Nicole, my friend and co-worker
"A world of disorderly notions, picked out of his books, crowded into his imagination; and now his head was full of nothing but enchantments, quarrels, battles, challenges, wounds, complaints, amours, torments, and abundance of stuff and impossibilities." (Cervantes, Don Quixote)
Kudos to Julie at Happy Catholic for coming up with this. Do you hate computer error messages as much as I do? If so, you might want to ask Microsoft to incorporate some of these, instead of the sterile, humorless error messages that have by now become an unfortunate and inescapable part of our daily life. As I see it, reducing the messages to haiku form could at least serve to make the ordeal of a system failure, data loss, or unexpected shutdown a little more bearable. If the haiku could not evoke a chuckle under those circumstances, then perhaps they could at least soften our frowns, or motivate us to reduce our levels of screaming or cursing.
Today I found this humorous little gem on the CNN website and immediately shared it with three of my co-workers, one of whom is a Superior Court judge. I told them it had given me the best laugh I had had in months, although I realized later that I actually had an even better laugh a few weeks ago. (That one centered around an online Yahoo Messenger chat with one of my Iranian friends. During the chat, I sent him a link to a "Calvin & Hobbes" website, while mentioning that I loved the strip, and that it had been known to reduce me to convulsions of helpless laughter in a matter of seconds. I cannot duplicate his reaction here, but suffice it to say that it had my wife and me in stitches. Among other things, my friend suggested that I might need some kind of psychiatric intervention. Perhaps he is right, although I think my need for that treatment is far outweighed by Iran's need for "Calvin & Hobbes.")