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Technical Guffaws and (Heaven Forbid) Cussin’

With my little white Macbook in hand, I sat on the couch this morning and roared with laughter as I read from this site. It dramatically reminded me of the hilarious piece I previously wrote about our computer problems and what I came to refer to as “Jerry and his sweet India girls.” It’s a hoot, I promise.

“On two occasions, I have been asked [by members of Parliament], ‘Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?’ I am not able to rightly apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.”
— Charles Babbage (1791-1871)

From Computer Stupidities

The following is a large collection of stories and anecdotes about clueless computer users. It’s a baffling phenomenon that in today’s society an individual, who might in other circumstances be considered smart and wise, can sit down in front of a computer screen and instantly lose every last shred of common sense he ever possessed. Complicate this phenomenon with a case of “computerphobia,” and you end up with tech support personnel having phone conversations that are funny in retrospect but seem like perfectly valid motives for wild machine gun shooting sprees at the time. You will read stories in this file that will convince you that among the human race are human-shaped artichokes futilely attempting to break the highly regarded social convention that vegetables should not operate electronic equipment. And yet, amidst the vast, surging quantities of stupidity are perfectly excusable technological mishaps — but that are amusing nonetheless. After all, even the best of us engages in a little brainless folly every once in a while.

Most of these stories are true. Some happened to me personally. Some happened to friends of mine. Some are considered urban legends, but even most of these are more likely to have happened in some form or another than not. Skeptics look at such stories and doubt their truth. But reason, common sense, and experience tell me that if you sit someone who isn’t computer literate (even a smart someone) down in front of a computer, you’re bound to accrue anecdotes no less outrageous than these. You’d be surprised.

* Tech Support: “Type ‘fix’ with an ‘f’.”
* Customer: “Is that ‘f’ as in ‘fix’?”

* Customer: “How do you spell ‘Internet America’? Is there a space between ‘inter’ and ‘net’?”
* Tech Support: “No space between ‘inter’ and ‘net’. It’s spelled normally.”
* Customer: “Ok. A-M-E-R-I-C-K?”
* Tech Support: “That’s A-M-E-R-I-C-A.”
* Customer: “I-C-K???”
* Tech Support: “‘A’ as in apple”
* Customer: “There’s no ‘K’ in apple!”

* Customer: “I was printing something.”
* Tech Support: “From before you called?”
* Customer: “No, from Word.”

* Tech Support: “Where in the building is your printer located?”
* Customer: “Middle of my desk.”
* Tech Support: “If I have to give someone directions, where do I tell them to go?”
* Customer: “In the middle of my desk where I work.”

I wish you a happy day; free of computer viruses, worms, horses, and from less than savvy people. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Video of Lakshmi Tatma’s Surgery

Many times a day I have people coming to my blog for news concerning Lakshmi Tatma. I suppose this is because I followed her case for some time, writing about her extensively on this site. You may recall her being a charming Indian child, a parasitic twin who was born with eight limbs. She is blessed to have exceptional parents who found their way to a group of caring physicians who successfully amputated her extra limbs, and performed other corrective surgery. Now this beautiful intelligent child is able to walk.

The following video has come to my attention. It is extremely graphic, and I would advise not watching it if you are at all squeamish. I am not at all put off by such things, but I must confess to feeling unsettled as I observed these fascinating images of her operation.

I salute little Lakshmi, her family, and her doctors who have demonstrated themselves to be of exceptional valor and strength.

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God Bless Lakshmi and Her Remarkable Surgeons

Lakshmi Tatma's family and neighbors believed that with eight limbs, the baby was the embodiment of a goddess.

Her mother sobbed uncontrollably as Lakshmi Tatma lay on the gurney, ready to be pushed into the surgical chambers where she would be forever changed. She would emerge either freed from the parasitic twin to which she had been attached since birth, or–her mother hated to think of it, but the doctors had warned them–she might not survive the extensive dangerous surgery.

It’s been eight months now since the grueling 27 hour operation. Lakshmi is as beautiful and tough as ever, mobile now, and smiling broadly as she twirls in a wheeled plastic disc. The surgery was a remarkable success.

Now CNN has released an extensive article with interviews by the doctors which I believe you will find as captivating as I did when I viewed and read them. A full documentary is here.

God bless this beautiful family and her wonderful doctors.

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Baby Born with Two Faces Considered a Goddess

Edit: Tueday, April 1

“At first I was a little bit afraid,” Vinod Kumar Singh, the 24-year-old father of the girl, told ABC News. “But then I accepted whatever God gives.

She is now two weeks old and the parents of this little girl have not yet named her. Understandably, they seem to be confused and are reluctant to accept the medical care that has been offered them. She has not been examined in order to assess her medical condition.


All around us every day are both joy and sorrow, confusion and order, war and peace. And because we are all brothers, what sad thing happens to a family far removed from our doorstep, brings a tear to our own eye. Such is the case of the family in India where a few days ago, a child was born who, because of an error in the womb, is tragically challenged.

When such births come to my attention, I am reminded to be thankful for my health and Jerry’s health, and that of my children, my grandchildren and my great-grandchildren. A slight chemical abberation or a small injury as the embryo developed could have caused any one of my family to be born less than perfect. I am indeed thankful, and my heart goes out to this family and to this little girl.

She probably is a conjoined twin, and as more medical releases are made available it is possible her life expectancy may be considered minimal, although at this time she is known to be healthy. Some conjoined twins may be surgically separated, but because of the profound joining of this baby and the location of the joining, it may not be possible. Let us all pray for this family and for the medical team of this little girl.

The link here will take you to a video of the child and of the village in India in which she was born. She is considered by some as a goddess, and you will observe their worship of her.


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Yes! Lakshmi Tatma is Walking

Eight-limbed Lakshmi Tatma takes big step

Article from

Last Updated: 7:32pm GMT 18/02/2008

Lakshmi Tatma, the Indian girl born with eight limbs, has recovered from major surgery and taken her first steps – albeit with the aid of a baby-walker.

The two-year-old underwent a 27-hour operation in November to remove the two arms and two legs of her parasitic twin.

Eight-limbed Lakshmi Tatma takes big step

The operation was carried out after Dr Sharan Patil, a orthopaedic surgeon from Bangalore, took an interest in Lakshmi’s case after hearing that her parents, who each earned just 50p a day as labourers, had been turned away from government hospitals.

Lakshmi’s mother, Poonam, said her daughter – who was named after the six-limbed Hindu goddess – knew she was now closer to being a “normal child”.

“Lakshmi always knew she was different. After the operation she instinctively started behaving like a normal child – it’s like she had always been waiting for the opportunity,” Mrs Tatma told Channel 4.

“When she was put in the baby walker she started pushing herself backwards with her legs and burst into laughter with a huge grin on her face. She loves it.

“Every day since she left hospital she’s managed to do more and more things that were impossible before.

“The change in Lakshmi’s life is amazing. It’s hard to believe that three months ago she couldn’t move or even crawl, we thought she would never have a normal life.”

What remarkable progress in the life of an extraordinary little girl. I’ve posted many pictures and written extensively about her here, here and here.

Again I thank God for the knowledge and skill He gives to doctors across the globe, and for the caring nature of these physicians and other medical staff. My congratulations go to her loving, dedicated family…and to this charming, courageous child.


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India Rolls Out $2500 Car

It was an unusual thing to do on a Sunday, but during the afternoon of December 23rd, after our morning Christmas service had ended, Jerry bought a car. He had taken me to the motor home so that I could finish packing for we would be going to Crestline…as soon as he brought home the new car.

Because we live in the mountains ๐Ÿ™‚ part of the time, for several years now we have driven four-wheel drive cars–actually Jeeps. The one we were driving had more than 130 thousand miles on it, and during the week before this memorable Sunday, in the Wal-Mart parking lot, it had refused to start. The failure to start was under Jerry’s watch, he had forgotten his cellphone, and had to traipse around and find a place where he could call Mike to come help him.

“Time to get a new car,” Jerry told me when he got home.

He had been telling me that for some time, but I had not waxed enthusiastic about the subject. Why?

1. Cars are expensive.

2. I hated to part with the cash (since at our age our savings accounts are spiraling downward and not mounting upward!)

3. Although I recognize we must have a dependable car, and we drive many miles a year, I am not much interested in cars…can’t identify many brands. If the car is dependable and has a decent appearance and is reasonably comfortable, I would just drive the same one forever.

4. Cars must be the worst investment in the world. Pay $30,000 for one…in ten years, it’s ready for the bargain second-hand lot. Compare that to buying real estate, where years after paying for a house, and having the joy and protection of living there, the property is worth more than when first purchased. (At least that has been our experience with houses in California. I know that is not the case everywhere.)

Anyway, by Saturday we had narrowed the car choices down to a couple. “You choose,” I told Jerry on Sunday. I packed. He bought, and came home with a beautiful 2004 white Grand Cherokee Jeep, which we have now traveled in for hundreds of miles. It has proved to be a good car.

Take a look at this one, though. Next time Jerry wants a new car, I’m going to send him to India. ๐Ÿ™‚ Save us lots of money.

Indian media and business officials surround the newly unveiled Tata car

(Money Sharma/EPA)

A team of 500 people worked on creating the Nano – Tata aims to prove that India can compete on the world market as an innovative car maker

It is a little over 10ft long bumper to bumper, can seat four passengers comfortably, has reached speeds of 65 miles per hour and is set to transform the concept of travel for the masses in India and in poorer parts of the world.

This is the Peopleโ€™s Car, the worldโ€™s cheapest car at a starting price of 100,000 rupees ($2,500) or the equivalent of a DVD player in a Lexus.

I love the line: “the equivalent of a DVD player in a Lexus.” Okay, okay, no rotten tomatoes, please. I know I have friends and family who drive Lexus’ . Just pickin’.

Happy trails, everybody…whether you’re driving a Jeep, Lexus, Nano, Cooper, VW, an Oldsmobile or a Chevy.


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Lakshmi Tatma Has Gone Home!

Lakshmi Tatma has left the hospital. This darling little girl who endured 24 hours of surgery to remove the four extra limbs she was born with has gone home. The success of the surgery and her progress far exceeds the expectations of both her parents and her medical team.

This video shows her at home with her parents. Yes!


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Lakshmi Tatma’s Press Conference

She grabbed my heart as soon as I saw Lakshmi and learned her story. I’ve written of her before and have closely followed her progress as doctors in India performed stunning surgical operations to perfect her body. She was born with a parasitic twin, having four arms and four legs. The outcome of her surgery last week exceeded the doctor’s expectations.

We joined the world and prayed.

Yesterday, her family held a press conference. No doubt relieved, but obviously ill-at-ease her family is pictured here.

From CNN — Two-year-old Lakshmi Tatma, an Indian toddler born with four arms and four legs, made her first public appearance Tuesday, a week after surgeons in India successfully removed her additional limbs.


Doctors said Lakshmi was recovering well as she appeared Tuesday at a news conference.


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From CNN

Lakshmi, wearing a plaster cast on her legs to keep her feet up and her legs together to help her wounds heal, was carried into a news conference Tuesday as her doctors announced she was being released from intensive care.

“She is coping very well,” lead surgeon Dr. Sharan Patil said. “She is being carried around by her mother and her father.”

Several of her doctors, all of them smiling, described her recovery over the past week “very steady and good progress,” one saying she is “out of the woods” as far as serious medical issues are concerned. Video Watch the recovering little girl meet the media ยป

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  • Nov. 13: 1 Father Shambhu, right, holds his daughter Lakshmi as Dr. Sharan Patil, left, looks on during a press conference at Sparsha Hospital in Banglore, India. Swathed in blankets and lying on her father’s lap, Lakshmi, appeared before reporters without the extra limbs which had led some people in her rural village to revere her as an incarnation of the four-armed goddess she was named after.
  • Nov. 13: Shambhu, center, holds his daughter Lakshmi during a press conference at Sparsha Hospital in Banglore, India.
  • Nov. 13: Shambhu, right, holds his daughter Lakshmi as her mother Poonam, left, looks on during a press conference at Sparsha Hospital in Banglore, India.
  • Nov. 13: Shambhu, right, holds his daughter Lakshmi as her mother Poonam, left, looks on during a press conference at Sparsha Hospital in Banglore, India


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EDIT: Tuesday November 13 Read here.


BANGALORE, India โ€” A 2-year-old Indian girl born with four arms and four legs regained consciousness Friday, wiggled her toes and smiled at her parents, 48 hours after massive surgery removed the extra limbs, doctors said.

Lakshmi, who has been revered by some in her village as a reincarnation of the four-armed Hindu goddess she was named for, was still in intensive care. But she was “doing well” as doctors slowly stopped sedating her, said Dr. Mamatha Patil, Sparsh Hospital spokeswoman.

“She had smiled at us and moved her limbs,” Patil said. Besides her toes, the girl also moved her arms, Patil said.

Doctors took the girl off a respirator later Friday but were still monitoring her closely during the critical 72-hour period following the operation. She was allowed to spend some time with her parents and seemed a bit confused by her ordeal, chief surgeon Sharan Patil said.

“Lakshmi appeared very perplexed and kept staring at her legs, wondering where the rest of her body had disappeared,” he said.

EDIT Thursday morning: An xray of Lakshmi’s corrected body has been released

Intially her body was this way:

EDIT 7:15 am Wednesday : From news conference after the surgery

Wonderful news! Surgery great success!

EDIT: 2:00 pm Wednesday from Fox News

The doctors worked through the night to remove the extra limbs and organs. By midnight, a team of neurologists had separated the fused spines while orthopedic surgeons removed most of the “parasite,” carefully identifying which organs and internal structures belonged to the girl, said Patil.

Then began the difficult job of reconstructing Lakshmi’s lower body.

The operation included transplanting a good kidney into Lakshmi from the twin. The team also used tissue from the twin to help rebuild the pelvic area, one of the most complicated parts of the surgery, Patil said.

“Beyond our expectations, the reconstruction worked wonderfully well,” Patil said. “We were able to bring the pelvic bones together successfully, which takes away the need for another procedure,” he said.

However, she will have to have further treatments and possible surgery for clubbed feet before she would be able to walk, he said.

Lakshmi’s parents, who were expected to see their daughter later Wednesday, said they were very relieved.

“It will be great to see our daughter have a normal body,” her father Shambhu, who only goes by one name, told reporters. “We were worried for her future.

EDIT: Wednesday morning

BANGALORE, India โ€” Doctors in India completed a grueling 24-hour operation Wednesday on a girl born with four arms and four legs, and surgeons said the 2-year-old โ€” revered by many as a reincarnated goddess โ€” has a chance at a normal life.

The surgery went “wonderfully well,” said Dr. Sharan Patil who led a team of more than 30 surgeons at a hospital in the southern city of Bangalore that performed the marathon procedure to remove the child’s extra limbs, salvage her organs and rebuild her pelvis area.

Doctors say the operation will give Lakshmi, a girl from rural northern India, a chance to start life again after two years in which her parents hid her from deeply superstitious villagers โ€” who alternately revered her as a Hindu deity and tried to buy her for a circus.

“This girl can now lead as good a life as anyone else,” Patil said.

After I read her story, my heart was touched. When I saw the beautiful face of Lakshmi and her lovely parents and brother, and read what an exceptional family this is, I was deeply moved. Lakeshmi is two years old and was born with four arms and four legs. At the moment I am writing this, she is undergoing extensive surgery that will probably last 30-40 hours.

Lakshmi is joined at the pelvis to a “parasitic twin” that stopped developing in the mother’s womb. The surviving fetus absorbed the limbs, kidneys and other body parts of the undeveloped fetus.

The complications for Lakshmi’s surgery are myriad: The two spines are merged, she has four kidneys, entangled nerves, two stomach cavities and two chest cavities. She cannot stand up or walk.

A team of 30 doctors was removing the extra limbs and organs, surgery that if successful would give her a good chance to live past adolescence. They have already separated the fused spines and the next step will be to remove the extra limbs and the rest of the “parasite,” said Dr. Sharan Patil, the orthopedic surgeon leading the operation.

These reports from her surgical team were posted late Tuesday night.


Surgeons in India are removing the excess limbs, organs and other body parts of Lakshmi’s “parasitic twin”.

Her twin stopped developing in their mother’s womb and Lakshmi absorbed the limbs, kidneys and other body parts of the undeveloped foetus.

Lead surgeon Dr Sharan Patil said: “The child has been responding very well.”

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I wish that every baby in this world gets parents like the parents of Lakshmi Tatma. Her parents were not rich but they love their daughter with all their heart. Lakshmi Tatma was born in a poor family and she had abnormal body condition with 8 limbs.
India is famous for its neglect of female babies. Many couples kill the female fetus in womb and this is causing shortage of female babies in India that is resulting in renting a wife and gambling a wife.

Against such a backdrop, the parents of are really exceptional and one in a million in
India. They were offered handsome amount of money if they agreed to sell their daughter in a circus. They did not sell their daughter and instead they tried to take care of her in the best possible way despite the fact that Lakshmi Tatma had little possibility of having any normal life in future. Her father is a day laborer and naturally, he is always under pressure about money.

So, Pray for Lakshmi Tatma. I really wish that the operation becomes successful and Lakshmi Tatma becomes normal and her parents can be happy.

From Fox News

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