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Why Has TV WORTH WATCHING Been Sluggish of Late? Guilty -- with an Explanation
November 10, 2009  | By David Bianculli

desktop.jpgLast week, I posted a picture of my basement office, post-book, with a vow to clean it up because my life had gotten too disorganized. Well, I haven't even gotten down the stairs yet. And last weekend, when I was out of town, my laptop decided to break by refusing to have the space bar operate...

Have you ever tried to write blogs and entries for a website without a space bar? My temporary solution was to save a space from a stored story, write a new story as one long word, then insert spaces as required. I'm happy to report my computer is now fixed.

I'm less happy to report that, when the guys at the Apple Genius bar turned on my computer and saw my desktop, all they said, at the same time, was a very loud "WOW."

So I now post a picture of my laptop above, for your amusement as well as your sympathy. Give me a few more days to get back on schedule, please, friends. The nearness of the book publication has made things nuts around here, even for me.

But very soon, I'll have some good news to report...




elise said:

That's really your desktop screen????????? Can you hear me now? "WOW!" LOL!! That's hilarious!!! Good luck!
[Yes, that's really my desktop screen. As of this morning. I've added a few items since then. -- David B.]

Comment posted on November 10, 2009 1:27 PM

Donald said:

your desktop looks like my desk!

[Feel free, then, to take the picture of my desktop, and save it AS your desktop wallpaper. It'll freak people out, but you can always remove it to find the stuff YOU'RE looking for. -- David B.]

Comment posted on November 10, 2009 3:10 PM

Sharon said:

Your Mac's desktop looks very much like mine. I don't understand why people laugh at folks like us. Organizing everything is so boring and unnecessary. Stay strong and don't give in to those who don't understand your 'system'.

[Thanks for the support -- but shouldn't I, at least, understand my system? -- David B.]

Comment posted on November 10, 2009 3:52 PM

OttoMann said:

You wrote:
"Have you ever tried to write blogs and entries for a website without a website?"

Story of my life, trying to write for a website, without having a website.

[Whoops. I'll fix it now. Looks like I can't blame EVERYTHING on computer error.

So it IS true... Gingo! Garbage In, Garbage Out! -- David B.]

Comment posted on November 10, 2009 4:03 PM

Kelldey said:

I'm very, very frightened. ;) If my desktop look like that on my 23" monitor, many more would be frightened.

I'm sure your organization system is the mark of genius, right?


Comment posted on November 10, 2009 4:09 PM

Brink said:

"But very soon, I'll have some good news to report..."

a) You've finally gotten that draft deferment;
b) You've been chosen as a panelist on "What's My Line?" -- the letter was under that mess on the basement floor and ABC is honoring it;
c) You've signed another book deal, this one about Bonnie Hunt;
d) Steve Jobs is paying you a ton of money to appear in a commercial and say, "I'm not a Mac."
e) Fort Lauderdale has forgiven all your old traffic tickets;
f) You came in last in the Tom Jicha lookalike contest;
g) The rabbit didn't die;
h) Philadelphia and Akron have decided to follow Fort Lauderdale's example;
i) Your HOA has hired a woman named Tangina to walk through your basement and declare, "This house is clean."
j) Howie Mandel has been hired for the title role in "Detritus Unleashed: The David Bianculli Story'

Comment posted on November 10, 2009 6:02 PM

Angela said:

Thanks for the chuckle and smile on my face!
Helpful pic., too, because I just bought my first Mac and really have no clue as to what I'm doing. But it looks like I'm safe from doing harm for awhile.

(Sorry. That wasn't a whole lot of sympathy, was it? But it's only because I can relate.)

Loved the basement scene too. Reminded me of when a ziilion people on a glass forum I belong to posted pics of their glass "studio" (ie; a corner of a bedroom, kitchen, or garage usually), after someone asked "Does anyone's space look like mine?!?"

"Story of my life, trying to write for a website when I don't have a website". Heh-Heh! Can I steal that one from you for my signature line?


Comment posted on November 10, 2009 8:10 PM

marti said:

There is a quote (don't know who said it): "A Clean Desk is the Sign of a Sick Mind."

As long as your office space doesn't look like the home where the Collyer brothers lived, you are safe. As to the cluttered computer desktop, I have cluttered desktops on most of my computers, and my physical work areas in my computer room. (I live with cats and have four desktops, plus a laptop that sometimes works. No business stuff here, I have so many computers for the distributed computing project I joined several years ago.)

I rely on your daily posts to see if you have found a show that I watch to watch or record. Hope you find the time to remember your loyal readers! Do you have to do book tours?

[Yes, but the itinerary is right there on my desktop... -- David B.]

Comment posted on November 10, 2009 9:52 PM

Rich said:

Oh, I see. As long as you know where everything is. Can't imagine what your e-mail box looks like.

[Just like everyone else's. So long as everyone else's contains 10,000 emails. -- David B.]

Comment posted on November 11, 2009 12:34 PM
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