Jan 26, 2008

The definition of "local"

Paula has noted that widgets suck at local geography.

I told her that at least she's within driving distance of her supposed geographical location. There are widgets that insist I am posting from Oslo's old airport, Fornebu. Now, I know my ISP (Norway's largest because that's the way we did things back in the 90's when I first got a modem) moved in and set up shop and probably umpteen thousand servers in Fornebu, so getting a ping from that address is understandable, but I'm not in Oslo! I'm not anywhere near it! Although Oslo is technically within driving distance of Bergen (if you have 8-9 hours to spare and the road's open), it is not close. There's an entire mountain range, a fjord, and a buttload of farms between us, as well as contrasting and non-comparable weather conditions. Heck, even our accents don't match! Those folks over there in Oslo don't even talk right: They roll their R's and use a sing-song accent and mash r into s to make rsh.

Obviously, all my data arrives in your computer with good, throaty guttaral R's and no singing, and, darn it, those widgets had better show that!

4 comments:

Sparkling Red said...

My iMac weather widget never has as good a forecast as the local TV news station. I guess widgets have their limitations.

Sravana said...

Widget? What widget? Shud I haz widget???

Miz UV said...

I still don't know what the hell the point of those things are. "Look, I haz a visitor from Norway!"

??

Keera Ann Fox said...

IM ON UR PAGE, REEDING FROM OUTER SPACE.