Anne N. Mouse: Blog

Open Office Woes

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Open Office is wonderful, until... you try to do something odd with it. I was trying today, without much success, to create a business card. I went out and spent (including tax) about $26 on resume paper and blank business cards... The second being the larger expense!! Really $20 (19.95) for 300 business cards!? GWOLLLEEEEE I can nearly have them custom printed at that rate! But I want to be able to experiment with several ideas, including printing on both sides.... for my cards, and limit my exposure to about 10 or 20 cards at a time. That is if I can ever get open office to give me an actual business card template and populate it with the info I want... I may have to see if someplace has a bare bones copy of windows word, since I don't intend to put in any logos or other artwork (at least to start) on my card. Well, enough griping here, back to trying to get the program to do what it says it will do, which is print 10 cards on 8.5*11 paper before I move to the actual business cards.
I hacked away at my resumé in order to get it down to a single page, and I've got a bit of a pdf that is supposed to teach superior resumé strategies to read sometime soon, so I guess I'd best get back to the ol' grind stone!

html etc...

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So html is quite frustrating to me just now. However I'm beginning to recognize things... :) I've done the introductory lessons a couple of times and still manage to misplace opening or closing angled brackets that seem to define the tags. I hope I'll get so that they aren't quite as frustrating, and when something fails, that I'll know what to start to look for.
Actually I am beginning to do that, though the variety of mistakes I can make is a bit boggling at the moment! Still maybe I will learn enough to start seeing results.
I downloaded notepad++ and have an idea or two (maybe) of turning this (or something similar) into a blog elsewhere and trying to run with it for sake of earning an income.
My first thought was to use the title Up From Poverty as my blog title. Let me know what you think.
On another note, though they are going somewhat slowly, I have a couple of ideas for my favorite whipping boy, so look out for more Adventures of Cocksockett. Expect that Calvin will become more rounded as things proceed and that he and probably Gina at least will no longer be cardboard cutouts (barely two dimensional at best) at least that seems to be where I'm headed... Can I do it in less than a thousand word bits!?
As always your comments on any and all I've written and shared are craved.... Yes authors have several addictions, one of which is feedback from fans!

Into the briar patch

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The blackberry bramble to be exact! Today most of my day was spent beating back the blackberry bramble that is only slightly more common here than the poison oak... Indeed when I see something playing the strangler vine on one of the true Oaks here (we have several members of the Querkus family here) or the pines (Sugar, Ponderosa, Digger... etc I don't think Pinion grows here....) I always suspect either one of the two, either poison oak or blackberry bramble.
Now the blackberry here is obviously a member of the rose family, at least that is what the flower looks like, I also suspect that what we really have is a black raspberry but the fruit turns black when it is ripe rather than being red..
Anyway, I've got scrapes and scratches from the briar patch that have probably (reasonably likely) have poison oak oil in them. I saw some poison oak (I was told to avoid it) directly where I was told I had to beat everything as low as possible with the string trimmer...
Anyway, I'm feeling a bit of burn from the poison oak.

dumber or smarter

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I ain't sure yet. I'm sometimes feeling like a box of rox would be smarter than me when it comes to doing html!
I expect in part it is that I'm just not used to it and haven't built the connections between the terms (I guess you'd maybe call them terms) that the language uses to perform certain actions and those terms. In other words, just as when writing a quotation requires both an opening quotation mark and a closing quotation mark to be complete, so to does each action in html require an opening 'statement' telling the computer to mark something a certain way and a closing 'statement' telling the computer that whatever you started a while ago is done....
So I suppose what I need is lots more practice to get to the point that I can read a 'script' and tell what is missing to cause it not to work the way that I wish it to work....
Maybe I'm starting to make some connections, and I'm almost as bright as a box of rox in a dark basement?

Color me Amazed

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I made my goal today of thoroughly reading the TOS for Free Code Camp. Let me say they amazed and refreshed me. To understand why I'm going to provide the web address for them. It is here: https://terms-of-service.freecodecamp.org/
Now for a brief overview from me: This is the first set of TOS that it took me less than an hour to read. Considerably less really. The first reason for this was that they weren't dense with legalese to the point of requiring a JD to read and three other (at least) JDs to interpret! The second is that I doubt they total much more than 1500 words, this too is refreshing as a great number of TOS agreements seem to want to bury you in words if they can't flummox you with dense and obtuse language.
Third, though it pretty much goes without saying, I could understand the TOS. They seemed to have chosen the clearest words possible to get their meaning across. I could go on I suppose, but now I'd best do two things. First I need to get some breakfast, then I need to get a shower.... :P~ Tmi?