It is a shame That we seek fame As our main aim, Or maybe just as often, Avoiding all the blame.
Common-tarry (wait for it…)
[I do not refer to being covered with tar, though that is spelled the same way. To tarry is to wait/abide.]
This commentary (the pun’s reveal) is about why these posts happen.
My rhymes are made public here in addition to appearing as posts using Mastodon, a part of the federated tools of the “Fediverse”.
I am very grateful to all who stop by here. It is fun to get the recognition of a “like” from some people, too. It is nice to know that I’m not tooting out into a void.
The category which seems to catch the eye of others is “poetry”. Now, lets be clear about it, I don’t really feel poetic when I compose these rhymes. They are part of my brain’s pattern of playing with language as sound.
As noted above, my wordplay also involves puns. That combination of rhyme an pun may not be poetry, but it’s the category which seems to fit.
Servers in the background, Humming electronic things We out in the user world Don’t notice their powerful wings.
Until the site we’re using Crashes, goes offline, goodbye That is, then, the exact moment When we all begin to cry.
When the RAID drive dies The bases of our data Cannot be read out Stilled wings, Tears brings.
Quick techs, things back to specs Backups soon restored Way too much stress for admins But another tech win scored!
Late yesterday, Mastodon.art, my social media “home”, went offline. It turned out to be a RAID drive failure in the data center, one under contract to masto.host, the service provider behind the scenes for the mastodon.art community. After a stressful tech/admin period of time, the faulty drive was replaced, databases restored.
There are thousands of anonymous tech support people at work in the Internet’s data centers. I will never know any of you personally, I suspect. Nonetheless, I rely on you to do your tech wizardry on my behalf. Thank you.
Pronunciation /əˈblɪɡət(ə)ri/ adjective 1 Required by a legal, moral, or other rule; compulsory. 1.1 (of a ruling) having binding force. 1.2 humorous So customary or fashionable as to be expected of everyone or on every occasion.
Origin Late Middle English from late Latin obligatorius, from Latin obligat- ‘obliged’, from the verb obligare (see oblige).