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Post 2361

Bluebottle

Oh no! Not good that the metal is wearing out the plastic - that usually happens when plastic and metal meet, so I hope there's not much plastic in your chair. (That's the difference between bikes sold cheaply and other bike manufacturers - cheap bikes have plastic parts, which I'm not sure whether they count as single use plastic or not....?)

At work I jumped the gun! Before we get to re-write the re-written re-writes we have to re-write the re-written re-writes first and then do the big Solent Futures re-writes. There's going to be a second stage Transformation Academy of re-writes now as the first Transformation Academy assumed that the uni would be able to be Covid-free in the spring but now we have to re-write the courses on the assumption it won't be.
Once that's done we should be able to re-write the courses.

As for the students concerned, now the courses have been changed the course teams smiley - prof are keen to teach the new versions of the course, but under contract law the students have to be offered the courses that they signed a contract to study - which has been overlooked. There's one department at work who are always very aggressive about doing things other than the way they want to...

Funnily enough the name of the process, Solent Futures, is itself a re-write. Before the previous VC 'Solent Futures' was the name of the team that helped Solent students get good graduate jobs...

I've decided to try a cunning plan and see if by only using Adobe fonts I can bypass the embedding text stage in creating pdfs. Surely Adobe will recognise their own fonts? The flaw with that plan is that Adobe fonts aren't available on Word 97, which is what my home PC uses.

With Photoshop to resize - eg to make something 300x400 first click on the box on the left, normally the second option down, and chnage the STyle at the top to Fixed Ratio and put in 300 width 400 height (for example). and select, and then you can click Image, Image Size and change to 300 pixels by 400 pixels - easy. :D Or it would be if we still were allowed it...

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Post 2362

SashaQ - happysad

Yes, it seems obvious that plastic and metal don't go well together, so it is strange that it got past the design stage, but I'll find out soon what the manufacturer makes of it.

Ah - good luck with the rewrites in preparation for the rewrites smiley - erm That is funny that Solent Futures is the name of your careers service - our careers service is called Student Futures smiley - rofl

That is a cunning plan to use Adobe fonts to see if Adobe likes them better - good luck smiley - goodluck

Aha smiley - eureka Thanks for the tips - it was in a menu rather than in a box on the left, but I found the 'resize' option in pixels at last - that makes things easier, rather than having to switch programs all the time. Easy when you know how indeed smiley - ok Sorry you haven't got photoshop at the moment - I presume your amazing Pathfinders Moon picture was done using that smiley - fullmoon


SQ and BB

Post 2363

Bluebottle

Is it a new wheelchair company, or one that has only just moved into making wheelchairs? Are you testing out a brand new model? It does seem like something which would inevitably cause problems along the line....

I used only Adobe fonts for absolutely everything - which was predominantly the title page and page numbers - only to discover that it still was picking up Times New Roman. So I tried converting a blank page to PDF and it still picked up Times New Roman - despite the fact nothing had been written in Times New Romansmiley - grr. So my next idea is to change the default text from Times New Roman to Adobe and then hopefully it will work...?smiley - grovel

Glad I can help with Photoshop though smiley - ok (Or should that be PhotoResourceSetting now?) And yes, it was Photoshop I used to combine the Pathfinders DVD with the picture of the smiley - moon. Same smiley - fullmoon picture as on A87919122 but a different size.

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Post 2364

SashaQ - happysad

It is an established company, but this is a 'new and improved' model, yes. The front footplates are already very wibbly after only 10 days so hopefully the manufacturer can help tomorrow.

Well tested - that is very weird that the blank page failed... Good idea to remove any mention of Times New Roman - I hope that works smiley - goodluck The problem I had today was the one in Word where if someone does Track Changes, then saves it without Track Changes being visible, everyone except them can see the changes smiley - laugh Took a while to sort it out, but we got there, and my colleague was glad that it was me that found the problem, not the customers.

Aha - good multi-use of NASA's smiley - fullmoon image smiley - ok I'm impressed by your PhotoResourceSetting skills smiley - ok Is Paint the only other image editing program you have at the moment, or do you have Photos as well (the program that's a bit like a basic Adobe Lightroom)?


SQ and BB

Post 2365

Bluebottle

smiley - goodluck with the wibbly front footplates (in Cockney rhyming slang, are footplates plates-of-meatplates?<hmm&gtsmiley - winkeye

We've today had the news that Solent is planning on firing 200 members of staff between February and July because of Covid, which has meant that the last academic year the Uni made a loss of £3million and this year is expecting a loss of £12 million if Covid continues, due to falling student numbers, so not a happy atmosphere at all. Expectations are to be roughly half academic, half support staff.smiley - prof

I've not used either Paint or Photos - I have Photoshop on my home PC - the one with Eliza on and no internet - so what I usually do with images is create them on my PC and use memory sticks to transfer them to the laptop to upload.
The last image I create for h2g2 re-uses 3 layers that have been on other h2g2 entries I've supplied images for, including an image that I've used to decorate one of your entries.smiley - ok Hopefully it'll be approved as I think it looks good. But basically I often like to have a background and foreground image, and try to have the background reinforce the message that the foreground is saying, and make it more interesting than just my hall carpet...

Still, almost the weekend - it is half term too, though we've not got any plans. Are you out and about this weekend to the resource setting or reserve setting?

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Post 2366

SashaQ - happysad

It was a productive meeting with the manufacturer today - he will bring replacement parts next week and will also do testing to see if it is just this wheelchair that has a problem, or if it is a bigger problem. The 'plates of meat plates' are annoying, but it is pleasing that my feedback is proving valuable.

Sorry things continue to be difficult... smiley - blue Coincidentally I got an e-mail today advertising Solent as a case study for some sort of software. We've done 'well' with voluntary redundancies, but it is still uncertain times with losses expected... Good luck with it all smiley - goodluck

Glad Eliza has Photoshop. Yes, it does add interest to the image to have more than just carpet in the background smiley - ok Intriguing about the image for one of my Entries - I look forward to seeing it smiley - biggrin

I had one of those days where there is a lot to do, but most of it requires waiting for someone else to do something first... Yes, I'll have to work out the logistics of going to a resource setting for food and toilet paper, so hopefully that goes well, and then I'll think of something to do on Sunday - reserve settings are always good smiley - biggrin I hope you all have as good a half-term week as possible smiley - oksmiley - tea


SQ and BB

Post 2367

Bluebottle

What software was it that they were advertising? I wonder if it was anything I've heard of or ever used... Apparently a big concern is that not only have we dropped student numbers more worryingly we've lost market share, dropping from 0.49% to 0.43%

For us life is now waiting for other teams to catch up - with the chaos of changing every course (twice) the students' curriculæ isn't stable and enrolment was delayed, so we can't do all the things we need to do once we know exactly what students are doing which courses and modules as that is still in chaos, so we've been trying to help the department that deals with that and put students on the right modules and courses so we can have stable data and get on with our tasks in time to cause more chaos and confusion when the courses are re-written once more...

I didn't go out over the weekend other than for a smiley - run as the weather was appalling, but I did get some progress done on smiley - books - I finished off putting 'Running Commentary' on Lulu, which I'm not expecting a huge amount of interest in but I added it so I can include it in a 'Also Available by the Author' page, and the more stuff you bung on that the more impressive it looks. I also finished off creating 'Livin' La Vida Lockdown II' which I'm waiting to approve the draft, and a 'Livin' La Vida Lockdown National General Vectis Omnibus Edition' which contains all the pictures from both 'Livin' La Vida Lockdown' and 'Livin' La Vida Lockdown II', but not necessarily in the same order. (I also made a couple of tweaks using PhotoResourceSetting - I changed the two cases of when James says 'Daddy' to 'Dad' so it is now consistent that Lucy says 'Daddy' and James says 'Dad'. I resized James in the Cyberman mask as I thought that bit looked odd, and I made another tweak. The page that was about Lucy's toothache but drawn as a knife through her hand didn't really get resolved, so I've followed that page with one about two smiley - nurses outside hospital, but added figures of Lucy & I walking away from the hospital that were from a walk in the woods page, to imply that Lucy went to hospital and had her hand cured just to tie up a loose end.

I even started getting Bank Wars ready to publish on Lulu, mainly 'cos it'll be a good smiley - gift for Jude's birthday. Being drawn on discoloured cheap lined notepad paper I don't think it is good enough to promote widely or be of interest to people who didn't work in the banksmiley - 2cents. Keeping track of 701 pages is a bit of a challenge, though smiley - cdouble - especially as they all look so similar.

So what did you get up to over the weekend?

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Post 2368

SashaQ - happysad

The software was called SEAtS smiley - laugh Ah, market share is a measure I haven't come across in my work, but it is a key indicator... The 'good' news when student numbers drop is that it is relatively easy to go up in the league tables, but then if the uni gets more students it goes down again the next year smiley - laugh

I got the stuff I was waiting for this afternoon, and managed to get it finished 5 minutes before the deadline smiley - puff Good luck with the enrolment and rewriting smiley - goodluck

(Interestingly, I think my browser is somehow in Turkish - it has been showing me Lira instead of pound signs, as you know, and I see now that the ligature ae is showing as c with an accent on top smiley - laugh I wonder if I can fix this...)

Glad you got out for a run, but yes the weather was not good. I used my car as a bird hide for an hour or so, and saw another Kestrel smiley - biggrin The resource setting wasn't fun - I couldn't go to the big shop, as it is on the other side of the border, so I went to a little shop and the fridge noise was so loud and it was so crowded with people reaching over my head, I was glad to get out of there... Managed to get plenty of stuff, though (some random grabbing took place) so my freezer is well stocked up!

Well done with the books smiley - ok The Vectis Omnibus edition sounds great smiley - laugh A few people might like Running Commentary to remind them of parkruns of yore smiley - ok Good luck with Bank Wars - that is more tricky, with long, thin strips, but a book will be a good souvenir for Jude etc smiley - ok

The rep from the wheelchair manufacturer visited today, but brought the wrong parts smiley - doh The correct parts are on order, so hopefully they won't take too long to arrive. smiley - goodluck


SQ and BB

Post 2369

SashaQ - happysad

I managed to get the Lira to display in a different font, but I can't get them to go away - I see it is a known issue smiley - erm


SQ and BB

Post 2370

Bluebottle

SEAtS is our attendance monitoring system, not sure how well it works but fortunately it isn't something I have to deal with, but I went to a presentation when they were demonstrating it. Like many attendance monitoring systems it highlights attendance in green and absence in red. I asked at the end that as 10% of males are red/green colour blind, isn't this against both the Disability Discrimination Act and Equality Act, but was ignored. Had I ever had to use it and send out attendance monitoring data based on it I planned to use PhotoResourceSetting to convert any screenshots to black & white to make the point.

Glad you managed to get enough stuff - I suppose in border areas people will go across the border to resource settings that still sell everything rather than places where they only sell 'essentials'smiley - erm How are they policing smiley - bluelightsmiley - handcuffs the 'only essential travel' if at all? Particularly if going to a resource setting to buy essentials that happens to be outside Walessmiley - dragon and then going home count as essential travel?

Is it just h2g2 that shows Lira rather than £, and have you noticed any other ligatares affected other than æ? Does Æ show as a capital C with an accent?

For 'Bank Wars' I went for the 'bung 4 strips on a page' approach and that keeps it to the 7.5'x7.5' size every one has used since my smiley - gift back in Januarysmiley - winkeye. The good thing about the National General Vectis Omnismiley - bus Edition smiley - book is that it is big enough to have words down the spinesmiley - ok. Bank Wars will be too.

The wheelchair manufacturer isn't having much luck. Are you going out and about much at the moment what with lockdowns? smiley - winekey

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Post 2371

SashaQ - happysad

Test to see if I ca type the symbols or if the ligatures will display:

"Is it just h2g2 that shows Lira rather than £, and have you noticed any other ligatares affected other than æ? Does Æ show as a capital C with an accent?"


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Post 2372

SashaQ - happysad

Ah - interesting. It is amazing how the Equality Act is 10 years old and the Disability Discrimination Act is 25 years old, and yet basic things like that still get through smiley - blue Reminds me of last year when I met the Facilities Team, and they asked me to write a document listing all the things that it would be good to consider in relation to wheelchair access - I said 'Part M of the Building Regulations is a good place to start'...

I'm not sure quite how they are policing the thing about essentials, but they certainly are policing it - two of my colleagues were fined for going to a resource setting that is just on the 'wrong' side of the border... I decided to stay well clear of Wales, just in case...

It is just h2g2 except for Pliny that is displaying the weird symbols in firefox - when I searched for the problem I learned there is something in the coding of the page that is not fully compatible with this version of the browser. Yes, the capital AE is capital C with the accent smiley - rofl

£ When I type £ it comes out as the #163 code, but then when I preview twice, it displays correctly and so do the ligatures!

Ah, that's good that 4 strips fits the classic book size smiley - ok so your portfolio is consistent like Edward Monkton's smiley - biggrin Yes, I noticed that The Nativities are Restless has the title on the spine, too - looks great smiley - biggrin

It is a bit restrictive with the lockdowns - I usually visit north Wirral regularly for birdwatching, food shopping, charity shopping, etc and only go to Cheshire shops about once a month. Could be worse, though - the Cheshire shops have most things I need, and I'm lucky that Burton Mere is on this side of the border, so I can still get a birdwatching 'fix' (although I was smiley - envy of an acquaintance on smiley - facepalmsmiley - book who saw a Bar Tailed Godwit in the north - I've only ever seen them in Titchfield Haven). I hope you're all getting on OK with everything, eg schools etc. smiley - tea


SQ and BB

Post 2373

Bluebottle

Do you often have problems with pavement parking in the area where you are? It doesn't happen much here but there are places where everywhere you go you can't use the pavements because people think they are carparks. Reading in particular has been affected.

Are there any houses near you built on the border where one side of the house is in a different country to the other? What would those people do?

After work yesterday I went ship spotting, which isn't quite the same as going birdwatching, particularly as it was dark by the time I cycled to the quay. I saw an oil tanker in the distance which I photographed and sent a picture into smiley - thepost

It has been another dreadfully damp day today so the children still haven't gone outside yet this week. I popped to B&Q after work to pick up a storage box to put smiley - books in. They have smiley - xmastree on sale there, but inexplicably none of the smiley - santa or smiley - elf baubles smiley - disco are wearing facemasks or socially distancing.

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Post 2374

SashaQ - happysad

Very occasionally people will park right on the pavement here, so I can't get past. However, we more often have the problem that people park fully on the narrow road rather than parking slightly on the wide pavement, so traffic can't move past instead. I know there are calls to make a law, but potentially it needs consideration of the specifics for different locations... The strangest thing that happened on another stretch of the narrow road was that the council put mesh underneath the grass verge so that cars could park there without killing the grass, and then a short while later they put bollards at the edge of the verge so cars couldn't park there smiley - huh

I don't think there are houses that are split like in Belgium/The Netherlands, but certainly there is difficulty on certain streets http://www.expressandstar.com/news/uk-news/2020/06/30/pubs-split-in-border-town-as-only-one-side-can-reopen-this-weekend/

I thought you might be going ship spotting when I saw the news - glad you took a photo and I look forward to seeing it in <./>thepost</.>

Sorry your weather has been so wet. The weather here has been mixed sunshine and showers, so I managed to avoid getting wet on my walk. I hope your children manage to get out and about tomorrow smiley - ok

That is missing a trick with the baubles and c[_]o smiley - laugh

It is strange working at home now the afternoons are darker - when I am videoconferencing the light of the computer screen illuminates my face in the colours of whatever I'm looking at smiley - laugh


SQ and BB

Post 2375

Bluebottle

Raining again here today - been terrible all Half Term. Just as well I wasn't allowed any time off, I wouldn't have been able to take the children anywhere...

I never did see the point in the Time of Darkness which, as far as I can tell, exists purely to make it more likely that there'll be traffic accidents in the evenings in wintersmiley - huh I know they say that it is to benefit Scottish farmers smiley - sheepsmiley - blacksheep but I always thought it would be easier for people in Scotland who find the mornings inconvenience to start work/school etc an hour earlier rather than change every clock in the entire country. So yes, definitely prefer BST to GMT.

Ah - that sounds like a perfect example of council logic. Is the grass verge used by cyclists?

I've not had much luck with videoconferencing lately this week - I wonder if having the family at home and online is impacting on it?

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Post 2376

SashaQ - happysad

Sorry you weren't allowed time off for half term, but I hope you are feeling appropriately utilised at work this week. Sorry the week has been a washout for your children so far, too. I got a bit wet on my walk yesterday, but it was refreshing overall.

Yes, the Scottish Farmer question does seem as though it could be resolved by the farmers starting work earlier, but that didn't happen when they trialled not changing the clocks in 1968-71 - my dad remembered that time. Nor does it happen that we start work earlier now the clocks have changed smiley - laugh Difficult...

The grass verge isn't used by cyclists as a general rule, but I guess it is helpful when cyclists and pedestrians are sharing the footpath cycle way that one can pull on to the grass to allow the other to pass smiley - ok

Ah, possibly it is half term home demand for internet access that is having an effect - our videoconferencing software hasn't been working very well this week either, but luckily it made the connections after 2 or 3 attempts. Good luck with it all...

I hope you all have a good weekend. I have a bit of non-food resourcing to do as well as food resourcing, and then I might see if I venture further into Cheshire than usual for wildlife watching, depending on the weather smiley - biggrin


SQ and BB

Post 2377

Bluebottle

Today has been another wet day - and at work we're still waiting for things to finish off so we can do our next bit, and then when we do we may not have time to do everything needed for 2021/22 by September - oh well, it is all being in the eye of the storm for a week - hardly worth me being here. Still, at least I am able to be here for now - 20% of staff are to be made redundant by July, apparently. Bet the new VC doesn't fit into that category...

For me the weekend is about to begin - hopefully it'll stop raining at some point, though I've not got any plans. smiley - goodluck with the food resourcing and venturing into Cheshire to the wildlife setting. Does a smiley - badger live in a setting...?

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Post 2378

SashaQ - happysad

Gah, sorry it was as bad as I feared it might be... 'You can't take leave during week X because we will be really busy then.' Week X arrives and you ask where the work is, and they say 'It's not ready yet' smiley - grr Good luck with it all - the VC won't be on the list indeed... smiley - goodluck

smiley - laugh Yes a smiley - badger lives in a sett setting smiley - ok

The food resourcing was interesting. It was quite busy, but not too bad (I was in the big supermarket today, which has spacious aisles). I was able to pick up the tins and rice that were on my list, as the shelves were fully stocked, but I was surprised to discover that panic buying had been taking place in the freezer aisle! They had frozen peas and chips in one corner, luckily, so I was OK, but it was strange to see so many empty compartments... There has been a run on broccoli smiley - laugh

I plan to enjoy elephants tomorrow, so hopefully all goes well - looking at the zoo website, everything seems well-organised, so we'll see how we get on smiley - mammoth


SQ and BB

Post 2379

Bluebottle

Another quiet day waiting for the work to arrive - hope they don't measure how busy we are at the moment and base how many people are needed based on that...

Broccoli? That is a bit of a surprise - people stocking up for Christmas dinners? Talking of Christmas yesterday we bought a new smiley - xmastree as our current one has started leaning - though not as much as the smiley... It is 7ft 6'. I also got a wooden Nutcracker on a rocking horse which looked sweet.

With another lockdown smiley - winekey it seems to be bad news all round at the moment, so I'm glad you got to go out and enjoy elephants!smiley - mammoth Let me know how they've got on with repairs and restorations. That reminds me, I really do mean to finish off writing that Marwell Zoo entry...

At the moment we don't know if Puppet Club is on tonight or not - won't be next week so I imagine the Christmas puppet shows may be cancelled...?

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Post 2380

SashaQ - happysad

I hope you got what you needed at work this week smiley - goodluck

Perhaps people are stocking up on broccoli ready for Christmas dinners indeed smiley - laugh I'm impressed with how organised you are, getting a non-leaning smiley - xmastree well in advance smiley - ok 7ft 6 is an impressive size - does that touch the ceiling, or is there room for the smiley - angel on top?

Yes, all very confusing with the news again at the moment, but we just have to see how it goes... I was glad to have booked tickets for the zoo so mum and I got to do something different smiley - ok The elephants didn't enjoy the weather, so they stayed indoors and we didn't see them, but we did see a rhino. The Monsoon Forest has reopened smiley - ok As it was an indoor setting they kept us moving through quite quickly, but we saw birds walking round, and an orangutan area, and some reptiles and fish, so they've done great work with the restoration smiley - ok In other areas my favourite 'Bird Safari' wasn't open, but there were two little aviaries that we could go in. We also visited the Meerkats, and various other creatures on our way to and from the Monsoon Forest, so it was a good day out smiley - ok As well as Marwell, an Entry on Chester Zoo would be good for the Guide, too - I shall have to ponder that...

That is difficult about Puppet Club - probably would be OK in December, but it does limit rehearsal time... Good luck with it all.


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