From captcha oracle to captcha syndrome

by DaniGirl on February 11, 2009 · 6 comments

in Editorial asides

I’ve spent idle moments in the last week re-reading and thoroughly enjoying our bloggy adventures this time last year. Remember these post about liveblogging the labour? Your comments are more fun that the posts themselves! (*coughasusualcough*) And reading your congratulatory notes on the post about Lucas’s arrival and naming the “Player to be Named Later” brought tears to my eyes.

Throughout reading them, I laughed and laughed at your various “captcha oracle” observations. Which made me laugh even harder when I saw this search query in the referral logs: apparently, we’re the number one search return for “captcha syndrome.” And you know what? I’d be okay with this one being an incurable disease. *grin*

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Chantal February 11, 2009 at 3:56 pm

Ok I couldn’t resist. My Captcha for this comment is: she naive 🙂

2 Loukia February 11, 2009 at 4:02 pm

Hey Dani! I think you should write a post about the mom who has 14 kids… you know, the one who looks sort of like Angelina Jolie? Well I read she has a website now where she is accepting monetary donations to help her and her kids… I was wondering what your thoughts were on her story?

3 Pamela Stewart February 11, 2009 at 7:19 pm

Mongoose farmers
Hmmm…..I guess there might be farmers of the mongoose in the world?

I blogged about that 14 child single mother….when I got a bit more information, I wasn’t impressed by anyone involved. Irresponsible, but I am sure others have a different take…

Sorry I haven’t sought you out at work yet. You’d have to see my workload and the OT I have put in. I will come up and say hi soon…

4 Ingrid February 11, 2009 at 9:39 pm

That was a fun time. Maybe not the labour part of it for you. I’ve never spent so much time obsessively checking anything for minute to minute updates.

5 DaniGirl February 12, 2009 at 7:58 am

Why yes, Chantal, she is!

Loukia, I don’t have anything nice to say about that woman or her irresponsible doctor, so I won’t say anything at all. In fact, I’ve broken the link you provided because I don’t want to in any way support or endorse her.

Okay, I will say this: what makes me most angry about the whole situation is not the reckless way she is exploiting her children, not the cavalier way she has approached family planning, and not the abject irresponsiblity (to me, it’s malpractice) of her doctor. What really, really pisses me off is the way this is going to completely derail the discussions around IVF and fertility treatments. No woman who has ever undergone IVF can relate to this woman or her story, and no couple who is desperate to conceive should be considered in the same light as her. People who don’t know anything about IVF or infertility now know something, thanks to her, and it’s the wrong thing. That’s even worse than ignorance.


Off to check Pamela’s take! (ha! Captcha = social boundless)

6 Loukia February 12, 2009 at 9:46 am

Ooops sorry, I shouldn’t have posted the link. I feel the same way as you. I feel sorry for the babies, to be honest. I looked at their tiny faces and felt sad that they probably won’t be received the individual love and attention they deserve. The only good thing about her story being so public is that at least for the sake of the children, they will receive ‘some’ sort of help… thanks for your view.

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