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The Undead RSS

Sounds like the name of a ship, doesn’t it? Well, it does to me. Just switch the last two words and then italicize them. Not that the program I’m writing on allows for italicizing. That’s why I always use all capital letters for titles, or for any word that I want to especially emphasize. There MIGHT be a way to MAKE (See, this is what I’m talking about. Special emphasis.) it do italics, but I don’t know what it is. I’m not a tech person. I am just marginally proficient with computers, or with any other kinds of technology. There’s a cutoff point beyond which all I can do is cuss and shake my fist at the piece of tech in question, when it refuses to work the way it’s supposed to.

I didn’t know what an “RSS” was. The headline of this linked article had the word “undead” in it. That’s the only reason it caught my attention. I read the article and came away STILL not knowing what it was, not for sure. The guy who wrote the article obviously didn’t take into account simpletons like me. He’s writing for an educated readership. For those of you out there like me, those whose brains automatically turn off when somebody starts using tech-speak, I looked it up. RSS means either “Rich Site Summary” or “Really Simple Syndication.” It is, according to Wikipedia: “a type of web feed which allows users to access updates to online content in a standardized, computer-readable format. These feeds can, for example, allow a user to keep track of many different websites in a single news aggregator.” Huh? Bloody hell, I give up!

Just so I don’t come away from this feeling TOO stupid, though, I would like to point out that the first sentence in the Wikipedia explanation is incorrect. It should read–and note my use of capitalization for emphasis–“a type of web feed THAT allows users to access updates…” I may not can do tech-speak, dammit, but I can do grammar!

One thing I CAN assure you all of, at least, is that, despite what the original article promised, this all has nothing to do with the Undead. False advertising on their part.

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (,, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase here:


TheCheezman • April 16, 2018

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