Daily Planet has put one of my favourite Riskin’s Business segments ever on YouTube.
— Dan Riskin (@riskindan) November 19, 2013
This is pretty exciting. Simon & Schuster has launched this webpage with a cover for my book. This would be the US cover. Canadian/International covers are yet to be determined.
I’m giving a talk on October 6th at the Wildlife Society Annual Conference, as part of a plenary symposium on science outreach. In advance of that talk, they asked me to write an article about science communication. So I told a story about how I prepare for a Craig Ferguson appearance. If you’re interested, you can read the article here.
I just saw this tweet go by on twitter:
— Diane (@Argenplath) September 5, 2013
Summary: Quit microsoft word, and then open only the file that has the problem of multiple users with the same colour. That worked for me.
What happened: I’m getting close to finishing work on my book Mother Nature is Trying to Kill You. A few days ago I got the copyedited manuscript from the publisher. The copyeditor had used Microsoft’s “track changes” function so I could see where her edits were, and asked me to use the same so she could see what additional changes I made. As I started working, though, all changes were highlighted in red, regardless of authorship, making it very difficult to keep track of edits. I searched the internet for a while, but the best hypothesis I could find was that the file was corrupted.
I learned that you can’t manually choose what colour your user is. Lame.
I think the reason it happened was that I opened two separate documents with only one track-changes user in each, at the same time. Document A had only the copyeditor’s changes. Document B had only my changes. Both documents had the user in red. Then, when I started making changes to document A, it kept my color as red in both.
Despite the problem, I kept working, saved and closed the files. Then, later, when I opened only document A, my changes were suddenly green (the copyeditor’s still red). When I then opened document B, my changes were green in that file, too.
I think that when microsoft office opens files, it looks to see if multiple users are within the same document, and then sets their colours to be different. However, if you start making edits, it will try to give you the same user colour as you have in any other open document, without checking to see if that creates conflicts. This is just a guess.
I hope this helps someone, some day.
My DP (Camera guy), Producer and I finished shooting last night with enough time to see three innings of baseball in Tokyo. Tickets were about $40 each, and we got pretty good seats.
It was a home game for the Yakult Swallows against the Yomiuri Giants. It didn’t take us long, though, to realize we were sitting in the Giants fan section. It turns out the whole crowd is split down the middle, with everyone in right field cheering for the home team and everyone in left field cheering for the away team. We (obviously) cheered along with the people around us).
The game was half-decent, but the crowd was the best part. In the USA, they play a song for each player over the PA system when they get up to bat, but in Japan, everyone sings a song for the player and then chants his name. My favourite was the cheering for Lopez “Lo-Peh-Zah, Lo-Peh-Za, Lo-Peh-Za!”
The giants lost, but man it was the most entertaining three innings I can remember watching in a long time. The trick was to keep my eyes off the game. Maybe that’s the key to enjoying baseball, generally.
The talk is at 7PM on May 2nd. It’s free for U of A students, and $5 for everyone else. There will be a reception afterward. Come say hi!
I love this.
I got an e-mail from my co-worker Stephen Sheahan this morning, with the title “Two minutes of bliss.” I think that pretty much nails it.