Monday, February 18, 2008

It's official - I'm a robot

I just spent the last few seconds in sheer terror, not knowing whether to believe my own eyes. Staring at me from my computer screen was this:

Google encountering a server error? Could it really be true? Stunned, I fumbled around in the dark (and that's not just a metaphor - the light bulb in my room is shot) for a while, frantically typing search terms into my Google toolbar on Firefox, my pulse quickening. What had I done? I tried praying, I tried smashing my keyboard repeatedly, but nothing worked. Then, just as quickly as it happened, everything went back to normal. Google was back online. Like a lost child at a supermarket, I had found my mother again.

Only one thought got me through the 20 second ordeal - as bad as the situation was, I knew it could have been worse. It could have been Wikipedia.