C’mon, what is an idea if not a wildly undependable vehicle, one that's careening along strange, shadowy, unfamiliar avenues? You’ve no control whatsoever, you don’t even know where you are. The only option is to sit in the passenger seat, goggle-eyed and clenched like a fist, wondering where you're headed. Sometimes you arrive safe and … Continue reading : joyriding in the idea cab :
Why, yes. Yes, I do. In fact, I’m often at odds with myself, because I’m a pain in my own ass. There’s simply no reason to pretend otherwise. Oh, I can be fun to hang out with occasionally. I’m pretty good company when I try, very entertaining. Other times I just want to strangle me. … Continue reading : do you ever get on your own nerves? :
My computer went belly up on Thursday and that, to my way of thinking, is the literal definition of disaster — an event short of catastrophe, but way beyond fiasco. So where the heck is FEMA with my aid and support? Where’s the Red Cross? I’m sitting here in the rubble, picking my way through … Continue reading : where the heck is fema? :
So Apple’s new iPhone update -- the life-altering iOS 9.1 -- includes some new emojis, big whoop. 185 of them to be exact. A unicorn, cheese wedge, taco, rolling eyes, a robot face (my favorite), a long, long list. The noisiest hullabaloo is over the middle finger emoji. The media are besotted with that one. … Continue reading : what is the big deal? :
Or better yet, on a weekend. My laptop does that. It crashes and almost exclusively on a damn weekend. Late on Friday is particularly dicey. So, as a rule, I try to avoid using my computer after 4:00 on Friday afternoons. I just can’t afford a crash, you know? They’re expensive. Not to mention frustrating … Continue reading : things that go crash in the night :
There’s a four part series airing on pbs called America in Primetime. Each episode focuses on a particular character type found in television shows: the Independent Woman (think Murphy Brown), the Man of the House (Dick Van Dyke), the Misfit (see below), and the Crusader (Marshal Matt Dillon). Last night was the third episode: the … Continue reading : here’s to the misfits :
An investigation. This weekend found me in a live chat with “jagdeep”, a technical support rep from QuarkXpress, a pricey software company. My Quark application would no longer open, crashing each time I tried. “Jagdeep” informed me that QuarkXpress no longer offered support for my six-year old version of their very own product. He suggested … Continue reading Wait, who sucks?