November 15, 2002

YOU FOLKS get an "A"

WoW! So I am proved wrong. Having thrown out some "whaddaya think about..." questions to deaf ears in the past and getting a pitiful response, I didn't expect the great help you Fragmented Readers have been in suggesting domain name registrars and web hosting services. I do appreciate it, and will be trying to decide what to do over the weekend.

And while I'm at it, I might mention that emails from several of you kind folks, encouraging me in my wrestling-with-writing phase here have been most supportive and well timed. Action at a distance: your thoughts transmitted through your fingers and transformed into 1' and 0's. These dots and dashes then bounce across the cobweb of fiberoptics node to node and end up on my server, then to my harddrive and finally on my screen. Decoded from bits and bytes, then from A's and Z's into words, words into meaning, your meaning and intention the driving force that sent them here in the first place. Isn't communication wonderful, and don't our tools speak volumes about our species and our times? It is the best of times, it is the worst of times. (Hey, I think I'll write a book!)

Posted by fred1st at November 15, 2002 06:35 AM

here's a zen question for you: If you write a book on your computer, and it crashes, did your book ever really exist?


Posted by: Dave W. at November 15, 2002 09:36 AM

Here's another question! If you wrote a book in 1985, using a typewriter, and the book is not in a computer file, but only in a drawer on paper, does the book exist? (I feel like it doesn't because it can't be accessed for editing!)

Posted by: Fran at November 15, 2002 01:40 PM

I quite agree with you, Fran. I just found an old journal, the only one I ever maintained, off and on again, from 1974 to 1982. It was frustrating. I never put the internal editor to death, and lived in fear of strike-outs and misspoken phrases. It would be another 5 yrs before I touched my first computer and learned the luxury of cut and paste, save-as, and delete file.

Posted by: fredf at November 15, 2002 01:51 PM

Well, I'll have to come here to pose questions if I'm looking for help. I start musing on my site about a possible love connection.....and I get essays on flatulence.

Where do I send my questions?

Posted by: Da Goddess at November 16, 2002 05:28 AM

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