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Bluebottle Posted Nov 19, 2020
I'm glad you agree - it seemed the right thing to do.
I'll have a look at the link and see what it makes of the crossword. It is funny how copying and pasting the crossword from recent Excel to Word makes the border lines quite faint and doesn't centre the box numbers, but if I do the same from Excel 97 to Word 97 on my old PC it works exactly how I want it to. It did that with page alignments on my - difficult to get all the pictures to line up on more recent versions of Word, but easy peasy with Word 97.
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SashaQ - happysad Posted Nov 20, 2020
That is fascinating about the Excel and Word versions - sounds like the dreaded 'New and Improved Recipe'...
I had one of those days where we wait all week for a task and then three come along at once I spent most of the morning staring at six different spreadsheets but managed to wrangle them into some sort of shape in the afternoon
I hope you have a good weekend. I plan to have a virtual trip down south to meet the 'in laws' so that should be good
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Bluebottle Posted Nov 23, 2020
With the recent Word I do like the updated Find, but with most other things the old Word works just as well if not better. It also loads infinitely faster even on my 20-year-old PC
Did I have a good weekend? It is so hard to tell these days - it was in many ways exactly the same as every other weekend since March. Today was a bit odd as my son has been sent home (along with half the school) as his English teacher has tested positive for Covid, so he has to self-isolate until 4th December. As long as he doesn't develop any symptoms we're allowed to go out and about though.
Still having trouble doing anything workwise as I couldn't connect to the VPN at all today
Do you have to virtually change at Eastleigh on your way down? Mind you I have no faith with any online zoom/skype/Teams platform thing I've tried, they all dislike me.
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SashaQ - happysad Posted Nov 23, 2020
Yes, with these updates it often makes it easier to do hard things, but harder to do easy things that are the ones we use most anyway Reminds me of the printers we had at work - they got new ones that were able to photocopy wet pages much more quickly than the old ones could photocopy wet pages, but it took twice as long as before to photocopy dry pages. I can't say I ever had cause to photocopy wet pages, and wasn't surprised that the printers were updated again soon after - still took longer to photocopy standard documents than on the old printers, but not twice as long...
Sorry you're still having VPN problems, and sorry to hear about your son's school. Glad the self-isolation is not too restrictive, and I hope your son stays well
I didn't have to change at virtual Eastleigh on the way down South, but it did take longer than anticipated - I usually use Teams in the administrator account on my laptop, but I was using Skype on my standard account and only discovered at the start of the call that the camera and microphone were not configured. I could hear everyone, and they thought I was just on mute, but I had to update the hardware settings. Got there eventually, and then it worked well. It was excellent to see everyone so we had a very good catch up
Apart from that, I went food shopping as usual. It was strange that the car park was relatively empty but the shop was relatively full so it was not the most pleasant, but I got what I needed and the shelves were stocked up OK. I went to Burton Mere again for an hour or so on Sunday as it was a bright day, and then did some admin at home, sorting paperwork in the filing cabinet, which was rather satisfying
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Bluebottle Posted Nov 24, 2020
I don't think I've photocopied wet pages either - were they designed for those doing papier mache?
Still no news here. My daughter did she didn't want me to pick her up from school any more (though she still wants me to walk to school with her). As there's only one cul-de-sac and the school car park to cross that should be okay, but I did the old dad talk about the importance of stop look and listening when crossing roads this morning. The school isn't far at all - I can see the buildings and playground for both the Infant and Junior school from where I'm sat (though the sun is blinding me in the eyes) and we can see Crestwood's sports field from the lounge. (Ollie has been in both the Junior school and college playing fields). You can get to the college without crossing any roads (though it is much quicker to get there by crossing our road).
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SashaQ - happysad Posted Nov 24, 2020
Pondering the photocopier makes me wonder if the VC's office had a leak or something, so wet pages needed to be copied quickly Photocopying papier mache would be interesting
I experienced the vagaries of Word today - I copied a table from one document to another, and it changed the font from Calibri to Times New Roman. I saved the file and closed it, but then thought I would change the font after all - when I reopened the file it had already changed the font back, but it also changed the layout so the headers were all over the place Word 97 sounds much better, that it does what you tell it rather than trying to guess what you want to do...
That is good that the school is visible from your house so your children can explore their independence as safely as possible Glad you will still walk to school with your daughter, though
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Bluebottle Posted Nov 25, 2020
If there's one thing I've learnt recently it is that Microsoft's default font is Times New Roman, which seeks to take over the , even blank documents
Other than the search function I've not found anything else that's better with the recent versions of Word and Excel than the ones we had 23 years ago, which presumably only goes to show how advanced a word processing programme & spreadsheet they were.
Today's a knee-jerk reaction day
By which I mean that because the has not attracted as many students as had been wished, the has decided to make lots of changes to the course portfolio to save and merge some courses and not run others, implementing the changes right now before the usual market them for a year to gradually introduce teh changes as is usual. However the UCAS application process is taking place now, so potentially the result will be that the new courses being created won't have been marketed so no students will apply for them, but instead will apply for the old courses only to be told that those ones no longer exist. Seems a sure-fire way to vastly decrease students to me... Still, as long as they keep saying 'we're making all these changes, get on with doing them' hopefully I'll still have a job...
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SashaQ - happysad Posted Nov 25, 2020
Ah, yes - no wonder the headings changed when even your blank document had Times New Roman unembedded in it - taking over the indeed
Yes, I agree about Word. In my data work I have made use of one or two advanced functions of Excel that are improvements of older functions, but the basic spreadsheet ingredients from 23 years ago are powerful indeed
Oh no, not more knee-jerk reactions in this day and age I saw the online discussions about course portfolios perhaps being more granular than is helpful, but there is a definite need to gather evidence first and then get the timing right on changes - marketing is key indeed Making all the changes keeps you in a job, though, yes...
I took the minutes at the big meeting again today, but this time there were fewer than 10 different papers, so I managed to juggle them all on my computer. Then I was in another meeting that started when it was light outside, but finished after it had gone dark. Half of us were barely visible in the video conferencing window until someone shared a document and our faces were lit up by the computer screen
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Bluebottle Posted Nov 26, 2020
We always seem to go in circular cycles when it comes to the course portfolio - sometimes we try to make big basic courses with titles like 'Business Management' or 'English' and then a couple of years later they are all split up, becoming 'Business Management with English' and a vast number of variations with other course combinations to offer a wide range, only for a few years later to be trimmed back into basic big courses again. Either way has its merits, but only if you don't drunkenly lurch from one to the other...
The debate about what to do with the site where they bulldozed the British Foundation from continues, with the latest 'final' decision made. I wonder when this final decision will be replaced with the next? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-55083264
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SashaQ - happysad Posted Nov 26, 2020
"Either way has its merits, but only if you don't drunkenly lurch from one to the other..." Well said indeed.
Wow, that is a saga about the Bargate Quarter Yes, sounds highly unlikely that it will be the final final scheme...
I had to do an online Health and Safety training module today and it was more difficult than expected... Section 4 of the module said there were red and green circles in buildings to tell people which way to go in the One Way system - I spent rather a lot of time trying imagine how that would work even for people who could tell the difference between the red and the green... Fortunately, section 5 had a photo of the 'red and green circles' and they were yellow circles with black arrows on them, so it was fine after all
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Bluebottle Posted Nov 27, 2020
Circles aren't known for being useful shapes when designing signposts, no..
I spent much of my lunchtime yesterday queuing outside Home Bargains - our co-op resource setting had run out of toilet roll so I had to go there, where for some reason they only sell packs of 18...? I also bought 12 teaspoons while I was there as I'm fed up of our never having any teaspoons. They keep vanishing - I'm convinced that the children bin them when they have yogurts but my wife insists they never do. But that doesn't explain why there's never a in the draw when I want to make a cup of Despite this she has not reacted to or mentioned the sudden appearance of an extra 12 teaspoons in the house.
ALso yesterday I got a text message from my friend Daniel to say that it was the 42nd anniversary of The Last Waltz (one of his favourite bands is 'The Band' who had been Ronnie Hawkins backing group and called 'The Hawks' until Hawkins left and then they couldn't decide what to call themselves until 'The Band' stuck. They then became Bob Dylan's controversial backing group, had some hits of the their own, had huge arguments and then decided they'd do one last big concert, called 'The Last Waltz', which included performances with big names of the day such as Ringo Starr, Dylan, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Neil Diamond, Van Morrison etc - and that happened 42 years ago yesterday).
So I put the CD on and my wife came in and gave a disapproving look, so I said to her what I've bored you with above and showed her the text message and she said, 'there's a reason you two are friends'
Not sure if that's a compliment?
I didn't have the to tell her that tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of the release of 'All Things Must Pass', the greatest solo triple album ever...
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SashaQ - happysad Posted Nov 28, 2020
That's not good that the resource setting had run out of toilet roll again... Glad you got some from Home Bargains eventually, even though you will now have to make a bathroom column out of the other 17 rolls until they are used up. The teaspoon thing is one of those great household mysteries - I had 5 teaspoons a few years ago, but I only have 2 now. Hiding in yoghurt pots might explain it indeed... Your wife might think the teaspoons have just returned from wherever they had been, 'proving' that they weren't thrown away in yoghurt pots after all
That is interesting about The Band. Is your CD new for this year? Probably a compliment as your wife has known you for many years. The 50th Anniversary might have been a bit much for her on top of the 42nd Anniversary, though, indeed - enjoy your George Harrison day
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Bluebottle Posted Dec 1, 2020
The teaspoons from Home Bargains are smaller and a narrower shape than the ones we've had elsewhere, so hopefully she doesn't think they're the old ones, but no, no comments made so far...
I can't remember when I got The Band's 'The Last Waltz' CD - I've not had it very long I don't think, but I got it second hand in a lunchbreak so that means it must have been before 18th March...
Annoyingly my laptop's power cable has stopped working. I am currently working using my wife's laptop when it is not in use by my son (who needs it for his home learning) but though I can use her laptop I'm not to download anything onto it, so I'm limited with what I can do when again. Tomorrow there's a wider team meeting so I may find out who I'll be working with and what I'll be doing.
Did you have a good weekend?
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SashaQ - happysad Posted Dec 1, 2020
Ah, yes it is impressive the variety of different shapes of teaspoon that there are - hence I only have two now, as I look in teaspoon pick and mix boxes when I find them, but haven't found ones that match mine well enough yet. Funny that there have been no comments, but at least your children can enjoy their yoghurts while you enjoy your tea
I see The Last Waltz wasn't in your alphabetical list of albums from last year, so you've not had it very long, but great that you were ready for the 42nd anniversary
Gah, that is bad luck about the power cable... I wonder if your wife's power cable would be compatible... I hope the team meeting goes well
I did have a good weekend - I went to the big supermarket, so it was busy but OK and then I went for a walk to a local farm for birdlistening (didn't see any birds, as they were hiding in the hedgerows, but the birdsong was pleasingly loud). I also attended an online storytelling session by Stephen Fry - he was sitting by his fireplace at home reading from his new book about the Trojan War
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Bluebottle Posted Dec 2, 2020
Bread knives are another thing which keep disappearing - ones perfect for spreading. As well, of course, as
As well as listening to the CD of 'The Last Waltz' I watched the film release which was directed by Martin Scorsese. It is his first documentary to feature Bob Dylan - his latest one controversially deliberately mixed fact and fiction.
The team meeting's this afternoon so hopefully there'll be some clarity of the genuine sort, not the clarity we had last time when we were told things were changing, but not how. We've had the usual spiel from the VC that didn't tell us much.
I've picked up that from Stephen Fry a couple of times in WH Smiths as it looks interesting - I do enjoy the Greek myths and not just when they were Harryhausen films. How long was the session and is it still available to watch, or just live only?
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SashaQ - happysad Posted Dec 2, 2020
Ah, yes - I have one good knife that I call a butter knife that is perfect for spreading. I did buy a beautiful set of 6 more from a charity shop last year, but instead of being ==-- they were `-== I couldn't get the angle right for good spreading so I put them back in the charity shop!
That is interesting that Martin Scorsese has made two very different films about Bob Dylan - I know of him as the director of The Aviator, etc, but I now see he has quite a catalogue of documentaries Have you seen his George Harrison one?
Yes, the Stephen Fry book is interesting, that it is a retelling of the Iliad in modern storytelling style. The recording of the presentation is available to buy for a few more days http://www.fane.co.uk/online-shows/a-night-in-with-stephen-fry/about-the-show
I hope the meeting went well today
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Bluebottle Posted Dec 3, 2020
It really is difficult to get a good knife for spreading.
I saw 'The Aviator' on my birthday one year, erm, 20 years ago? And yes, I saw his George Harrison documentary - they showed it as part of Arena a few years ago and I have the DVD and also the they released at the same time.
The meeting was a fairly useless propaganda exercise in which the current VC Group said that all our problems are the fault of the previous VCG (the new VC has replaced everyone who is senior) and also Brexit and Covid. There were lots of pretty slides of the strategy plan for 2025 but I still don't know what I'll be doing for the last few weeks of 2020. Or who is no longer going to be working at the uni They did confirm that all the decisions about who to get rid of were made by the VCG - who of course have only been appointed in their roles since the new VC started in February so obviously are perfectly qualified to decide to get rid of people who've been working here for decades and are highly respected by all their colleagues...
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SashaQ - happysad Posted Dec 4, 2020
I hoped you would have seen the George Harrison documentary I saw 'The Aviator' only about 5 years ago, when it was on TV at Christmas
Ah, sorry the meeting was again unhelpful... Sounds like the new VC has been given three envelopes... A87947572 That is one strategy to shrink the workforce, to take no account of expertise and just take an outside perspective on the matter, but it is risky... Disappointing that they are not able to talk about short term strategy as a building block of the long term strategy.... Good luck with it all
The guy came to fix my wheelchair yesterday, at last. All the wheels were out of alignment, so it was no wonder I was struggling with it, and the tyres had not been pumped up to the required pressure (100psi) either. It's definitely running better now I also got replacement footplates - I can hear them clicking into the socket now, which the old ones didn't do, so they work much better, but now I have the opposite problem that they are difficult to remove from the socket when I want to transfer out of the chair It will get easier the more I do it, though
I hope you have a good weekend. I need to get motivated to do some stuff as well as tidying up and doing the accounts for the freeholder of my flat, but the call of the birdies suggesting birdwatching is quite loud! I'll see how I get on, anyway.
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Bluebottle Posted Dec 7, 2020
Great news that your wheels are now aligned. My bike tyres are normally at 60psi so that's quite high - do you have a good pump? Has the metal/plastic issue been resolved now too with the replacement plates?
Yep, the new VC has created resentment and hasn't made herself popular at all.
At the end of the week our tumble dryer stopped revolving. I looked up tumble dryer repairers in the area and found out one called 'Eastleigh Services' is just along the road, so I called them and said we had a White Knight tumble dryer with a drum that no longer rotates, could they fix it? and they said they had a £70 call out charge plus parts plus another £30 each time they come so if they had to go away, order parts and come back that's £100 just to travel a few hundred yards - and brand new the tumble dryer was only £140. I wasn't impressed.
So I phoned someone else and got it fixed again on Friday - £60 total. It was fixed by someone who was very interested in telling me all about the capacitor having burnt out and how much of a pity it was that the White Knight company who made the tumble dryer has just gone bust in lockdown.
Largely uneventful weekend spent writing Christmas cards - which always takes longer than I expect (first have to update the births/deaths/marriages and try and remember who is married/in a relationship/no longer in a relationship with who and what the names of any children are, and then ask what their address is and then write the cards - and half the time I don't get a reply about their address anyway...)
Did you find motivation?
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SashaQ - happysad Posted Dec 8, 2020
Yes, the wheel alignment makes a big difference. I have Dad's electric pump, which works very well - I have used it to pump my car tyres up this year, and it also does bicycle/wheelchair tyres so it's no problem (have to keep an eye on it, though, as it only takes a few seconds to get to 100psi).
Unfortunately they have not resolved the metal/plastic issue - the plates seemed OK on Friday, apart from being a bit stiff, but then on Sunday the problem started again I contacted the manufacturer yesterday, and they are on the case...
Yikes - that was steep for a call out charge just yards down the road... Glad you found a better option, so the tumble dryer is back in service already Sorry to hear the company has gone bust, though - glad you were able to get the required parts for now.
Well done for doing your Christmas Cards. I did two, but had more fun doing the Christmas shopping so I wasn't motivated enough to get all the cards done. Birdwatching was excellent, though - the tide was in at the north coast of the Wirral, so the wading birds were close to the shore
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