Monday, March 20, 2006

And Now for Something Different

Not that I'm putting Devlin aside, but enough already. Still waiting for test results.

Anyhoo - the "N" key. Yeah, that one on your keyboard. 3 of us (hi Dennie and Cece) have noticed a peculiar phenomenon - it's been nearly rubbed off! Not that there aren't other keys that are faint, but the "N" key is almost totally gone. What's with that? For example, I have up to the last question mark, used 32 "e's" and 34 "t's" compared to 23 "N's" and yet the "t" key is bright and shining, while the "e" does show slight wear. Is it because I sometimes hit the "n" instead of the "m"? But then again, I hit the "m" instead of the "n" all the time too. Do I hit this key harder than other keys? I try not to, poor "n" key doesn't deserve to be smacked around so much. I need answers! I deserve answers! I don't like unsolved mysteries. Yes, the "q", "z" and "x" are long neglected keys (is there a Key Protection Service that I can be turned into for neglecting certain keys?), but what about poor "H"? I've typed Hugh Jackman plenty of times - that key ought to be fading away - but nooooooo, it's nice and clear. Do the other keys have it in for the "n" key? Maybe they're jealous because of its clear, clean lines, its simplicity of form. Perhaps "n" has been nosing in on "m's" territory too much. But could there be a higher conspiracy here? With the "n" gone, would we not be forced to buy a new keyboard? As the keys slowly disappear like Agatha Christie's "Ten Little Indians", are we stuck with a "faceless" keyboard? And maybe like Christie, the "n" key isn't really gone, but rather waiting to off the other keys having bounced suspicion off of him - or is it a her? Bebo says it could be like the "Back to the Future" movies - perhaps someone has gone into "n's" past and changed it - therefore causing "n" to slowly fade in the present. And where do these keys go off to - is there a key heaven? My mind is boggled too much. Anybody have any answers? Please, help me save the "n" key.

42 comments:

butterflylane said...

Interesting phenomenon. I'm going to have to investigate the computers at work to see if they are similarly n-deprived.

Bailey Stewart said...

I obviously need more sleep, huh? Bebo says I've gone over the edge - and what am I doing up at this hour? Reading? No - and I'm supposed to be. Nope, I've got the urge to write, so I'm going to go and open up a file right now. (Sheesh I'm going to be dead in the morning).

Check it out Butterfly - you'll see there's a conspiracy going on. :)

Bailey Stewart said...

In case anybodies interested - 400 words in 30 minutes. Is that good?

Brandy said...

You. Are. Too. Much. Hahaha! My n key seems fine. Of course I haven't had this computer long anyway. A little more than a year. Glad to hear you're writing! Way to go! Try to get SOME sleep tonigh, though.

Bailey Stewart said...

604 words and three pages, but who's counting! Sleep, schneep - I've gone this long without it - who needs sleep?

Bailey Stewart said...

867 words, 4 pages. Just in case you're wondering.

Bailey Stewart said...

1,115 words and 5 pages. That's just in the last 1 1/2 hours. A total of 2,793 and 12 pages total on the WIP. I'm dead. I will be so dead in the morning. But you know what? It was worth it. These are the first words I've written all year. It's not perfect, far from it, but it's something to work with. I feel good, so good, I got it good. Um, I think that's a good indication of bedtime.

Shirley said...

I haven't had this keyboard too long but the N is fine. It's the E and T that are beginning to fade.
And I am so jealous of that word count. :o)

Brandy said...

Eve, it's great that you were finally able to sit down and do what you needed to do. Great GOING on the word count and everything.

Bailey Stewart said...

I'm so dead. Okay - feed mom, pay bills, turn on cell phone (the number the vet has), go back to bed.

Toni Anderson said...

Great writing!!!! Yeay!!!


My keys are not worn down. Obviously not tyoing hard enough LOL!!!

Bailey Stewart said...

Please say some prayers for Olga - I can't go into specifics without her okay, but she's really going through a hard time right now.

Peggy said...

Weird, my "n" is the only key that is slightly faded as well.

Eve, I wasn't able to read through your previous post (must go lie down now: still feeling sickly) but I hope Devlin is doing well.

Bailey Stewart said...

Shirley - maybe the conspiracy hasn't reached that side of the pond. I like the word count too.

Brandy - thanks - I hope I can keep it up.

Toni - obviously not.

Peggy - see! Told you. That's 4 for the "N" key. Hope you get to feeling better. We're still waiting for word from the vet.

christa said...

Sometimes I hit the"n" by accident when I want to hit the "space" bar.
Where are the bunny slippers? I miss the bunny slippers.

Susie said...

My keyboard at work is still vibrant with all it's keys in good physical shape.

Consider this, the strongest finger on the hand is the index finger, the pointer. The "n" is struck with the right pointer and for those of us that are right handed, this would be the stronger of the 2 pointers. "M" is also struck using the right pointer, but at a deflected angle which may lessen the impact to this key.

That is my contribution to the debate.

Your analytic friend,
Aliimau Jane (Susie) Higgins-Rodriguez

Bailey Stewart said...

Christa - I've been playing with the avatar. I didn't mean to switch it on the blog, but it did it automatically. But you will notice, like with the blanket, I'm clutching the coat like a flasher too. :)

Susie - yeah, but I hit the "U" and the "H" and the "J" with the right index - Hugh Jackman. Still say there's a conspiracy.

Susan said...

Glad to hear your writing! I have no problem with my n key, maybe I don't type enough.LOL

Prayers go out to Olga.

Susie said...

Obviously sleep depravation is good for the writing muse. Do try to get some rest though.

Once again the car gods are punishing us. Goldie was flooded on Sunday while at class in Lay Ministry in East Dallas. J did get her home and she is currently sitting in the driveway without seats and fans blowing on high to dry her out. The water was up to the top of the tires and anyone that has seen a Honda Civic knows they sit low to the ground. There was at least 2" of standing water inside after the waters subsided. The water mark inside was a good foot and 1/2 from the floor. J has changed the oil twice and it still looks like cafe au lait.

The Blazer is still at the body shop after the ice storm, although it should be ready this week. Needless to say, we are without a vehicle right now. Thank God for mass transit to get me to work.

Olga, I pray that God meet your needs today. That you experience His love and peace in knowing all things are possible to him that love the Lord and walk in His will. Lord Jesus, Son of the living God, have mercy on us, poor sinners. Amen.

Bailey Stewart said...

Susan - yes, the muses were good to me. Seems they got tired of the Bahamas. Hope they brought back Jill's Malibu Barbie.

Susie - yikes on the cars.

Meretta said...

I've got an intact n. No phenomenons or conspiracy theories in the works in my woods. Drat!

Yay! on the word count. Great stuff! When the muse insists, there's no denying her. Good for you.

Bailey Stewart said...

Meretta - they havent' gotten there yet. Believe me - the voices told me so (and they sounded a lot like Elvis and Jimmy Hoffa). *g*

Tori Lennox said...

ROFL! My keyboard's letters, numbers and symbols all seem to be fine.

Bailey Stewart said...

The keyboard pods haven't gotten to you yet Tori. Just you wait, they're coming. (bwahahahahaha)

Rene said...

Hmm...my "n" is just fine. However, my "s" and "d" keys are faded. I've only had the is laptop for a year. Oh, the "c" is going too. I touch type so it isn't a big deal. But it does make you wonder. As I look, the space where my thumb hits the space bar is worn smooth.

Dennie McDonald said...

it's a conspiracy I say....

Siobhan said...

Hi! Great news about Devlin! All the emotion has obviously woken your creativity! Could the worn out N key have something to do with the fact you hit it with your index finger? That's if you're right-handed . . .

christa said...

Nice boots. I can't wear boots like that anymore.
Totally off topic my sister, my bil and me were talking about birthdays, cause hers is next month, and she has decided that she will remain 25 and I am 4 years younger, therefore with her logic I will always be 21.

Bailey Stewart said...

Dennie - they won't believe us. We've tried to warn them but its useless.

Rene - That's it! You've solved it. They are relying on us to touch type. Once the "N" disappears, so goes the "E", "A", "S", "C" and "D" until it reaches the space bar. Then they are going to quietly move around so we can't type at all. I'm calling Oliver Stone.

Siobhan - then why would most of the other keys that I strike with my right index finger be nice and clear? And why would the majority of the other keys that are disappearing be the ones struck by my left hand.

(My nap obviously was not long enough)

Bailey Stewart said...

Christa - grab that offer, it may never come again. I've decided that I will always be 21. (or 12, depending upon how you like my posts LOL)

Lis said...

Ah finally I can post :o) Tried earlier and blogger was having server issues.

Same deal here. My N key pretty well gone, same with the M. R's halfway gone as well. Definitely a conspiracy. I'm holding out though, don't like the looks of a lot of the keyboards out there right now.

Looks like you were on quite the writing roll! wtg!! :o)

Melissa Marsh said...

Too funny, Eve!

ButterflyLane said...

I would understand it better if I was typing to my kids. No, No, No... but I'm really not sure. I forgot to check the pcs at work- I was in the grips of an allergy medicine daze all day yesterday. I was scanning documents and I kept falling asleep while the scanner was going. Came home last night, went to bed at 7, slept until 1:30, had some toast (and another dose of allergy meds) and read until 3:30, then slept until 8:30 this morning- and I was still groggy.

Bailey Stewart said...

Hope that the allergies get better. I don't know what is worse, the allergies or the medication?

Toni Anderson said...

Does dust count?

I noticed you were back to the flasher thing--I'm saying nothing :)

I got 26 pages written and edited today. A record.

ruby55 said...

That's really cute. It must be an "author's phenomenon". I can't see that any of my keys is fainter than the rest--not noticeably anyway. Of course, the pointer is probably the dominant finger of the dominant hand and the j and h should be similarly afflicted. (Oh right, they aren't used as often.) Now mine might be different because my pointer always hurts and I just gently tap the keys. I could always hear my mother pounding away on the older keyboard we had before I got this natural keyboard and I'm really the only person who's ever used it.

Yes, this is a mystery that must be explored. Decidedly curious.

ruby55 said...

That's the word I was looking for: index finger!! Thanks, Siobhan, I knew there was a name other than "pointer". I'm under so much stress that my brain is usually somewhere where I can't find it these days.

Great going, Eve. That's wonderful. I know I always had to be under stress to get my term papers for univ. done. They were in my head but maybe my poor hand has always kept me from doing too much with it. Maybe you just had to be sleepless to get going though I do pray that it won't always be necessary to do it that way. Very hard on the nerves.

And Olga. Whatever your problems are I'm saying my prayers for you and sending good wishes to your heart and mind. God will take care of you no matter what the problem is.

Bailey Stewart said...

Toni - :) and great on the progress.

Ruby - it just might be the stress, who knows. But I'm not arguing ... much.

butterflylane said...

The allergies are definitely worse. I don't mind going through life in a daze nearly as much as I mind the drippy nose and headache. (I know, I know, TMI!)
Which reminds me, it's time for more drugs. My nose is starting to hurt inside.
Oh, and I think I might have sloved the N question. When I'm typing, I hit the N key with the point of my finger, instead of the padded part like I do with the other keys. V is the same way, but V gets used far less frequently than N does. Could this be the answer to the mystery of the fading N? Tune in tomorrow for the answer! :P

Bailey Stewart said...

The fading N. You mean to tell me there might be another N somewhere getting stronger and younger as this N fades? It's Perry Mason - the Case of the Nefarious N.

I am soooo toast. And I'm writing too.

Amie Stuart said...

My laptop isn't even a year old yet and the N key is half gone --the letter not the key itself. =) Weirdness indeed but I've noticed this on other keyboards also.

Hugs and prayers for Olga!

Bailey Stewart said...

It's conspiracy. I think the muses have done it - they're mischievous you know. :)