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Making Curtains for Windows

by oneamazingwriter In reply to The Blunders of Beth

<p>Surely I have something of value to add to this site, it's around here somewhere...hold it...I'm looking! I know it's not under my right shift key. That fell off the keyboard a couple of weeks ago. Ah! <strong>How to adjust</strong>! That's what I have to offer to this site! In the case of my right shift key, I am gifted with small fingers, so my picky fits nice atop the little white protruding "thingy" that is where the cover labeld "Shift" used to be. </p>
<p>I'm only a smidgeon brighter than the average person that ITs have to rescue daily. I understand that as a consumer I am not to eat any keys that fall off my keyboard. (Hopefully that will give me a gain of 10 points in your eyes.) I'm actually able to comprehend 35% of what I read on this site (another 10 points?) 20 points is all I can possibly hope for at present. Realizing that is 50 points shy of a barely passing grade, I can only hope that resident geeks have as much compassion as they have humor. I've read some of the finest writing I've ever seen on the Net at this site, and that's part of the reason I am here.</p>
<p>Poverty is another reason. I can't afford to hire any of you, and I can't afford to go to school to try to learn what you know, so I read and apply anything I can comprehend. Occasionally I hop into a discussion, since I've been alive long enough to have had many different types of employment, including management and teaching, although only to support my addiction to writing (and eating on a regular basis).</p>
<p>I don't fit anywhere in any social sense, but I get by everywhere...thus my ability to adjust! If I had the formal education to back me I might qualify as a geek, but alas! I am but a nerd! I shudder at the thought that, after all of these years as a person who didn't follow the crowd and struck out for independence at the risk of life and limb, I may, in my later years, have become (shudder!) a groupie!</p>
<p>Don't TOS me out! I'll wash Windows. I'll bake cookies! I'll polish your boot (both if there is time). I'll make homemade chicken soup for all of the viruses you find. Surely there's plenty I can do to earn my keep!</p>

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Making Curtains for Windows

by GSG In reply to Making Curtains for Windo ...

<p>I too was once only a "20-pointer", but, through diligent reading of TR, playing, and studying, I think I could claim a good 50 points!  </p>

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Making Curtains for Windows

by oneamazingwriter In reply to Making Curtains for Windo ...

Thanks GSG! As much as I joke, I do love this stuff, and when I get a passion for something I tend to pour myself into it until I know what I am doing! I need to tell you my first response was: "Dear Lord! Someone read this thing!" Well, now add hope to my willingness to learn!

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Ironing

by oneamazingwriter In reply to The Blunders of Beth

Having hung the curtains, I went about putting things in order, or so I thought, but I came across some wrinkles in the fabric here and am looking for an iron!<br /><br />I posted in Projects, but the tags do not appear.<br /><br />I edited my profile (deleting an unnecessary "s" and adding some "stuff" so that suggested links would come my way) and now all of the things I added have disappeared as well as the "stuff" that was there yesterday. The "s" though is still sitting there laughing at me. <br /><br />Ah! The s**t fairy has followed me into Tech Republic. <br /><br />I just added to a post and spelled label as lable, but haven't the courage to edit the post....(looking behind me). I'm afraid that "s" may pop up and when I edit and check the post again it will read "lables".<br /><br />OK...wrinkles it is. I've dealt with them before. Sometimes it takes a little stream to get rid of them.

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Remodeled Workspace

by oneamazingwriter In reply to The Blunders of Beth

I didn't check into My Workspace for a couple of days, and while I was out someone completely remodeled it! I love the color! I love the arrangement. I just finished reading a blog about cubicles (Are Cubicles Evil?), and feel as if I've been given an office with more than one room! As people were moving things around though, someone lost my history! Whomever left me a nice note saying "We're sorry." I've decided to leave a note for Whomever in case s/he/they return.<br /><br />Dear Whomever,<br /><br />I got your note and have gone through a series of emotions/thoughts as a result. I want to share those with you.<br />1. I DO have a history! I dared to speak up at three discussions. Do you have any idea how much courage that took for me! <br />2. At my age losing my history is not such a bad thing. In a few more years, from what I have gathered, I'll probably lose my present, too.<br />3. Did you throw it away because of the title of my blog?<br />4.We all blunder. I HAVE to forgive you. Besides, what's my option? I'm here on a scholarship to begin with!<br />5. Whomever, it's natural enough when Spring cleaning to dispose of things and then regret it a bit later. Forget the regret. Life is just too short!<br /><br />Sincerely,<br />Beth<br /><br />There! Now I feel better!<br /><br />What's most important to me in My Workspace are the suggestions and the links I have saved. As I scrolled through the list I smiled, for I truly have applied some of the things I've read here. I now have three browsers, IE, Firefox and Opera.(Before reading here I thought a browser was someone who liked to window shop!) I use IE for Yahoo and playing. I use Firefox for the good stuff.(No offense meant to Yahoo.) I just downloaded Opera today and need to test it out for a bit to see what I will use it for. I see a browser as similar to a car. It may seem fine on a spin around the block, but it takes a long trip to see its true performance and mileage. Eventually I may even make a serious post here in my blog about the three, for I see that all three have special qualities, depending upon what I am doing online. I've been tweaking more than little children's cheeks, thanks to the things I've read here. The only problem I'm having is that as my way of thinking changes, and my vocabulary changes, the people in my immediate physical environment may give me a few side glances if I get excited about browsers and tweaking. One of these people might call the cops!<br /><br /><br /><br />

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Mini-Geek

by oneamazingwriter In reply to The Blunders of Beth

    It was bound to happen. I just didn't expect it to happen so soon!<br />    A friend asked me to help her today. She has a new computer, and is new to computers, so I went to her home with the thought of simply showing her a few things and downloading Yahoo messenger so that I could guide her in the future as we chatted from PC to PC. But when I booted up, I saw that her security wasn't active, so it was first things first. I ran a scan and she lucked out. (Her son had already been surfing and downloading things.) We set up a password so that anyone who tries to use the computer has to get her permission first. She now has McAfee Security active.<br />    Her minister had given her his copy of Publisher 2003. I installed that, but explained that it was useless without a word processor, so I downloaded Openoffice.(She only had a trial offer for Word Perfect.) I set her up with 1-Click Answers, and showed her how it works. She's just started taking courses at a community college and got excited about 1-Click. "That's so simple, even I can do it!" <br />    I explained the value of a screen saver, since she has young children and has to leave her computer at times, but won't want to keep putting it on standby each time.<br />    I spoke to her about browsers, but by then her "sponge" was full, so I told her I will return tomorrow to give her Firefox and to explain how to use it.<br />    When I did download Yahoo messenger, her microphone didn't work. I checked everything I could think of to check and went through the control panel. All looks well; it simply doesn't work! Tomorrow I will bring my microphone over to see if it's the hardware that is messed up.I was going to suggest Skype, rather than messenger, but I knew she'd get a kick out of playing with the kid stuff on messenger. It's something that the other students might have. Once she's used to using her computer she can get in touch with study partners easily.<br />    When she told  me the printer wasn't working, I was surprised because it was new. I found that the paper simply wasn't set into the feed properly. The first thing I asked though, was: "Did you turn it on?" <br />    We went to lunch and she insisted on paying. Does that make me a pro? If so I make about $1.25 an hour, but then I'm new at this!<br /><br />    <br />    <br /> 

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Back to Square One

by oneamazingwriter In reply to The Blunders of Beth

As
I was checking out some books yesterday at the public library, Lorraine, one of
several librarian friends, asked, "What are you up to now,
Beth?" I grinned and handed her the books: Quantum Philosophy by Roland
Omnes, Physics is Constipated by Milton W. Monson Sr., and God and the Astronomer
by Robert Jastrow. "Dear Lord!" she said as she ran the scanner over
my library card. Considering that I wrote a short piece of fiction about
scanners and debit cards in 1969 (although I did not use those labels for them)
I felt that I was simply trying to catch up with myself. Lorraine just shook
her head.<br /><br /> Things have begun to "click" for me in the past month, since spending
time reading here at TR. Since intuition has been my guide for so long, it made
sense to me to follow it as I perused the bookshelf. I've found so far that
Jastrow is a professed agnostic, yet sees what would prove to him that the
creation theory is compatible with the big bang theory. Monson, from what I
have read thus far, decided that Einstein took too much license replacing
numerical values with unit designations rather than using them together. He
expresses annoyance at the fact that the equations of academic physicists do
not balance. I don't have the experiential background to either agree or
disagree, so I am simply reading, digesting all I can and laughing, as I
consider that I have most typically entered in at a side door in the middle of
a major debate.<br /><br /> Who me? I was selected for a course in Modern Mathematics when I was in high
school in the 60's, but when my father found that my instructor was homosexual,
he told me I had better flunk the course if I knew what was good for me. I was
also the only female in a physics class. The instructor there didn't notice
until three days into the course when he said, "We have a rose among the
thorns!" Receiving too much physical attention from both instructors, I
decided that I was better off to wander away. I married a coal miner's son a
year after graduating from high school. It was not a bad choice. He liked my
intelligence, tolerated my reading and writing, and taught me to laugh. He died
very young.  I would have missed out on becoming humanized if I hadn't
shared with him.<br /><br /> Here I sit 40 years later, scratching my head and chuckling at myself. There's
a pony in this pile of manure and I intend to shovel my way through to find it. Since it has just been proven that black holes do not actually exist, I think
I've arrived at just the right moment to be able to be grateful that I wasn't
poorly programmed. The advantage of being the new kid on the block is that I
have a mind that is open. The advantage of being a "little old lady"
is that I already had life experience in the emotional realm and find playing
with math and science relaxing.<br /><br /> Square one it is, then. I have no goal other than to enjoy the journey
and zap as many people with joy as I can along the way, so I have not set myself
up to fail. I arrived with joy and continue on with joy. The only crisis I have
is in deciding which kind of nut I am. I am torn between an almond and a pistachio.<br /><br />

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Beam Me Up, Scottie!

by oneamazingwriter In reply to The Blunders of Beth

Today is Captain Kirk's birthday. I came across that happy bit of news through reading Today's Highlights that pops up every morning ever since I installed 1-Click Answers (Answers.com) on my desktop. At warp speed I made my first "official" post here at TR. At last! Some valuable information to offer to the site! (Well, at least Trivia Geek might think so!)<br /><br />I had house cleaning to do on My Workspace. I apparently made the mistake of reading too many security posts, so my suggestions box was chock full of links having to do with security. What the heck, I read 3/4 of them as I cleaned it out. Since any security issues I have surround only one computer, a lot of the reading was superfluous, but I never know what I might learn when I read anything. An open mind is much nicer than an empty head.<br /><br />Over 28 years ago I joined another group of people and the training manual used the line, "Intuitively you will know how to handle situations which used to baffle you." I grabbed onto that happy that there was somewhere with room for people like me. I have lived in "Beam me up, Scottie," mode ever since. Any baffling that is done now is done by those who have to deal with me, for I tend to come up with correct answers to complicated issues more often than not. Heads snap back. Those who obviously know more than I do snap at me, "Where did you get that information?" I give my usual dumb-ox smile and shrug my shoulders. Hey! Ideas are still free for the plucking, and the universe has an infinite supply of the things swarming around my head all of the time. I think of it as swatting flies at some moments. They even invade my sleep!<br /><br />It takes a lot of manure to make the flowers grow and I'm a late bloomer so I have dealt with a lot of that stuff. When it got deep and I wanted to get off the planet (or at least have it stop spinning so rapidly) I simply remembered Captain Kirk and called out for Scottie. It hasn't failed to work as yet. Elevated thoughts and finely tuned intuition resolve a lot of conflict. But then I'm addressing myself to Techies, and you all have figured that much out by now. Computers wouldn't even exist if someone else hadn't decided to think on a different plane.<br /><br />When the three dimensional world feels too confining, I just beam into the fourth dimension. There's enough space there for me to stretch and grow.<br /><br />So Happy Birthday to Captain Kirk, and thanks to 1-Click Answers.<br /><br />For the powers-that-be here at Tech Republic, I promise not to put security on any of my tags in the future! It took some time to clear out all of those suggestions! You guys/gals do a great job in making systems/networks secure! For my part, I guess my job in security is simply to give some hugs to all of you so that you can keep going.<br /><br /><br /><br />

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Home School Recess

by oneamazingwriter In reply to The Blunders of Beth

<p> The more I read at Tech Republic, the more I feel at times overwhelmed by how little I know. I have a folder full of saved pdf files that I have downloaded from this site, and am accepting that I will have to schedule a time to not only sort through them and categorize them, but also to actually sit and read them. Homework! I remind myself that I can eat an elephant if I do it one bite (byte) at a time. </p><p> There are times that I put myself on auto pilot. "Just read, Beth. Understanding will come in time." The problem, I find, with home study is that there are no tests to let me know if I have gained any ground. I simply plug away accepting that if I put in good information, when I need it good information will come back out. Time. That four letter word. </p><p> At times I am concerned about structure, but My Workspace helps me a lot in that area. I <em>do </em>go through the suggested links, deleting them as I deal with them. Yesterday was the first time I ever got that section of Workspace cleared out completely. I receive newletters in email, and follow many of the links included in them.</p><p> As I read discussions and see posts that cause me to think and glean information, I take the time to go to Profiles and read about those posting. I follow articles that they have listed in their Workspace, and save some to My Contacts for a time. Hopefully that was the intent of those who set up My Contacts to begin with. Initially I had to get past the repulsion of feeling as if I was a stalker. </p> I've taken an active part in a few discussions, wanting to share what I can that might be helpful to others at this site, but for the most part I read, and read, and read! I'm "old school" and would like to send out thank you notes to the many who have helped me without knowing that they were doing so. The best I can think of to do is to continue to keep this blog and hope that some of you read it and realize that the time you take to sit at your keyboards is enriching my mind and life.<br /><br /> For the most part, though, emotions don't enter in. I joined this site to learn, and learning for me is a logical process. I experience emotions, allow them a moment in the sun, and then promise them a walk if they will just sit quietly while I study. Thus far that seems to work well. I make certain that I get away from my computer several times a day, and those that I talk to when away from the monitor seem well pleased that I am smiling so much.<br /><br /> Well, there you have it, Folks. This was my emotional sun break....now back to reading!<br />

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Mother Beth Says:

by oneamazingwriter In reply to The Blunders of Beth

<p class="MsoNormal"><p class="MsoNormal"><!--[if !supportEmptyParas]-->Heloise excels at sharing household hints, and the Farmers Almanac offers similar for those working in agriculture.  I think it's time someone sat to write lists of simple things to apply in workplace situations. Since I don't see anyone close at hand that I can delegate this assignment to, I've decided to see what I can come up with. If nothing else, listing what has proven to work for me will remind me to continue apply what I have learned. </p><p class="MsoNormal"><!--[if !supportLists]-->v     <!--[endif]-->Find
something you honestly like about another person, even if it?s only the fact
that s/he has stylish shoes. Comment on that. Positive truth balances the
scales in a stress filled day.</p>

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<p class="MsoNormal"><!--[if !supportLists]-->v     <!--[endif]-->Increase
your vocabulary by taking the time to find a term of nonsense that causes you
to laugh, even if the laugh is cynical. The key word is nonsense. If, for
example, you have chosen the word flibertygibet, use that word mentally each
time you are tempted to curse under your breath. If your mind battles you by
saying, ?This is nonsense!? remember that that?s the whole idea. Cursing is
nonsense that causes one to feel tense, so it makes sense to use nonsense that
relieves tension. </p>


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self talk that says, ?I?m an idiot! I should have figured  thatt out!? with ?I shoulda had a
V-8 ?!? or a                     simple, ?Oops!?   </p>

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mindful that the word should is a guilt word. If you should all over yourself and others, you will
only succeed in making a mess. ?That didn?t work. What can I (you) do instead?? will reach a positive solution more rapidly.</p>Keeping in mind that this is simply a blog, and not a full fledged article, I'll add to this at my leisure. I have no idea if anyone reads these posts other than me, but knowing that someone might keeps me honest. This is a lot more fun than simple journaling, for it affords the opportunity to share positive thoughts with others. I'm all for that!<br />

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