So what have I learned today? That I suck at being pithy, that’s what.
I never meant for my last post to give the impression that my contemplation of ending Cthulhu is my Copilot was in any way the fault of my VOX peeps. I appreciate it each and every time you guys leave a few words behind, sure, but that wasn’t where my last post came from. That post was the eventual result of mixing one part writer’s block with four parts abysmal website functionality.
The thing about losing my post today was that it wasn’t the first time; it was just the most devastating time. Ordinarily, I write in MS Word and copy over to the VOX compose field once I’m happy with the post. The last several times I have had to completely redo an entry weren’t intolerable because I was only a couple keyboard shortcuts away from having all my text right back in the field where I wanted it.
When I started my post today, it was only going to be three lines and an image. I just wanted to mention how excited I was about the upcoming Where the Wild Things Are movie. But then I came across a news article wherein Maurice Sendak gave his opinion of the movie and the next thing I knew, I was speeding toward 1,000 words. Good words, too, strung together all pretty and evenly spaced.
Then I got the brilliant idea to embed the old Where the Wild Things Are video made by Scholastic years and years ago. Not liking its size, I went to click the resize icon, but missed it and ended up instead clicking on the video itself. The result was my text being obliterated and replaced by the entire VOX page where the video was stored! I have provided graphic documentation below because I know how goddamned stupid that sounds.
That right there is what we in Seattle refer to as “fucked up”.
Now, as I said, I’d been through this before. When I posted all those pictures of Obama, I couldn’t decide what order I wanted them to be in and kept going back to rearrange them. I don’t have to tell anyone here that task alone was like getting a root canal. The first time I lost the whole post because I clicked on one of the pictures, I just laughed it off because, hey, ctrl-c + ctrl-v = no problem. The third and fourth times, it got a bit aggravating, I’ll admit.
So today when I clicked the video, there came the standard lagtime before anything happened, the duration of which I spent shouting at my monitor NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!
My cries did nothing but attract the attention of nearby coworkers who already think I’m a neurotic psychopath. I frantically clicked “recover” and re-affirmed that yes, I would indeed like to recover the last half hour of my life. It recovered squat. I slumped back in my chair and blankly stared at the screen for a couple minutes, then finally sent an e-mail to VOX, already knowing I wasn’t going to like the reply.
Their response was a simply list of links to pages like “Managing Videos”. Alrighty, then. Message received. Recipient feels appropriately corn-holed.
Anyway, the point is that it was the proverbial final straw and I instantly determined that it just wasn’t worth the hassle anymore. I wasn’t even moved by Karin’s insistence that CimC was an asset worth retaining regardless of how frequently I posted. She was right, of course, and I’m so thankful I have her to keep me grounded, even if I’m uncooperative half the time.
I’ll say it again: I never meant to blame you guys. You don’t have to feel obligated to inform me every time to swing by. If I need a reminder that VOX is totally worth all the little aggravations, I can always go back and re-read the comments from the last post.
The most important thing is that we never, never ever ever, write our posts in the compose field.
And that I don’t try being pithy.