Sunday, January 16, 2011

Reformatting Desk

This week I decided to spend some time and clean up, or rather, defragment my desk. I don’t know about anyone else, but I can’t think in an organized fashion if my workspace or study is chaotic and inaccessible.
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My bookshelves in a state of confusion. See if you can spot: 1. Sandtrooper, 2. Gargoyle, 3. Engraving of Erasmus, 4. External Hard Drive, 5. Tin lantern. 6. Goose quill pens (2)

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Chaotic desk. All my productivity has to be outsourced to places with enough space to write.
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I haven’t devised any effective way to catalogue and shelve my book collections yet. The skull represents mortality. A common accessory for the medieval scholar.
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Newly reformatted bookshelf, with notebooks, jade lion bookend, small-format book collection. Atop is a map case, gargoyle, and several curious artifacts: a Hopewell effigy pipe and a Harappan seal. The flasks contain life-extension elixirs.
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Some order restored to the desktop. Where I have a flat space to work I prefer to use dip-nib pens for writing.
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A campaign writing desk or chest, containing important correspodence, ink bottles, and slots for sealing wax, seals, writing utensils, etc.
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Set up for taking notes from a book or manuscript. The white paper under the leather weight is for blotting wet ink and preventing the paper weight from “printing” on other pages.
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Erasmus writing in his study, as depicted by Durer. I can’t ever hope to be as erudite as he, but old engravings like this offer a wealth of ideas for constructing office or study space.