Thursday, February 28, 2008

Strange Hobbies

All of us who blog on Killer Hobbies have what I consider to be constructive hobbies --including our writing! Apparently there are other people whose hobbies aren’t quite so nice. Or maybe they just want to see what they can create, and it happens to harm others.

We’ve unfortunately had some comments attached to our posts with links that cause viruses in computers. I discovered that when I foolishly attempted to open one. In e-mail, I know better than to open attachments, but I goofed. Fortunately, I was using a computer at a place where there were experts around who were able to fix the situation.

I figure the people who create viruses are probably smart. They’re at least knowledgeable about things technical. What could they achieve if they channeled all that ability into something productive? If nothing else, maybe they could get a job with the government catching people who have similar sidelines.

Hmmm. Sounds like a plot for a mystery...



Camille Minichino said...

Good point, Linda. It's always frustrating (at the very least) when creative energy is channeled into something that hurts others.

Monica Ferris said...

I think that's why people both read and write mysteries. It's not the who, what, when, where or how crime happens; it's the WHY. Why do people commit crime? We want to understand, to share (briefly) the head of these exotic, dangerous creatures. Though it's kind of a shame to discover, in real life, the stupidity, the tawdriness, the lack of feeling or thought in most criminals.

Terri Thayer said...

I posted a comment yesterday but it seems to have disappeared.

I've often wondered what would happen if these people turned their energies to solving famine or disease.

We'd get itinerate salesman coming into the quilt store, selling roses or cheap toys. Those guys were personable, tenancious, impossible to say no to. Imagine if that energy was turned to a good cause. The world might be a different place.

Linda O. Johnston said...

I'd imagine that people who harm others or commit crimes find a way to justify it to themselves, even if their motives don't make sense to anyone else. Our stories are interesting partly because we give our villains motives that make at least some sense.

And it does seem odd, Terri, that your prior comment disappeared but it took someone's effort to remove the harmful ones that were posted!