Tuesday, June 14, 2005

My Computer Has a Mind of its Own - and Other Stuff

My computer definitely has a mind of its own. Since I started putting various blogs and web-sites into my favorites folder, they were added in a sort of random order. Some of them were alphabetized - and some were added at the bottom. I never knew why it happened that way, but I was cool with it. Today, I was gone for a while, and on my return, I saw that my previously helter-skelter favorites list had decided to alphabetize itself, without asking my permission. Now I am somewhat disoriented; my usual reading order has been discombobulated! I suppose I will get used to reading the blogs in the order they are now listed, but it will take a while, and I may have to skip around a bit in the beginning. Funny how little it takes to mess up my world, isn't it?
Another thing that confuses me is in writing these posts, I try to leave spaces between the paragraphs, and I check them in the preview pane but as soon as I click "publish", the spaces vanish. What can I do to assure spaces between the lines?
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A message left in my comments recently referred to my screen name, and the writer thought I was Japanese. I did Google that name not long ago and I was surprised to find that it is a very common name in Japan. The way I decided on the screen name was a method I had read about somewhere, and it involves using the first three letters of your last name and then the first two letters of your first name. The "ken" in Kenju comes from my maiden name, and obviously, the "ju" is for Judy. I suppose that some people's names would not translate well to that method, but mine seemed easy, and it sort of rolls off the tongue for me. Believers in reincarnation would probably say that my connection to that name - even though it is "made up" - is karmic, and they might suppose that I had lived at least one previous life in that country. They could be right, as I do have an affinity for most things Asian, though I have never been able to link it to a particular culture or country. If I had been consciously thinking of a name to link me to a karmic past, I would be Hatshepsut or Merit-ankh or something similar. Somehow, Kenju seems a better fit at this point.
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Speaking of Japan, has anyone seen any Japanese beetles this summer? Ordinarily, by now the rose bushes are full of them. This is the first year in recent memory that they haven't made lace of the leaves and blossoms by the first week in June. I detest the little buggers. My usual method of getting rid of them is to drown them in a plastic bucket of soapy water, but I have been bold enough to crush them in my bare fingers. The best way is to hold the bucket under the bush and shake it. The beetles fall off into the water, though some are smart enough to fly away. I get them the next time!

15 comments:

Square1 said...

First of all... Michele sent me. Your comment on my site was my heads up that I was Michele's site of the day! I have seen your comments over at the good doctor's place, have found myself generally in agreement with you... but uh... never came over here. Now I'm glad I did! Thank you very mch for stopping by. That first post was actually an excerpt from an older one, but I thought it fitting. Nice to meet you.
Square1

P.S. if you go to the html tab that's right above the box you enter your text into... usually putting line breaks in there will translate. If not put the leters "br" contained within < >. That's the html tag for a line break.

Wendopolis said...

HI, Kenju. Michele sent me. I hate beetles and could never crush one in my fingers, especially one of those huge Japanese beetles! Yech! There's so big, I'm always afraid they will bite me or something. THey are a cool green color, though!

Weary Hag said...

Well, based on your system of coming up with a screen name, "Fisca" just wouldn't work well for me. Sounds like a 70s soft drink! Still, I like yours and oddly enough, I was convinced that your significant other was named Ken. Funny how we assume things about our fellow bloggers, isn't it?
Don't even TALK to me about beetles. Ewww. There was a beetle incident during my pregnancy which still give me the heebie jeebies. Maybe I'll post about it one day.
As to their late arrival, it could have something to do with the colder temps we had in the month of May. Just a thought.

Angie said...

I read Kenju as your screen name but my mind translates it to Judy. I see Kenju and think Judy.

I am willing to sacrifice some things to bugs. My cabbages are not one. I have 3 short rows of lettuce and there is not one bug hole. In the rows beside the lettuce I have broccoli and cabbage. They are having a feast over there. I have had to resort to dusting them with severin dust. I don't like to use chemicals on things we eat but we will never get one bite of those cabbages if I don't.

Kevin B said...

Just found your site, Kenju, I spent 6 years in Okinawa Japan, but don't recall running into any beetles over there. I think a lot of the Japanese keep them as pets in little boxes, though. When it gets really hot and humid here in Virginia sometimes, it reminds me of those steamy Okinawa summers. I like your writing, thanks for sharing with the rest of us.

OldHorsetailSnake said...

You can kill all the mosquitoes you want, too.

You been by my place today yet? I fulfilled your tag re: childhood misses. So there.

OldHorsetailSnake said...

P.S. Judy: See my answer in my comments section today (Wednesday) regarding my grandfather the preacherman. In case you care.

Bernadette said...

Turning Japanese?! We only have slugs to deal with in these parts. Vicki sent me! Happy gardening!

Miz Peg said...

Mcqpe.....doesn't seem to work for me, but yours sounds good for you.

brendalove@gmail.com said...

Judy - when you first started commenting on my blog and I didn't know who you were....I thought you might be a Japanese person!!

Now...Japanese beetles...I haven't seen any either...I think its just too freaking hot even for them.

~Cathy~ said...

One summer we had beautiful rose bushes that were soon completely overtaken with those annoying Japanese beetles! They wrecked so much havoc on our flowers that they looked like they'd been chewed up! YUCK! The past couple summers, they haven't been so bad. Of course we took out a couple rose bushes so that might be the reason!

vicki said...

Hey, Judy- I've seen pictures of you- you don't look Japanese. Japanese Beetles- hate them. Our Ace Hardware sells "beetle bags" with a little scent attracting thing inside. They REALLY work- better than spray or anything else. I put them away from the garden because the beetles actually breed under the lawn and it keeps them away from the roses.
The computer stuff- you'll see that the exact same thing happens on my blogroll. It's a weirdly spaced mess. And every time I post I have to go back and correct spaces. I can't figure it out.

Guppyman said...

Hello... Michele sent me over.....

discombobulated! Wooohoooo.... For some reason that has become our word at work, or should I say discombobulation central...

Ria said...

I always assumed you were Japanese too!

colleen said...

I always got you mixed up with Kimbfo...Australian blogger met I met on the M&G. According to your code my name is Redco. Can you believe we get infestations of ladybugs here. They are not true ladybugs but look just like them. I think they come from Japan! I'm not kidding.