Zorba the Hutt (zorbathut) wrote,
Zorba the Hutt
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Our VCR breaks - refuses to eject its tape, or do anything else - so my mom fiddles with it and unplugs it. She says that if I want to use it, I should see if I can get it working. Since I don't actually care, I don't. It sits there unplugged for a few days, then my mom gets a new one, though makes sure it can be returned first. So she says I should set it up. I go behind the TV and say, hey, if I can't get the current VCR to do *something*, I've just lost my only copy of Twelve Monkeys. and something else that my mom taped. So I plug it in and hit eject. It does.

"Hey mom, the VCR's working again."

Sometimes I wish this didn't happen . . . because it looks like I think I'm better than people when I say "lemme try". When I know perfectly well that half the time I can get better results than others just by doing the exact same thing.

I don't understand it, personally - I like computers, and I guess they like me.
A novice was trying to fix a broken Lisp machine by turning the power off and on.

The professor, seeing what the student was doing, spoke sternly: "You cannot fix a machine by just power-cycling it with no understanding of what is going wrong."

The professor turned the machine off and on.

The machine worked.
Don't bother telling me that it's impossible . . . because I know that already.

Sometimes it's nice, but . . . I dunno. Sometimes it would be good to be normal . . . not like that's going to happen anytime soon :P

I suppose I could try to poetically link this to the fact that Gattaca just came on TV, but I'd rather not - I'd rather go watch Gattaca.
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