The Jubber Journal

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Warning: Rant in Progress

According to

A rant is an argument that is fueled by passion, not shaped by facts. When the shouting starts on talk radio, or when a blog commenter resorts to ALL CAPS — you’re almost certainly encountering an instance of ranting.

Rant comes from the Dutch ranten, “to talk nonsense.Rave is a close synonym — in fact, “to rant and rave” is a popular expression. When rant is used as a noun, it means something like tirade. The first recorded usage of rant is from the end of the sixteenth century, in Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor. By the middle of the turbulent seventeenth century, the name Ranters was used as a catchall pejorative for various groups of radical Christian dissenters.

So I asked myself the question ‘what fuels my passion?‘ and certain rant-able events began to fill my mind that led almost immediately to a lengthy meander down the all familiar interpretation that struck a cord above, to most this list will resemble ‘nonsense talk‘, while for others there may be some form of self-identification and agreement. Either way, it’s all good, I don’t anticipate changing the world here:

  • you slow down to graciously make room for the vehicle in front of you trying to barge into your lane, driver of said vehicle speeds ahead, then slows down, moves into the next lane, and honks his horn at you with a hand-made gesture that is tasteless
  • you notice pedestrians are ignoring the lawful crossing place, as they move to the back of your vehicle to go behind you, you roll forward to make room for their illegal crossing, and obscenities are hurled at you, followed by a disgusting loogie planted on your back windshield (yeah this happened…)
  • you pull up behind a vehicle trying to punch in a gate code, you have a remote and proceed to open the gate for them, they notice the gate is magically opening, there is no gesture of appreciation, thanks or acknowledgement, just a grumpy “ok…I got it!” response
  • you alert the vehicle next to you on the freeway that their gas tank hatch is open, for some reason the motion is interpreted as “get lost creeper” followed by the all too familiar hand gesture (yeah this happened…)
  • you obviously have an accent, and there’s always that one person in the crowd who thinks it’s amazing and funny to try to mimic your accent
  • you once lived on the African continent, and someone makes a random comment, ‘I once knew john doe from Madagascar, did you ever meet him?
  • employees that work in the food industry, go on break, in the front of the establishment, and smoke
  • employees that go on break, and for some reason clear their throat or nose and spit as soon as they exit the building (notoriously evident at grocery establishments)
  • shoppers who think they are smart by carefully sandwiching their cart between vehicles and sneakily look around and smirk, as if to say ‘yeah…I am leaving it right here
  • someone parks too close to you, opens their door, in plain sight and dings the side of your car, and then has the gall to look you in the eye, and smile as if nothing just happened, like it’s your fault
  • your neighbor is out walking their pet, it happens to poop on your lawn, and they walk away glibly with the ‘I ain’t picking that up‘ expression

Ah that feels good! I just successfully had a ‘rant and rave‘, about things that fuel my passion, and to you it’s just me doing some ‘nonsense talk‘.

Here’s a question for you – what fuels your passion in the same manner? If you could rant within moderation, what would your list of pet peeves look like? Submit your rants and get them published…

hmmkiki’s Rant & Rave Submission #1

  • Drivers not signalling early and cross over too close for comfort in front of you.
  • I really dislike being disturbed when I’m on a roll in my typing of my university work.
  • I have to display superman strength of patience and quietness when people are LATE for any form of outing that involves food. More than 30 min is when I have to start some form of meditation to manage it all.

Gail N’s Rant & Rave Submission #2

  • My No.1 rant has to be the pavements in Dublin. When we first arrived in this country I wondered why all the pavements looked as if they had splatters of paint on them until I realized that they were actually discarded pieces of chewing gum carelessly spat out if people’s mouths and trodden on so many times that it would be impossible to scrape them off!
  • My No.2 rant would have to be that there is no free pavement to walk on as the spaces between the chewing gum are taken up by people who seem to think it’s alright to spit in public places …this would probably turn into my No.3 4 and 5 rants as well …yeah really really freaks me out!
  • My No.3 rant …If I had enough money to set myself up in business to design and manufacture a splattered chewing gum gobbler upper …I would spend my life cleaning up pavements, instead the government should automatically impose huge fines for offenders then I wouldn’t have to think of a machine to clean it all up! Hey … I like this ranting … or do I?

Ddruooe R’s Rant & Rave Submission #3

  • People who are late for any meeting without a valid excuse. Then they waltz in and still go get coffee and then a toilet break!! And come and sit down and expect the speaker to explain again for them.
  • The tube!! Grrrrrrr people who get into a full carriage with their BACKPACK STILL ON THEIR BACKS… then turn around!!
  • People who get off the escalator or come off a bus, off a tube, come out the door of a shop and just stop RIGHT THERE, no consideration to others coming behind them!!! Grrrrr or those who suddenly stop midwalk on a busy pavement. And lastly those tourists that stop in the middle of a busy pavement and open their maps!! Dunno if rantings have made me feel better or worse ha ha ha

Paul M’s Rant & Rave Submission #4

  • I find it very annoying all the drivers, in the passing lane, who want to go the same speed or slower than the cars in the middle lane. Signs are posted “Slower traffic stay to the right except to pass”.

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Victory in Print

The year is 2015 and I sit here wondering what Johannes Gutenberg and I might have had in common.

  • Gutenberg’s year of birth is not precisely known but was most likely around 1398.
  • Around 1439, Gutenberg was involved in a financial misadventure making polished metal mirrors.
  • It was in Strasbourg in 1440 that Gutenberg is said to have perfected and unveiled the secret of printing based on his research, mysteriously entitled Kunst und Aventur (art and enterprise).
  • In 1448, he was back in Mainz, where he took out a loan from his brother-in-law Arnold Gelthus, quite possibly for a printing press or related paraphernalia.
  • By 1450, the press was in operation, and a German poem had been printed, possibly the first item to be printed there.
  • It is not clear when Gutenberg conceived the Bible project, but for this he borrowed 800 guilders from Fust, and work commenced in 1452. At the same time, the press was also printing other, more lucrative texts (possibly Latin grammars). There is also some speculation that there may have been two presses, one for the pedestrian texts, and one for the Bible. One of the profit-making enterprises of the new press was the printing of thousands of indulgences for the church, documented from 1454–55.
  • In 1455 Gutenberg completed his 42-line Bible, known as the Gutenberg Bible. About 180 copies were printed, most on paper and some on vellum.
  • Gutenberg died in 1468 and was buried in the Franciscan church at Mainz, his contributions largely unknown. This church and the cemetery were later destroyed, and Gutenberg’s grave is now lost.

“Featherbed Alley Printshop Bermuda”. Licensed under CC BY 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons –

Fast forward 565 years, and the world of print has evolved exponentially. From hot metal type ludlow composition, letterpress and wooden furniture locked up in chases, the very essence of what every pressman dreamed of, decades and centuries ago is alive and well today. Mainstream commercial offset establishments stay ahead of the curve by investing in equipment every 4 years, a huge chunk of the industry no longer deals with people in the old conventional way of communication. Almost all transactions are performed online through a consortium of cables, up-links, keyboards, screens and pixels. From point and click to secure online purchasing, uploading to a FTP site of artwork, to dropping prepress files into a hotfolder and assigning it a profile and process of output through devices.

Almost sounds like a foreign language, doesn’t it! But this is where the printing industry has coursed through the years. From exposing negatives and positives in a darkroom, masking out non-image areas with opaque and rubilith tape, placing golden rod for grip, and exposing light-sensitive UV coated aluminum, developing plates with what might be considered toxic and lethal today, hanging plates on presses, making adjustments, twisting plates, 3 flats to a mm, hand adjusting ink keys, without the use of a densitometer, removing hickies with your thumb off the plate surface while the press rumbled along, to hand mixing PMS colors and special order inks on a scale next to the press. Where make-readies on an old Roland Size 6 press would take 4 hours, from hanging plates to running up to color – yes those were the days!

The dynamic of change in the printing industry is one that has seen the biggest shifts from manual processes, requiring 6 people to run a press…

  • 2 people on the feeder (alternating between throwing loads, maintaining sheet feeding (meant non-stop running) and offloading at the delivery (also meant non-stop running)
  • 1 person assigned to the units for ink replenishment in the ducts, and topping off water units (general dogs body/grunt/fetch and carry)
  • 2nd pressman at the delivery end of the press, pulling sheets and checking color, register, hickies, scuffing etc. and performing any other ancillary operations deemed fit by the obnoxious uncouth yelling of the 1st pressman 
  • 1st Pressman (usually just sat at the front of the press reading the newspaper, eating a sandwich and drinking coffee while yelling commands to the crew)

…to 2 people in unison running a 40″ press, working the feeder, delivery, units and console. Presses come with all the bells and whistles you can think of today. From automatic ink dispensers, to reticulated water units, IR driers, inline static eliminators, Direct to Digital Image laser functionality, and full good to go make-readies from the moment a file is RIP’ped from Prepress to the Press, and sellable within the first 30 sheets, in register, keys set, up to color in no less than 6 minutes.

This is where it began for me many years ago, on a Heidelberg GTO 46. I remember initializing the press with my name and the date I completed my apprenticeship, and wonder if it is still there today?

Today I celebrate my 30th year in the printing industry, and what a journey this has been!

Thank you Johannes Gutenberg for realizing your dream of transferring ink to a substrate, even though you had a hard time, with bankruptcy, lending sharks and every other economic woe of the day – you afforded me a career in an industry that I love, and have running through my veins.

This has been quite a trip…thank you CMYK and the beauty you little screen dots make when combined together!

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Open Invitation Blog

I haven’t ever contemplated the notion of inviting followers to submit a post to be published here!

I think that there’s a wealth of wisdom and deeply rooted information available, and you might be holding the key to unlocking an amazing platform for discussion.

Here is an open invitation to you, whether you are browsing through blogs, or receive updates from TJJ in your inbox, to submit your guest post. It will be reviewed of course for content and will be posted as our new monthly guess post. Topics are open, the only request we have is that submissions maintain decorum and shy away from political and/or offensive content.

As soon as your post is approved and published, we’ll let you know, and give you the link to share with your network of social connections!

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Less is More

Minimalism defined:

  • A school of abstract painting and sculpture that emphasizes extreme simplification of form, as by the use of basic shapes and monochromatic palettes of primary colors, objectivity, and anonymity of style.
  • Use of the fewest and barest essentials or elements, as in the arts, literature, or design.

I like the idea of extreme simplification of form and anonymity of style coupled with the notion of existing with the fewest and barest essentials or elements! With that in mind, I opted to change the look and feel of the Jubber Journal. If less is more, and minimalism is the metaphor of cleanliness then I think I am headed in the right direction.

How do we bring this into existence though? We can easily manipulate a template, change a style and click a few buttons here and there, and almost instantly in the electronic world, the change is made. In life – not so easy! Going to the extreme is possible, going overboard is simple, so where do we draw the line. It must start with simple goal setting, tenacity and sense of accomplishment. Interpret it as you may, to the hoarders life might well be minimalistic, but that viewpoint is skewed. To the individual existing on bare essentials by way of choice, through their lens life is chaotic and the constant need for less IS more!

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I Resolve

Happy 2015!

It’s become the norm to make a new year resolution, along the lines of “I am going to stop this” or “my life goals for this year are going to be…”

Interesting enough though, very few resolutions are adequately embraced for the long haul, and some within a few weeks throw in the towel with the inner commitment to try harder next year. But do you want to change something because it was pointed out to you, or are you loathing a certain habit that you know you have, and can’t shake off?

I have started almost every other year with some promise either verbally or internalized with the intent of making a definitive change that would either make my life better or at least for those in my circle of influence. The end goal has truly almost always been dismal failure. That’s the honest hardcore truth. I think if we can admit to making an attempt, even if the outcome results in failure, it can be said with fairness “I tried”. Sometimes though, “I tried” doesn’t cut the mustard.

People call it going “cold-turkey”. Quitting or giving something up that you know has been your personal thorn in the flesh, your literal cross to carry, knowing full well that every attempt has resulted in failure, and acknowledging that misery loves company, the ideal you resolved to surrender, to give up, to change, really never did leave. So then what is the answer, and wherein lies the victory?

  • You don’t need a new year to decide on a resolve to change!
  • No one can tell you to adjust/quit/stop or give anything up!
  • It is ok to fail!
  • Trying is already a victory!

Judgement in failure comes swiftly, doesn’t it? And then the very resolution we made becomes our nemesis. The journey becomes arduous, tiring and pathetic.

If there is a resolution that has “success” written all over it, it is the mere fact that you have identified something in your life that needs an adjustment. It doesn’t need to happen overnight, and the beauty is you don’t have to wait until the new year to jump into the deep end.

  • Pick a small thorn that you know is a discomfort to you…
  • Begin daily, weekly and monthly to address it in the affirmative…
  • When you stub our toe, be sure you’re failing forward…
  • Be vulnerable, and make yourself accountable…

Resolve to change, it is not as daunting as you may think, and as you gain steps in victory of the smaller matters, you will have honed your skills and be at the ready to tackle the bigger things that once were insurmountable, and in doing so, in your resolve to succeed will be able to help the next person up that stumbles and fails forward.

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Short Stack Order

90Bon Jovi sang a song about it, along the lines of “we’re half way there”. Journey came close to the end goal with “Don’t stop believing.” And then there’s the massively deep philosophical “glass is either half full or half empty” conundrum.

We are just a little shy of reaching our end of year goal of having 1,000 subscribers! We have passed the half way mark, never stopped believing and the glass remains half full!

This is where you can help us! We need a short stack of 70 more followers to the Jubber Journal that has been 10 years in the making, nothing shy of being authentic and at times superciliously melancholic.

You’re a subscriber, and we are super humbled and thankful that you’ve stuck around, our challenge is that you’d copy our URL below and post it to your social networks – or hit “Like” and add a note to your Facebook, it’s free, won’t cost you anything but a click, and the occasional blog update.

So…do we have a deal? Would you help us keep the glass half full as we head into 2015?