Tuesday 28 October 2014

Anal Do-Gooders

Every now and then, I look to see which blog is being read. Mostly, the blogs being read are all mixed up, but sometimes I see a title that I don’t remember or I just feel like reading one of the old blogs.

Sometimes they are pretty interesting, sometimes they are kind of funny and sometimes they are less than they could be. I don’t mind that, you can’t be on your game all of the time. Well, I can’t be, I don’t know about anyone else.

Today was one of those days that I saw a blog and decided to reread it. It was from sometime in 2012 and called “The First Day of School” I think. It wasn’t too bad, and I actually wasn’t ashamed of it. Well, I wasn’t ashamed of the content, the spelling is another matter.

I have never claimed to be one of those people who will lose my shit if someone uses “there” when they actually mean “their”. I shake my head and either blame the over crowded school system of today or the use of those tiny keypads on cell phones. It is possible that the radiation from the cell phones is directly affecting the area of the brain where spelling is located. I try to spell things correctly in the blog and I hope that the grammar is also correct.

I have spell check of course and although it has a desire to use American spelling, it is generally not too bad. The same goes for grammatical errors. Often I want the blog to sound like I speak, so I will intentionally keep the bad grammar in. If it “sounds” right to me, then I will keep it in. The odd time, nothing “sounds” right so I just leave it anyways, the theory being that often your first guess is the right one. It didn’t work in school, I don’t know why I think it will here, but I do.

My problem with spell check is that it has no idea what word I wanted to use and as long as it is spelled correctly then it hasn’t a problem with the word. For instance, if I had typed “ward” instead of “word” in the previous sentence, spell check wouldn’t really care. It would be nice if the program would be able to read what is written and be able to make sense of it. I guess I am talking about artificial intelligence. The drawback to having a computer spell check with artificial intelligence is that when I wrote the blog it would more than likely tell me that some people just shouldn’t write.

Be that as it may, the point I have been trying to make is that I noticed more than a few mistakes in that blog from 2012. There are times that I don’t reread what I have written, and I guess that night in 2012 was one of those times. What I want to do is to apologize to everyone for the mistakes and really apologize to those anal do-gooders who lost sleep over the mistakes. I will try not to let it happen again.

Watch…I’m not going to check this out either!

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