Wednesday, August 26, 2009

My Name is Marie, and I am a Dork

A Kindleis upon us!

I've complained that audiobooks, although I love them, don't allow for convenient booknapping. e-books, however, allow readers to highlight, make notes, bookmark, and search the entire text for a phrase--a booknapper's dream.

Perhaps we are moving one step closer toward my ultimate wish: a Find function for life. Do you use the secret codes in Microsoft Word? Like control S is save, and control X is cut, and control Z is undo, and control Y is redo, and so on and so on and so on.

Control F is my favorite. Yes, I am aware how dorky that makes me sound, but I've embraced my dorkdom--I mean, I have a blog, for Pete's sake. Control F brings up the "find" function, as in Find where Character Zero said "I wrote her off for the tenth time today," and boom, the 'puter locates it.

My point: I often wish I had control F in life. When I can't find my keys and I'm late for work, when I know there was peanut butter in the kitchen but now there's not, when I put the cell phone in the fridge: I scream "Control F!" Husband thinks this is my dorky way of saying the F-word, but really I am just wishing I lived in the Matrix.

So do you, and YES, I realize how dorky I am being, have a favorite computer function? Tell me. Tell me. Tell me.


  1. In Photoshop, ctrl-alt-shft-z. Let's you go back, back, back to before you screwed everything up. It's not an undo shortcut, but a step backwards function. So, you can go back as far as you need.
    There is one hotkey that I've never been able to make work. The print screen button, I think it's fake. And, what the hell does the sysrq button do?

  2. Sheesh, Marie, I didn't even know those secret codes, except for Control C and Control V, which I use all the time. Very handy for blogs, of course. Now, thanks to you, I know a few more. Merci beaucoup. I don't think that's dorky at all. I think it's cool.

    A Control Find function for life -- what a great idea! That kinda goes along with my wish to pause or rewind life when someone says something I want to remember and I know I won't remember it if I don't write it down immediately. That's when I wish I could pick up a remote, point it at the person, pause them and then rewind. But life isn't TV... or the Matrix. Sigh.

  3. Oh my god, I LOVE PrintScreen!

    Don't judge.

    You have to hold down alt and print screen at the same time. Then open up Word or any photo program and hit control V.

    Voila: a picture of my world.