* Fickle Technology

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To paraphrase a former IT specialist: “You can love Technology but you can’t trust him.”

I wanted to wring Technology’s neck yesterday.  He promised me the moon: Discovery Education, Reading A-Z, BrainPop, and Google docs, to name a few.  He left me holding dust.

My student uses eye gaze for communication, so at least we had Tobii Dynavox I-12 and Communicator 5.  Technology pretended not to care; after all, he had reduced me to pen, paper, and my phone’s wireless hotspot.  I tried not to think about the gigabytes we were whizzing through, dollar signs soaring around the classroom.

To make matters worse, Technology told me there was no hope for today, either.  “I’m on a 24 hour freeze, darlin’.  But I’ll be back.  You can count on me.”  Sure.  I’ve heard that line before.

I used to pack a first aid kit, a safety net if Technology pulled a fast one.  I kept all manner of printed materials that would bypass fickle Technology.  I’d show him!  But when I was on crutches, I could only stuff essentials into a huge backpack.  As I’ve limped around with the compression boot, that backpack has been a lifesaver.  All the while, I’ve had this niggling sense of vulnerability without that kit.  “Don’t be silly,” I told myself. Technology has turned a corner.”  He looked genuinely heartbroken when I brought up his past failings. “Look at all I’ve done for you!” he’d proclaim defensively.

Technology jumped off the wagon with glee yesterday.  Today he’ll probably give me roses.

* Is blogging rocket science?

Is blogging rocket science?  Sometimes it feels that way, but it’s actually an organizational challenge.  I changed a category name without realizing that all the entries under that previous name would go SPLAT across the page, untethered and unmanageable.  Since I have over 200 posts, adjusting the menu now takes so much time that Google Chrome is constantly begging to kill the pages.  I do empathize, since I want to kill the lengthy mess myself.

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Then there’s the issue of replies.  My chalkboard theme buries replies below “see” level.  As the writer, I can easily read all comments, but there’s little chance of a dialog between readers.  I probably need to fiddle with widgets (listen closely for the screeching sounds).

Finally, I am unable to save this post.  When I click on the save button, I get this error message: oops

What method is allowed?  Maybe HAL (of Space Odyssey fame) is now handling my blog.  In which case, this IS rocket science and my life support is being compromised.  Now I can’t publish this post either.

If it does eventually appear, you’ll know that Space Odyssey has a revised, happier ending.  antares-orb-3-532595_640