Oh, the Technology!

Do you know where the saying, “Oh, the humanity!” came from?

Nope, not Seinfeld’s Newman.

As I wrote the title, I realized…I’ve only heard the “real” quote in jest and didn’t even know what that phrase meant. So of course, Google. Here’s what I learned:

When radio reporter Herb Morrison saw the airship Hindenberg burst into flames in 1937, he blurted “Oh, the humanity!” meaning something like “what terrible human suffering!” Writers who use this phrase today—usually jokingly—are referring back to this famous incident. Just be aware of this context if you’re tempted to use the word “humanity” in this way yourself.

From Common Errors in English Usage by Paul Brians.  *Insert 80’s commercial jingle music here* The More You Knowwwwwwww…

This week, I worked on getting the spare room (which we call Spare Oom in fond tribute to C. S. Lewis) back to being a spare room. For several months, it did a decent job as a rec room. As in, it was a wreck. The only recreation in that room was “horrible obstacle course.”

It became the catch-all room, filled with boxes of (what else) books and papers and summer-school supplies. (We don’t home school, but I teach the kiddos for several hours a day in the summer. Someday they’ll be grateful…I just know it…) Thanks to a couple beautiful bookshelves from my aunt and uncle, we can once again host humans.

To any aliens who may be reading: I am not that kind of Hostess. Sorry to dash your hopes.

While reorganizing my real space, I’m also creating my virtual space. After trying 16 different themes (give or take), I decided to stick with the one I have here. They say familiarity breeds contempt, but not in this case. There’s so much to learn…I need something to be the same.

I don’t mean to put you off getting a domain (if you’ve read my last few frantic posts). There’s a distinct possibility that I simply have a technology disability…or maybe I just need to learn the ropes.

In fact, while putting Spare Oom back together, I found a packet of evaluations from a previous job, provided because I was part of a layoff. The information was intended to help me find another job faster.

Compared to other women (in our “everybody’s equal”-minded society, the gender basis struck me as a little odd), I had a much higher score (and propensity toward) computer and technology-related careers.

Per the packet, I’m more likely to figure things out on my own, to continue learning and to seek out solutions. Considering the last week, this information is doubly interesting. If I have an as-yet unrecognized talent in tech, whyyyyyy am I having issues building this site?

Maybe the problem is that I never learned about SEO, CSS, HTML and all the other acronyms prior to this month. Today I learned about meta and snippets. (Sounds like a video game. Meta & Snippets. Meta is a gun-toting porcupine. Snippets is his trusty sidekick. Oh, sorry…getting distracted…I’m short on sleep. Follow that rabbit!)

Anyway, I’m learning tons (which makes me happy) but this process seems slower than it should be (which does not). Once I get this all figured out, I’ll be happy to share what I know.

Have a lovely weekend!


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Posted on November 7, 2015, in Adoption, Blogging101, Writing101 and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Yay! Subscribed. 🙂


  2. Hi Casey, all subscribed with no problems. I have no clue about SEOs etc either – it all twists my brain, to be honest.
    Have you ever seen the footage of the Hindenberg explosion – it’s truly upsetting hearing poor Herb Morrison, seeing the airship engulfed so very quickly. Really very moving.


  3. Hey, Casey! Well done! Keep it up.
    I successfully subscribed to your new domain site.
    I think you are missing a “has” in this sentence: ” . . . The family also a neurotic Beagle-Bassett, six outdoor cats and a visiting hawk, who hopes to steal a cat.”

    I look forward to more . . . . 🙂


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