Clay Times Back Issues Vol. 21 Issue 99 - Winter/Spring 2015 - Page 9

Pardon the Interruption... Technology is advancing so rapidly these days, I can barely think straight. Whenever I learn a new computer program or download the latest app to my iPhone, I know it’s just a matter of time before a newer, faster, more efficient product will edge its way into the mainstream. Again, I will be prompted to stop whatever I’m doing, to recall a forgotten password, to download a new program, which commands me to quit all my open programs or apps. Hold on, all you techno-geeks — I’m trying to work, here! Please stay out of my computer; leave the rest of my equipment alone, too! Can’t we have just a bit more time before we are all forced to upgrade, or download, or do whatever it is we need to do to be more efficient and compatible with the rest of the world? I remember when my siblings and I would argue over who got to use the dial-up telephone — you know, the one device that used to served the entire family. (At one point we had just the economy ‘party line’ service, meaning we had to share our phone time with other entire families, too.) It seems like just yesterday there was no fax, no online, no home computer. Sure, there were computers ... but they were gigantic, room-sized monsters found only in the most hi-tech of buildings. If you were a kid away from home and you needed to reach mom or dad, you used someone else’s land line. If you were at home doing your homework, and your friends tried to call, your parents would simply tell them you were unavailable. Now we’re all being invaded by the endless streams of texts, popups, chimes, ringtones, e-mails, snapchats, tweets, instagrams, junk mail, etc. ... It’s so incredibly distracting, I wonder how anyone gets anything done anymore? It happens all day, every day, at any time of the day or night. There’s no getting away from that cell phone or laptop or tablet. Help! I don’t have time for this stuff! I check for new e-mail but am saddened to find a dozen new messages that don’t belong there [I don’t take Viagra!] When will it stop? I try spam filtering and then, after hours have passed, I realize I’ve made no progress on my main job: producing this magazine. Sure, some things have become easier for magazine publishers. We don’t have to scan photos or color correct the images that go with the stories, which actually used to take several days for each issue. We are glad we don’t have to typeset the stories anymore. “Paste-up” is an outdated term, yet I remember quite vividly doing what the apps now refer to as “cutting and pasting” in a much more literal fashion: with slick sheets of typeset paper pulled from a roll, scissors, a large board, and roller filled with hot wax. Speaking of wax, that reminds me: Monona tells us “All About Wax” this issue [and no, I do not want my eyebrows waxed. Do they really look that bad, or is the nail technician just trying to make an extra buck?] Focus. Breathe. Unplug. Throw a pot! Yes, Clay Times is online, too — but the choice is yours: You can read it in print, underneath a tree [or in a box, with a fox] or view it on your tablet or iPhone. Clay Times works everywhere, no matter what the distractions. BTW — please check out our NEW IMPROVED Website at claytimes.com ... then click on the link to tell us what u think! Thx ;) — Polly Beach, Editor [ C E R A M I C A R T T R E N D S , T O O L S & T E C H N I Q U E S magazine Editor & Publisher: Polly Beach Regular Columnists: Steve Branfman, Books & Videos David Hendley, Around the Firebox Pete Pinnell, As Far as I Know Vince Pitelka, Tool Times Monona Rossol, Health & Safety Kelly Savino, Around the Firebox Marc Ward, Kilns & Firing Lana Wilson, Beneath the Surface Proofreader: Jon Singer Contributing Writers: Peter King • Paul Leathers ✦ Printed on 100% FSC-certified and 75% post-consumer recycled paper ✦ Published by: CLAY TIMES, LLC P.O. Box 17139 • Amelia Island, FL 32035 Toll-free subscription line: 800.356.2529 y T I M E S®Cla Clay Times ® (ISSN 1087-7614) is published quarterly, four issues per year. Periodicals Postage Paid at Burlington, VT. Annual subscriptions are available for $33 in the U.S.; $40 in Canada; $60 elsewhere (must be payable in US$). Digital subscriptions are just $20 worldwide. 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Editorial: claytimes@gmail.com Advertising: clayaccounts@gmail.com Circulation: ctcirculation@gmail.com Website: www.claytimes.com Spouting Off I Editor’s Desk CLAYTIMES·COM n WINTER / SPRING 2015 9 I remember when my siblings and I would argue over who got to use the dial-up telephone — you know, the one device that used to served the entire family. (At one point we had just the economy ‘party line’ service, meaning we had to share our phone time with other entire families, too.) It seems like just yesterday there was no fax, no online, no home computer. Sure, there were computers ... but they were gigantic, room-sized monsters found only in the most hi-tech of buildings. Now we’re all being invaded by the endless streams of texts, popups, chimes, ringtones, e-mails, snapchats, tweets, instagrams, junk mail, etc. ... It’s so incredibly I check for new e-mail but am saddened to find a dozen new messages that don’t belong there [I don’t take Viagra!] When will it stop? I try spam filtering and then, after hours have passed, I realize I’ve made no progress on my main job: producing this magazine. Sure, some things have become easier for magazine publishers. We don’t have to scan photos or color correct the images that go with the stories, which actually used to take several days for each issue. We are glad we don’t have to typeset the stories anymore. “Paste-up” is an outdated term, yet I remember quite vividly doing what the apps now refer to as “cutting and pasting” in a much more literal fashion: with slick sheets of typeset paper pulled from a roll, scissors, a large board, and roller filled with hot wax. Speaking of wax, that reminds me: Monona tells us “All About Wax” this issue [and no, I do not want my eyebrows waxed. Do they really look that bad, or is the nail technician just trying to make an extra buck?] Focus. Breathe. Unplug. Throw a pot! Yes, Clay Times is online, too — but the choice is yours: You can read it in print, underneath a tree [or in a box, with a fox] or view it on your tablet or iPhone. Clay Times works everywhere, no matter what the distractions. BTW — please check out our NEW IMPROVED Website at claytimes.com ... then click on the link to tell us what u think! Thx ;) — Polly Beach, Editor [ Clay magazine Editor & Publisher: Polly Beach Regular Columnists: Steve Branfman, Books & Videos David Hendley, Around the Firebox Pete Pinnell, As Far as I Know Vince Pitelka, Tool Times Monona Rossol, Health & Safety Kelly Savino, Around the Firebox Marc Ward, Kilns & Firing Lana Wilson, Beneath the Surface Proofreader: Jon Singer Contributing Writers: Peter King • Paul Leathers ✦ Printed on 100% FSC-certified and 75% post-consumer recycled paper ✦ Published by: CLAY TIMES, LLC P.O. Box 17139 • Amelia Island, FL 32035 Toll-free subscription line: 800.356.2529 Clay Times® (ISSN 1087-7614) is published quarterly, four issues per year. Periodicals Postage Paid at Burlington, VT. Annual subscriptions are available for $33 in the U.S.; $40 in Canada; $60 elsewhere (must be payable in US$). Digital subscriptions are just $20 worldwide. To subscribe, call toll-free 1-800.356.2529, or visit www.claytimes.com. 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