Thursday Jots ~ 20 Nov 08

Did I get the day right this time, Doug? We have a short-hand in documentation of a patient’s state of with-it-ness: A + O x 3. I’m not always: alert and oriented to place, person and time. Today, maybe.

Speaking of short-hand: overheard at SEJ conference, someone complaining about all the TLA’s in their life. What’s that, someone asked. Three Letter Acronyms.

Yesterday I attended the ROA meeting to discuss the AEP spraying of power line ROWs near Crystal Creek. The EPA had representation there. I’ll be writing up a piece on the proceedings and outcome PDQ. BTW, I used my new digital recorder and have a 1.75 hr MP3 file with time markers from my MBP notes in VDP. Tired already of acronyms? Well you’re SOL.

On the GEEK homefront: I was about to sing the praises (at least for MAC ears) of Backboard. I’ve used BackPack for years especially for reminders. Backboard gives the user an “organizer” linked to BackPack for notes, reminders, tasks, and (if you are a paid subscriber) calendar events. I have been using Backboard for two weeks, and surprised to find myself migrating once more: to web-based Springpad.

It took me a while to understand that cloud-app’s usefulness. You know how it is when you confront a new way of organization and it’s BLANK to start with. Organized blank pages don’t seem very useful. But as I began to create folders of lists, notes, and alarms (all easily moveable within and between “springpads”) I’m realizing this about as  close as I’ve come yet to replacing ECCO PRO from my PC days. (More on Springpad at Webworker and at BlogSpring.)

Now, if somebody would just give us ONENOTE for the Mac…For now, Voodoopad serves that role somewhat, just updated to Version 4.

The day ahead, brisk and windy: BRISKY. Tin roof ruffling in the gale. Stoke the dog, walk the woodstove, chores in town, lunch with DT, a stop by Bank of Floyd (“Save at the sign of the sock”), notecards to the Country Store, a run to Slaughters with a honey-do list, and visit some new friends at their place.

A + O x 2. About all you can expect for a fella of my advanced years, don’t ya reckon?

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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