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Space: The final frontier

ST:TOS PostcardThis post is not about what Roddenberry meant by “space”, but it tickles my Trekker funnybone to be able to throw Star Trek references in. Here, have a gratuitous picture of some of the TOS cast. I promise it’s relevant. Eventually.

I posted last time that I was planning to reconfigure my home office, to incorporate some of the things that my classmates have or do in their workspaces. Specifically, I wanted a “writing wall” like Laurel has. And I knew I could fit one in, too. I knew exactly where it would go.

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Rhetoric, Process, and Materials – Part 4

Having discussed and played with some concrete materials, we then moved on to a broader view of materials, in the form of Ergonomics and The Writing Space.

IMG_1674Ergonomics

It is alarmingly easy to injure yourself, when you sit in one attitude for long periods as you do when writing (especially on a computer). Those who write on laptops are at increased risk, depending on how they position the laptop. I know this from personal, painful, experience, and will never take ergonomics for granted again.

We were given an ergonomics assignment for homework. Take a photo (or have someone take a photo) or make a drawing of yourself in your writing space, and complete the ergonomics checklist we were given. I felt pretty confident in my own space – it’s a proper desk with keyboard tray, etc., after all – but doing this made me aware of some deficiencies. This photo – and the discussion in class – shows that I need a wider keyboard tray so I can have my mouse/trackpad beside my keyboard rather than above/behind. I also need to adjust my chair height, to improve the angle of my wrists. And I could do with a lumbar roll.

The sharp-eyed reader will note the bottle of Writer’s Tears Irish Whiskey atop the desk hutch, along with my Shakespeare and Jane Austen action figures. Who says writing has to be lonely?

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