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Tue 14 Mar 2006

Comic Life

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So, following on from the previous post, it's quite possible that you can get great music coming out of your PC, too. But what about this? Comic Life - I've been exploring the applications that came with the iMac Core Duo and I did this in about five minutes ...

I was showing my kid what we can do on our Macs, now that he's inherited my old iBook.

We've showed him e-mail and he's getting a kick out of sending messages to mum and dad.

I believe that being able to tell a good story is one of our most enduring traits as human beings - it goes all the way back to Homer and the Tao Te Ching.

More than even mastery over technology, our story-telling skill has been at the heart of how we came to be inspired, cajoled and organised to make progress through the ages.

That's what all the arguments about Macs vs PCs have missed out - the access to the tradition of design, story-telling, and aesthetics that one is exposed to when one is using a Mac.

Now, how could a techie possibly understand that? That's why we're always going to be arguing at cross-purposes.

But I don't care anymore. I don't care to give my kid a headstart in technology. I only hope that he'll be able to tell a good story. Because that will stand him in good stead for the rest of his life.

I'm reading The Kite Runner, where the protagonist first discovers that he has a gift for story-telling, for irony, when he made up this little story for his childhood friend :

"That same night, I wrote my first short story. It took me thirty minutes. It was a dark little tale about a man who found a magic cup and learned that if he wept into the cup, his tears turned into pearls. But even though he had always been poor, he was a happy man and rarely shed a tear. So he found ways to make himself sad so that his tears would make him rich. As the pearls piled up, so did his greed grow. The story ended with the man sitting on a mountain of pearls, knife in hand, weeping helplessly into the cup with his beloved wife's slain body in his arms."

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