A Change Will Do You Good
Buried deep within the labyrinth of the AOL Message Boards -- specifically, buried deep within the Baby Boomer area, where David likes to amuse and abuse his loyal audience -- is a little folder called "Opinions of New Message Boards." As far as I can tell, this particular folder has been there ever since the last time AOL overhauled the message board system.
Two years ago.
This folder remains empty most of the time, but every once in a while some confused soul will wander in and post a cranky little message all about how they "can't find anything," or about how "confusing" the system is, or about how AOL had no business changing stuff that worked perfectly fine to begin with.
Two years ... and they're still griping about the changes.
When AOL trotted out its new version 5.0 last week, the message boards practically collapsed under the weight of the complaints, rumors, and dire "warnings" from disgruntled users who had encountered problems with the new version. ("Download 5.0 and kiss your hard drive goodbye!") Some of the gripes were legitimate, of course -- conflicts with ISP's, memory problems, graphics resolution problems -- but a lot of people were griping about 5.0 without even bothering to download it.
"I already know I'll hate it," wrote one person on the Members Helping Members Board.
I'll admit that I'm as resistant to change as the next guy. I still wear the same black eyeliner, Levi's 501's and long, straight, middle-parted hair I wore in 1979. I'm having some difficulty with the idea of Colonel Sanders as a rappin', struttin' animated cartoon. I don't believe Alpha Bits needed frosting OR marshmallow bits. I actually think Don Johnson looked better in pastels.
I'm just like anybody else. Sometimes I have to be dragged into new stuff, kicking and screaming.
I accidentally bought the wrong haircolor the other day -- I confused my usual "Medium/Light/In-Between/Sorta-Reddish Brown" with "Medium/In-Between/ Reddish/Sorta-Light Brown" -- and today I'm shocked by how dark my hair looks. I look like one of the RAMONES, forcryingoutloud. But I'm stuck with it now, and the only thing I can do is live with it and try to get used to it and wait another 4-6 weeks so I can go back to my usual "Medium Light In-Between-Sorta-Reddish Brown."
And I will admit that I'm similarly shocked by the way *FootNotes* looks this morning. I'd been itching to tweak the website a bit, the past few weeks ... but even *I* am a little bit floored by just how different it IS. But like the new haircolor, I'm stuck with the new website layout now -- I won't have time or opportunity to work on it anytime soon -- and the only thing I can do is live with it and try to get used to it and wait another 4-6 weeks so I can go back to my usual cumbersome index page, stale graphics and 2:17 downloads ...
that's what I decide to do. Who knows? Maybe I'll keep the new
haircolor. Maybe I'll go even darker next time. (Morticia Addams,
anyone?) And maybe I'll decide to keep the new website layout. I like
the idea of being able to include more graphics, for one thing.
and I don't have the combined computer power for a digital camera, but
have a Polaroid camera ... and we do
have a scanner ... and we know how to use 'em.
In the meantime ... the reviews are starting to roll in:
| At any
rate ... thanks to everybody for the comments/suggestions/criticisms
today. I mean it. I'm listening to everything you've got to
even the stuff that hurts my tender little feelings ... and I promise
that I'll try to fix the stuff that needs fixing as soon as possible. (And OK,
OK ... I'll bring back the Happy Panda Toaster.
A special thank you today to The Other 50% of The Population, who not only sacrificed his own computer-time this weekend so I could agonize over the deconstruction of *FootNotes,* but who has listened to me obsess and whine and rail about it for the past 48 hours. (See him quietly reading a book and staying out of the line of fire, below.) As soon as all the tweakage is over and the smoke has cleared, I'll go back to doing what I always do: obsessing and whining and railing about the WRITING, instead of the stoopid LAYOUT ...
See everybody in a day or two.
And he does his own laundry, too.
From a journal-writing exercise:
blurb #1 will go HERE: check out
issue of *tapestry*
... they used my "Things That Go *Ping* in the Night" article
self-important blurb #2 -- probably having something to do with the WEATHER: yep. we're still having weather.
special *howdy* to: my pal heather [currently MIA] of more.than.this, who provided the inspiration -- and the template -- for the new layout. please don't think of it as stealing: think of it as ... a "homage."
where i'll ask
a *relevant* question:
amazingly profound thought of the day: "What? No Happy Panda Toaster?"