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Today has been somewhat productive. We managed to finally drag out of bed at the not-too-unreasonable time of 8:30 or so (Barb had been up to give Sam his shot, but came back to bed), then I cleaned up the porch while she mowed the lawn. I found only empty webs, empty egg sacs, and two dying mothers. Everyone go re-read Charlotte's Web now.

Then I cleaned the kitchen, made tzatziki, filled the hummingbird feeder, then watched Milk, which is a seriously powerful film -- and it's frightening to see the actual news footage of Walter Cronkite reporting on things which are happening TODAY to the gay community. Things haven't changed much, if at all, since 1978. It's freaking scary.

I may have been as surprised as Kristin Chenoweth herself was when she won for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy here this evening (I'm watching the Emmys largely because Neil Patrick Harris is hosting; I didn't expect anything I actually like to win, so it was a shocker to see that. Certainly Neil himself didn't win, and neither did the hugely deserving Jim Parsons). I did not find Seth McFarlane's skit humorous at all. Now they've moved on to Reality shows, but I find thoroughly meh, since I don't watch any of them.

I was looking around for pictures of ravens to make icons and found this one:

I'd never seen white ravens before, but apparently it's happened quite a bit. There were several sightings, pictures, and stories about them.

I have jury duty tomorrow, and it's not even at the Phoenix main city hall, it's some little court, so I don't get the big comfortable jury room with the television (DVD movies) and the snack room. I've never been to the one on Third Avenue.

I HATE working in Word. I mean, I never liked it much, but now I REALLY hate it. The version of Office that came with Jonathan here is the one we have at work; I use it occasionally at work but never for actual writing. Trying to use it here at home is making me CRAZY. It's so horribly helpful and so thoroughly CRAPPY. I'm trying to save a document as an rtf and it keeps telling me that the formatting isn't supported (although it's an rtc document that's been edited in earlier editions of Word) and saving in a text format will "destroy any formatting." *sigh* I suppose I ought to see if my new, lovely, WordPerfect (which still looks, and acts, like a word processing program and not an X-Box game) will actually handle these files; the reason I do this in Word to begin with is that some of the folks in my writing group use REALLY freaky formatting which would freeze WP and my old system.


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Sep. 21st, 2009 03:50 am (UTC)
there are legends that the crows started out white and due to its trickery got held over a fire and that's why they're black now. They're rather ugly in white.

I hate Word 2007. I hate Word Perfect too. Probably hate Word 2007 more though. Hopefully my formating isn't coming over too weird (I'd like to know what it is Ann's using)
Sep. 21st, 2009 04:02 am (UTC)
Yes, they are. I've never heard that legend. I like it.

I can't get what you dislike about WordPerfect. It does everything a word processing program should do, and without trying to out-think you, like Word does. WordPerfect never tried to reformat anything on me, nor does it complain when I ask it to do something. It does what I tell it to do. It also contained all the plurals and possessives, so it didn't help contribute to that little problem... So far, Word 2007 is just utter and complete crap.

I have no idea what Anne uses -- it's weird. Does it open with an email header for you, too? But it was always Remus and Dori that threw my old computer into fits, especially Dori's Super Zine.
Sep. 21st, 2009 04:24 am (UTC)
part of it dates back to the template days. But mostly because so many places turn word perfect's documents into garbage. it corrupted constantly. I can't even tell you how many stories i lost because WP corrupted them. on various computers too so it wasn't that.

yes. Anne's done open like that I think it's because it's typed in her reader for teh blind.

Yes, I have no idea why Dori still insists on using the page breaks and crap that she used to back in the paper days. Never had trouble with Remus' stuff. Dan's comes out almost unformatted entirely
Sep. 21st, 2009 04:35 am (UTC)
Ah, not WP's fault, the fault of other systems being unwilling to be compatible with it. I've been using WP since DOS days and I've never had any trouble with the program itself -- just what OTHER programs do to it. (Like Word, which refuses to use anything but .doc documents anymore, apparently; while in WP, you can do any KIND of document now, since they were willing to compromise while Word was not; you can open WP in "Word mode" so you can save WP documents as .docs.)

I don't know. I used WP until Dori's 'zine nearly killed my computer, then I had to go to Word in order to open everyone's.
Sep. 21st, 2009 04:50 pm (UTC)
I can use a whole variety of documents in Word including things from mac.

WP also put in some kind of coding (or Word did when I converted them I'm not sure which) but all the puncutation is a mess. Sgh. Wish they'd all stop with the proprietary crap. it's annoying
Sep. 21st, 2009 06:52 am (UTC)
Mine is lightly-formatted partly because I learned to type back when IBM Selectrics were still in the future. On manual typewriters.
Sep. 21st, 2009 02:27 pm (UTC)
that would explain it. Usually all I do with yours is change the font and size and hit line spacing and I'm good (I can't read the font size)
Sep. 22nd, 2009 12:35 am (UTC)
Well, same here. I learned how to type on one of the "hybrids" -- the keys were electric but it had a manual return arm.

I never have any trouble with yours. :-)
Sep. 21st, 2009 03:55 am (UTC)
Try OpenOffice http://OpenOffice.org
Sep. 21st, 2009 04:04 am (UTC)
I suppose I could, but I have WordPerfect, and I'm always happy to call it "perfect." I've never been unhappy with any of the updates from Corel. They've never made it stop working.
Sep. 21st, 2009 06:54 am (UTC)
But if you're using Word because you need to deal with Strange Word Formatting, Open Office would probably handle that better than WP does.
Sep. 22nd, 2009 12:39 am (UTC)
I suppose, but Word covers some other annoying bases, too, since so many places only use Microsoft. I still would rather use WP for normal, daily work.
Sep. 21st, 2009 04:25 am (UTC)
I still need to watch Milk...

Whoa! White ravens! Cool, but also sort of cognitively dissonant...

Hope jury duty goes well :) .

I dropped my computer today. Everything still seems to work okay, but it's clear that it's been dropped, so I'm no longer protected by warranty. That rather sucks...
Sep. 21st, 2009 04:38 am (UTC)
It's a very well done movie, they intersperse actual historical footage absolutely seamlessly, and the casting is simply outstanding. I like the fact that it IS a hugely political movie but it's never preachy, it's just telling the story as it happened from the POV of the people it happened TO.

They are kinda homely in white, but I still like 'em.

Well, darn. Hopefully *crossed fingers* nothing happens until the warranty ends on its own (or never, really... *g*).
Sep. 21st, 2009 11:04 am (UTC)
Oooh, white ravens!

[hugs hugs] Happy Monday, too.
Sep. 22nd, 2009 12:40 am (UTC)
Long Monday in the jury room! *g* {hugs!}
Sep. 22nd, 2009 06:33 am (UTC)
Does it say it'll "destroy formatting" if you save it to an earlier version of Word, or when you save it to RTF? Because Word always makes dire predictions about RTF.

There are white ravens and white crows. Some black corvids have some white wing feathers because of dietary deficiencies or injury, but I believe the pure white ones are albinos.

One of the other myths about crows is that the crow was originally white, but Apollo cursed it with blackness when his crow reported that his lover was unfaithful to him. Raven was burned black when he stole fire from the sun, I think. Lots of stories.
Sep. 23rd, 2009 02:40 am (UTC)
As an .rtf; this file has been an rtf pretty much all its existence, and Word never seemed to have any trouble with it before (that is, Word 2003).

They're neat looking. Saw two black ravens today. :-)
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