My techno aura


I am not a superstitious person, but I have to admit that there is (at least) one area in my life where a kind of magic very often prevails. I can’t count the number of times someone will come to me for help with a software or hardware problem (or almost any kind of technical problem really) explaining to me the action they tried and how it resulted in failure/crash/nothing/whatever. And then, invariably, I will perform the exact same action in the exact same way — and it will work.  It very often extends to my mere presence in the room. Someone will explain their problem, and I will show up and ask them to repeat it (which they swear they have done countless times) and yet, with me standing there (or sometimes just talking to them on the phone) it will suddenly work. This causes all manner of frustration to the person who contacts me. For a long time, I would chalk it up to something they must have forgotten or done differently than me, or to something that they had forgotten to tell me. But this has happened enough times over many years to be downright spooky. My mutant power is apparently making things work by being around them. While not as flashy as walking through walls or turning my body to steel or teleporting, it is an awesome power nonetheless. And with great power, comes great responsibility. Now I just need a snazzy costume design and code name…


  1. Jm Fore says:

    Can you help me with my love life? Lol

  2. Arthur says:

    I, too, have lived in both Latin America and Gringolandia, and I have to agree with you. While it is different and maybe not as virolent in LatAm, homophobia definitely exists. In some places people expect gay men and women to keep their traditional gender roles (i.e. marry a person of the opposite sex, have kids with them, etc) and live their other, homosexual life as a somewhat open, but unspoken, secret. Tolerance isn’t the same as acceptance, and it seems your friend has confused the two. However, Latin American isn’t a monolith and there are different views on social mores and sexuality throughout the region. Mexico is a great example; DF grants marriage equality, but other states do not (though they must recognize all marriages from other states – no DOMA there). Argentina started out that way, with only the capital region recognizing same-sex marriage, and now the entire country has marriage equality. Hopefully, Mexico is next.