Monthly Archives: August 2007

How Did That Happen?

I seem to have changed some setting on my MacBook such that when I try to add anything to the Applications folder at the all-user level, I have to authenticate my account (even though the user account has admin privileges). … Continue reading

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Not “Ago” If You Live There

It’s been two years since Shelley started tugging at our lapels, urging us to tune in to the fact that the storm headed for New Orleans was big, potentially catastrophic, and I worried and prayed about my former students in … Continue reading

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Mmmm, Tasty!

Provoked by my recent acquisition of Magritte: The True Art of Painting, I wandered over to Firestone Library yesterday, picked up my library card, and walked out with two helpful volumes of Magritte-pertinent material, including a bound facsimile of the … Continue reading

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Teased

After reading several columns worth of advice about making presentations (and recalling what I learned from Edward Tufte and Doc Searls), I spent a while yesterday afternoon pining for a reason to make one myself. I don’t think my editors … Continue reading

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Metaphor Man

How is AKMA like Brent Sienna? Well, apart from their both being Mac users, computer gamers, and caffeine addicts? (Oh, OK, throw in the “pretentious” from the PvP website.) This morning’s answer is, “They both get caught up in inauspicious … Continue reading

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Taglog

Not the Pacific island language, but what’s happening to my browser and newsreader. For instance, I’ve had this link to a discussion about the future of textbooks in my reader, planning to enter the discussion. I don’t have anything particular … Continue reading

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Hackers > Lock-ers

Cory Doctorow repeatedly asserts as a matter of fact that it’s easier to break digital control mechanisms than it is to devise them — so that the value of a company’s investment in researching and implementing a digital control regime … Continue reading

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Had To Happen

As we were packing up our belongings and stuffing them into the basement, we tried to make sure that everything was either on a shelf or resting on a plastic container. We had had floods before, and we didn’t want … Continue reading

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Generic Spam

I haven’t done much work with mailmerged documents recently, but I think I recall that back in olden times curly-brackets were used to indicate the variable that would be replaced with database information in the merged document. That’s the only … Continue reading

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Brilliant Utility

The possible uses for PagePacker would keep me busy for ages. I’ve already set up a day-planner example (with larger type and lines, to accommodate my advanced age) and a booklet of prayers that I want to keep conveniently at … Continue reading

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Preacher Relocation Program

The Happy Tutor has mistakenly associated me with the Bush regime’s secret plan to suborn preachers. (Thank you for giving me a reason to use the verb “suborn” — I’m hoping to work in “traduce” later for a double play.) … Continue reading

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Birds of America

The Center affords (and see Jeff also, something was in the air last week) many glorious benefits to its members; after the obvious, I would number several subtler atmospheric advantages such as the Center’s practice of hanging numerous aquatints from … Continue reading

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