Wednesday SHorTS

Rebate Schmebate: Oooh! $180 in rebates from MacMall so that Parallels and the Epson 3-in-one printer are FREE! Free my Aint Fanny. Took me all morning reading the fine print, hefting the big boxes around in the storage room to get a digital image of the bar code and such. But the worst part was I let iPhoto capture from the camera and then couldn’t find the images in the folder structure. You NOOB! Once found, I wasn’t able to “place” them in the new and unfamiliar InDesign to print three on the same page. I still don’t know if I’ve jumped through all the hoops to get my rebates ‘long about July. Grrrrr.

Feeling Lucky?: The cost we incur re global warming are 1) to do something when nothing was needed, or 2) to nothing when something should have been done. Watch this 10 minute YOuTube explanation that says it the way I’ve been envisioning the choices we have. Please take the time; it may help you frame the arguments pro and con in the way that makes the most sense to you. And if enough of us see the risk of doing nothing as too great, well then, maybe we can do enough soon enough to make a difference.

Can You Say Conspiracy: That’s the buzz in some circles–the US is responsible for the FOUR transoceanic cables that carry phone and internet communications to and from the Middle East? Ya Think? Some do.

Safe Harbor: For now, to get some actual work done, I’ve resorted to my old standby programs under Parallels running Windows XP. Full screen view gives me plenty of real estate. Speed is slower than the OSX environment, but acceptable. However, what I can’t live with and haven’t been able to fix–if it is fixable–is the lousy font display. I’ve used MSIE to enable Cleartype, which seems to work for that browser that I won’t be using. But on my other apps, the font is thin and pixelated. Ideas?

Better Living Through Chemistry: Sometimes it pays to whine. “Let’s put some cortisone in there and see what happens” said my doctor friend during the Superbowl at his house. And so he did, and my right thumb (the experimental side; left thumb also arthritic is the control) seems considerably better. Good to know. Watch me button my shirt like a normal person!

More NoteCards: I appreciate the recent orders for photographic note cards from the Blue Ridge, happy folks somehow find them via Fragments or at the book-and-cards website. I’m toying with the idea of doing a fourth set. If there are any of you who have seen images you thought would make a good, representative image that speaks of life in the southern mountains, let me know and I’ll consider putting them in the next set. You can see a few hundred images on my Flickr gallery.

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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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  1. Hey Fred–Just a quick thought: use Image Capture to grab your photos and store them on the Mac. It’s what I use (it came with my version of the OS several versions ago . . I assume it is still there?), and it allows me to save the images wherever I want, download only what I want, etc. etc. Good little program. I’ve never really been an iPhoto fan myself. Just and FYI. Have a good day!

  2. Oooh, I’m with you on rebates. What a scam! In this age of instant gratification (email et al.) I just don’t have the patience. Wishing you luck, tho.

    Help, please: what is a NOOB?

  3. Since I got the iMac, I’m feeling so tech challenged. Your little hang ups and reader answers, have helped, I’m hanging in.
    I sure hope the conspiracy about the cut cable wires, isn’t true. Just what we don’t need right now is another war. It’s amazing how much damage around the world, one man can cause.

    Heaven help us get thru this last year of Bush, without another war! And without a Bush Treaty Agreement with Iraq, trying to tie the hands of the next president forcing them to stay in Iraq.
    Glad the cortisone is helping, but I’ve heard that’s only temporary, and becomes less effective after just a few treatments. I hope you find a longer lasting solution.
    The global warming youtube video is helpful. It’s such a hard concept for people to get a grasp of, everything helps!

  4. What will be interesting (but we’ll likely never find out) is the nature of the cut. Was it a clean cut, as if made by a powerful cutter, or did the cable show damage for many feet, which would be consistent with a ship dragging anchor. You can bet that the cable operators will be able to figure out what caused the damage, but we likely will never know. FWIW, fiber cable splicing doesn’t take that long – it is done with a mass fusion splicing machine – it will take a lot longer to bring the cables up to the splicing ship than it will to actually splice the fibers. Repairing the armor on the cable will also take some time.