Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Crazy Man

The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.

Marcus Aurelius


Hello Ken


Now what, I ask you, could be more insane than your computer? Not only does it persist in doing the most irrational things but it takes great delight in hearing you yell and curse at it. And that makes you even crazier than the computer. Nothing in my life is more maddening than the gadgets and machines that I am convinced I can't live without.

In other words I am on the side of the majority of those who live with these certifiably psychotic creatures without which life would be sublimely and deliciously boring.

Imagine driving down a super highway and you slam on the breaks to avoid hitting the car in front of you, but instead of slowing down you get a message that says "That file is not available. Please try again later." Or imagine putting a cake in the oven to cook and every two minutes the oven shuts down and restarts itself. Or imagine dialing 911 to report an emergency and hearing a recording say "Please confirm your password."

Now I am by no means a Luddite. I think modern inventions are great things. This computer allows me to attempt to write this journal entry and then it will allow me to attempt to post it. No doubt some excellent minds went in to the design and manufacture of it. But there is no doubt that some far from excellent minds were also involved. I hope whoever designed the keyboard and put the Caps Lock next to the A has been duly arraigned, tried, convicted and is spending the rest of his life in solitary confinement surrounded by a cell full of capital letters (SERVES YOU RIGHT).

I also wonder about the sanity of the person who designed the Spell Check which will often gives me a choice of a word that has nothing whatsoever to do with the one I misspelled.

So why do I spend hours in this uncomfortable chair, squinting at a screen that has impossibly small font sizes, trying to write something that I hope someone may enjoy reading?

Clearly, it's because I am in the ranks of the insane.

DB - The Vagabond

Never give up.




1 comment:

Jon said...

My computer aggravates me more than anything, yet I can't live without it.

You hit the bullseye when you mentioned the Caps Lock being next to the A.
I am CONSTANTLY hitting the Caps Lock instead of the A by mistake, and I thought I was the only one.....