those word verifications,
you know the ones. Before you can publish your comment or sign into your bank account or say something you really want to say online, you have to copy all of those weird letters, sometimes with a number sprinkled in: oJk2z, wqr3x. They often feature rare letters. I get a little thrill when I type in those zs and qs without us. Of course, I acknowledge that these are random machine generated things — I don’t know what to call them. as they aren’t words, which points to what a strange activity this is. Are we, the computer and I, talking in a new language that we are inventing together. I don’t always do it right, because I can’t figure out what the letters are because sometimes they are embedded in a sort of sandy background that obscures their full outlines. Also, do you need to follow the capitalizations that appear to be there? When I guess incorrectly, the site won’t let me comment. Astonishing that I’m excluded because I cannot discern the code. It’s like a kind of IQ test. Except that I am very smart and I don’t always pass.