Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Technological Problem???

You may or may not have noticed my recent absence from the blogosphere, but I have been offline for several days.  My computer could not connect to the internet; it advised me that "A network cable is disconnected."  I did everything I could think of, including unplugging and re-plugging all the cables more than once, but ultimately had to call the internet provider, who informed me that they could send someone out on Monday.  Well, what could I do but wait (very impatiently) until Monday, which has now arrived.  So a little while ago, the Zoomtown guy came in and messed with some things, trying to determine the cause of the malfunction.  I thought for sure it was the fault of my computer, likely requiring some time-consuming and costly repair.

 visualization of a portion of the routes on the internet (Wikipedia)


an assortment of computer cards

But, no.  A screw had come out, causing the little card that allows my computer to cozy up with Zoomtown  to come loose.  A SCREW?!!!  I couldn't believe it- me, a woman who has actually built log houses, foiled by something so incredibly low-tech!

Of course, strictly speaking, a screw is technology.  In fact, it's physics.  I swear, I'm not kidding!  It's one of the six simple machines of basic physics.  According to Wikipedia:
A screw is one of the six simple machines. All screws are helical inclined planes. A screw can convert a rotational force (torque) to a linear force and vice versa. The ratio of threading determines the mechanical advantage of the machine. More threading increases the mechanical advantage.

The etymology of the word is also kind of interesting:
Middle French escroue (nut, socket) (Modern French ecroue, from Latin scrofa (sow), referring to the screw-like tip of a boar's penis.  (Wiktionary)

Couldn't have lived without knowing that, huh?


  1. I'm reminded of one of my favorite fictional character quotes from the movie "The Breakfast Club": "Screws fall out all the time, the world is an imperfect place." I'm glad you were able to restore a bit of order to our less-than-perfect, entropy-riddled world. [And you can easily tell if that quote is one of my memorable ones, I live in a very limited plane of existence here.]

    Welcome back to cyberspace.

  2. Don, you crack me up- that is now my new favorite quote! I also love what you said about 78.2% of statistics being made up on the fly! (Just don't tell anyone- some people think I actually know stuff!)

  3. So, you had a screw loose eh? (Sorry, couldn't resist! ) It's often the little things though that can really . . dare I say it . . screw things up for you!!

  4. CURSES! Whitney Ann beat me to it!
    oh screw it! xo cat


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