First off, thank you to everybody who responded to my plea last night. I went to bed right after I posted it so just now I woke up to 20 comments of "You bloody idiot, unplug your mouse and see if the scrolly thing still happens," which, since I apparently evince more sense at 5:00 am than at any other time in my life, I decided to do.
I am a bloody idiot. No mouse = no scrolly thing. And I am actually able to read my livejournal flist for once in my life, at least up until I read Holly's story about the ghost and Ruby's story about the cockroach, by which point I am sufficiently freaked out and afraid that the next post will feature some other urban legend like the story about this girl who couldn't stop her mouse from scrolling so one day she decided to look in the back of her computer, and she NEVER CAME BACK AND ALL THEY FOUND WAS HER SCROLLING COMPUTER AND THE ECHO OF FAINT MANIACAL LAUGHTER.
Okay, I think. I am a bloody idiot who now owes 25 people paid LJ time for a year.
I plug mouse back in.
That's right--Mouse = fully plugged in. Nothing happens.
I unplug mouse, and plug it back in. See, that part I'm good at.
I unplug mouse, blow on the plug-in, and plug it back in. nothing happens. This time I even blow on the thingy. Nothing happens.
Moral of the story: never ask anyone on LJ for advice ever again.
Second moral of the story: thank god for LJ update-by-email.
Dude. I am assuming this is the mouse driver, as in, the one zephiey told me to get a new one of. Woe. In the meantime, my mouse does not work and I cannot respond to anybody's comments. But I can still read them since I get them emailed, and will respond eventually. Wah.
Also, I only got 4 replies to the "ask your character a question" meme. I have 2 theories about why, the first being that my entries are too long and since I put the meme request alllll the way at the bottom of a post about my stupid mouse button, no one saw it. Notice I am testing theory no. 1 by repeating this scenario: this is either because I am really dumb or really smart.
Theory no. 2 is that only 4 people have read my stories, or that possibly only 4 people aren't embarrassed to confess publicly that they have actually read my stories. In this case I commiserate--some of them I am embarrassed to confess I wrote. :D
In case you didn't get that the previous 2 paragraphs were a wittily self-deprecating yet shamelessly passive-aggressive attempt at garnering more questions for my characters, let me just point up to the whole "WOE! MISERY! NO MOUSE! NO LJ! NEED LOVE!" thing again, and tack on this:
*insert colorbar here*
asking my characters questions is love.
P.S. to Orphne: so are you. <3