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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Learning Something New



I’ve admitted said it before but you probably didn’t believe me; it’s likely you thought I was being self-deprecating modest, but when it comes to electronics I’m a dolt moron. Most of the time my computer usually makes me want to pull out my hair. Mrs. Chatterbox is fairly good at figuring things out on the computer, but it’s our thirty-one year old son CJ who really knows how to tame the electronic box and make it sing and dance. Our boy is an electronic genius wiz. Maybe it comes from buying him all those Transformers and electronic games gadgets when he was a kid. Unfortunately, CJ guards his gifts carefully and doles them out like a fat kid hoarding M&Ms. I’m exaggerating, of course.


I’ve come up with an idea that has been working well for the past few years. I’ve suggested that when gift giving occasions occur, like birthdays or Holidays Christmas, I tell CJ to save his money and instead show me how to do something on the computer. This past Christmas I received the em dash—and I couldn’t be more pleased happier with it.


Last night CJ, who lives across town, came for supper and I asked for an early Father’s Day present gift. My computer blogger friends all seem to know how to do something I don’t. It’s embarrassing not to know how to do something so simple, and when you discover realize I didn’t know how to do this you’re going to lose a lot of respect for me. Hopefully you’ll forgive me get over it.


Can you figure out guess what I just learned how to do?



32 comments:

  1. Hahahaha! Now it get it why so many strike-throughs! God!! It was so annoying! Nice post! CJ is 31!!?? *looks with eyes wide open in disbelieve*

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  2. Well, strike me down with a feather!

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  3. I don't know how to perform the magic you just elaborately demonstrated and I have seen others use with abandon. But then I openly confess that I am semi-computer-illeterate. My son knows how to build computers, fix one, reprogram, and he can get them to communicate with each other, but he can't help me with anything related to writing, blogging, youtube, etc. They still can't quite believe that I have a blog and make youtube videos (don't know how to edit). LOL!

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  4. A blogroll?
    please share how you make and em dash— I've a portuguese keyboardPerhaps it's the same...method.

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  5. Are you talking about that mustache that follows as I scroll down the page? I still don't know how to do that. Now look who's being ignorant. Our children were born with asserting confidence over electronics. They are not afraid to keep trying until they did it.

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  6. Guys:

    A clue as to what it is that I learned how to do is included in Brighton Pensioner's comment.

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  7. Ask him how to do it in replies.

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  8. I haven't had much use for the strikeout thing. As you've demonstrated it can get awful annoying.

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  9. Haven't a clue. Well unless it's the strike out that you used throughout this post.

    Have a terrific day. :)

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  10. How long will you be able to retain the newfound knowledge. If you don't use it in every post, will you forget how to do it? You should make some gift certificates and have your son present them to you for a special occasion, and that way you can hand him a gift certificate with his signature on it swearing on a son's love to honor the gift certificate when you want to redeem it. Used to work for me when I wanted a pedicure from my daughter or a foot rub. It is nice to learn more on the computer, who cares that is the next generation and the one after that who can teach us.

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  11. Three strikes and you're out. Three strikeouts and the inning's over... ;-)

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  12. You're out! But what's an em dash?

    Love,
    Janie Junebug

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  13. Striking out on your own without the help of your son is a great thing!

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  14. now this reads like my stream of consciousness goes

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  15. I'm always surprised when my blog gets published. Brighton Pensioners comment? Feathers? Strike? No, nothing this end!

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  16. OK - I'll make you a deal. If you show me (us) how to strike out letters (which I've been wanting to do), I'll show you how to make an Umlaut. You know, those German letters:

    Ä, ä, Ö, ö, Ü, ü. And maybe you can even talk me into giving up the secret of typing the degree sign or the symbol for the Euro: €.

    And they say you don't learn anything while blogging... ;-)

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  17. You are so advanced! I still don't know how to do that. Which might be a good thing.

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  18. I was really excited when I learned that skill too :)

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  19. What skill? I don't have no stinkin skill. I never read the how to books, I just google a question, get lucky or change directions.

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  20. Congratulations! This first-cousin-to-a-Luddite has never been able to figure that one out.

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  21. I'm proud of myself for knowing about ¢ and ° So that I can say things like, "In my opinion, 40°C is too damned hot. Just my 2¢."

    For the strikethrough, I suspect that if you took a gander at the top bar of your blog's editing window you'll find a number of formatting options you never knew you had. For the more advanced students of life, Google the phrase "alt codes" (if you use windows) and you'll find shortcuts to all sorts of strange characters that aren't on your keyboard.

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  22. I don't know how to do it yet. I am still working on not deleting things and figuring out how and if spell check works..you are light yrs ahead of me...
    and good for you!!

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  23. Well, it strikes me that perhaps your your wiz of a kid struck it lucky on how easy you are to please. You deserve at least a mug or a tie as well.

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  24. I have charcoal and a shovel, other than that I dictate.

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  25. WOW! I thought I was techno-challenged but I bow down to your superior lack of expertise :)

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  26. I don't know how to do that. My skills at blogging are very limited...

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  27. At a glance I would have to say you learnt how to do it very well indeed ;-)

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  28. And you're having a load of fun with it, I see.

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