Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Malware in Blog, Malware in Body, Malware in Writing...

Hi all!

Munk Davis was so nice as to let me know that the blogroll on the bottom of my blog had malware in it.

I deleted it. Problem solved.

If only every problem was so easy!

In all my frantic studying for the board exam, I keep thinking of how much bad stuff is simply encoded in our genes and meant to be. Alpha-1-Antitrypsin. Huntington's disease. Cystic Fibrosis. Familial Polyposis. And on...and on...

And then I wondered...wouldn't it be so nice to just delete the HTML code for malware in life? The codes that predispose us to severe illnesses, and cancer? Or burnt coffee in the morning, or traffic jams?

Delete, delete, delete.

If only life was like writing. Don't like that paragraph? Delete. Don't like the love interest dying of cancer? Delete.

No wonder we all love writing so much!

Well, on that note, let's all have an ounce of really good dark chocolate and call it a day (well, maybe for you. For me, I'm onto Pulmonary practice questions tonight. *cough* *hack* *wheeze*)

Let's have a look-see at what Zoe Courtman has for this week's Blog Chain on putting yourself in your writing. Go Zoe!



If you didn't get a chance, check out previous posts byDanyelle Leafty, yours truly, and Laura Diamond!

41 comments:

Alesa Warcan said...

Hahah! I imagine that would pose the same problems in the human body as it would with software.

When the core components of your operating system are compromised, you can't merely delete them... Ideally you replace them with uncompromisable versions of themselves.

Hmm... Cut/pasting DNA strands? As far as I know, we aren't quite there yet.
Sounds like a good story device though.

Gambate with your studies. : j

Andrea Mack said...

Yeah, even though revisions are a challenge sometimes, it's great to have the opportunity to delete stuff that isn't working.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Now we're all wondering what malware is and if we have it. I'm sure they're working on cut and paste DNA and someone has probably already written about it. Yucky! And I don't wanna know what I'm predisposed for. Just today. I want today.

Rayna M. Iyer said...

Wouldn't it be great if malware in the body, and in the world could be deleted with one delete button on the code!!!

Best for your exams.

Vicki Rocho said...

Deleting all those codes would be awesome. I'd settle for an "undo" button. Life really needs CTRL+ALT+Z. Like when you just moved all the furniture around in your living room to discover your great plan will NOT work. CTRL+ALT+Z and it all moves back to where it started. Say something stupid? CTRL+ALT+Z

Liza said...

Yup, it sure would be nice to snip out all the bad parts of life...hope your studying is going well.

Renae said...

How I would love to be able to delete all of the bad things in life!

Hope the studying is going well!

B.E. Sanderson said...

Only an ounce of chocolate? Well, okay, if that's all.

Cut, paste, delete, undo... They'd all be wonderful for real life. Write a macro for doing the dishes, laundry, etc. =o)

Joanne said...

Just don't hit the wrong button and delete that chocolate ;)

Clara said...

True Lydia, I really wished that life was that simple...most certainly!

Alicia Gregoire said...

Delete button for life. It could work. I mean, we do have an easy button.

Christine Fonseca said...

Dude yes! DELETE!!! Perfect.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Delete, scan for viruses, and reformat!

aspiring_x said...

it would be nice in a way, but it would be abused...
ever seen that adam sandler movie "click"?

Slamdunk said...

I am ready to pay big bucks for that life situation delete button.

Keep up the good studying--it will pay off.

KarenG said...

How do you find the malware in one's blog list? How to check for such things?

Munk said...

Somedays I could imagine my entire self being deleted.

WindyA said...

Along with that delete ... I was thinking maybe an UNDO button like Staples' Easy button would be really good to. Between delete and Undo (so you can do-over) I think we could totally solve all the world's problems. #ifirantheuniverse

Krispy said...

I'd actually like to have an "undo" button for life, a handy ctrl z, you know? XP

Continued good luck on your studying! I should follow your example.

Lydia Kang said...

Hey KarenG,
Honestly I never would have found it if Munk hadn't emailed me to tell me something was wrong. It said on the warning message that "rpc.blogrolling" was screwed up. So I went to the code for the blogroll on my blog (which I got from AbsoluteWrite), and I saw that rpc.blogrolling was in the html, and I just removed the whole thing.
I hear they're working on fixing it.

Candyland said...

I would LOVE to get rid of life's malware for sure! Where do I sign up?!!

Janet Johnson said...

Such a great idea! I've got a few things to delete myself.

I mentioned the recertification to my husband, and he groaned for you. Enjoy the Pulmonary stuff. :)

lbdiamond said...

ARDS.

Once you become friends with the delete key, it is very helpful. It can be pretty touch and go, though, LOL! ;)

Terri Tiffany said...

LOL I love the idea of being able to delete all the stuff I don't want:)

Carol Kilgore said...

I'm glad you got rid of the malware. If you find a way to delete a gene, you'll be a hero.

Jonene Ficklin said...

Good luck with your studying! Wouldn't it be great to edit that, too. Delete the long wait, insert all that knowledge into long term memory, fast forward to the day after your exam with great celebrations! (Writing is great!) Thanks for the fun blog and happy studying.

lexcade said...

that has "science fiction novel" written all over it ;)

Lisa Gail Green said...

Funny, but somehow I have trouble deleting things that happen to my characters. In my WIP I kill someone. It sort of took me by surprise, and I instinctively wanted to go back and fix it. But then I realized that it was done. Weird I know. Maybe I'm spending too much time writing..

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

An undo button would be nice too, or a back button. :)

Walt M said...

How about a button that lets you change the keyboard to a different system?

Probably not. I have enough trouble getting people to understand me.

Misha said...

Hahaha it would be nice to delete certain parts of life. (Final exams coming up: DELETE.)

But then that might make life a little shorter, wouldn't it? ;-)

As for writing, I can't delete until I've finished writing. So die, the love interest will die. Hopefully I get to resurrect him when I edit...

Lynn said...

Yes, a backspace button on life would come in handy!

Dawn Simon said...

It would be great to be able to delete all the bad stuff... Yes, writing is rather magical, isn't it?

Have a great weekend!

Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

Delete is equivalent to wish it all away!! If only we can pick and choose what we want or don't want!

Heather said...

That would be awesome if we could just delete the malware of life! Ah, but dark chocolate does solve so much…

Karen Lange said...

Yes, this is another reason why I like writing. :) Good point.
Have a good weekend,
Karen

Sandy Shin said...

Having a DELETE button for all real-life problems would be a dream comes true. :)

Good luck with your studying!

WritingNut said...

Ahh, you nailed it! It would be so great if we could delete the bad stuff in life like we can with our writing.

Good luck with your studying!

Laura Pauling said...

Now I wonder what would I delete out and how it would affect my present. Hmm. sounds like a good book. :)

Samantha Bennett said...

Ah, yes. The delete button would come in handy from time to time. :)

Robert Guthrie said...

I'm all for a delete button in life - as long as there's also a retrieve.