How to embed linked images in Word 2007

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Using Author-it to produce Word documents is easy. The tricky bit is distributing them. Without running any post publishing macros, the Word document that is generated will be using linked images. So everytime you need to distribute the document you’ll also need to remember to include the images as well. I frequently forget this, hence…

How to maintain a healthy level of insanity

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Yes, this was forwarded to me by a friend. No, I don’t post these very often. Yes, number 4 made me laugh the loudest. 1. At lunch time, sit in your parked car with sunglasses on and point a hair dryer at passing cars. See if they slow down. I’ve sat in a white car…

RSS Feed updates

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I’m in the midst of doing a little tweaking to this, and the other ‘one man’ websites. Part of that means rejigging the RSS Feeds. There are two changes to note. The miniblog feed is dead. I haven’t had a miniblog for ages and, since deleting the feedburner feed for it, it appears to have…

Dry your hands

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Just like the Commode Story in Reservoir Dogs, the hand dryer rages and obliterates all other sounds in the room. Unlike that scene I’ve not got a bag of drugs under my arm and there aren’t four rather camp looking, moustachioed American cops with accompanying police dog loitering by the sinks. I think this is…

The latest thing

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I’m terribly guilty of starting things but never finishing them, and Tuesday prompted me into action once more. With all the best will in the world I just know that I’ll use the Goodreads website avidly for a few weeks and then my interest will be grabbed by someth… ohh shiny!! I am an online,…

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Snip snip

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I need a haircut. It’s starting to look messy, so on Saturday afternoon my niece is coming over to cut my hair. She’s a proper hairdresser and everything so I might get her to style it, colour it, or just put in some highlights, well, maybe lowlights… hmmmm not sure. Most likely I’ll just ask…

Book Lull

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Teetering tall and shamed, the pile remains dust covered and untouched. A reminder of best efforts and failed endeavours, a totem of willing words, waiting to be uncovered. And my parents added another two books to the top of it last week. Gah!! I dare not count them for, not only would the number be…

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Healing the Curse of Knowledge

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Last year I read the book Made to Stick, in which the phrase “The Curse of Knowledge” makes an appearance. The authors of the book will be delighted to know that the phrase stuck in my head and I can be heard applying it in all sorts of scenarios. The principle is quite simple: Once…

Not Watching the Watchmen?

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We didn’t watch the Watchmen at the weekend, we talked about it but couldn’t be arsed. And I think I’m quite glad. I’m not sure though. The internets are rife with reviews of this movie. Most of the ones that fall into my view are written by fans of the graphical novel and are quite…

Rebuilding the man

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Slowly he breaks down, carefully deconstructed. The sum of these parts he is not, nor is he whole without them. He is apart and  incomplete, still searching for something unknown and out of reach. He is content and sated for now, happy with what he has, disillusionment hovering out of sight. Childlike he studies each…

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CTRL + Z

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There is no undo button in life. In a way that is a very good thing because the one constant about life is that “it goes on”. And it does. And it always will. On the other hand it would be nice to be able to undo now and then. Not everyday, I don’t mean…

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Flipping point?

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You may, or may not, have heard the phrase ‘Tipping Point’ used to signify “the moment when something previously unique becomes common“. Made popular, although not created by, Malcolm Gladwell, it can be applied most recently to the explosion of people using Twitter, and previously to such web applications/social networking websites, as Facebook. Which, rather…

Tattoo

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The slow drag of the needle across skin is a primitive sort of pain, one you can relax into, one which ebbs and flows as nerves are uncovered, one you can surf through highs and lows. My first two tattoos, as I’ve mentioned already, were not borne from any particular event nor as part of…