Sunday, May 08, 2005

Article by Mark Driver

(with one slight modification)

This is dedicated to everyone who isn't going to have a normal Mothers Day. That's why it won't mention it in any way.

The QWERTY keyboard is used by almost everyone with a computer. Ever wonder why the keys are in such a screwed up order? Be careful; the real story may enrage you beyond reasonable thresholds of anger. Continue ONLY if you have a strong stomach for human folly.
When the typewriter was first invented, much thought was put into the placement of the keys. The most frequently used letters were placed near the strongest fingers, enabling the highest efficiency possible from human hands to type the missives of yesteryear. It was so efficient, in fact, that people learned to type too fast. Recall that a typewriter has huge arms that fly out from the belly of the machine, strike the paper, and recoil back into the darkness from whence they came. Now, everyone has approached a typewriter and leaned on all the keys, causing the thing to completely jam up. This is what would happen to the newly efficient workers, causing broken typewriters, and lots of downtime for the purveyors of fine capitalism. Something had to be done.

The keyboard was looked at again. It was up to engineers to redesign the keyboard, this time making it as inefficient as possible, placing the most frequently used keys by the weakest fingers. This alleviated much of the jam up problem, and the wheels of democracy could once again whirl freely. Everyone got used to the keyboard. Class after class of high school students learned the virtues of the inefficient system, trying their hardest not to `hunt and peck'. It became part of the world, and everyone loved it. Enter the computer.

Free from the archaic strikings, the keyboards of the first computers were once again set up with the efficient system. Pretty soon, through sales, it became obvious that everyone liked the old keyboard better. Some could type fast with the inefficient system, some just liked a bit of familiarity with the new, scary computer technology. So it stayed, repelling all advances for improvement, and is the keyboard we have today.

Just think of how many more books could be written, how much earlier you could leave work, how much shorter you'd have to spend on a term paper if you had a proper keyboard. If we were just a little more adaptable to change (Toffler was right!), we could make things a lot easier, and I could have been done with this stupid segment of "Totally Uninteresting Facts That Only A Geek Like Me Gives A Shit About" already. Have a nice day, and try not to get too sober.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

From time to time.......


Occasionally, from time to time I blog about my love life and since it's been a while I figured I would do just that......

Tonight while out on the town I ran into a young lady whith whom I met recently at a party (Margartia Monday) that I had at my house. A few weeks have passed since I saw her last and I was especially excited to see her tonight. We saw each other and spent some time talking and boy did sparks fly.

I really like this girl and I have a lil crush on her. We shall see where this goes but as with the new Pope.....I am hopeful.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

NEW POPE......


Don't know who it is yet but I am hopeful.

Monday, April 18, 2005

You never feel more alone then when you don't have anyone to talk to!


On 4/12/2005 a man by the name of Joe passed away. I may have met him once but it was in passing and no conversation of subatance was had between him and I. I know he passed because one of his grand daughters called me to inform me of the families loss.

This Saturday I drove the 130 miles to the funeral mass to be supportive of the family. I must say that besides the family being ultra supportive of me and my life I wanted to be there because personally the grand daughter and I are close.

Well those of you that know me you'll understand why funerals would bring up some aweful memories for me. Obviously I am driving there and I am thinking about things and when I got to the church the prayer cards had a verse that touched me deeply especially in regards to my situation. This card rocked me. Then when the priest was in the entrance of the church saying his blessing tears started to well. The next thing I remember was seeing the six people that I was there to support and I started to shake all over, tears now flowing freely it took me a moment to regain my composure.

Some things that struck me was the utter helplessness on the face of the widow, I could see the heart break on her face and on the faces of her family.

I want to tell this story but I don't want people to feel sorry for me. But I seriously have felt lost since this has happened and don't know what to do.


For further background see post 9/26/02.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Damaged and Dysfunctional

Yes you people continue to amaze me......

The latest searches that brought you here:

1) "renee is doris and i'm basically the tony randall character"
2) "Chris Isaak fan club"

I was thinking....what does this say about you people but more importantly; what does this say about me?
It Can't Happen Here

Yesterday when I was getting ready for class when an Amber Alert came across the TV. The details were that a 4 month old girl was abducted in NJ (my neice is 4 months and lives there) and for a second a little panic waved over me. As it turns out it was a different ethnicity and it was a domestic dispute but it scared me.

So, that is why I have added the Amber Alert code to my site and I encourage you to do the same.

Saturday, April 09, 2005

IL DUCES PRAYER


"And when I vest my flashing sword And my hand takes hold in judgement I will take vengeance upon mine enemies And I will repay those who hase me O Lord, raise me to Thy right hand And count me amoung Thy saints ."

"Whosoever shed last blood. By man shall his blood be shed. For immunity of god make he the man. Destroy all that which is evil. So that which is good may flourish. And I shall count thee amoung my favoured sheep. And you shall have the protection of all the angels in heaven."

"Never shall innocent blood be shed. Yet the blood of the wicked shall flow like a river. The three shall spread their blackened wings and be the vengeaful striking hammer of god. "