Friday, October 24, 2003

Now - back to techy info. Nisus Writer Express 1.03 is out - nothing here to really entice me to upgrade yet. A few bug fixes for bugs I never encounter. I am waiting for the BIG ONE. A real upgrade with some features added. I am patient.

Last night I installed, and even PAID FOR, Imprint - a nifty little program to make labels from Mac Address Book. Now to enter all the data in my Address book. I love to churn out labels, and the Mac has proven difficult to do that with. I see that in Panther, they have added this functionality to Address Book itself. I guess that puts the small shareware programmers out of one more program. Sorry to see that happen, but the label functionality is really basic, and Appleworks was the only possibility, and that one a very convoluted one. Not that WORD made labels really easy. You are (were?) constrained to make a whole sheet so you had to trick it into printing a sheet of different addresses, for example for Christmas Cards. But in Address Book printing of labels on the Mac I can now use Imprint and print a label alone in any position on a label sheet or print a whole sheet of one address or a whole sheet of different addresses just selected from Address Book. Imprint will also adjust the fontage to your address length, and that is really a cool little touch! Imprint from Ampersandbox.com.

Tuesday, October 14, 2003

After seeing Adrian Brody in "The Pianist" I decided then and there that he would be perfect as Joe Kavalier in "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay." So if you read this, Michael Chabon, I hope you agree. Now, I know there isn't much chance anyone will actually read this, but the idea is out there. In the bio on IMDB it says Adrian dabbled in a bit of magic as a youth. Again, a perfect fit for the role.

Wednesday, October 08, 2003

What I love about blogging is that I can say only what I want to say - no need to go on and on in case someone doesn't know the background of a topic, no need to embroider. If it is interesting to anyone else, that's nice, but if no one else ever reads it the thoughts remain as a tiny bit of the cerebral flotsam of the time in any case.

Tuesday, October 07, 2003

I can't believe we are asking and getting Turkish troops in Irag and we have the utter gall to refer to them as "Peacekeepers." Oh my. Ask the Kurds what sort of peace this is. Not the kind I'd want. There is a history there.
Meanwhile, Arnold is now governor of California! You just never know. America and the Democratic Process never cease to amaze. No reason in the world why he should not do as good a job as any professional politician. I haven't been totally convinced that the wheels of government don't turn more on the process itself and on the Civil Service than on any one elected official. Historical waves seem to come and go and people act within them, unaware of the influence of a sort of mass psychology. And now as we see the dominance of the Baby Boomer generation slowly crumbling, and the dreams of Democratic deliverance of our people out of Egypt (metaphorically) failing badly, perhaps we see a wave of historical return to individualism. Slowly but surely more people seem tired of rhetoric. And lets face it, the Democrats promised a perfect society sometime in the 1960s and it surely has been awhile and no amount of money thrown around has seemed to improve education, or poverty and has certainly NOT reduced crime and social chaos.

Friday, October 03, 2003

Oh, I should add that the music of Wladyslaw Szpilman, the pianist of the film, is available on two albums at Amazon.com, "The Pianist: Original Recordings by Wladyslaw Szpilman - Fryderyk Chopin (Composer), et al; Audio CD" and "The Original Recordings of the Pianist [IMPORT]," and of course the soundtrack form the film is also available, and a wonderful album it is.
Have I mentioned the movie "The Pianist?" How wonderful and lyrical it was? Of course it was one individual story of one man's survival. The scene near the end when the German officer simply says "play something" was the heart of the film. Indeed, the playing then is a triumph of the human spirit over evil.