Well, our time together has come to and end, dear internets. And as I look back on the past few months, I ask myself: what have I learned this summer?
I feel like I’ve learned a lot, but at the same time it feels more like I’ve just changed. I’ve always thought it important to have an open mind and a willingness to learn, as opposed to simply just striving for encyclopedic knowledge. I mean, sure, it’s really great to KNOW things, but as that old adage goes: the more you know, the more you realize how little you know. By this logic, even really smart people are stupid! So this helps me sleep at night.
While I do at times feel completely ignorant, I really think I’ve changed how I think about the environment, and the choices I make on a daily basis. Of course, I don’t always make the right choices, but I find myself always at least looking for alternatives, and more consciously than before. Consciousness may not be sufficient for change, but I think it’s an essential component of being a committed and groovy environmentalist.
Anyways, rather than subject you to any more of my directionless meanderings about what I may or may not have learned this summer, let’s just focus on what I learned today: how to print double-sided on my dumb printer!
For those who wanna learn my strategy, here’s a brief explanation:
1) In the print menu, select “print odd pages” (or some variant) and then click print or OK.
2) Once the printing’s complete, take the paper out, leaving it face down, and turn it around 180 degrees (so the top of the page is facing away from you, into the printer).
3) Go to the print menu again, except this time select “print even pages” (or some variant) AND “reverse order” (which will, amazingly, print from the end of the document to the beginning) and once again, click print or OK.
When it’s all said and done, you’ve just cut your paper usage in half!
**Important points to keep in mind**
1) If “reverse order” is not an option for you, then you have to re-order your pages from the top of the stack to the bottom. Tedious, but potentially worth the minute it takes. Unless of course you’re a really busy and important person, like one of the cast members of Jersey Shore or something.
2) If the document ends in an odd number, you have to remove the last page from the stack before sending it through the printer again. Otherwise, the pages will be incorrectly sequenced, which would make for a very confusing reading experience. Kind of like that time I tried to read that Stephen Hawking book.
I’m sure there are simpler ways to do this (such as the amazing new feature that *sometimes* pops up on my computer, asks if I want to print double-sided, and does all of this crazy fandangling for me). And of course, you may have access to better software and/or hardware than me, which makes it possible to do this with the click of a simple button. If so, I’m totes jealous of you one-click wonders. Sigh.
But until such a time that it becomes more mainstream and institutionalized, I think it’s worth the bit of extra time and effort to make the best environmental choice that I can with what I have.
And there you have it! A concise summary of what I learned this summer. Sure glad to have shared this time with you, readers, and my wonderful Halitrax teammates.
Stay cool, Halifax. Stay cool forever.