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Technology: Not Necessarily Yr Friend. - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
Technology: Not Necessarily Yr Friend.
Firstly, apologies to all who have been wondering why I've not commented on their clever posts, responded to their comments, or acknowledged until now their birthdays (Fran and DE / Pavonis, say: happy, if belated, birthdays, you two, and many happy returns and All That).

The reason is, or was, viral. Not mine: my computer's. Despite layers of security that rival, in labyrinthine complexity, the tax avoidance schemes of a certain Labour front-bencher, Something Ghastly Snuck Past.

All is now well. My silence over the next few days will be purely the result of the press of holidays and writing. (Hols, my God. Luncheon today....)

Also on the subject of how 'Technology Is Not Necessarily Yr Friend', I pass on something that still has me sniggering. In an allegedly beta-read fic, the Revenge of Spell-Checking: Harry, after the war, is teaching at Hogwarts and a new Head of House for Gryffindor is to be chosen. The device is fairly clever: a patronus-style lion circles the staffroom before choosing the new Head. Sadly, the word 'ethereal' seems to have gotten mucked up.

I can at least agree with the author that, Yes, there must be nothing quite like the experience of being stared at by an 'urethral' lion.


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eagles_rock From: eagles_rock Date: December 22nd, 2005 11:11 am (UTC) (Link)
And what's wrong with being pee'd on by a lion? Hmm? Happens to the worst of us, y'know. Square in the face, too. Everyone else laughed; I thought it best to keep my mouth shut. Snogged the then-boyfriend heartily afterwards. Maybe there's a fic in there, somewhere...:-)

Welcome back, Wemyss!
sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: December 22nd, 2005 05:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I do so love spellcheck! It's a judgment on people who refuse to learn how to do things the "real" way, like long division, because they expect machines to do that stuff for them. (Here's the cranky old Sergeant Is-It-True-You-Used-To-Be-A-Nun trying to explain to young lieutenants how to multiply and divide by 10 without a calculator, because, this being nuclear-not-nookyoular operations, there will be electromagnetic pulse, and the calculator you got for free in the stationary stationery store will be the first device to DIE.)

Every time I post something about "hypnogogic" hallucinations (one of the more disturbing symptoms of narcolepsy), LJ thinks I must surely mean "spongecake" hallucinations...
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wemyss From: wemyss Date: December 31st, 2005 05:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

What Abt VIRTUAL Non-English?

Because there's a lot of that about, and you seem never to offend in that fashion.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: December 31st, 2005 05:16 pm (UTC) (Link)


Rum cake, I cd see. But sponge?
dolorous_ett From: dolorous_ett Date: December 23rd, 2005 02:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
And there was I under the impression that you were staying off LJ in order to create sumptuous new fic! I'm sorry it was for such an annoying reason.

Thank you for the happy birthday - nice of you to remember if Computer is throwing a tantrum at you...

I hope it stays healthy. And I hope you are healthy too.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: December 31st, 2005 05:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

Bit Of Both, Really.

scoradh From: scoradh Date: December 28th, 2005 11:49 am (UTC) (Link)
I have a uthereal lion as a pet, you know.

No, really.

To wit: spree, friending; backinblack, recommended by; Hi!
wemyss From: wemyss Date: December 28th, 2005 11:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

Gasp. Wheeze.

I break water just long enough to say, Hullo, yourself. Honoured to have you here. Like yr stuff.

More whan I can talk. So glad to have you here, though.

(Returns to feverish paddling and treading water.)
scoradh From: scoradh Date: December 28th, 2005 11:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Gasp. Wheeze.

Ah ... you're swimming somewhere? Whilst having an asthmatic attack? Darling, that's not really advisable ...

Thanks, though!
wemyss From: wemyss Date: December 31st, 2005 05:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

Oh, Yes.

I can see that YOU are going to fit in quite well hereabouts.
scoradh From: scoradh Date: January 1st, 2006 05:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Oh, Yes.

*beams* Just paint me sky-coloured and call me a jigsaw!
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