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I enjoy and appreciate the internet, but.....

Posted Friday, January 18, 2013, at 8:08 AM

I love the wealth of knowledge and communication on the Web. As many of you know, it has also opened up economic benefits to me but..... there comes a time when I also love coming back to the real world of physical touch, smell, taste, etc.

A garden enthusiast in a "virtual" garden group made a statement today about how much she appreciated some subscriptions she got from her sons for Christmas and that got me to thinking. Uh-oh.

There is something special about reading a high quality magazine about a subject I love. Reading it online is OK, but the feel, texture and even smell of a new magazine or book in my hands seems to have a very satisfying affect on me. (affect, effect, I always wonder if I have used it correctly)

Sitting down with the newspaper after dinner feels a whole lot different than sitting down at the computer to get my news and which one do you think is more satisfying to me?

The same goes for shopping for my favorite hobby, gardening. I enjoy seeing all the new things coming out from browsing the web, and no one store could carry all things, but entering a well laid out, garden shop just creates such great feeling.

In my travels I often stop by garden shops or seed companies I have read about, or with which I've done business. Pure nirvana. (the feeling, not the music group)

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Affect is generally a verb. Effect is usually a noun. But, one thing that affects my affect is how confusing these words can be. If someone could effect a change that would make word usage less ambiguous then the effect of that change could be significant.

P. S. I agree with your every word.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Fri, Jan 18, 2013, at 6:49 PM

quantumcat: Some say English is a very difficult language to learn because of words used in different ways. I wrote a program back in the early 70s to be used by the DOD to organize messages. We first created a data base of all the words in a dictionary with a number and type(verb,etc). Then a program to read in text and covert words to it's number and fit the sentence into who,what,where,when-verb-who,what,where,when

I don't know what happened, if anything, to the software package, because I turned it over to the DOD? In testing, I did'nt find any test message sentences that contained rejected words or structure.

-- Posted by Grits on Sat, Jan 19, 2013, at 10:28 AM

The internet has allowed me to travel the world and become "experts" regarding any subject, all while enjoying the relative comfort of my couch. Can't beat it...no expensive tuition to pay, no invasive "pat downs",no baggage fees and you can leave your shoes off! Now where else could you do that for $29.95 a month? lol

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Sat, Jan 19, 2013, at 4:24 PM

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.