Did you ever wonder why your computer begins running slowly without any apparent reason? You check to see if there's something running in the background or if you've left a bunch of windows open, but there's nothing. Eventually, you get tired of it and reboot. Sometimes that works, but sometimes it doesn't, so you shut the thing down and do something else for a while.

When you crank it up again later, it runs just fine.

So, what happened?

For most of human history, the only forms of electricity we knew about were lightning and static electricity. We didn't control either of them and they were very short-lived phenomena.

Then we invented computers.

Inside computers, electrons are organized into information packets that are used and often stored in memory. They clump together for much longer periods of time than they used to and form what are known as electrocules. Electrocules carry data through computers and hold it in memory.

Problems arise when a computer has been running for long enough that the electrocules develop a high degree of internal organization. At that point, they can become sentient.

Nearly always, sentient electrocules behave properly. They play nice. They're cooperative. They do what they're supposed to do.

But sometimes, sentient electrocules can go rogue. They follow the wrong path. They form gangs and fight with each other. They gather in crowds and party. They gum up the whole system and your computer slows to a crawl.

Rebooting doesn't always help, because rogue electrocules can hide in your RAM.

The only sure way to get rid of rogue electrocules is to turn your computer off. When current is no longer present, electrocules break up into their constituent electrons. When you turn your computer back on, it runs perfectly; that is until another epidemic of rogue electrocules occurs.

Happy computing and you're welcome.