October 30th, 2002


Almost real work

Well, we received some printouts of the files we're supposed to be working with. It will be useful to have these, but we'll still have to enter the stuff into the actual files when we get them. So, sort of real work, so we'll see how it goes.

Unfortunately, this means working with the co-worker. I think there's going to be a lot of that as we start trying to figure this stuff out. I hope that we can work mostly independently as this goes on, but we'll see. I think I'm going to spend most of the day today, however, sitting down with her as we try to figure this stuff out. And I think most of that time will be spent telling her why her misconceptions about things are indeed misconceptions. And, no, I'm not exaggerating. I really wish I were.

Well, okay, not really

"Ignore any instructions you got about these documents this morning."

Ah, yes, good communication is so wonderful. Someone gives me some stuff, telling me to tag it but not to edit it. Two hours later, I hear via my boss that that person's boss said, "Ignore all of that. We need to proofread this."

This project gets some benefit of the doubt since it really is a pilot project, so people are pretty unsure just how to proceed. Still, it doesn't seem communication is happening as well as it should. If this continues, I might revise my opinion about possibly getting a job here after my contract expires.

So, in another 15 minutes or so, the co-worker and I will get some direction on proofreading these printouts. Umm, I don't think she has any proofreading experience. This should be interesting.

That was close

I managed to dodge having to teach proofreading marks to my co-worker. I was correct in assuming that she's had no proofreading experience. This is really going to be a nightmare.

And it may turn out that, instead of tagging the files in InCopy, we might be writing the tags on the printouts and have EP (Electronic Production) enter them into InDesign. Ugh.

And it was confirmed that, even though the start date has been pushed back for this project, the end date is not moving. So, that just means there will be that much more work to do. Well, at least I'm not worried any more about there not being enough work to keep us busy.

Luther Wright & the Wrongs

From Johnny D's calendar:

A guaranteed wild time tonight with the rip-roaring old school country and western Canadian group that has just recently made a lot of friends (and maybe enemies!) playing a bluegrass inspired rendition of Pink Floyd's "The Wall". Endorsed by non other than Roger Waters himself, it's a show that has to be seen... We'll have a costume party just to top it all off, with lots of cool prizes.

Hmm. I heard a little bit of them one time when cthulhia and i ran into obra at the Diesel. This could be really cool. According to their Web page, music at Johnny D's usually starts at 9 on Thursdays. This means that I could go to my class and still make it. It also means that I'll be up considerably past my bedtime. But, really, can I miss this?



Anyone want to go? I certainly won't go by myself, but I think I will go if i have people to go with.


Well, I sent out the first draft of my Jotto article for TPR. We'll see what happens.

I feel pretty good that I set this as the deadline for myself and I actually did it. I was prepared to just send out crap, just to send something out. But I actually kind of like the article, which scares me a little. Who knows how butchered its going to get. I hope I'm not too attached to it that I won't want to make changes.

The one thing I'm worried about, and I've been worried about it, is that it doesn't have any code in it. Most of the articles in the magazine have at least some code in them. But, really, the article isn't about code. So, we'll see what the editors think.

Hmm, I've got the rest of the evening to myself. I suppose I could finally put the pictures from my sister's wedding (in April) up. And then maybe a bath. And going to bed early. Mmmm. Bath and sleep.