Madness of Mark, Madness of Computer

You will have spotted that there are various categories on this blog, making it easier for those with an interest in a particular subject – say, poetry – to browse all the entries on that subject.  You’ll find them on the right-hand side of this post, printed in different sizes according to how often I’ve used them.  Well, I’ve embarked on a radio play about Trans issues (see yesterday’s post) and I decided to browse all the posts under the category ‘The Madness of Mark’ to get some fuel for the dialogue.  One of the recurring scenes in the play is to be the couple in bed drinking tea (or coffee) and talking.  This is like the ‘home’ scene which gives an idea of their developing relationship – and what better material could I find than my own blog?  So – I clicked on the category and started to read.  I read, and I scrolled, and I read and I scrolled – and when the progress bar appeared to be near the bottom I just thought I’d find out how much was left.  So I dragged the progress bar down to the bottom, whereupon it popped back up to its original position.  It did this again and again.  As I’ve ranted before:

– what is the point of a progress bar if it doesn’t show how far you’ve progressed?

It’s like road-works on the M1 or painting the Forth Bridge.  So I got the bit between my teeth and determined to find out just how far the madness of Mark extended – whereupon the computer itself went mad: it opened about a squillion copies of a document and jiggled them about in front of me.  I tried to close them, but as fast as I clicked on the little red box in the corner, more of them appeared.  It was like being Mickey Mouse in the Sorcerer’s Apprentice:

In the end the only thing I could do was turn the computer off and on again…

So I have only got part of the Madness of Mark in my notes – still, it’s enough to be going on with.

Mark and I are in the habit of having breakfast together one day a week (on other days I breakfast about an hour before he does) and this morning we were chatting and having muesli when I started to choke.  I got rid of it, and then spluttered ‘there’s an oat in my throat’.  Of such stuff is poetry made…

A slightly longer post than usual today, since I won’t be posting over the Xmas period, so have a brilliant Christmas and a thrilling New Year.  I intend to…

Kirk out


9 thoughts on “Madness of Mark, Madness of Computer

    1. Thanks, Martine!  Always nice to hear from you.  You have a lovely Christmas too

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  1. Dear Captain, Christmas greetings from Vulcan! As you know being on Earth at this time is too pressured and emotional for Humans, let alone half-breeds like myself. Spock out

    1. What planet are you on then?

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      1. well, down the right hand side there are a list of comments and replies by you or to you from various…the middle is, well i cant see it now as this box is obscuring it, and the left there is a menu of blogs i follow, comments i made, posts l like, freshly pressed, recommended blogs, find friends, lists, its just a wee bit messy……..if it aint broke dont fix it, yet these sites keep altering things for the sake of it

      2. Yes, I see what you mean.  It’s been like that for a few weeks for me – but lots of things get changed when they don’t need to be.  They’ve altered our email in clever ways so that it’s much more awkward to read.  Sometimes I think it’s about people justifying their jobs… From: “Lizardyoga's People” To: Sent: Monday, 29 December 2014, 1:12 Subject: [Lizardyoga’s People] Comment: “Madness of Mark, Madness of Computer” #yiv3073280307 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv3073280307 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv3073280307 a.yiv3073280307primaryactionlink:link, #yiv3073280307 a.yiv3073280307primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv3073280307 a.yiv3073280307primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv3073280307 a.yiv3073280307primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv3073280307 | | |

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