Some Stuff I Simply Don’t “Get”
October 23, 2012 by Patricia Sund
I’m about as puzzled as Pebbles looks…
Well, I don’t! There are many things out there that I simply don’t understand and sometimes I don’t think I ever will. For instance, I tweet. I don’t quite understand Twitter. It seems like you have to be on it 24/7 in order to keep up with everything. So I somehow miss the point half the time. And of course there are other things. While I use my Laptop and I’m fairly proficient with it, don’t ask me how it works, or why. I’ve read book after book about the computer age, Apple, Inc and how this amazing revolution came about. But I just don’t know how the magic happens.
Good Onion Rings? I totally get it…
Take iCloud for instance. I “have” it. I just don’t know how to use it yet. I mean, where is the stuff I put on it? Where does it go? I realize I sounds fairly ridiculous. I know it’s online storage, but is it stashed in a server somewhere in Des Moines? And the thing that bothers me about online storage is the fact that I can’t get to it if I’m not online. And half of the time I need to get to something, I’m 30,000 feet in the air flying over a body of water with no access to the Net. So it simply doesn’t do me much good in the big scheme of things.
I did manage to find this very cool website called “How Stuff Works.” And it has all kinds of very nice explanations about exactly that. Anything from “Wrong ways to use a comma,” “Accidental Inventions,” and “How Social Security Numbers Work.” Hopefully, this will help my woefully inadequate comprehension about that precise subject.
Another subject I’m not to well acquainted with is “Net Lingo.” I had no idea that FATM meant, “Foaming at the Mouth.” And “GROK” means, “To understand or comprehend something.” A Seagull Manager is “A manager who flies in, makes a lot of noise, craps over everything, and then leaves.” I kind of like that one.
Maybe Ziffle knows He’s got a tough week coming up.
“Sleep Camels” is kind of interesting. These are, “Ultraworkaholics who go for days on end and then power-sleep most of the weekend in an attempt to store up rest for the week ahead.” And a “Meatbot?” That is also called a warm blooded machine or slang for a human being.
And “Prairie Dogging?” In geek speak it is slang for when someone yells or drops something loudly in a “cube farm” or office and everyone’s heads pop up over the walls to see what’s going on. There’s a lot of stuff I don’t know. But I’m really trying. And when it gets to be too much, I’ll just go back and take solace in the stuff I do understand: