I’ve recently discovered that my transformation is complete – that is, to someone who thinks better at a computer than with a pen in hand. It’s been the case when writing letters for some years – isn’t it still a pleasure to receive a hand-written chatty letter in the post? But I find them hard to write now. Emailing is more natural to me. When writing a document that really matters, I still print it out for the final proof-read because errors that I overlooked on the screen jump out at me on paper, but I can’t write it on paper any more.
Anyway, the completion – I sometimes, when I get around to it, do The Times crossword. I don’t often finish it, sometimes I just get a couple of clues, sometimes most of the way. It’s a red letter day when I fill in the final clue. But for the last couple of days I’ve been doing it on the iPad. And I’ve always needed to hold a pen and the newspaper to be able to think my way into a cryptic crossword. No more. I whizzed through three-quarters of yesterday’s … that’s it, I couldn’t finish it, I still haven’t even though I wrote down the answers I’d got in the paper to see if that helped. But, although I did jot down letters to think my way through an anagram, I actually found it easier on the screen than I normally do in the paper.
I still prefer a real book to those I read in the Kindle app, but I have to admit that I’ve bought at least three times as many downloaded books this year as paper ones. And I like to hold a proper newspaper. Well, and read it. Not hold it with the furled umbrella and the bowler hat.
Oh, and I turned of WV again, because it’s so damn annoying. I can’t read it when I try to comment on blogs and have, in the past couple of days, had to have up to three goes before getting it right. But I’ve already had a couple of spam comments – which don’t find their way into the comment column, they’re filtered out. So why do the wretched spammers bother?