National Poetry Writing Month: Day #11 (April 11, 2013)

Today’s prompt: a tanka. Should be simple enough; after all, the more widely known haiku is really just an abbreviated tanka. The difference is that a tanka has two additional lines of seven syllables each.

Today’s entry is actually kind of silly, but I’ve been doing battle with Roxio Toast, trying to burn a DVD copy of the new Christopher Titus special so I can watch it on my TV, instead of being stuck watching it on my computer. Unfortunately, the only decent software for creating DVDs on the mac is Roxio’s Toast, which has steadily gone downhill over the years—while Roxio’s tech support (as such) has remained maddeningly consistent in its level of suckiness.

I was actually able to successfully burn a copy—but, even though I had Toast set to widescreen, the DVD it burned was most definitely not in widescreen format. So, I had to do it over. Only Toast wouldn’t do it. No matter what adjustments I made to the various settings in order to reduce the size of the encoded video, Toast kept telling me that the video was larger than the capacity of the disc, even though it had been indicating otherwise.

Finally, I gave up and deleted the bastard Toast altogether. Unfortunately, there are no other decent DVD-burning applications for the Mac. The alternatives either don’t work, or can’t even be installed. I’ve had to resort to trying to use a Windows PC (blech!), while simultaneously attempting to get the job done on the copy of Toast that’s on my ancient, eight-year-old iMac G5—which means that, if it actually works, it might finish the job today…

O, technology!
You’re such a fickle bastard.
I want a copy—
a simple freaking copy—
of the show that I just bought.

But Roxio Toast!
You’re such a fickle bastard.
First, you get it wrong,
then you can’t do it at all—
and you’ve got no tech support.

Yes, it could be worse;
it’s really not all that bad,
just kind of a pain.
I just want to watch Titus
on my dad’s widescreen TV.

But technology!
You’re such a fickle bastard!
You were supposed to
make my life much easier.
Whatever happened to that?

(11 April 2013)

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