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Archive for February, 2011

Goofing off

Posted: Monday, February 28th, 2011 @ 2:30 pm in General, Projects, Science, The Naturally Frugal Baby | Comments Off

This WSJ article was short but interesting:
In recent years, however, scientists have begun to outline the surprising benefits of not paying attention. Sometimes, too much focus can backfire; all that caffeine gets in the way. For instance, researchers have found a surprising link between daydreaming and creativity—people who daydream more are also better at generating [...]

Somewhat upright

Posted: Thursday, February 24th, 2011 @ 5:54 pm in Foofy, General | Comments Off

I’ve been wiped out with another bug this week, and spent most of the week lying on either the couch or the bed, until I was thoroughly tired of both. Today I’m a little better, because the alternative is spending another day lying around reading Gormenghast, a very wordy fantasy classic. I think [...]

Finished the braided wool rug, and other projects

Posted: Monday, February 14th, 2011 @ 2:30 pm in Foofy, General, Parenthood, Politics, Pregnancy, Projects | Comments Off

It looks nice, except that it tends to not lie flat in the middle. I’ve been lying on it to try to flatten it out, but there are little children around who like to roll themselves up in it like a burrito. It is about four feet by five feet; oval; mostly pink, [...]

Everybody hates renters

Posted: Tuesday, February 8th, 2011 @ 7:27 pm in Foofy, General, Politics | Comments Off

I mostly agree with Mitch’s comments on a state Republican senator’s proposal to change the renter’s property tax credit/refund. He’s wrong that the income limit is about $30,000, actually for a married couple it’s about $53,000, and even more than that if you have dependents. He’s right that there are better ways of [...]

Thoughts on space

Posted: Tuesday, February 8th, 2011 @ 4:24 pm in Feminism, Foofy, General, Parenthood | Comments Off

I’ve been reading some commentary on The Decline of Male Space, and have some loosely-connected thoughts about it:
The original article addresses several different types of spaces, without fully differentiating them: workplaces, public social spaces, home social spaces, home workspaces, personal solitary spaces.
Work moved out of the home in the Industrial Revolution, but [...]

OpenOffice and Lulu and Adobe and the Lost Art of Help Documentation

Posted: Saturday, February 5th, 2011 @ 9:29 am in Foofy, General, Projects | Comments Off

(This is mostly just for future reference.)
OpenOffice Writer has an Export to PDF function that is good enough for regular Lulu books. However, for books that are going to be distributed more like standard published books, Lulu requires that PDFs be generated by an Adobe product. Or you can submit it in another [...]