Monday, August 22, 2005

Paperclip, Why Do You Mock Me?

I know many of you (who are probably much smarter than me) have figured out how to turn off the Word Paperclip - probably by buying software that is newer than the original Windows/Dos version, which is basically the last time I upgraded Windows. My version comes with free Saloon Whiskey and Deadwood-style shoot-outs, so I know it's old.

Today, Word Paperclip was particularly annoying. After typing what I thought was a particularly good passage, I look up and see him snoring. That's right - he's sleeping. Apparently, my prose puts cartoon paperclips to sleep. It felt like the last straw.

This was after I'd tolerated hours of the "blank stare." He's just there, blinking at me. I don't need that kind of pressure. I've got advances and deadlines to meet, so I don't need to be in a staring contest with an animated paperclip on top of everything else, thank you.

I guess the bottom line is that I've spent entirely too much time on my computer today. I guess all work and no play makes Cara.... obsessed with Word Paperclip? Guess it's not quite as creepy as Jack Nicholson in The Shining. Although, I'm pretty sure the Word Paperclip probably had something to do with him turning into an axe-weilding maniac.

10 comments:

Tiffany said...

Mr. Paper Clip seems to be begging to be covered up with a hot pink post-it.

Janice said...

I'm pretty sure you can right-click on him and choose "Hide" to make him disappear for a while. He's annoying, no doubt about it.

Cherlyn Michaels said...

Annoying little thing, isn't he. And you just know he's a "HE." Yeah, I permanently clicked him off, although I couldn't tell you how...

Cara Lockwood said...

Janice - bless you - I've banished him to where all my other lost files are by right clicking him to oblivion.

However, should he return, Tiffany, I'll be sure to put the post-it note Plan B into effect. Also equally effective.

This just goes to show that "me not so smart" when it comes to computers. Next thing you know, I'll be banging on it with rocks next time it freezes.

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