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Good Things, Bad Things, Stupid Things

The Good: Yesterday when I got to work, I got a "Perks" email in my box stating that, since our company has an exclusive contract with Microsoft, we had an opportunity to get the new Office 2013 for a super-extra-reduced price (seriously, so cheap even I could afford it). So I got it. No more excuses for not doing any writing. So far it's actually an improvement over 2007; when I pull up a former WordPerfect document, it actually SHOWS me the random symbols that Word replaces WordPerfect punctuation with. Woot. That'll help clean up my documents. (Seriously, as much as I loved and still love WordPerfect, that "you can save them as Word documents!" stuff is only kind of all right, and does not work as well as people say--and transferring them to Word documents often means people who get them and try to open them on other programs get only the weird random symbols).

I think I'll get back to cobbling Ring of Fire back together.

The Bad: Oy, the "convenience" and "efficiency" gained by consolidation and centralization! As I spent the last TWO DAYS on the phone with the guys in Tech who are in ILLINOIS, trying to fix a minor problem with our scanners which, through this long-distance tech work, suddenly became a VAST HUGE HORRIBLE problem on our end (several default settings were accidentally deleted, and getting them back apparently... not so easy). They managed to patch a few things so it's at least working... sort of.

Come to think of it, that's more "The Stupid."

After nearly two weeks of seriously bone-chilling dry weather (freezing nights and no precipitation at ALL), the rest of the country is now under a ton of snow and today was 81 degrees. Ah, climate change. (Read a great article from the Bad Astronomer, putting the climate change deniers in their place -- too bad most of them wouldn't get it.)

More good: Found that one of the theatres that shows the Live from the Met operas is actually right near us, so I might look into the cost of season tickets when next season starts -- I went to one with my mom when I was in Florida and it's awesome to see the opera live like that, without leaving home; there's only a few left of the current season, with the individual live shows running $24 and the encore presentations $18 -- (and seriously, although $24 is steep for a movie, it's pretty cheap for an opera -- not sure how many are in a season yet, but if it's four to six, then probably season tickets run between $100 and $150--just guessing). The next one up is Rigoletto. I may get us tickets for the encore, since the live show is already sold out.


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Jan. 24th, 2013 03:37 am (UTC)
yay to office 2013

good luck with the theatre tickets

I got my rejection from Harper voyager today
Jan. 24th, 2013 10:34 pm (UTC)
Ah, I'll have to check the rest of my mail. I probably got the rejection, too (I assume it was email?).

Jan. 24th, 2013 10:45 pm (UTC)
it was email and in spite of whatever Remus read it was not personalized.
Jan. 24th, 2013 11:07 pm (UTC)
Nothing in my box yet. But it will probably land soon.

At least we tried!
Jan. 25th, 2013 02:32 am (UTC)
indeed and I'm not particularly disappointed since I knew this was the most likely outcome for me (points to last night's journal) If nothing else I have more ideas in my head.

At least you still have a little hope
Jan. 25th, 2013 10:37 pm (UTC)
Yeah, so far, nothing in my box. I'm rather surprised, considering how rough the ending of LWH is, but maybe no news...??? (Doubt it!)
Jan. 26th, 2013 02:13 am (UTC)
hey you never know.
Jan. 24th, 2013 12:13 pm (UTC)
Yay for Office deals and theatre tickets.

Jan. 24th, 2013 10:35 pm (UTC)
Jan. 24th, 2013 03:21 pm (UTC)
I'm similarly upset with the weather. Basically, what y'all get, we get a day or two later. It's going to hit near 80 today. We had to turn the AC back on, it's that hot in our house during the day at the moment.

I've always wanted to go to one of those operas-at-the-movies thing. I just want to find one that I know I'll want to sit through three hours for (do you get intermission like seeing it live?).

Mom had so many issues when securing her job at the college. It's part of the DeVry system which is based somewhere in the upper-midwest, so she had to spend time on the phone with idiots thousands of miles away--she even did an interview via the phone with the head of the Chamberlain schools or something.

Yay for cheap Word 2013! I had to spend that $120ish to get the student Office 2010 last semester. You're totally right about the Word/WordPerfect thing. It does the same thing when saving Word docs as WordPerfect ones. Stupid competing technology.
Jan. 24th, 2013 10:34 pm (UTC)
And today it's 64 and rainy. Go figure!

It IS seeing it live, just from miles away -- so yes, there's an intermission. I don't know if they keep the intermission in the encore, but we'll see.

So far I don't hate having Office 2013, which I know is faint praise, but that's pretty good for a Microsoft product!
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