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Just three random-type posts for a Friday...

#1: Five things I believe about owning a computer...

A: If you don't know (or are not sure) what operating system you run, you shouldn't own your own computer.

B: If 90% of your typing is in l337 sp33k... like "LOL - U R 2 SUXORZ!", you should not be allowed to own a computer.

C: Unless you are of an extremely religious background (and even that has some specifics,) and you tell me you've never looked at any type of Internet porn, I don't believe you.

D: If you still refer to your icons on your desktop as "the little picture I click to...", you probably shouldn't own a computer.

E: Continuously clicking "RETRY" will not fix the error message, "You Are Out Of Paper" if you're printing something. DO NOT call your friend in the "business" for help on this one... RELOAD SOME PAPER INTO YOUR PRINTER.

(...not that this has ever happened to me personally... that often...)

Oh, and about the above... if you DO think that continuously clicking "retry" for that error WILL fix that problem, you SHOULD NEVER BE ALLOWED TO USE A COMPUTER. PERIOD.

BONUS POINT: Those of us who work a MINIMUM of EIGHT HOURS A DAY on computers DO NOT LIKE TO DISCUSS THEM AT SOCIAL GATHERINGS as a rule... the concept of being at a party discussing the latest news on the new "Southpoint VIA Chipset" has about the same appeal to me as repeated blows to my nether-regions with a lead pipe.

#2: This goes out to all the fiction writers out there in the blogsphere...


Whadya think about this idea for sci-fi story...

For all I know, they've already been done... but with the news of the last few weeks, this one really clobbered me...

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The story would be about a criminal gang member of any flavour... doesn't really matter what type of gang... and the person is responsible for killing an innocent person from the "crossfire" with another gang.

At the killer's trial, he (or she) receives the NEW punishment on showing little or no remorse for their actions... they are given the full memories of the victim and the victim's loved ones through some "bio-med" apparatus.

The killer gets the victim's memories right up until their death... and the victim's loved one's up until the end of their funeral or memorial.

Basically, the upshot would be after being "let free" after experiencing all this, the killer walks out of the "lab" where the entire incarceration has been a few hours, but they have experienced at least two lifetimes on top of their own.

The killer strolls out... without saying a word... and walks headlong into oncoming traffic killing themselves in a combination daze and grief over their actions.

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Well... Whadya think?

#3: A Canadian Story...

Da Mounty!

From my friend's book, The Penguin Book of Canadian Jokes

The following "classic Mountie story" took place before the turn of the last century during the days when the newly created force was still known as The North West Mounted Police. The incident in question occurred in present-day Saskatchewan, along the Montana border...

An entire regiment of U.S. cavalry accompanies over two-hundred Crees to the border, where they are met by a single Mountie. The American commanding officer looks around with surprise and dismay. "Where's your escort for these dangerous Indians?" he asks.

"He's over there," answers the Mountie, pointing to a fellow constable tending their two horses.

Oddly enough, it does sound about right...


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Comment from: Susan B. [Visitor] Email ·
My husband would sooo agree with you on the computer stuff. He finally gave it up and now he works with wood. No one ever wants to talk about wood.

I was liking the sci-fi idea until I got to the end. What? He just threw himself under a bus? What if he only got the victim's memories which included intimate memories of the people in the victim's family such that the criminal knows all about them and feels about them as the victim does.

Then the killer is left with the pain of being on the outside, of wanting something he can't have. And possibly this drives him to turn his life around and assume a new identity to eventually approach this family member, and to obtain things he now wants that he was never even able to imagine were possible in his previous life.

And of course, this all actually works to reform him, but he knows who he was and what he's done, and so his interactions with the victim's family, while giving him feelings of both wish fulfillment and reunion, are also fraught with guilt and the fear that they will realize who he is.

Yes. I am a chick. Sorry for girl-ing up your story!
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Comment from: administration [Member] Email ·
Susan -> I don't know about the bus man, but I love your version of the Sci-Fi idea! Hey, I'm a chick too .. :)
PermalinkPermalink 08/03/07 @ 13:23
Comment from: trish [Visitor] Email ·
My ending would be much more gory and include him slowly removing parts of his anatomy with a very dull knife.. no.. a spoon.. yeah.. OOOHHHH A SPORK!! Oh yeah... and he would have visions of his victims coming for him, so he's afraid to die, but he's afraid to live as well.. and finally... rats get him.

Oh yeah, and I'm a chick, too! I'm just a much more warped and twisted one. ;)
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Comment from: trish [Visitor] Email ·
Oh, and about the computer stuff... I don't usually speak in "1337" .. erm.. or whutever.. but I have found myself speaking in LOLCat speak lately... and NOT just typing it. I've been going to cheezburger land too much. :)

And the mounties? Sound 'bout right. :)
PermalinkPermalink 08/03/07 @ 23:20
Comment from: Admin [Member] Email ·
Now you see, I figgered my "subtle" ending was better... he ends up realising he is not worthy to live OR something... we're not sure... and leave it up to the reader/witness/viewer... Why did he do it? What were his reasonings? Was it because he could never have that life REALLY? Was it remorse because now it had smacked him in the head? What was the root cause of the ending?

It's up to you... and you might be right... or you might be wrong... but you did think!

Hey Trish... Sue and I loved one of the latest Cheezburger offerings... "Skeptical Cat is FRAUGHT with skepticism!" That was a giggle on a few fronts... and yeah about the Mounties... but to quote Dave Broadfoot, The Mounties always get their man... but they'd be healthier if they always got their girl!
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Comment from: trish [Visitor] Email ·
I hate endings that leave a bunch of questions... I like all my little threads tied neatly with a bow, thanks.. It's that OCD (CDO) thing of mine. LOL

I put my own cats up there, but I'm still waiting to see it... :)

Dunno about healthier.. happier, maybe.. ;)
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