Tag Archives: Technology

Dear WordPress


Why did you change my blog to your stupid new block editor?

I was happy with the classic one.

Why would you replace it with something so unintuitive?

This sucks.

broken heart
How I feel about having to learn something new.

Creative Juice #132

Creative Juice #132

Twelve inspiring articles:

Creative Juice #127

Creative Juice #127

Somehow I got out of sequence. This should have been last week’s collection. Somehow I misplaced it after I found the Grant Snider piece. . .

Video of the Week #130: Amazing Antiquity

Video of the Week #130: Amazing Antiquity

Guest Post: The Apprehension Engine


Thanks to Donna at MyOBT for this guest post. I usually avoid horror movies, but I am so intrigued by this instrument, I may just go see The Witch. Or maybe I’ll just watch these videos again.


apprehension Mark Korven

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Creative Juice #26

Creative Juice #26

Sixteen juicy articles to tickle your creativity bone:

My Apologies

My Apologies

If you are one of my subscribers, I am so sorry–for the past couple of days, every time I schedule a future post, I get an email saying there’s a new post on ARHtistic License. And if I click to link to see the post, I get a 404 error message–the requested page does not exist. Because it doesn’t. Yet.

If you are getting these email alerts, too, please don’t hate me. Please don’t unsubscribe. I tried to contact the WordPress people, but I keep getting thrown into the support forum, where other people facing my problem write in technical terms I don’t understand. I am sure this is just a temporary glitch. Please bear with me.

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Technology. Can’t live with it, can’t live without it.

Speaking of glitches, in 1998, Salon, the online magazine, asked readers to submit creative error messages. They circulated through forwarded emails for years. Here are some of the best entries:

In Japan, they have replaced the impersonal and unhelpful Microsoft Error messages with Haiku poetry messages. Haiku poetry has strict construction rules. Each poem has only three lines, 17 syllables: five syllables in the first line, seven in the second, five in the third.

Haikus are used to communicate a timeless message often achieving a wistful, yearning and powerful insight through extreme brevity — the essence of Zen:

Your file was so big.
It might be very useful.
But now it is gone.
The Web site you seek
Cannot be located, but
Countless more exist.
Chaos reigns within.
Reflect, repent, and reboot.
Order shall return.
Program aborting:
Close all that you have worked on.
You ask far too much.
Windows NT crashed.
I am the Blue Screen of Death.
No one hears your screams.
Yesterday it worked.
Today it is not working.
Windows is like that.
First snow, then silence.
This thousand-dollar screen dies
So beautifully.
With searching comes loss
And the presence of absence:
“My Novel” not found.
The Tao that is seen
Is not the true Tao-until
You bring fresh toner.
Stay the patient course.
Of little worth is your ire.
The network is down.
A crash reduces
Your expensive computer
To a simple stone.
Three things are certain:
Death, taxes and lost data.
Guess which has occurred.
You step in the stream,
But the water has moved on.
This page is not here.
Out of memory.
We wish to hold the whole sky,
But we never will.
Having been erased,
The document you’re seeking
Must now be retyped.
Serious error.
All shortcuts have disappeared.
Screen. Mind. Both are blank.