Hello World! Or more specifically, Hello Occam’s Typewriter bloggers and readers!
Actually, “Hello World!” sends shivers down my spine; after a hiatus of 20 years since learning Fortran and Pascal in university, my 8 year old son coaxed me back to learn programming with him—a terribly user-unfriendly language called “C” (at least for novices like myself), and every exercise began with the ritual “Hello World” being used.
Well, I was advised to delete the “Hello World!” post: (Welcome to Occam’s Typewriter. This is your first post. I suggest you delete it else you’ll look a bit of a prat.) As I do not want to appear like a “prat” on my first blog on “NO COMMENT”, I deleted this post.
Thanks, Richard, for the sound advise!
I do want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for the wonderful welcome and great interactions that I’ve been having these past few weeks as a beginner-blogger—I am really enjoying this, and feel quite “at home”. This is at once a thought provoking and entertaining site, and I’m honored to have an opportunity to make my own modest contributions now on “NO COMMENT”.
Just a brief note about how I arrived here at OT. Several months ago in the course of self-publishing my first novel, I summoned up the courage to e-mail Jenny and ask a few questions related to my novel and to the Lablit site. Why “courage”, you might ask? Well, by now some of you may be familiar with a few of my recent posts, but we are all only “virtually acquainted” (except for Jenny, a fellow cell biologist who I had the pleasure of meeting at ASCB in Philadelphia last month). In person, I am not an especially social person (I can imagine my wife’s laughter as she reads this understatement!). Actually, I did not expect a famous author like Jenny to even reply. Well, fortunately for me, she did—within minutes!
At that point in time I had heard of Twitter and Facebook, but had not a clue what they were. People were constantly referring to the ‘social media’, and I could see those little icons—but what did they have to do with me?
Slowly I became involved in some of the forums on Lablit.com, and when it was suggested that I begin to Tweet, I tried. At first, I was not impressed. After a day, I was being followed by a local hair salon, what looked to be an escort service, and a dog breeder. I couldn’t understand what people were writing. I commented once at a Lablit forum that 98% of the Tweets I read seemed silly. I was advised that I was following the wrong people—turns out that this was good advise. I am now a convert.
So I first learned of OT’s existence through Twitter, not really understanding what exactly was going on—until Jenny explained the situation to me in Philly. When I first logged onto OT, it was love at first site. And here I am! Thank you, World!