Thursday, July 17, 2008

Temporally unavailable

I'm back but I'm not back. Or do I have that backwards? Maybe it's the other way around. I've concluded my annual retreat for another year and have returned to my usual surroundings to get caught up on work and e-mail but I'm not quite in a position to resume normal blogging activity just yet. Thanks in advance for your continued indulgence.

The title of this post is a phrase that seemed funny and apt when I first saw it just a couple of days ago. It was on a sign in a shop window announcing iPhones were out of stock at that location. Doesn't it seem like something out of Doctor Who? On checking Google, I've come across a lot of people using this phrase the same way. The funny thing is, even though the phrase is properly speaking a mistake, if it did exist it would probably mean more or less just what these people think it means. Unavailable in this time. If you come to this locus in spacetime seeking this item, you will not find it here and now. Adjust your temporal and spatial coordinates and try again.

1 comment:

  1. Fortunately, I keep my assistants numbered for just such an occasion. I sent my adopted great-grandson Irving Forbush III to go stand in line for 5 hours on Friday, July 11. Now I have a fancy iPhone so easy-to-use even my 85-year-old mind can grasp its workings... thanks to Irv, Steve Jobs, and St. John's Wort!

    Perhaps the sign should have read "Chronologically Unvailable At Your Present Space-Time Coordinates"?

    Good to have you back, RABuncsious One!



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