Error alert

This week my sweetie and I are having some painting done in a few rooms in our house (specifically, our bedroom and my study); as a result, nearly every room on our main level is in a state of substantial disarray. A plethora of boxes now line the perimeter of our living room; my meditation cushions are currently resting in front of the television; bookshelves, dressers, tables, and other large pieces of furniture have been uncomfortably pushed to the center of the room in which they reside; my computer has been disconnected and safely stored – which is good for my computer, but not so good for me.

Fortunately, my husband is a techie guy, so I can still access technology via my iPad or my iPhone (or my husband’s iPad, computer, or iPhone…) [the quantity of technology-based hardware we own is slightly obnoxious, I know; but I’m grateful for it all!]. Unfortunately, I can’t access any of my saved internet bookmarks, nor can the internet access any of my saved cookies – so I’m having to remember full website URLs, as well as logon IDs and passwords. And my memory isn’t exactly the greatest…

I did okay for most of the day today, but there was one instance where I typed in a URL to a website I visit quite often, then confidently pressed the Enter button – only to be greeted with the message below:

As soon as I saw the upset little computer guy, I laughed out loud. He just looks so anxious; I wanted to tell him, “Don’t worry buddy, it’s okay! We’ll figure it out!”

I love how the people at Google strive to humanize technology; that they aim to use machines, tools, and knowledge as vehicles for interpersonal connection instead of isolation (or intimidation). From their biggest undertakings (Google search) to the little details (like a simple 404 error message), they try to infuse humor, levity, and humanity into every facet of their being. Fantastic.


About Stef

A "serious" gal who is trying to remember to lighten up and smile.
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12 Responses to Error alert

  1. Technology is our best friend when it works, but when it doesn’t work well…..UGH! I am glad you have a techie husband around to help you out. I hope your rooms get looking beautiful soon, so you can have your sanity back and the the little computer guy on Google can go back to a happy response. Have a great weekend Stef.


    • Stef says:

      Thanks for commenting Tara! The painting is done, and the rooms look SO much better for it. Now they have to dry – but hopefully by Sunday some semblance of order will have returned. 🙂 And yes, I am *very* lucky to have a techie husband!


  2. barb19 says:

    Hope your painting jobs are finished soon so you can get back to normal in your house of disarray!
    Google is great in many ways!


    • Stef says:

      The painting wrapped up earlier today; now we just have to wait for it to dry (probably by tomorrow AM), then remove the tape and replace the furniture. I’m hopefully that by the end of the day Sunday we can be somewhat back to ‘normal’. 🙂


  3. love it. Kudos to Google for their sense of humour!


  4. rutheh says:

    That was fun! You are so good to make so many wonderful comments, Stef.
    Thanks for always taking time to look and write.
    Google is something else! Never ending in the creativity department.
    Hope order is restored soon. It will be nice to be in the spruced up rooms.


    • Stef says:

      Ruth, you are most welcome for the comments. I don’t always get the chance to stop by your site every day – but I do make an effort to “catch up” on what I’ve missed on the days when I do have the time to visit. 🙂

      Google really is something else! Their creativity continues to astound and inspire me.

      Chaos is (slowly) shifting back to order. I think in a week we should be better than before. 🙂


  5. Sometimes it’s useful to have a man about the house. 😉


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