From the Creek: Friday Jots mid Dec â€™11
â–¶ Call it the cost of doing business–spending unsexy money upgrading software so old it is barely supported by tutorials and such. There was, at least, a 20% discount on the upgrade from Adobe Creative Suite 3.0 (an upgrade from the very inexpensive earlier version I got on academic discount when I was teaching at Radford) to CS 5.5 Standard.
So now, I have yet a few more learning curves to climb my way up. But knowing I can search and find tips that fit my software version, that is worth a lot of peace of mind. I used InDesign this morning to create bookmarks–instead of buying cards for the perfunctory exchange at church. At least when the bookmark is tossed a few days later, the waste is less.
â–¶ We are still scheduled to meet three puppies on the asphalt of the Food Lion parking lot in Hillsville tomorrow. I wish the setting was less artificial and the time less formal and brief. It will be hard to make a decision under these circumstances. The pups are shepherd (the mom) and probably lab (the dad) mix.
â–¶ Anyone have experiences with Australian Shepherds? I see them as a potentially wonderful breed to be a part of one’s family, but I worry that, with so much of my activity indoors and desk-bound these days, I would not be able to keep such an intelligent and eager dog adequately busy and entertained and challenged, especially through the winter months.
â–¶ On the geek front, I have returned (again) to Workflowy as my prime stay-focused too, running it in a Fluid-App window. It’s strong suit is the outline format, the improved keyboard shortcuts, and the speed with which it responds, including “heisting” topic levels to center focus. A plus looking ahead is that it will (someday soon?) work offline as well as on, and that it works (at least for reading and some writing edits) on the iPhone as well. Check it out.
â–¶ I bit the bullet and signed up for Amazon Prime today. We ordered two “baby gates” for controlling access of the would-be new pup, to restrict his muddy paws from reaching the carpet, such as it is. Shipping would have been close to $20, so the FREE shipping with the Prime account has paid for a quarter of the yearly cost. We’ll see how it works out next December. The free streaming video movies access that comes with the Prime account doesn’t thrill me. We’ll be keeping Netflix.