theater, If you need a good excuse to take a break from your writing, please join us! Or if you have any events going on that week, I would love to come out and support you. Not to sound stalkerish, but it would be an honor to meet you!!


    Ramona Ramdeen

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