Let’s End the “Ha-Ha”


In my time as a writer I have been involved in three critique groups where I was given very valuable input. Sometimes it hurt. But it’s always in the spirit of giving and change for the better. And in that vein, I’d like to suggest a new universal rule—no one should write “ha ha” after what they conceive to be a joke in an email or text.* Anymore. Anywhere.

Now it’s good to back up criticism with information or facts.

  • People should be allowed to figure out if something is funny for themselves
  • If you have to explain a joke, it isn’t funny. Same logic with the “ha ha,” if you have to imply that it’s funny it might not be.
  • If you think you’re funny but unsure, and the “ha ha” is a nervous tick, go to an open mike at a comedy club. You will find out if you’re funny very quickly and then you’ll either drop the “ha ha” because you will no longer be insecure or you will drop it because you realize you’re not funny.
  • You know you’re putting that in there so that you get an LOL back.

Now let me make it clear. I’m ok with the lol. I think it’s an honest response and I use it responsibly. Lower case to denote small giggle or chuckle, uppercase when it really has been out loud. And let me caution you to also use them in moderation and efficiently, because you are in no small way responsible for the Ha Ha Monster —they’ve come to believe they’re funny because of too liberal use of lol. I’m even ok with the smiley face. That’s just a safety net to make sure the other side knows you’re kidding. Because it is hard to convey humor. I get that.

But when it comes to the ha-ha, I recommend you laugh to yourself when you think something’s funny. Let’s not make the Ha Ha and the LOL into the laugh track of modern society. Otherwise one day children will have lost their sense of humor the same way that people think How I Met Your Mother is funny. Because they’re been told it is.

*And bloggers or those interested in blogging, that goes double for you.

Evolution of Abbreviation

Professor I.M. Board recently completed a 10 year study into whether or not the evolving of the use of abbreviations in our speech and communication has been an issue of the type of technology we’re using or a natural human evolution.

It’s a classic chicken or egg type of question and Prof. Board based his studies both on monitoring his control group on their email and texting messages as well as quarterly interviews.

He posits that our speech has changed due to the demands thrust upon us in modern times. We once had time and expressed ourselves through language and writing and so “Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo” has slowly dwindled to “Sup. Where u at?”

In a Huffington Post interview, he was asked to distill his findings.

“Well. We’re lazy.”

Water Cooler Chat

Time for the self-employed guy to chat with cyberspace.

Why do the homeless sleep on the bus stop benches?  Are they comfortable?
Ok, this Bonnie chick, the one that lies over the ocean and the sea. Somebody please bring her back, it’s been 40 years.
Saw an ad for a Cat Show coming up, but I couldn’t tell if it was felines doing Cats the musical or if they had their own thing.

If our bodies change to evolve, will people’s thumbs start getting smaller to make texting easier?

Potato chips are made from potatoes, corn chips are made from corn, why aren’t sun chips slices of the sun?



The Silent Era

I watched the movie The Artist last night and it was absolutely wonderful. But it got me thinking, what would life be like if it were a silent movie.

Well, we’d have to make grand gestures to get people’s attention. Perhaps expose our private areas, take off our clothes in the most inappropriate situations or maybe cause a big ruckus outside of a restaurant or bar.

We couldn’t talk on the telephone so we’d have to text each other all the time. We wouldn’t be able to get each other’s attention verbally so we’d have to walk around looking at our phone’s waiting to see what other people had to say and what’s important.

At home we wouldn’t be able to talk to each other so we’d have to rely on the computer to keep us informed of each other’s activities. We’d have to instant message when we wanted to say something to anyone and post about our thoughts and feelings somewhere.

Thank goodness life isn’t silent, that doesn’t sound like a whole lot of fun.