Tuesday, September 18, 2018

You Don't Know What You've Got 'Til It's Gone

Recognize the lyrics?


Day 4 without Internet. I’m composing this offline, and will be posting later today – whether on a restored home Internet (I hope!), or by using local wifi resources (the always available Micky D’s, library, coffee shop, or other location). Honestly, what DID we do before access became so ubiquitous?
I’m using my offline time productively. I’ll be cleaning house today, in prep for a visit from the Internet tech. I’ve been sidelined, again, with some respiratory issues, so have been slacking off.
I’ve also been reading Sharyl Attkinson’s new book The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See, What You Think, and How You Vote. Too-long title, but a detailed and riveting book. If you’re not up on the details of how your media feed is manipulated, you need to read this.
Quote from the book:
Pay attention to those stark moments of cognitive dissonance. That’s when a theme, meme, or supposed majority opinion is entirely at odds with what you believe to be true.
Just talked to Internet Tech Support at my provider – I have an appointment this morning. YAY!
7:50 am – am eagerly awaiting the anticipated arrival of the repairman.
9:38 am – Wahoo!!!! I’m back online.
Apparently, when the pole for the electricity was replaced, they didn’t put back the internet stuff. So, it didn’t work.
Now I can do all of the things I've been putting off - financial, mail, etc.

3 comments:

Francis W. Porretto said...

An old friend, bemused by their proliferation, once suggested a title for a notional book:

Subtitles: The Abuse Of The Colon

I've been thinking about writing it myself.

daniel_day said...

You could imagine a lot of book (or article, or poem) titles ending in ": The Abuse Of The Colon".

David Drake said...

"Now I can do all of the things I've been putting off - financial, mail, etc."
Yeah - but now you have no excuse to not do those things. :)
(I'm the Crowned Prince of Procrastination).