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paprikapink
02-19-2005, 01:17 AM
When I look at who's online, down at the bottom of the list, among all the Guests, there are a few instances of "Google Spider." What's that? I'm reckoning it's the Google search engine, searching. But then wouldn't Yahoo spider show up sometimes, or other search engines? I've only ever seen Google. Not that I've spent that much time checking who's online.....

-pkpk

MacAllister
02-19-2005, 01:39 AM
I've seen the "Ask Jeeves" spiders, too...Heh--not that I look that often, either, of course...It kinda creeps me out, I picture this little sentient, robotic spider made of electrons in the nanostream.

Richard
02-19-2005, 01:43 AM
It'd be a great little pet. A personal Google Spider that crawls around the house and indexes all of your books while you sleep.

CindyBidar
02-19-2005, 05:17 AM
I've seen them too. http://fool.exler.ru/sm/pauk.gif

I had to stop looking at who was on line. Creeped me out too much.

Trapped in amber
02-20-2005, 03:13 AM
Spiders??!!:scared::faint:
And I thought I was safe from them in cyberspace.

JennaGlatzer
02-21-2005, 02:52 AM
The spiders have found us! The spiders have found us!

This is good news, really. It means we're getting indexed by the search engines. Soon, we shall take over the Internet. Mwahahaha!

JennaGlatzer
02-21-2005, 02:55 AM
Have you ever really thought about that? I mean, I knew I was getting way too spoiled by technology when I realized how much I fantasized about being able to press "Control-F" in a print book to find the search term I was looking for.

It became instinctual. I'd be reading a book and know there was a passage on, let's say, yoga. I'd flip through the whole darn book looking for the word "yoga" to pop out at me, all the while thinking, "Control-F! Control-F!"

maestrowork
02-21-2005, 02:58 AM
I'm so glad I don't use my real name here. Bwhahahaha.

Medievalist
02-21-2005, 03:09 AM
Have you ever really thought about that? I mean, I knew I was getting way too spoiled by technology when I realized how much I fantasized about being able to press "Control-F" in a print book to find the search term I was looking for.

I knew I'd succumbed to the lure of silicon when I got to the bottom of a sheet of paper whilst taking notes and reached for the mouse so I could scroll down . . .

JennaGlatzer
02-21-2005, 03:16 AM
:ROFL:I'm so glad I'm not the only loon.

'Cause it always feels dumb when I say, "Hey! You ever feel like this..." and everyone goes silent.

This occurred just yesterday with my husband.

I said, "When you're sick, do you ever get caught up in imagining the ways to make yourself better immediately? Like, when I have a headache, I always think about a drill piercing through my forehead and me leaning forward so all the headache could just fall out. Or when I have a stomach ache and I imagine little elves washing away all the acids and garbage and giving me a fresh new stomach..."

I don't know why I assumed anyone else ever thinks these things. He's rarely looked at me so strangely.

maestrowork
02-21-2005, 03:19 AM
Actually, Jenna, I do. When I'm sick with a cold or something, I'd imagine the little white blood cells donning armors and weapons and killing all these little buggers... when I have a bad headache, I'd imagine they're like pieces of chocolates, and my brain would eat them all one by one...

Works like a charm. :hooray:

JennaGlatzer
02-21-2005, 03:20 AM
Can I tell Anthony that you're nuts, too? I feel so much better having company on this one. I blame it on my parents... when I was sick as a kid, they'd tell me to concentrate on my good little cells fighting the evil little cells and winning. My imagination sort of personified them and took it from there, I guess.

maestrowork
02-21-2005, 03:23 AM
Sure, lovely. And tell Anthony that Ray seldom takes medications. Neh neh neh.

Richard
02-21-2005, 03:37 AM
Have you ever really thought about that? I mean, I knew I was getting way too spoiled by technology when I realized how much I fantasized about being able to press "Control-F" in a print book to find the search term I was looking for.

Heh. It certainly helps in e-books! I often download them to my PDA on long journeys.

reph
02-21-2005, 03:41 AM
Actually, Jenna, I do. When I'm sick with a cold or something, I'd imagine the little white blood cells donning armors and weapons and killing all these little buggers... when I have a bad headache, I'd imagine they're like pieces of chocolates, and my brain would eat them all one by one...

Works like a charm.

The Pac-Man theory of self-healing?

I think people in cancer support groups really use a meditation something like that to boost their immune systems.

Inspired
02-21-2005, 04:42 AM
Jenna,

You're definitely not the only one! When I have a nasty sinus infection, I really wonder if it would hurt to jam an ice pick into my cheek to relieve the pressure. I've also considered snorting Mountain Dew to eat out the infection.

Sometimes, sickness can lead to interesting and irrational thoughts.

The one that gets my hubby is when I tell him about how I used to go to the bathroom as a kid.

(it's not gross; trust me)

When I was at school, I'd go into a bathroom stall and lock it. Then, I would pretend I had a disability and see what it was like to do all the "bathroom things." I did them blind, but that wasn't too hard. My favorite was pretending I only had one arm. More challenging. Try doing it without fingers!

Okay, I'm weird.

paprikapink
02-21-2005, 04:49 AM
I have this problem since we got the GPS "navigation system" in my car. I didn't think I'd even use it, but I've come to totally depend on it.

Now it's funny when I look at the radio in my husband's car and expect to see a little map of where I am. It's freaky when I'm walking and I look at that little space to my right...

-pkpk

MacAllister
02-21-2005, 07:05 AM
Heh--Google spiders have been trying to reply to threads, and getting "not allowed" error messages...

Poppy
02-21-2005, 09:32 PM
When I write something on paper and want to transfer it to my computer...I try to copy and paste it. Doesn't work though, I have to type it all out. :ROFL:

awatkins
02-21-2005, 10:00 PM
Omg, Mac, that's creepy!! And, yes, Poppy, I've done the same thing. Tried to highlight something by dragging my finger across but it just didn't work. Go figure. :Shrug:

JenNipps
02-21-2005, 10:33 PM
I said, "When you're sick, do you ever get caught up in imagining the ways to make yourself better immediately? Like, when I have a headache, I always think about a drill piercing through my forehead and me leaning forward so all the headache could just fall out. Or when I have a stomach ache and I imagine little elves washing away all the acids and garbage and giving me a fresh new stomach..."

I do that, too. ANother one I've done (can't believe I'm admitting to this...) is to imagine butterflies in my stomach, making little balls out of the sludge & stuff, and ping-ponging them out so I can feel better.

Honestly haven't done that one in a while.

Betty W01
02-21-2005, 10:46 PM
I have a migraine today, so my current fantasy may become reality: :Headbang:

See, I figure it'll either knock the pain out, or the headbanging will be so painful that it'll distract me from the migraine or at least my head won't hurt so much when I stop. Does that make sense? No? Pain does that to me - and just think, I haven't even taken drugs yet. Why am I here and not in bed? I'm online to make sure my assignment I sent in a day early got there, so I can medicate and go to bed.

Oh, joy, it did! I'm off! (I *heard* that...)

Poppy
02-22-2005, 01:17 AM
Oh, and sometimes when I can't find something or remember something, I start saying things to myself like "This page cannot be displayed" and "Loading...loading...loading."

And once, when someone told me a funny joke, I said "LOL" instead of actually laughing out loud.

Is there a support group for this sort of thing, do you think? :)

CindyBidar
02-22-2005, 05:28 AM
And once, when someone told me a funny joke, I said "LOL" instead of actually laughing out loud.

:ROFL:

Moondancer
02-22-2005, 07:39 AM
I knew I'd succumbed to the lure of silicon when I got to the bottom of a sheet of paper whilst taking notes and reached for the mouse so I could scroll down . . .

I must be really weird, in that case. Internet technology is my business... literally... but I find myself having to write the first draft longhand?

Moondancer
02-22-2005, 07:46 AM
Oh, and sometimes when I can't find something or remember something, I start saying things to myself like "This page cannot be displayed" and "Loading...loading...loading."

And once, when someone told me a funny joke, I said "LOL" instead of actually laughing out loud.

Is there a support group for this sort of thing, do you think? :)

I had a boyfriend once who did that sort of thing, especially the LOL... I suppose he's still lost in cyberspace somewhere... I would find him and suggest you all start up a support group but I think I'll keep my distance ... :scared: ... I'm hoping by this time he's forgotten I even exist.

paprikapink
02-22-2005, 08:15 PM
Yyyyearrrrrs ago, when I'd say to people that I was trying to remember something, but I just couldn't quite access the file, I'd have to clarify, "oh, you know, like a computer...? I know the file is in there, I just can't get to that directory from this drive." And they'd look at me blankly, with some concern.

Now I say I can't access that file and I get knowing nods.

-pkpk

Maryn
02-22-2005, 08:38 PM
I'd hate to have an accurate count of the number of times I've raised my glasses (distant vision only) to peer at the TV's or DVD player's remote, looking for a BACK button or an UNDO.

Which really ought to be there, don't you think?

Maryn

Betty W01
02-22-2005, 08:41 PM
They need a delete button, too, for Paris Hilton appearances.

Poppy
02-22-2005, 08:50 PM
And don't we all wish we had an 'escape' button? :ROFL:

allion
02-22-2005, 10:20 PM
Can we also get a Ctrl-Alt-Del key sequence so I can stop doing some of the sloggy tasks I have to do (like laundry, dishes, etc.)?

End Laundry.exe process? - Click OK to confirm

:banana:

CACTUSWENDY
02-23-2005, 10:24 AM
:banana: WELL ....FINALLY.......OTHERS ARE OUT IN LEFT FIELD MORE THAN I AM.......:banana: .....AND JYNDRAL.....THE BUTTERFILIES ARE MAKING 'GAS' FOR YOU....LOL.....
:TheWave: :TheWave:

TemlynWriting
02-23-2005, 11:12 PM
Have you ever really thought about that? I mean, I knew I was getting way too spoiled by technology when I realized how much I fantasized about being able to press "Control-F" in a print book to find the search term I was looking for.

It became instinctual. I'd be reading a book and know there was a passage on, let's say, yoga. I'd flip through the whole darn book looking for the word "yoga" to pop out at me, all the while thinking, "Control-F! Control-F!"

I wish!!! There are just those times where you *know* it's in there somewhere, but where???

TemlynWriting
02-23-2005, 11:13 PM
:ROFL:I'm so glad I'm not the only loon.

'Cause it always feels dumb when I say, "Hey! You ever feel like this..." and everyone goes silent.

This occurred just yesterday with my husband.

I said, "When you're sick, do you ever get caught up in imagining the ways to make yourself better immediately? Like, when I have a headache, I always think about a drill piercing through my forehead and me leaning forward so all the headache could just fall out. Or when I have a stomach ache and I imagine little elves washing away all the acids and garbage and giving me a fresh new stomach..."

I don't know why I assumed anyone else ever thinks these things. He's rarely looked at me so strangely.

My husband probably looks at me the same way. I'm always coming out with these "weird" things. Guess I'm not alone with you all here! :) Hey, we're blessed with active imaginations!

TemlynWriting
02-23-2005, 11:15 PM
When I was at school, I'd go into a bathroom stall and lock it. Then, I would pretend I had a disability and see what it was like to do all the "bathroom things." I did them blind, but that wasn't too hard. My favorite was pretending I only had one arm. More challenging. Try doing it without fingers!

We had to do that in elementary school; each child was designated with a disability. I think I had one arm...my other arm was in a cast so I couldn't use it, as if it wasn't there. Very challenging, for sure. Others were blind, and so on. It was an all-day experiment, in 5th grade I think.

TemlynWriting
02-23-2005, 11:16 PM
When I write something on paper and want to transfer it to my computer...I try to copy and paste it. Doesn't work though, I have to type it all out. :ROFL:

*puts this on her wishlist* Oh how I wish this could be, sometimes. LOL!

TemlynWriting
02-23-2005, 11:17 PM
I knew I'd succumbed to the lure of silicon when I got to the bottom of a sheet of paper whilst taking notes and reached for the mouse so I could scroll down . . .

Uh oh...I haven't gotten this far yet...but I can only imagine.

veinglory
02-24-2005, 12:13 AM
I have been know to say 'run time error' in a robot voice when confused.

JenNipps
02-24-2005, 07:46 AM
AND JYNDRAL.....THE BUTTERFILIES ARE MAKING 'GAS' FOR YOU....LOL.....



Ha! They probably are, at that. lol. Gotta love it. :)

mdmkay
04-16-2005, 08:37 PM
I have something to tell you guys that will make you all feel alot more sane and maybe even a bit superior. I have a strong background in nursing and what you are doing is called "visualization" it is more important to healing than the strongest medication. In our brain we can excrete powerful drugs....science hasn't even begun to discover all the chemicals, but they know we have pain killing drugs stronger than any morphine or synthetic drug that is man-made. They started looking very closely when they found the "placebo" effect. You can give 2 patients with the exact same pain levels. If you convince the one patient that you are giving the placebo to (sugar pill) that you are giving him a powerful pain killer 9 out of 10 times he will have the same if not better relief then the patient that actually got the strong pain killer (i.e.morphine) (although morphine isn't given by mouth but you get the picture, you can use saline in the syringe). In cancer patient they have found that patients who are successful at visuallizing their healthy cells fighting back the cancer cells actually will have unexplained but staggering results. I can ramble on about this forever so I'll get:Soapbox: off my soap box about it now I put my few cents in. THOSE WHO IMAGINE THOSE LITTLE HELPFUL CREATURES GOBBLING UP OR THROWING AWAY YOUR PAIN.....KEEP DOING IT....IT WORKS!!!!

wurdwise
04-16-2005, 08:41 PM
After what you just said, I could not resist posting this poem I wrote a few years ago.



Mind Control



Lying absolutely still,
I pretend my eyelids
old fashioned window shades.
Slowly pulling them down; I sleep.


My child, like his mother,
has a mind which refuses to lie down,
his thoughts a life of their own.


Lying beside him,
“Now be still,
concentrate on your feet.
Start with your toes,
numbing them.

Feel them relaxing?
Imagine that feeling
moving up your legs.”
I look over,
he is sleeping.


My child is not feeling well,
a scratchy throat, his head hurts.
he has a fever, money is scarce,
insurance a rich man’s convenience.

Aspirin-chicken soup.
“Lie under this blanket.
Refuse to surrender.
Gather the troops
of your white blood cells.”

Come morning,
the Battle of Germ Warfare
over, he the victor.


Feeling down, the blues
seep under the door of my soul
like cigarette smoke,
choking my happiness.

I picture my boy
playing in the sand,
by a crystal blue ocean
under a crimson sky,


The blues die of neglect.

Torin
04-16-2005, 09:30 PM
And once, when someone told me a funny joke, I said "LOL" instead of actually laughing out loud.


My youngest daughter (aged 12, almost 13), actually says "BRB" when she leaves the room. Of course, sometimes we use "roflmao" as a word. It's fun to say. :D We need help.

Julie Worth
04-16-2005, 09:48 PM
I have something to tell you guys that will make you all feel alot more sane and maybe even a bit superior. I have a strong background in nursing and what you are doing is called "visualization" it is more important to healing than the strongest medication. In our brain we can excrete powerful drugs....science hasn't even begun to discover all the chemicals, but they know we have pain killing drugs stronger than any morphine or synthetic drug that is man-made. They started looking very closely when they found the "placebo" effect. You can give 2 patients with the exact same pain levels. If you convince the one patient that you are giving the placebo to (sugar pill) that you are giving him a powerful pain killer 9 out of 10 times he will have the same if not better relief then the patient that actually got the strong pain killer (i.e.morphine) (although morphine isn't given by mouth but you get the picture, you can use saline in the syringe). In cancer patient they have found that patients who are successful at visuallizing their healthy cells fighting back the cancer cells actually will have unexplained but staggering results. I can ramble on about this forever so I'll get:Soapbox: off my soap box about it now I put my few cents in. THOSE WHO IMAGINE THOSE LITTLE HELPFUL CREATURES GOBBLING UP OR THROWING AWAY YOUR PAIN.....KEEP DOING IT....IT WORKS!!!!

Every time I get sick, I think this is it, this is the end. And I know I shouldn’t, but I picture myself in a coffin. It’s nice...red velvet. There’s a new car smell in there, mixed in with the pungent sweet smell of embalming fluid. And then I’m sitting on the shiny top, and I see the roomful of weeping mourners, and they come up in ones and twos. They say, why did you have to die, Julie? Why? We can’t let you go! We can’t live without you! And then I get better.

So, is there a connection?

Ella
04-16-2005, 11:28 PM
Oh, so thankful I'm not the only one. :D
When I write freehand, I am so lost, because after every paragraph I'm trying to hit CTRL-S. I feel a sense of panic, thinking my work will be lost. Stupid. :Wha: