Our Latest Computer Disaster

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Our computer hutch last week began to fall apart. I have it propped up temporarily with books, but there’s no escaping the fact that we’ll have to get a new one.

I’m afraid the whole thing will simply collapse in ruin if I try to move it. And behind the hutch is a Gordian tangle of wires–computer tower, monitor, speakers, mouse, printer, and God knows what else. No one has ever accused me of being a handyman, and this job looks utterly impossible.

I never dreamed there could be so many obstacles to simply writing a book.

Please pray for us. These little problems pile up into big ones.

Portrait of Norbert

They don’t make as many Norbert videos as I’d like, but I thought I’d post this portrait photo just so you could see him. As far as I know, he’s still working as a therapy dog.

So far, so good with the computer today. I’m praying for a nice, quiet day. Maybe a bit of Norbert’s what we need.

Normal Service [Laughs Hysterically, Carted Off in Straitjacket]

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I have been forced to change computers this morning, having wasted 40 minutes of my life trying to get the [censored] laptop to do anything more than thumb its nose at me. I start the day an hour behind in my work.

You may have read yesterday about Phoebe’s dashboard clock. I think it awakened a competitive spirit in my equipment. “Let’s show that clock what Nothing Works really looks like!”

So… if you were wondering what happened to me this morning… freakin’ nothing!

About Your Comments

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Readers are miffed because it seems WordPress won’t let them post their comments. I spent practically the whole afternoon yesterday with the WP Happiness Engineers, trying to fix this. We thought we had… but were quickly proved wrong.

If it were all the readers all the time, a problem like that would be easily identified and put to rights. But when is anything easy? No–some readers have no problem at all. Some can’t get their comments up no matter what they do. A few are able to do it sometimes. There’s no pattern here!

You can hardly post comment that says “I can’t post a comment.” You could email me about it, and I could forward your email to the Engineers: that might help.

I’m miffed, too. I want to read your comments! I want us to enjoy fellowship and conversation! I just don’t know how to solve the problem. I mean, if it stumps “Unknowable,” what chance have I got?

Your Disappearing Comments: Solved!

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So yesterday I finally decided to consult the WordPress Happiness Engineers to find out why some of you find your comments disappearing into the Blahsmos as soon as you think you’ve posted them.

First I got a surprise, a message I’d never seen here before: All the happiness engineers are currently busy, please check back with us later. All busy doing what? I’ve been here ten years and never saw that message till yesterday evening.

By and by I got through–and then learned that my readers’ missing comments are probably in a cache called “Pending,” where they have to be either approved or rejected. I looked, and there they were. “You have to train the algorithm so that it knows what you want or don’t want,” the engineer told me. Well, okay, fine. I got rid of a lot of junk and approved a bunch of comments.

If you try to post a comment and it simply disappears, please let me know: there’s a decent chance that I’ll be able to find it and revive it.

Algorithms. Does that mean “mindless robot”? Stupid robot that dumps everything into the spam folder unless directed otherwise? Yeah, I think that’s what it means.

Machines are supposed to be our servants. [Fourteen-minute laugh break.] Well, at least they don’t steal the spoons.

I Can’t Hear You (Anybody There?)

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Listening, but not hearing

Has WordPress done it to us again? It’s telling me there have been no comments here–zip, zero, nada–since midnight, and hardly any views, for that matter.

I wouldn’t be suspicious, except that yesterday several of you had difficulties seeing the comments that you tried to post. Maybe today it’s my turn not to see them.

Please drop me an email and let me know if you’ve tried to comment today and couldn’t do it. Not that that’ll do any good! But at least I’ll know something’s up.

Or if you haven’t tried it and been frustrated yet, you could try to post a comment and see if it gets through.

Anybody else having problems like this?

A Quick Question

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Most of you know computers better than I do, so maybe somebody out there can explain this to me.

Every day for the past week or so, I find my viewership down 50 to 75 views per day. This is discouraging, to say the least. Why do you suppose this is happening? Is Big Tech burying us at the bottom of the search engines? I haven’t received any scolding messages from anywhere.

Anyway, I’d like to know if it’s something I can fix.

Thank you.

Transgender-Free Sunday

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I keep getting interrupting messages from this computer demanding I restart it (part of some update or other). This is what put me out of commission the other night. But I suppose I have no alternative but to try it.

Someone just emailed us another article featuring the evil folly of “transgender.” I don’t want to write about that today. It has been smeared over the earth from pole to pole. It comes from Hell.

All right, all right… let’s restart. I hope and pray it doesn’t leave me dead in the water.

I’m in Suspense

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Last night my laptop, on which I do at least 90% of my work, totally conked out, could not be revived. I mean, we are getting totally crushed, this year so far.

This morning–the laptop came back on. I’m typing this on Patty’s computer while I wait for the icons. This coming week I face another car repair bill and I dread spending any more money.

Pray for us, keep your fingers crossed for us, and let’s just hope the laptop can hang on a while longer.

So You Want a Computer Implant, Eh?

“Hey! Let’s have computer chips implanted in our brains! Computers are so smart, and they work so well!”

How many times have we heard that?

Sometimes I’ll post something on Facebook, and when I visit Facebook, I find that whatever illustration or video I chose for the post… has been replaced by a picture of the Bell Mountain book cover. I didn’t ask for it. Didn’t even think of it. The book cover has absolutely nothing to do with the content of the post.

All right–let’s try to post another Mahalia Jackson video. There is no reason why it shouldn’t go merrily along to Facebook with the text. Really, I don’t know what to expect. Maybe it’ll display images of a Biden rally. Or centaurs.

Only one way to find out…

Later: There seem to be no problems with the post this time. Maybe they’re trying to give me a false sense of security. “See? It works! Nothin’ wrong here.”

I still don’t want a chip in my head.