Saturday, May 15, 2021

Nature & Human

Yesterday was a walk day. The air didn't look great, but it felt better. It was also a day that morphed into a new project.

We walked on an old paved road above the old parking lot of the Mother's Day post. It was a very curious spot, for when we got to the top, we found another large flat space with ancient asphalt, old pottery and glass. Something had been there. There were also curious white lines painted in a pattern that did not give away what it had once been. Two things we considered is a landing pad for helicopters or a staging area for firefighters, so a place to address emergencies?

The project is one that began with record keeping related to my recent renewal of my work permit. As I did this, I was prompted to pull out 4 flash drives, labeled long ago. The labeling is clear, but what they held was a lesson in redundancy!  Oy! Time to purge, delete, combine and organize. It seems to be my ongoing desire to rid myself of anything and everything I no longer need! The following quotes from long ago were found among the chaos. I found them to be fitting for all of the online troubles or computer troubles going around. Have I put them here before? Deja' Vu!

This also led me to to remember to alert any of you who follow by email that the FEEDBURNER option is no longer available. So, if you have signed up to follow this 'trail' via email, that will no longer happen. Instead, you'll have to come find me in a way of your choice. I sincerely hope you'll do that! They did offer new and different ways to get around this, but frankly with the few people who read here and my lack of desire to figure it out, I thought 'why bother?' Some of you can no longer comment here, so there's that too. Maybe I'll change my mind about this. Or not.

Okay, so off we go...

"Subject: Zen and the computer.

In Japan, they have replaced the impersonal and unhelpful Microsoft error messages with Haiku poetry messages. Haiku poetry has strict construction rules - each poem has only 17 syllables; 5 syllables in the first, 7 in the second, 5 in the third. They are used to communicate a timeless message, often achieving a wistful, yearning and powerful insight through extreme brevity. Here are 16 actual error messages from Japan"

Your file was so big.
It might be very useful.
But now it is gone. 

The Web site you seek
Cannot be located, but
Countless more exist. 


Always the locks!


                                                        Chaos reigns within.                                                               

                                                      Reflect, repent, and reboot.                                                 Order shall return




Program aborting:
Close all that you have worked on.
You ask far too much.



Windows has just crashed.
I am the Blue Screen of Death.
No one hears your screams.


Yesterday it worked.
Today it is not working.
Windows is like that.

We sat on this wall a while


First snow, then silence.
This thousand-dollar screen dies
So beautifully.


With searching comes loss
And the presence of absence:
"My Novel" not found.



The Tao that is seen
Is not the true Tao-until
You bring fresh toner.


Stay the patient course.
Of little worth is your ire.
The network is down.

A crash reduces

Your expensive computer

To a simple stone


Three things are certain:
Death, taxes and lost data.
Guess which has occurred.



You step in the stream,
But the water has moved on.
This page is not here.


Out of memory.
We wish to hold the whole sky,
But we never will.



Having been erased,
The document you're seeking
Must now be retyped.



Serious error.
All shortcuts have disappeared.
Screen. Mind. Both are blank.

Isn't that better than "your computer has performed an illegal operation?" 


 This one wasn't the longest walk or the clearest skies, but it was enough.

It also wasn't the most immersed in The Great Outdoors hike, but the decaying paved road is an easier surface to navigate. So, it is all well and it is enough.


May you walk in health

May you walk in outdoors calm

May you walk with joy




Photographs by NAE ©2021



Nancy said...

*Please excuse any wonky spacing or presentation issues. It all looks fine in the draft. This has been happening a lot lately. Grrr...

Mo Crow said...

making up haiku for the error messages is so good, love it!

Nancy said...

Mo~ Me too! I love haiku :)

jude said...

This is too funny and I am Laughing!

Liz A said...

I'm wondering what the Google Map satellite view of the asphalt markings might reveal ...

and I laughed softly through the haiku error messages ... and now I'm thinking I should compose one in response to Blogger's recent revisions on my old blog (my least favorite being its unwillingness to automatically display the Kindred Spirits list in full unless you click a "show all" link each time)

Nancy said...

Jude laughter is good
It makes the heart sing lighter
Keep laughing my friend

Liz maps show much earth
Great minds think alike, I know
But your comments, off

Deb G said...

Oh my gosh, too funny! I have a haiku in mind for my work computer... something about the rainbow death spiral and the hum of the fan. Have to work on it. :)

Nancy said...

Deb~ Oh, I hope you share! After what I just realized about my last post, I could write a dozen myself! Grrr...