I’m still here.
Really, I am. I’ve just been too stinkin’ busy to write much. Apologies – hopefully I can get back to my normal schedule soon.
We have some new equipment at work, which translates into 50+ hours per week for the lazy-at-heart hippie. The bosses went out and bought a nice four-color printing press, so there have been Heidleberg people running around for the last three weeks installing, setting up, tweaking, installing rollers and generally showing a lot of hairy butt crack that no one needs to see.
Silly me, I thought that the only ramification the new press would have for my happy little department would be that we could actually do creative work in full color for a change. Wheee! What fun… Until I found out that the new press uses plates just an inch or two longer than our old platemaker could produce. Hmmm… Okay, here comes a new platemaker, along with $40,000 in imposition software to learn. Hmmm… We had the software for about twenty minutes before we realized that we didn’t have a site license for the software, but rather one individual license, and the software was designed for dual-processor G5 Macs with OS 10.4, not our old clunkers. When I cornered the boss about it, I learned that each license costs $10,400, and they have no intention of getting us new Macs. There is no more money. So we take turns running the $40,000 software on outdated computers. Efficient. Ask me how happy I am about that. (It’s not so bad actually, but I like to complain. Just ask my wife.)
Whine whine whine waa waa. Poor me.
In any case, we have people flying in from all corners of the U.S. to calibrate the new machines next week. After that our training’s over, and all machines should be operational, and I can take a nap. I have to admit, I am looking forward to seeing some of our design work come off the new press – it’ll bring new depth to what we can do. I’m also looking forward to that nap.
Things to check out…
A few things I’ve tripped over in the past week:
Birdy wrote another biting little piece that can be found HERE– it’s one of those little snapshots of Americana that you can’t shake once you read it. Watch for suggestive photos and strong language.
Steakbellie came in fifth in his hot-dog eating contest, then forgot how to eat breakfast two days later. The blog community is worried. And slightly scared.
Stalin the Shark posted a nice entry a few days ago. Go HERE and scroll down to “America’s Moral Crisis.” If your blood pressure isn’t high enough yet, read the comments.
The Iowa primaries for the governor’s race (and a few others as well) is coming up next week. New Iowan has made up his mind for whom to vote. (I’m waffling between Blouin and Fallon myself. I will NOT vote for Culver – his attack ads against Blouin showed me his character, or lack thereof. If there have been any other attack ads, I’ve not seen ’em. I’m thinking of voting for Sal Mohammed simply because he stands on my street corner waving a flag. I don’t think he knows diddly about government, but he has persistence!)
Intellectual Insurgent went on vacation – there are some stunning photos of sea critters on her blog. While you’re there, scroll down and peruse some of her fiscal philosophies. Kinda makes you think.
If you’ve ever wondered what a car salesman is thinking when he’s foisting a rustbucket on you, just click HERE – neat stuff!
Last but not least, for those of you with high-speed, you’ll like this nifty little Yiddish lesson. Trust me.