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Thursday December 11 2008

Indeed:

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The thing to get about laptops is that they have two basic uses, rather than just the one.  First, there is using them when out and about, on holiday, in coffee bars, at conferences, and so on.  You get it out of your bag, do the business, and then shut it down and put it back in your bag.  For this, you would never dream, e.g., of attaching it to a full-sized keyboard.  That would defeat the entire purpose of the exercise, which is mobility and smallness and convenience, for which one will readily trade in a little keyboard perfection.

But there is also another and I think distinct laptop use, which is when you set them up in another semi-permanent place and construct an alternative office around them.  This is what I am now engaged in doing, hence the full-sized keyboard mentioned in an earlier posting this week.  But, with the arrangement described in that, there was a problem: my eyesight.  I can read almost anything if it’s very close to my eyes, and almost nothing if it is any further away than close.  On the table in front of me is okay, just about.  But on the table and the other side of an even quite shallow keyboard is starting to be too far away.  What I really need is to have Jesus above the keyboard, and now I have.  This actually brings Jesus closer to my eyes than ever before, and is by far the best arrangement yet.

My first computer ever was an Osbourne.  That had a tiny screen, which I loved.  Provided, that is, I leaned forward over the keyboard, and stuck my face about three inches away from it.  The arrangement I now have is even better, so much so that I find myself wanting to rethink how God My Regular Computer is organised.  I find myself pondering some kind of angle-poise system that will shove God’s screen right in my face, just as this new Jesus arrangement is doing now.  In the above picture, you should really imagine me with my face further forward.  Sorry.  I took that picture myself with the hand not visible in it, and what you see is the best I could manage.

The previous answer to my eyesight problem was to type into Jesus using very large lettering, 18 points, for instance.  But that doesn’t work if you are inputting stuff straight into blog software, as I prefer to do when using Jesus to blog.

So, in short: hurrah.

But as one door opens, another swings back and smashes me in the nose.  Jesus is now refusing to distinguish between the two SD cards I have been sticking into him, insisting that the one with all the pictures on it is the other, with only a few dead or dying bits of writing.  Getting that picture off of the card was quite a job, I can tell you.  But, the fact that I manage to be willing to try to solve all the further problems that Jesus creates.

I imagine Christians feel this way too.