Sunday, April 21, 2019

Not Fond of Bathing My Dogs

SUMMARY: And they're not usually fond of it, either.

I seldom bathe my dogs. Chip and Zorro do, on occasion, get wet anyway (out in the rain, or Chip just loves to play in the hose spray), and they get a good towel rub-down, which always seems to be enough. If I think they've been in poison oak--or if they've definitely (there's no "thinking" involved here) been rolling in nasty stuff, then--yeah. But I and my knees and back would much rather be doing other things.

And that has been true forEVER. Have seldom bathed any of my dogs. Amber was the most often abused, because her coat was oily and accrued dirt like a magnet.  And Sheba's white coat parts would gradually turn brownish just from dirt gathering in that tightly packed husky coat, so she was forced occasionally to suffer.

My agility dogs, though--well, I hosed them down regularly at agility events if it was at all warm, which washed away pretty much everything. So not too many baths. Sometimes during coat-blowing season, to loosen the chunks of hair to make removal easier.

I've never worked as hard as I should have to ensure that my dogs love baths. Poor puppers.

Sadly, I have few photos of Amber, as much as I loved her. Here she is damp as a teenager. No idea whether it was after a bath or just being naughty somehow.

Nothing digital of Remington wet. This is closest I have. But I definitely have photos of him wet. Will have to look for and scan them in.

Poor abused Tika. In grooming truck owned by her foster mom. Tika was happy to see her, but the bathing part seemed sketchy.

Boost, same day. Such an expression of trauma. (See for details about this day.)

Sheba. I loved the way her coat looked wet, but it did not appeal to her as much. Tika's coat did exactly the same thing. 

I have no Chip bath photos, but he looks like this wet; in other words, adorable. (From playing in the hose.)

Have no good digital photos of Jake wet (not surprising, since I had just started digital when he was old), but here he is doing agility after he has been hosed down a bit.

Yep, nothing with Zorro wet at all that I've found. We don't get out enough (e.g., no walking, hence no walking in the rain). He does love playing in water, so this is the closest I've gotten...

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

Is This Blog About Dogs, Training, and Agility? Or What?

SUMMARY: It's complicated. Plus: Clothing.

I have been doing very vague and random amounts of dog training lately. Not every day. In the last week I have taken Chip and Zorro out to the sidewalk in front of my house on leash, a couple of times individually and once together. With a pocket full of treats, I've been working on the ol' walk nicely at my side trick. So, works pretty good on the sidewalk in front of my house once they figure out that we're not going anywhere and that I'm giving them a lot of treats.

And that's about it for dog training today.

In other stories, I walked into a store today accidentally (I went to the mall to have a less hot, interesting place to just get more steps in, and suddenly there was this shirt in the window display...). And bought 3 tops that don't exactly fit my usual type, although in a way they do.  Here are some bad selfies of two of them. They were on sale for an average of 60% off, too, or I'd have never brought them home. Just think how much I saved! By spending all that money!

Lace and flowers, not my usual thing.
And embroidery But I like the styles and colors.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

51 Point Snooker Runs for All Of Us! A Little Delayed--

SUMMARY: Wordless Wednesday

A little cheat on "wordless" and "wednesday": A new post that I somehow never actually posted when I created its Draft version--in March, 2007! Click the link for photos ↓

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Crosswords as Trivia Games

SUMMARY: If I can't do dog agility, I gotta do something

I do a lot of crossword puzzles. (Well, not compared to some people.) Average 2 a day. To get through puzzles, you need not only a good vocabulary but also the ability to free associate, recognize puns, trust your instincts, and know a lot of stuff.

Note for fun: There's a whole world of vocabulary that seems to pop up almost entirely in crossword puzzles, so it helps to have done many many of them; they're almost conventions that one could memorize! For example, "mine entry" or "cave access" is almost always ADIT. "Kimono sash" or "Japanese accessory" would be OBI. Definitions that include "front" or "end" or "back" or "finish", especially with a question mark, often refer to the word itself, not its meaning (e.g., "Road's end?" is STER).  "Oreo" is a favorite word, used in so many ways, e.g., "sandwich treat" or "crumbled ice cream topping" or "favorite snack"...  

In this Sunday's New York Times crossword, just in the numbers 1 through 25 (both across and down, out of 124 numbers), here's some of what I figured out without any letters, or only one, already filled in. I'd classify 8 as trivia, 4 as essentially vocabulary, 1 that could be placed into either category (specialized knowledge), 1 as foreign language. (Answers are at the bottom)

How many can you get?
  • Parabolas, essentially (4 letters)
  • Trophy winner (5 letters, last is P)
  • He planned for a rainy day (4 letters)
  • Sled dog with a statue in Central Park (5 letters)
  • Jewish month before Nisan (4 letters, 2nd is D)
  • Result of a foul on a long basketball shot (15 letters, 1st letter T)
  • Band leader Shaw (5 letters)
  • Architect Mies van der ____ (4 letters)
  • Poi plants (5 letters)
  • Printemps follower (3 letters)
  • Yamaha competitor (8 letters, 2nd letter A)
  • "The Marvelous Mrs. ___ (award-winning Amazon series) (6 letters)
  • A sharps (6 letters)
  • Aer Lingus destination (4 letters)
Some I didn't get until I had more than 2 letters. Here's some of what I knew so far when I started this post; can you do better than I did with just this info?:
  • Start of Euripides signature (7 letters, starts EP)
  • Does, as an animated character (6 letters, last 2 ES)
  • Chaiken who co-created "The L Word" (5 letters, 1st 2 IL)
  • Source of a deferment in the 1960s draft (4 letters, 1st 2 RO)
  • Big fan (6 letters, 3rd letter O)
  • Tim ____, frequent collaborator with Adam Sandler (7 letters,1st letters H _ R)
  • Ancient Greek State with Athens (6 letters, 1st letters A _ T)

Scroll for answers

  • ARCS
  • NOAH
  • ADAR
  • ROHE
  • ETE
  • EIRE (OR ERIN, needed to see a letter other than E to know which)
2nd group, some of which I needed many more letters...
  • Epsilon
  • Voices
  • Ilene  (Never heard of her or The L Word--the risk of trivia!)
  • ROTC
  • Adorer
  • Herlihy (Never heard of him)
  • Attica

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Academy Awards 2019

SUMMARY: Just a diversion--I like what I like, and Oscars don't affect that...but I do like to see all the noms because in theory there's something excellent about them!

Update: Feb 24, 8:20 p.m., added winners (well, I got 7 of the ones I voted for).

Summary: As usual, a fairly small number of films make up the full list of films with nominations.

(Notes Key: M= Was on my list to see; missed it.
? = Don't remember seeing anything about it
N = New, just recently saw previews, not in theaters yet
0 for # noms means was nominated for Golden Globes but not Oscars )

        (Bah, I messed up the table once, so counts might not be complete...)

# NomsMovieSaw ItNotes
0A Private WarM
1A Quiet Place---
8A Star Is Born*
1At Eternity's Gate*
1Avengers: Infinity War*
3The Ballad of Buster ScruggsM
0Beautiful BoyM
7Black Panther*
5Bohemian Rhapsody*
0Boy Erased*
3Can You Ever Forgive Me?*
1Christopher Robin*
3Cold War?
0Crazy Rich Asians*
0Eighth GradeM
10The Favourite*
4First ManM
1First Reformed?
1Free Solo*
5Green Book*
3If Beale Street Could Talk*
1Hale Country This Morning?
1Incredibles 2*
3Isle of Dogs*
4Mary Poppins Returns*
2Mary Queen of Scots*
1Minding the Gap?
2Never Look Away N?
0The Old Man and the Gun*
1Ralph Breaks the Internet*
1Ready Player One*
1Solo: A Star Wars Story*
1Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse*
0Stan & Ollie*
1The Wife*

Short Films: I don't think they're ever nominated for anything except best short, so I'm leaving them out of the preceding table.
  • Documentary: Black Sheep, End Game, Lifeboat, A Night at the Garden, Period. End of Sentence.
  • Live action: Detainment, Fauve, Marguerite, Mother, Skin
  • Animated: Animal Behaviour, Bao, Late Afternoon, One Small Step, Weekends

Key below: "GG win"= won Golden Globe; "P" = My pref for Oscar; "W" = actual Oscar winner

Best Pic: Lots of good choices. I think Vice is the least of them. I still think Bohemian Rhapsody is just a shallow skim on what could've been a deep story, but Golden Globes gave it to them for the Drama award. My own favorites are Black Panther, Green Book, and A Star is Born, but I'm giving it to Green Book again.

Pref/WinGG winBest PictureRelated info per wikipedia
"Black Panther" Kevin Feige
"BlacKkKlansman" Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Raymond Mansfield, Jordan Peele and Spike Lee
G (drama)"Bohemian Rhapsody" Graham King
"The Favourite" Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday and Yorgos Lanthimos
P WG (com/mus)"Green Book" Jim Burke (film producer)|Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly and Nick Vallelonga
"Roma" Gabriela RodrÌguez and Alfonso CuarÛn
"A Star Is Born" Bill Gerber, Bradley Cooper and Lynette Howell Taylor
"Vice" Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adam McKay and Kevin J. Messick

Pref/WinGG winBest DirectorRelated info per wikipedia
Spike Lee "BlacKkKlansman"
PaweB Pawlikowski "Cold War"
Yorgos Lanthimos "The Favourite"
WGAlfonso CuarÛn "Roma"
Adam McKay "Vice"

Best actor--same comments as before the Golden Globes: They are all pretty amazing. Very hard to narrow it down to 2 (which I finally did), let alone one. I could agree with any of these 5 as the winner.
Pref/WinGG winBest ActorRelated info per wikipedia
PG (com/mus)Christian Bale "Vice" as Dick Cheney
Bradley Cooper "A Star Is Born" as Jackson "Jack" Maine
Willem Dafoe "At Eternity's Gate" as Vincent van Gogh
WG (drama) Rami Malek "Bohemian Rhapsody" as Freddie Mercury
PViggo Mortensen "Green Book" as Tony Lip|Frank "Tony Lip" Vallelonga

Best actress, tough choices. Lady Gaga did a great job, particularly considering that she's essentially a newcomer. Glenn Close's portrayal of a woman gradually coming into her own was wonderful. Aparicio had me believing almost that we were watching a documentary, she was so real.  Melissa McCarthy I also thought did very well indeed, stepping out of some of the characters she's done in the past. Colman was excellent as Queen Anne, but she was really just one of 3 women in the film.  So, dunno. Stymied. I'll narrow it down to 2.

Pref/WinGG winBest ActressRelated info per wikipedia
Yalitza Aparicio "Roma" as Cleodegaria "Cleo" GutiÈrrez
PG (drama)Glenn Close "The Wife" as Joan Castleman
WG (com/mus)Olivia Colman "The Favourite" as Anne, Queen of Great Britain
PLady Gaga "A Star Is Born" as Ally Campana or Maine
Melissa McCarthy "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" as Lee Israel

Grant stole the show every time he was on screen, but Ali and Elliot were even deeper. Can't decide. Any of the 3 would make me happy.
Pref/WinGG winBest Supporting ActorRelated info per wikipedia
P WGMahershala Ali "Green Book" as Don Shirley
Adam Driver "BlacKkKlansman" as Philip "Flip" Zimmerman
PSam Elliott "A Star Is Born" as Bobby Maine
Richard E. Grant "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" as Jack Hock
Sam Rockwell "Vice" as George W. Bush

The Favorourite noms showed their talents, and King was excellent in Beale Street, but for my money, Adams fully inhabited Lynne Cheney like a virtual reincarnation; in fact, her version seems more real than the real one.
Pref/WinGG winBest Supporting ActressRelated info per wikipedia
PAmy Adams "Vice" as Lynne Cheney
Marina de Tavira "Roma" as SofÌa
WGRegina King "If Beale Street Could Talk" as Sharon Rivers
Emma Stone "The Favourite" as Abigail Masham, Baroness Masham
Rachel Weisz "The Favourite" as Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough

Pref/WinGG winBest Original ScreenplayRelated info per wikipedia
"The Favourite" Written by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara (writer)|Tony McNamara
"First Reformed" Written by Paul Schrader
P WG"Green Book" Written by Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie and Peter Farrelly
"Roma" Written by Alfonso CuarÛn
"Vice" Written by Adam McKay

Pref/WinGG winBest Adapted ScreenplayRelated info per wikipedia
"The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" Screenplay by Coen brothers|Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, based on the short stories "All Gold Canyon" by Jack London, "The Gal Who Got Rattled" by Stewart Edward White, and short stories by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
W"BlacKkKlansman" Screenplay by Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee, based on the memoir "Black Klansman" by Ron Stallworth
P"Can You Ever Forgive Me?" Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty, based on the memoir by Lee Israel
"If Beale Street Could Talk"Screenplay by Barry Jenkins, based on If Beale Street Could Talk|the novel by James Baldwin
P"A Star Is Born"Screenplay by Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters; based on the A Star Is Born 1954 screenplay by Moss Hart and the A Star Is Born 1976 screenplay by Joan Didion, John Gregory Dunne & Frank Pierson; based on a story by Robert Carson (writer)|Robert Carson & William A. Wellman

Spider-Verse is hands down the best of these in every way.  GG agreed; I wonder whether The Academy will go with Isle of Dogs or Mirai because they're not superhero movies and are pretty stylish.  However, my 2nd favorite is Incredibles 2.
Pref/WinGG winBest Animated FeatureRelated info per wikipedia
"Incredibles 2" Brad Bird, John Walker (film producer)|John Walker and Nicole Paradis Grindle
"Isle of Dogs" Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven M. Rales|Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson (producer)|Jeremy Dawson
"Mirai" Mamoru Hosoda and Yk ichirM SaitM
"Ralph Breaks the Internet" Rich Moore, Phil Johnston (filmmaker)|Phil Johnston and Clark Spencer
P WG"Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller

Foreign Language; I saw only Roma so far, so I can't vote.

Pref/WinGG winBest Foreign Language FilmRelated info per wikipedia
"Capernaum" | Arabic Directed by Nadine Labaki
"Cold War" |Polish and French language|French Directed by PaweB Pawlikowski
"Never Look Away" |German Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
WG"Roma" |Spanish and Mixtec language|Mixtec Directed by Alfonso CuarÛn
"Shoplifters" |Japanese Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda

Documentaries: I've seen only Free Solo and RBG. Latter was excellent. Former was amazing.

Pref/WinGG winBest Documentary FeatureRelated info per wikipedia
P W"Free Solo" Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin, Evan Hayes and Shannon Dill
"Hale County This Morning, This Evening"&nbsp;RaMell Ross, Joslyn Barnes and Su Kim
"Minding the Gap"&nbsp;Bing Liu (filmmaker)|Bing Liu and Diane Quon
"Of Fathers and Sons"&nbsp;Talal Derki, Ansgar Frerich, Eva Kemme and Tobias N. Siebert
"RBG" Betsy West and Julie Cohen

NOTE ABOUT SHORT FILMS: I don't usually get to see these unless some theater plays a collection of them after oscars are announced. This year some of them are playing at local first-run theaters, but sadly only while I'm stuck at home post-surgery. Most likely to see Animated ones along with animated features. UPDATE: I found all the animated shorts online, so I've seen them all now. Others, didn't look yet.

Pref/WinGG winBest Documentary (Short Subject)Related info per wikipedia
"Black Sheep"&nbsp;Ed Perkins and Jonathan Chinn
"End Game"&nbsp;Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (filmmaker)|Jeffrey Friedman
"Lifeboat"&nbsp;Skye Fitzgerald and Bryn Mooser
"A Night at the Garden"&nbsp;Marshall Curry
W"Period. End of Sentence."&nbsp;Rayka Zehtabchi and Melissa Berton

Pref/WinGG winBest Live Action Short FilmRelated info per wikipedia
"Detainment"&nbsp;Vincent Lambe and Darren Mahon
"Fauve"&nbsp;JÈrÈmy Comte and Maria Gracia Turgeon
"Marguerite"&nbsp;Marianne Farley and Marie-HÈlËne Panisset
"Mother"&nbsp;Rodrigo Sorogoyen and MarÌa del Puy Alvarado
W"Skin"&nbsp;Guy Nattiv and Jaime Ray Newman

Pref/WinGG winBest Animated Short FilmRelated info per wikipedia
"Animal Behaviour"&nbsp;Alison Snowden and David Fine (filmmaker)|David Fine
P W"Bao"&nbsp;Domee Shi and Becky Neiman-Cobb
"Late Afternoon"&nbsp;Louise Bagnall and Nuria Gonz·lez Blanco
"One Small Step"&nbsp;Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas
"Weekends"&nbsp;Trevor Jimenez

Pref/WinGG win*Best Original ScoreRelated info per wikipedia
W"Black Panther" Ludwig Gˆransson
"BlacKkKlansman" Terence Blanchard
"If Beale Street Could Talk" Nicholas Britell
"Isle of Dogs" Alexandre Desplat
"Mary Poppins Returns" Marc Shaiman
* Won by "First Man"

I like the Mary Poppins Song, but although Shallow's lyrics feel at times shallow, still, it pulled me in emotionally.
Pref/WinGG winBest Original SongRelated info per wikipedia
"All the Stars" from "Black Panther"
Music by Sounwave|Mark Spears, Kendrick Lamar|Kendrick Lamar Duckworth and Anthony Tiffith; Lyrics by Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, Anthony Tiffith and SZA (singer)|Sol·na Rowe
"I'll Fight" from "RBG"
Music and Lyrics by Diane Warren
"The Place Where Lost Things Go" from "Mary Poppins Returns"
Music by Marc Shaiman; Lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman
P WG"Shallow" from "A Star Is Born"
Music and Lyrics by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt
"When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings" from "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs"
Music and Lyrics by David Rawlings and Gillian Welch

Pref/WinGG winBest Sound EditingRelated info per wikipedia
"Black Panther" Benjamin A. Burtt and Steve Boeddeker
W"Bohemian Rhapsody" John Warhurst and Nina Hartstone
"First Man" Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan
"A Quiet Place" Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl
"Roma" Sergio DÌaz and Skip Lievsay

Pref/WinGG winBest Sound MixingRelated info per wikipedia
"Black Panther" Steve Boeddeker, Brandon Proctor and Peter J. Devlin
W"Bohemian Rhapsody" Paul Massey (sound engineer)|Paul Massey, Tim Cavagin and John Casali
"First Man" Jon Taylor (sound mixer)|Jon Taylor, Frank A. MontaÒo, Ai-Ling Lee and Mary H. Ellis
"Roma" Skip Lievsay, Craig Henighan and JosÈ Antonio Garcia (sound mixer)|JosÈ Antonio Garcia
"A Star Is Born" Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic, Jason Ruder and Steve A. Morrow

Pref/WinGG winBest Production DesignRelated info per wikipedia
W"Black Panther" Production Design: Hannah Beachler; Set Decoration: Jay Hart
"The Favourite" Production Design: Fiona Crombie; Set Decoration: Alice Felton
"First Man" Production Design: Nathan Crowley; Set Decoration: Kathy Lucas
"Mary Poppins Returns" Production Design: John Myhre; Set Decoration: Gordon Sim
"Roma" Production Design: Eugenio Caballero; Set Decoration: B·rbara EnrÌquez

Cinematography: Again, have seen only 3, and none of Favourite, Roma, or Star struck me particularly in this area--in fact, Star did way too much herky-jerky video for my taste.
Pref/WinGG winBest CinematographyRelated info per wikipedia
"Cold War" A ukasz
"The Favourite" Robbie Ryan (cinematographer)|Robbie Ryan
"Never Look Away" Caleb Deschanel
W"Roma" Alfonso CuarÛn
"A Star Is Born" Matthew Libatique

Mary, Queen of Scots' costumes, hairstyles, and makeup put me into their reality more than any others. I know that it's a costume film so more obvious, but I'm going with it.
Pref/WinGG winBest Makeup and HairstylingRelated info per wikipedia
"Border" Gˆran Lundstrˆm and Pamela Goldammer
P"Mary Queen of Scots" Jenny Shircore, Marc Pilcher and Jessica Brooks
W"Vice" Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe and Patricia Dehaney

Pref/WinGG winBest Costume DesignRelated info per wikipedia
"The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" Mary Zophres
W"Black Panther" Ruth E. Carter
"The Favourite" Sandy Powell (costume designer)|Sandy Powell
"Mary Poppins Returns" Sandy Powell
P"Mary Queen of Scots" Alexandra Byrne

Pref/WinGG winBest Film EditingRelated info per wikipedia
"BlacKkKlansman" Barry Alexander Brown
W"Bohemian Rhapsody" John Ottman
"The Favourite" Yorgos Mavropsaridis
"Green Book" Patrick J. Don Vito
"Vice" Hank Corwin

Visual Effects: Still haven't seen First Man at time of voting. They included Christopher Robin but not Black Panther? Interesting.
Pref/WinGG winBest Visual EffectsRelated info per wikipedia
P"Avengers: Infinity War" Dan DeLeeuw, Kelly Port, Russell Earl and Dan Sudick
"Christopher Robin" Chris Lawrence (visual effects)|Christopher Lawrence, Michael Eames, Theo Jones and Chris Corbould
W"First Man" Paul Lambert (special effects artist)|Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter (visual effects supervisor)|Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles and J. D. Schwalm
"Ready Player One" Roger Guyett, Grady Cofer, Matthew E. Butler and Dave Shirk|David Shirk
"Solo: A Star Wars Story" Rob Bredow, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Dominic Tuohy

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Crunchies! (is Humans Peoples calls "bottle")

SUMMARY: The best toys are the cheapest and come from the recycling bin.

Note: Another post rescued from the Drafts pile in my Blogger account, started in Sept. 2016.

Thanks to Squink's Human Mom for the summary line and the idea for the post. Dogs love plastic bottles!  Well, mine always have, anyway.

Squink - September 2016  (Photo by Squink. Or maybe his Human.)

My first dog, Amber - 1981

How could I not have photos of Sheba, Remington, or Jake with bottles?? Well, maybe I do in a photo album somewhere.  

Tika - 2011

Boost - 2009 (can't find bottle photo, but still, nice recyclables toy)

Chip 2015

Zorro - 2015

And just happen to have one of a friend's dog--

Future World Champion Dash (TBD) - 2008
(He has been national champion in multiple venues several times and was on the World Team representing the US in 2016.)

Friday, February 22, 2019

Hit a kitty cat with a brick bat and sing nonsense songs

SUMMARY: And I don't mean the ones that I make up.

I often sing to myself, and also to whatever dogs happen to be around at the moment. The other day I started singing:

"...hit him with a brick bat
sing song kitty cat chi-kymeo
Chikeemeo chi-kymeo my deereo my dell
Hi ho income paddywinkle
something something something something
hit him with a brick bat
sing song kitty cat chi-kymeo"

I thought:

  1. Where did that come from?
  2. What does it mean? 
  3. It's so garbled! Maybe something from when I was a young child and I've completely forgotten the real lyrics because most of that makes absolutely no sense whatsoever?
  4. I should look it up on the "interwebs"!
  5. What did we ever do before the WWW?

And, so, I found out:

  • It *is* just nonsense, because, after all, kids love nonsense songs... or at least I know *I* did. And, OK, still do.
  • It's an old Appalachian folk song, origins unknown, meanings unknown. This is cool, because my home territory from most of my childhood includes the Appalachians (northern).
    Lyrics similar to what I remember.
    Web site with many versions.
  • (And because this is an educational blog [???], if you want to know *really* what Appalachia is--you're out of luck, because it's pretty nebulous.)
  • Wow, so where did I learn it?  Didn't find it on the couple of childhood records that I still have, but my recollection is a male voice on a record. I perhaps will never know...

    BUT... I'll keep on singing it!
Gratuitous kitty cat, not singing a song (Los Gatos Creek trail, February 2010)

Thursday, February 21, 2019

About teaching tricks

SUMMARY: Do I work on more than one at a time?

(Started this post back in 2018 sometime in response to someone's question and left it as a draft. I have over 40 draft posts that I never finished! Maybe I'll keep working on clearing them out and queueing them up for weeks in advance!)

I work on more than one trick at a time for various reasons. This includes keeping me from getting bored and keeping them from thinking that Trick Time means only [whatever we’ve been working on in recent days/weeks]. If the tricks are different enough from each other, dogs shouldn’t get confused. For example, I started with crawl backwards with Luke while he was still learning left and right (which he’s still a little iffy on). I started blowing bubbles in a water bowl while working on other things.

Like anything else, I try not to do more than 3-5 minutes or maybe 20 treats for one dog, depending on where I am in the process, then switch back and forth with maybe 4 or 5 turns for each dog. Other dog(s) are supposed to wait quietly on their bed or in a down while I work with that dog; this is good training for staying in one place even with distractions. So I'm training two dogs at once! (Early in the wait/stay/go to your bed stage, I need to reward that dog periodically, too.

I might work on the same trick all 4 or 5 times in a session if I’m looking for some kind of breakthrough or if the dog is progressing rapidly and I want to reinforce or push it just a tiny bit farther. If dog looks confused or starts seeming stressed, I quickly go back to a couple of trick that she already knows well (often a hand touch and a Shake) and let her lie down to relax while I work with the other dog. I usually finish with a play session at the end, which is, of course, always a little bit of training (Give, Down, Bring It, do a trick and get the ball again, etc.).

I will concentrate on more repetitions of things that they’ve more or less started to grasp to build the skill, and possibly fewer repetitions of something that’s completely new (so not to stress them out or to give myself a chance to think about how i can chunk it differently or present it differently to help them) and of something that they know well. But, still, I'll mix in a few instances of more familiar tricks.

I always try to end with things that they know. (Anything, even if it’s just at the “I know how to Sit and nothing else” stage—then it would be a couple of sits (with rewards, of course)and done.)

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Confined to Quarters After Receiving a New Hip

SUMMARY: [Mostly] Wordless Wednesday 

Tip: There's rollover text on photos for those who like words.

First week: Confined upstairs

Feb 5

Feb 7

Feb 8

Feb 10

Feb 11: OK to go up and down stairs!

Feb 11

Feb 13

Feb 16

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Levy's Law of Level Surfaces

SUMMARY: Mystifies even the most advanced quantum physicists

My dad (maybe started with my grandparents?) defined the Levy Law of Level Surfaces.

My sister stated it in 2018 as: "Any level surface will immediately be covered past capacity."

I remember it as being multipart, something like:
  1. Any clear level surface will attract items within 10 microseconds to the point where it is no longer clear.
  2. If someone is attempting to clear a level surface and there is more than one person involved, the additional people will add things to the level surface in proportion to the clearing of the level surface so that the surface is never completely clear.
  3. There are no clear level surfaces.
(Sad that Dad isn't around to remind me any more of his wordings. We'll need to refine this description.)

From a Dad email in Oct 2014 to an adult granddaughter:
"You haven't developed symptoms of 'Levy's Law of Level Surfaces'.  One symptom of it was when I was moving a piece of furniture from one place to another, I had put it down because something else had higher priority. When I returned there were two  small piles of papers on the top level surface. I had to the move them before completing the move. "
And it's a famous Law! (At least, in a certain circle of cognoscenti.) November, 2018, on Facebook in a chat mostly of family members, a friend of my sisters (Thomas DaEarl Taylor (Earl Thomas the Incomplete in the SCA)) said:
"I still quote the 'Levy Law of Level Surfaces' to my friends. Oh, and [I] give your dad citation credit."
In the meantime, I can guarantee that there are no level surfaces in my house that don't have things on them, no matter how often I clear them off.  My brother-in-law was just describing a couple of weeks ago that, after he completely clears the kitchen counters, things (e.g., salt & pepper shakers...) appear there as soon as he turns his back.

Recently I completely cleared off a small computer table and the shelves beneath it to get it out of the house. But my hips were too sore at the time to move it, and so it sat there. Now, instead of holding a neat assortment of things that belonged there (including a printer), it holds random piles of things (not including anything even vaguely computer related) that need to go somewhere else but somehow were attracted to the empty surfaces. Amazing how well the law works.

More research is needed.

The morning that wasn't

SUMMARY: Pain meds for new hip, or dreamy state, or wish fulfillment, or...

This is what led me into accidentally coming across parents' obits yesterday. Posted on Facebook 2/18/19.

I awoke this morning, tucked into my comfy and warm recovery bed between my new flannel sheets, hearing a sound at my bedroom door. I opened my eyes, and the room flooded with brilliant morning sunshine and a feeling of well-being came over me. Dogs were quiet in their crates, not disturbing me. Mom was standing in the doorway, hand on the doorknob, tall and slender, in an apron as always, her hair pulled back into a short pony tail, just checking up on me, saying something about letting my hip heal and breakfast would be ready when I was ready. I could smell breakfast and I could hear my little sisters downstairs playing. All was right with the world. Then I awoke, tucked into my comfy and warm recovery bed between my new flannel sheets. I opened my eyes, and the room flooded with brilliant morning sunshine. Dogs were quiet in their crates, not disturbing me. My bedroom door was closed. No one else was in the house. I lay there in my delicious bed, loving the sunshine, floating between contentment and grief and contentment again.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Goodbye to Mom and Dad --

SUMMARY: Two years after the actual final goodbye.

I just posted their expanded obituary, now here at Taj MuttHall dated Feb 25, 2017. That was an early draft after several edits from all of we sisters five. But obits in the San Jose Mercury News were so expensive that we eventually edited it down to bare bones for publication there.

We ended up posting separate, slightly different, obits for each of them in the SJ Merc.

Sunday, January 06, 2019

Golden Globe Nominees

SUMMARY: What I've seen, what I think

Update: Feb 21, 2019, with actual winners "(W)" in the lists at the end.

Summary: As usual, a fairly small number of films make up the full list of films with nominations.

(Notes Key: M= Was on my list to see; missed it.
? = Don't remember seeing anything about it
N = New, just recently saw previews, not in theaters yet )

NomsMovieSaw ItNotes

2A Private WarM
5A Star Is Born*
1At Eternity's GateM
1Beautiful BoyM
3Black Panther*
2Bohemian Rhapsody*
2Boy Erased*
2Can You Ever Forgive Me?*
2Crazy Rich Asians*
1Eighth GradeM
5The Favourite*
2First ManM
5Green Book*
3If Beale Street Could Talk*
1Incredibles 2*
2Isle of Dogs*
4Mary Poppins Returns*
1Never Look Away ?
1The Old Man and the Gun*
1Ralph Breaks the Internet*
1Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse*
1Stan & Ollie*
1The Wife*

Best Movie: Drama
I think Star is the best of the lot (personal preference), but doubtful they'll give it to a remake. Probably won't do a superhero film.  Bohemian Rhapsody was interesting but shallow.  So--I'm guessing it'll go to BlackkK or Beale Street.
* Black Panther
* BlacKkKlansman
* Bohemian Rhapsody (W - boy, was I wrong!)
* If Beale Street Could Talk
* A Star Is Born

Best Movie: Musical or Comedy
Green Book hands down IMHO. I just have a weird feeling that the voters will love The Favourite, though.
* Crazy Rich Asians
* The Favourite
* Green Book (W - yay!)
* Mary Poppins Returns
* Vice

Best Performance in a Motion Picture – Drama

* Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born as Jackson Maine
   Willem Dafoe – At Eternity's Gate as Vincent van Gogh
* Lucas Hedges – Boy Erased as Jared Eamons
* Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody as Freddie Mercury  (W)
* John David Washington – BlacKkKlansman as Ron Stallworth


* Glenn Close – The Wife as Joan Castleman  (W)
* Lady Gaga – A Star Is Born as Ally Maine
   Nicole Kidman – Destroyer as Erin Bell
* Melissa McCarthy – Can You Ever Forgive Me? as Lee Israel
   Rosamund Pike – A Private War as Marie Colvin

Best Performance in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Bale and Mortensen: Both showing their amazing versatility as actors; hard to pick between them.  On the other hand, Redford has never won best actor in Golden Globe or Academy, soooo -- maybe? Not sure it's worth it, though.

* Christian Bale – Vice as Dick Cheney  (W)
* Lin-Manuel Miranda – Mary Poppins Returns as Jack
* Viggo Mortensen – Green Book as Frank "Tony Lip" Vallelonga
* Robert Redford – The Old Man & the Gun as Forrest Tucker
   John C. Reilly – Stan & Ollie as Oliver Hardy


* Emily Blunt – Mary Poppins Returns as Mary Poppins
* Olivia Colman – The Favourite as Queen Anne (W)
   Elsie Fisher – Eighth Grade as Kayla Day
* Charlize Theron – Tully as Marlo Moreau
* Constance Wu – Crazy Rich Asians as Rachel Chu

Best Supporting Performance in a Motion Picture
Supporting Actor
* Mahershala Ali – Green Book as Don Shirley  (W)
   Timothée Chalamet – Beautiful Boy as Nic Sheff
* Adam Driver – BlacKkKlansman as Flip Zimmerman
* Richard E. Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me? as Jack Hock
* Sam Rockwell – Vice as George W. Bush

Supporting Actress
* Amy Adams – Vice as Lynne Cheney
   Claire Foy – First Man as Janet Shearon Armstrong
* Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk as Sharon Rivers   (W)
* Emma Stone – The Favourite as Abigail Hill
* Rachel Weisz – The Favourite as Sarah Churchill

Best Director
* Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born
* Alfonso Cuarón – Roma  (W)
* Peter Farrelly – Green Book
* Spike Lee – BlacKkKlansman
* Adam McKay – Vice

Best Screenplay
Vice: Too silly and shallow. The Favourite: Didn't like the characters. Green book: Excellent but predictable. Going with Roma.
* Alfonso Cuarón – Roma
* Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly, and Nick Vallelonga – Green Book (W)
* Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara – The Favourite
* Barry Jenkins – If Beale Street Could Talk
* Adam McKay – Vice

Best Original Score
I'm not into scores particularly; no vote.
   Marco Beltrami – A Quiet Place
* Alexandre Desplat – Isle of Dogs
* Ludwig Göransson – Black Panther
   Justin Hurwitz – First Man  (W)
* Marc Shaiman – Mary Poppins Returns

Best Original Song
Haven't seen Dumplin' or Girl.  Of the others, the only one I recall hearing is Shallow, so I have to vote for that.
* "All the Stars" (Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Sounwave, Al Shux) – Black Panther
   "Girl in the Movies" (Dolly Parton, Linda Perry) – Dumplin'
   "Requiem for a Private War" (Annie Lennox) – A Private War
* "Revelation" (Jónsi, Troye Sivan, Leland) – Boy Erased
* "Shallow" (Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, Andrew Wyatt) – A Star Is Born  (W)

Best Animated Feature Film
Spider-Man should win. Fabulous. But I'll bet they won't give it to a superhero film. Haven't seen Mirai yet so have to leave it out for now; 2nd guess: Isle of Dogs
* Incredibles 2
* Isle of Dogs
* Ralph Breaks the Internet
* Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (W: Yessss!)

Best Foreign Language Film
Have seen only one of these so can't comment
   Capernaum ( Lebanon)
   Girl ( Belgium)
   Never Look Away ( Germany)
* Roma ( Mexico)  (W)
   Shoplifters ( Japan)

Friday, January 04, 2019

Very Cute But Naughty Dogs

SUMMARY: Secret lives.

Does this look like a dog who would stand out in the yard and bark all day like he's bored?

Turns out, he so totally is!  I've been spending a lot of time at home, and guess what: He's outside doing the bored-dog bark all. the. time!

Does this look like a dog who would stand on you in the morning when you're trying to sleep in?

He does! And it's not so nice when the part he stands on is your sore hip.

Just, good thing they're amazingly cute beasts.

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Happy New Dog Year

SUMMARY: From Taj MuttHall denizens.

Happy Nonalcoholic New Year

SUMMARY: My rambling thoughts on being someone who doesn't drink alcohol.

Seems like a good time of year to mention this--inspired by a Huffington Post article, "It’s OK That I Don’t Drink. It’s Not OK That You Ask Why."

For the most part, people don't harass me about not drinking alcohol. I and many of my friends and family, for various reasons, don't drink or drink very little and only on certain occasions. We've always had a pretty good time.

I learned quickly as an adult that most party hosts provided alcohol and most guests doing the BYOB thing brought alcohol, so if I wanted something other than water, I'd have to bring my own soft drinks--and discovered that there are apparently plenty of closet nonalcohol drinkers, because my 6-pack of soda would be sucked up (I'd see people drinking from the cans) (and so sometimes I took *2* six packs to be nice to those who were afraid to admit that they weren't the "cool" kids who didn't want to drink alcohol all evening). Always alcohol, everywhere.

At a friend's memorial--

I am on occasion baffled by the huge emphasis that our culture places on drinking alcohol; in fact, often glorifying being tipsy or drunk, which baffles me, as I don't see tipsy/drunk as something to glorify but rather a sign of excess (and most people are not pleasant to be around when they've had too much, in very many different ways). But, you know, mostly I don't say anything because people will do what they want to do, and mostly other people treat me the same way.

However, on two occasions that I still resent, people who were close to me thought that for some reason I was just being stubborn and annoying and prissy-face at claiming that I don't want to drink alcohol, and gave me drinks with alcohol while claiming that they were, e.g., "coke," apparently to try to prove to me that I really liked alcohol?!  First sip was obvious. I felt betrayed on both occasions.

More up my alley--

It's a weird world for me--for gift exchanges, or when people come to my house, I so often end up with bottles of wine that I will endeavor to send home with the donee or pass along to someone else. See, to ME, the world is essentially nonalcoholic. Never needed it, never wanted it, don't interact with it, don't hang out with people (usually) who overindulge, would never think of giving other people a drug as a gift.

I know that many other people enjoy it without overindulging, so it is what it is. But, yeah, when someone wants alcohol, I don't believe that I ever ask them why (unless I know there's an issue), so why do people ask me why I don't want it? I get that question far more than I ever am questioned as to why I turn down any other kind of food. And while, for me, it's a simple choice, it's a health issue for so many other people and I wonder how they feel about the implied or explicit pressure to partake of something that's not good (or even dangerous) for them?

(You know what's really weird now--all the research that shows that drinking some alcohol is actually good for most people. Ah, well, I'll just have to try to eat healthy in other ways.)

And, BTW, I am horrified when I see people giving their pets alcohol. Just. Don't. Do. It.


Dogs drink water. Even if others with feathers have been bathing in it first.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

1990s Technology Flashback

SUMMARY: Macintoshes and software and megabytes, oh my!

I'm sorting through old papers again and found this one saved email from 1990 that is a complete keeper-- so many things I had completely forgotten about! And how very much things have changed!

I bought my first mac -- a 512K -- in 1984, and when the drives stopped working and I couldn't get repairs or replacements, I bought my next mac and sent this plea to the company I worked for. I've just had a blast reading through it.

Ellen’s original email asking for info, December, 1990


I've just replaced my old 512K (Mac—Minus) with a IICX but I have a
problem: I bought most of my software 5 years ago and haven't upgraded
it or paid much attention to what's going on Out There since then. As a
result, I have a marvelous machine that none of my software runs on
and I need to (sigh) also spend $ on new software. I'm trying to narrow
down my initial search by asking friends for their recommendations
rather than having to go out and find demos and try everything.

1) Word processing software: The original MacWrite has more features than
I need for 98% of the writing I do--I do a lot of writing but it's mostly
fiction; all I need to do is type paragraphs in and print them out. Macwrite
II looks pretty fancy. . .and expensive. .. what are my other options & why
should I spend $ on which?

2) Desktop publishing: I print things in "newsletter" format 6-12 times a year,
which means I need some sort of page layout thing that also handles
text processing and can at least import graphics. I don't want to spend
more than a few dollars for something that I so seldom use (and in a
purely amateur sense), but about the least expensive thing that looks
reasonable is Publish It Easy (discounted around $110) . Anyone had any
experience with this (it's fairly new), or have other inexpensive
recommendations? I've always used MacDraw in the past, and other than
being pretty inflexible for text processing, it has otherwise met
my needs. (But I'm not sure my old version of Draw works, either.)

3) Database: I spent $50 for Reflex which Borland no longer supports, so
I've got thousands of records of things like household inventory and
savings accounts that I need a new database manager for. A lot of people
have been plugging FileMaker——I've worked 9 years in the Relational
Database Management System world, though, so a little complexity and
programing requirements don't bother me (like 4D or Helix)
as long as the thing is really flexible and cheap. Any suggestions?

4) Project Management: Anyone used MacProject lately? Or any other project
scheduling tools on the mac? Does anyone have a copy I could borrow to
try out?

5) I was forced to buy a system with only 1meg RAM; I’m pretty sure I need
more, but I don't yet have a good feel as to whether 2meg will be
sufficient for most things or whether I should go higher...


Date: Fri, ll Del: 90 15:33:13 PST
Date—Delivered: Fri, ll Dec 90 15:32:38 PST
From: pbk
To: elf
cc : macintosh_users : ;
Subject: Re: Assorted Mac questions
In—Reply-To: !our message of "Fri, ll Dec 90 15:21:58 PST"

To cover both aspects of 1) and 2), I have been using Word for many years,
upgrading to the latest version as they come. I may stop at version
4 since there is not much more thing I dream of that it does not
contain. If you used MacWrite, learning Word is easy. It also contains
fancy features like several columns, columns with strange shape because
you have planted figures in the middle of them, automatic TOC, Index,
a mode that allows "structure editing" (ie. working on the overall
structure of the program), spelling checker is OK (in English), not
so bad in French, It builds table, has a sort of sublanguage to write
nice looking math formulas, etc. ..

One interesting thing: This is probably one of the only program who never
blew in my face (you know the little sad looking guy or the little bomb)
and never destroyed or eaten up hours of typing.

Having owned a IICX I can tell you that pretty soon you’ll discover that
there is not much you can do with 1meq, especially if you want the comfort
of the multifinder, If you have a big screen, etc. ...


Date: Fri, 14 Dec 90 15:12:28 PST
Dute—De1ivered: Fri, ll Dec 90 15:38:56 PST
From: ndw
To: elf
Cc: macintosh users:;
subject: Re: Assorted Mac questions
In-Reply-To: Your message of "Fri, 14 Dec 90 15:21:58 231"‘

1. Macwrite II . .expensive. .other options. . .

If you really don't need much beyond whet is pretty much common to
all Mac word processors, I’m sure I have some bulletin board stuff
that will work fine (for free or ShareWare) . If you have a friend
who is a student at Stanford, you can get Textures (TeX) for about
$125. It solves 1 & 2 if you don't need WSYWIG. It's among the best
TeX implementations I've seen.

2. Desktop publishing. . .

You might want to see what fancy features are in the BBB stuff. I
haven't used any of the new cheap programs. I use FullWrite mainly,
Microsoft Word when I have to.

3 Database. . .

I haven't tried Oracle yet, but 4D is the biggest and bestest database
program besides that I've tried or heard of. If you don’t need all
the add on modules that other developers give away on the BBSes, the
high end scripting capabilities, DB fields that are sub databases,
graphical layouts that can be included in other graphical layouts, etc.,
FileMaker is probably your next best bet. (I haven't used Helix)

4. Project Management. . .

I haven't used MacProject in the last year or so. There are a couple of
PM tools on the BBSes, as I recall. Mostly low end, one or both may
have been DemoWare.

5. Ram…

At under $5 /MB, I would buy at least another 4MB. If you are a heavy
user and use Finder a lot, 8MB is nice.

Date: Fri, 14 Dec 90 15:46:00 PST
Date-Delivered: Fri, 14 Dec 90 15:ll:01 PST
Fran: vnv
To: elf
Cc: macintosh_users : ;
subject: Re: Assorted Mac questions
In-Reply-To: Your message of "Fri, ll Dec 90 15:21:58 PST

I don't know the answers to your questions; but you might find the
following useful if you don't get answers to them from anyone else:

*  Computerware at El Camino and California Ave in Palo Alto is
a great place to buy (good prices) and try out software. They
specialize in MacIntosh software and have a large selection,
knowledgeable staff, and you can try out any of it. ..

* Another great opportunity to see software is coming up in
January at the MacWorld Expo in SF. This is one of the
biggest Mac shows of the year. It runs Wed Jan 9 thru
Sun Jan 13, 1991. The price is a steep $25 to attend
the exhibits. Often times their are booths selling software
at a steep discount there. I plan to attend; if there is
some literature about a product you would like me to pick
up l will try to do so.

Good  Luck, Victor

Date: Fri, ll Dec 90 l5:lB:2l PS1‘
Dete—De1ivered.: Fri, ll Des 90 15:47:37 PST
From: jds
To: elf
Cc: macintosh_users : ;
subject: Re: Assorted Mac questions
In-Rep1y—To: Your message of "Fri, 14 Dec 90 15:33:13 PST

The only thing I can add to what’s already been stated is to avoid
WriteNow at all costs, even though various desktop publishing programs
recommend (or require) it -- it is unusually inflexible, and gives you
few of the options mentioned by PBK. You'll hate your Mac if you are
forced to use that program.

Date: Fri, 14 Dec 90 15:55:03 PST
Date-Delivered: Fri, ll Dec 90 15:52:01 PST
From: mdw
Tu: jds
Cc : ma¢:intosh__users : ;
Subject: Re: Assorted Mac questions
In—Reply—Tc: Your message of "Fri, ll Dec 90 15:18:24 PST”

WriteNow is supposed to be about the fastest for flat out mass changing
stuff. Nisus, which I occasionally use, is also pretty fast. Nisus also
has a lot of confusing features. It tries to be everything to everybody
and  so is a bit down on my list.

From: bobbach@mai1_pc
Subject: Assorted Mao questions
Date: Fri, 14 Dec 90 16:03:00 PST
Date—Delivered: Fri, ll Dec 90 16:04:54 PST

For Word Processing - I recommend using MS Word, mostly because
everyone else uses it, and it might be able to cover your low-end DTP
needs as well. I still use Macwrite 5.01 a lot myself - it should work
fine on your CX. Other good programs are Nisus, WriteNow, and MacWrite II.

For Database SW - I recommend FileMaker Pro (the new version of II and 4) .
It is a flat file manager, but unless you specifically need relational
capacities and features, Filemaker will serve your needs nicely. I also
used to use Reflex myself.

Definitely plan on getting more RAM. I recommend 4 megs  - and for about
$100 you can get Virtual, the virtual memory init that will give you 14
functional megs of RAM with almost no degradation of speed (w/4 megs;
some slowdown w/ 1 or 2 megs). You will probably need an 80 meg HD — 40
will work if you don't fill it up. It is definitely nice to be able to
comfortably use Multifinder.

— BobB

Date: Mon, 17 Dec 90 10:56:51 PST
Date—De1ivered.: Tue, 18 Dec 90 12:52:51 PST
From: egb
: T0: jla
macintnsh_users : ;
Subject: Re: Assorted Mac questions
In-Reply-E0: Your message of "Mon, 17 Dec 90 15:16:36 +0100"

re word processing, I'm a fan of word. I wrote my OOD book entirely on word,
and was able to produce camera ready copy from it (we did the illustrations
in adobe illustrator).

re databases, I  use omnis 5 for all my household files. it takes some
programming, but is pretty flexible.


Date: Mon, 17 Dec 90 13:29:56 +0100
Date-Delivered: Mon, 17 Dec 90 01:25:10 PST
Prom: jla
To: elf
Cc: jla
Subject: Re: Assorted Mac questions
In—Rnp1y—'!'02 Your message of "Fri, ll Dec 90 15:21:55 PST"

Hello Ellen,

I was a user of the Macintosh in my previous job, and I have at home a
Mac SE/30 bought in feb 90. Therefore I can answer some of your
questions. I did not understand for sure if this is for your job or if
you have to buy software on your own money.

I have used both Macwrite II and (Microsoft) Word 4.
Macwrite II is much better than the initial Macwrite, while having the
same user—friendliness. For most documents this is my favorite. It can
export and import files to/from other word processing software (with in
general some loss of formatting information however)

I have used also Word 4, when I needed an automatic summary, or to be
able to modify the formatting of many paragraphs at once. This is
necessary when the document contains more than a few pages. You should
be able to transfer files to Word PC format without any loss of information (I
never checked it on complex documents), and probably from Word PC to any
other PC word processing system, since Word is a de facto standard.

I don't think you need both Macwrite II and Word. I can send you a
disquette with these software, not to pirate them, but to try before buying

I have no personal experience. I think the standards are Paqemaker and
Xpress. In my previous job they chose Xpress for brochures, etc.

I have no personal experience, but this was chosen in my previous job.
If you have no compatibility requirement with PCs, 4D is the standard,
which allows you to build complex applications IF you write programs in
the internal language (not so complex if you have some experience in
programming) . There is also another product, made by the same editor as
4D, which is cheaper because it does not have all the 4D features
(though relying upon the same "engine") . I could find the name of this
product if you wish.

No experience .

You should have 4 Mb. The reason is the following : if you want to cut
and paste between 2 applications (say for instance word and Excel), you
must have in memory : Multifinder, Word, Excel, Word document, Excel
document. With multifinder and one application of the size of Word, 2 Mb
are not sufficient. I know Apple memories are not cheap, but you can
find elsewhere 1 Mb chip for around 100$. Check the access time (I think
70 ns is required for a IIcx, but not sure).

However you can start with 2 Mb, if you use the Finder and only one
application. But it depends on the number of fonts you have, of DAs,
etc. I personally could not work any more with the Finder, I am used to
the Multifinder.

Hope this will help you


Couple of follow-on notes:
  • Memory: My new current Macbook Pro has 16 GB of RAM.  That's 16,000 times more memory than the default 1 meg that came on that new machine!
  • "DAs" - desk accessories, sort of like plug-ins that helped you to do common little things. I think clocks and such were DAs at one point.
  • Finder vs MultiFinder: Used to be that you were either viewing a list of files on your computer (Finder) OR some application. One at a time. No windows!  Multifinder came out and allowed you to have more than one thing open at a time! 
  • Word processing software-- I can't believe how blase I was about anything other than plain text! My whole life revolves around text formatting!
  • Notice no mention by me or anyone about photo editing.
  • By "import graphics" I meant little clip art things, which is how most of us got graphics into a  lot of docs--I bought huge collections of thousands of wonderful little bitmapped images and avidly looked through them all to see what lovely creativity they could inspire.
  • Number of fonts--  used to spend hours perusing  what was available and installing and uninstalling them in carefully curated sets because memory could handle only a few at a time. Now--  I have no idea, might have hundreds or thousands of typefaces and their variants and I never do any management of them at all.
  • $110 seeming like a lot for a word processing tool?  hahahahaha!
  • $25 seeming steep for admission to a big trade show?   hahahahah!
  • coworker's comment "have been using Word for many years,upgrading to the latest version as they come. I may stop at version 4 since there is not much more thing I dream of that it does not contain. " -- hahahaha! "Everything has been invented that anyone could ever want for a personal computer, why expect anything more?"