Sitting in Starbucks @ Heathrow Terminal 4 / ranting on writing

kinnon —  May 26, 2007 — 4 Comments

Bob Marley is blasting from the reasonably good quality Starbucks sound system. (Exodus) I’ve just scarfed down an interesting Starbucks sandwich and an iced mocha. I’ve got WiFi access via BTOpenZone (as I did at the Hotel). After getting through bag drop-off and the heavy security –  I’ve now managed to use up 45 minutes of time. Only another two hours ’til I board my flight. Imbi would be going out of her mind, being here this early. I do like to be early, but certainly not this early. (I’ve just used "early" three times in the last two sentences. My writing needs work.)

let me rant for a moment if you will. in spite of content that might suggest otherwise, I’m actually trained as a writer. and certain formatting issues of bloggers and blog commenters drives me a little crazy. one of the things that should occur on blogs (where humanly possible) is clarity of communication. the idea is to make your point(s) as comprehensible as possible. it’s about communicating, right? but it would seem many folk in the blog world are dealing with broken computers. and that broken gear is affecting how they communicate. what seems to be broken, you ask? well, it appears their shift key doesn’t work. capitalized words at the beginning of sentences and on proper nouns are non-existent.

now. the broken shift key problem would appear to be endemic. particularly amongst  the cool bloggers. i wonder what’s caused this. as the little finger is the primary digit used for this key, it shouldn’t be an issue of the key being hit too hard. or perhaps it’s just that the cool bloggers have weak little fingers. that must be it. cool bloggers suffer from acute digitus minimus manus strength-loss syndrome. (ADMMS-LS, er, sorry, make that admms-ls). it isn’t that their computers are broken. it’s just that they don’t have the strength to push the shift key down. how very sad.

perhaps we could begin to pray for the cool bloggers. then, as they develop strength in their little fingers, they might even begin to be able to push the Shift key down. Wouldn’t that be great. Suddenly they would be more comprehensible. No need to scan everything twice when we read their posts or comments. Their writing would be easy to chunk, as it were. Their thoughts would appear to be more comprehensible (even if they aren’t necessarily).

Please pray this prayer with me.
Dear Lord, please heal the cool bloggers suffering from admms-ls. We’d love to be able to understand them better, to easily read what they write. And Lord, if they don’t actually suffer from admms-ls, would you please just give them a quick Whack on the Side of the Head. Perhaps then they will use the Shift key.

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A television editor, writer & director since 1978. A Christian since 1982. More than a little frustrated with the Church in the West since late in the last millennium.

4 responses to Sitting in Starbucks @ Heathrow Terminal 4 / ranting on writing

  1. you’re just jealous cuz your not cool enuf but maybe someday if your lucky youll be cool but only if you can learn to give up these old ideas aobut what really makes a good writer

    …oh man, that was really painful to write HEHE.

  2. Bravo.

  3. Too funny and so true!


  4. Thank you, Bill, for “standing in the gap” and calling for blogger reform. I, too, pray for healing of ADMMS-LS, er, admms-ls. Long live the SHIFT KEY!!!


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