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  • I have a theory, that any apparatus designed to convert anything digital to analog, or vice versa, will always be frustrating or noisy. There's the disc drive in my computer, never ceasing its whirring and purring. The scanner's not so bad, but it requires an entire series of button pressing.

    Then there's the notorious printer. Being broken in some specific way, it requires paper to be fed to the tray one at a time. Being old, printing that lovely still life you saw on the Internet will take a while as it loads up the image via the outdated serial port. And being a printer, it'll need a purchase of an over-priced toner or set of cartridges sooner or later.

    Sometimes, a document may be missing pages or replace your words with a strings of symbols with various accent marks.


    I've begun moving through the days as if they were part of a dream. I keep to myself, never saying anything except for some formalities, a remark on a piece of Shakespeare, or a question about the previous night's math homework. The amount of constant, meaningless interaction about me has completely turned me off from making some myself. No-one seems to mind, thankfully.

    I spend long nights finishing my answers to a piece of English homework, writing an interpretation of a video seen in Psychology, or struggling to find how to say a simple phrase in French. I'm a slow learner, so I consult my textbook, various pages of notes, or the given prompt to assure myself I'm writing what I need to. If it's creative writing or a thesis that I have to write until 7am -- when I have to go to school -- I would have to struggle to transfer abstract thoughts to paper. Somewhere in the back of my mind, I am hoping these endurances of thinking will get that scholarship.

    Hopefully I come out alright.

    Photo by Ryan McGilchrist, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0.
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