Now that you’ve taken numerous steps to avoid receiving paper from others, and to get rid of the paper you still do receive, there remains another piece of the puzzle: how to stop generating more paper of your own. Kicking the printing habit can be hard, but in this chapter I help you to identify alternative ways in which you can achieve roughly the same end result.
You may hit Command-P dozens of times each day, out of habit or necessity. Sometimes printing truly is necessary—until all your business associates and family members join the paperless revolution, you’ll be obligated to print certain things for their consumption. But countless pages are printed every day just because the documents’ creators wanted to have copies “for their records” or “just in case.” Those printed pages are the ones you can most easily eliminate.
So, as an exercise, try this for a week. Put a piece of paper—yes, paper!—next to your printer, with three columns: Document, Pages, and Purpose. Every single time you pick up something from the printer, jot down the following information:
Alfred Nobel wasn’t in the best of health, but he knew he wasn’t dead. Yet there was his obituary, prominently featured in the morning newspaper. To make matters worse, not only had the newspaper killed him off prematurely, it had described him as a man who “became rich by finding a way to kill more people faster than ever before.” The French press service that provided the story had made a mistake. It was actually Alfred’s older brother Ludvig who had died, while vacationing in Cannes, but a reporter had gotten the brothers mixed up. Alfred was deeply disturbed by this chance preview of how the world would remember him. Yes, he had invented dynamite and gelignite, the most powerful explosives known at the time, but he had always envisaged that they would be used to benefit mankind. Indeed, he had spoken of producing a substance of “such frightful efficacy for wholesale destruction that it would make wars impossible.” Unfortunately, he was wrong.
Nobel was born in Sweden, but spent his early years in St. Petersburg in Russia, where his inventor father had set up a small business developing sea mines for the Russian government. Young Alfred had ambitions of becoming a writer, but his father thought that a scientific career would be more practical. So he sent sixteen-year-old Alfred to apprentice in the laboratory of the noted French chemist Theophile Pelouze. It was here that he met Ascanio Sobrero, an Italian chemist, who told him about a fascinating substance he had discovered. “Pyroglycerine,” Nobel learned, was an oily liquid that exploded with great vigor when detonated. Sobrero had made it by reacting a mixture of nitric and sulfuric acids with glycerine, a substance readily available by treating fats with sodium hydroxide. He had gotten the idea from a story about a chance discovery made in 1838 by Friedrich Schonbein, a professor of chemistry at the University of Basel in Switzerland. Schonbein, as the story goes, was experimenting in his kitchen with a mixture of nitric and sulfuric acids, which he accidentally spilled. He quickly picked up his wife’s cotton apron and wiped up the mess. When Schonbein tried to dry the apron by hanging it near a stove, it burst into flame and disappeared in a flash. He realized that cellulose, the basic component of cotton, had somehow reacted with the acids to create an explosive material.
Your words deserve the best, and with a little help from Pages document templates, you can show off their full glory with just a few clicks. But thats for the next chapter. This chapter fills you in on nitty-gritty housekeeping tasks like setting page margins, headers, or footnotes, and it also involves the grander architectural work of building an outline, organizing content sections, or varying your layout rhythm with multiple columns.
Tip: If you need a quick starter on getting your words into Pages in the first place, check out
Word Processing in Pages 09: The Mini Missing Manual
The overall layout of an individual pageand the entire documentdepends on whats known as
. This high-level formatting determines the handling of things like your documents page margins, hyphenation, and footnotes.
To change document formatting, use the
). Choose ViewShow Inspector or click the toolbars Inspector button to open the Inspector window. Click the first button (the blank-page icon) in the Inspectors toolbar to open the Document Inspector. The first of the three tabslabeled Documentis where youll find most of the action.
The previous chapter has established that the cultural group is not a singular consensual entity, but an eternally conflicted and conflictual complexity. In what follows, it will become apparent that the individual is also similarly constituted.
In the beginning …
In the beginning, there was Man. He was free and lived in peaceful isolation in harmony with Nature. The trouble began with the rise in numbers, when he was forced into contact with other men. Conflicts arose between them as each tried to live according to his authentic (internally derived) desires. The only way they were able to learn to live with each other was by subjugating their natural desires. In this way, they became less free but more socialized. The cost of the accommodation was that their natures became distorted in the effort to live with others—neurosis. This is how Rousseau conceived of the human condition.
In the beginning, there was Man. Free, in his natural state, he was rapacious and greedy, taking, destroying, and devouring whatever he desired with no inhibition: the war of all against all. He cared nothing for consequences; he was all Id. This was Hobbes’ view; he thought that the only way this savage being would be able to live with similar others, was by being subject to authority of gigantic proportions and force—the Leviathan. Fear would make them behave decently, but their savage natures would always be present, erupting at the slightest opportunity.
Empty wagons make the most noise. You gonna stay in school and fills up your wagon, cause a wagon aint good for nothin less it totin somethin.
Idont experience all of my lifes epiphanies in grocery lines, but supermarket mini-book titles can be so blaring and outrageous, its hard not to be jolted by them. Heres why I tell you that: After I was blitzed by those titles in the library, and after I began my tennis lessons, I convinced myself that although I still suffered night sweats and mood swings, my life was at last getting back on track. Then one day I had an ice-cream-craving attack. I sold myself on the idea that the orange sherbet/lite vanilla ice cream swirl I had in mind was low-fat enough that it wouldnt add too many more pounds to my ever-expanding behind. And I went to Albertsons supermarket. There I wound up at the tail end of what seemed like a half-block-long express line, reading the following in Ronald Klatz and Robert Goldmans mini book Fight Aging: Mental fitness declines with age. Dementia, memory loss and the inability to concentrate are some of the results.