Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Update: Catching Up with Myself

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I am still catching up with myself and all my commitments — amazing how these things happen when you work for free, isn’t it? Below the fold is the list of what I’ve been working on, and the progress I’ve made;

  1. putting the finishing touches on my OpenLab2008 essay and emailing that to the editor. Yes, I am terribly late! Done! And OpenLab is going to press at this very moment.
  2. writing six book reviews. Yes, I am terribly behind on this too, unfortunately!
  3. writing three guest blog essays, also late. One is finished and published (an edited and rewritten version will be republished here in less than one month, as per the request of the site that originally requested and published it), and the second is nearly completed. However, due to an unfortunate difference of opinion with the original requester, this second “guest blog” essay will be published here instead of at the site that requested it.
  4. downloading images and writing up all my NC photoessays, seminar data and an essay regarding my thoughts about the conference in general. This is in progress, and already, you’ve seen some of this work here.
  5. finishing three essays about scientific papers that have been languishing behind the scenes on my blog.
  6. other blog business, such as catching up with the mystery birds, the NYC subway art series, and other things that I’ve been distracted from recently. I have accomplished this, too. Whew. I didn’t want my devoted bird pals and NYC subway art fans to think I’d forgotten them!
  7. catching up on all my unanswered email — I have too many email accounts: How about you? This is progressing slowly — I hate writing a two word response to a thoughtful, eight paragraph email!
  8. transferring the last of my files from my unhappy laptop onto my new laptop — can anyone tell me how to make iPages to save files as Word documents?
  9. following up with several networking connections that I am trying to further develop after the NC conference. In progress.
  10. working at scraping the fund$ together to keep my landlord from acting (even more) like a capitalist pig. This is in progress and I think I am going to squeek by this month! Wow, amazing!
  11. writing an essay for my column that appears regularly in a print magazine. Done! And many thanks to a benefactor who would like to remain anonymous for paying me a small amount for these essays because she likes them so much, which helps me keep my landlord happy.

Okay, so how are you all doing? Have you made progress on something that you’d like to share here?


  1. #1 chezjake
    January 28, 2009

    It looks like the recent versions of Pages only allow saving in its own format, making it almost useless. You could try seeing if you can open a Pages document in Mac’s built-in — it natively saves to .rtf, which can be opened in Word. It also has “save as” options for a couple specific Word versions.

  2. #2 chezjake
    January 28, 2009

    Oh, and as far as my own progress is concerned, I need to go make progress on the 6″ of snow in my driveway before I get back to finalizing plans for making 35 gallons of chowder to compete in Saratoga’s Chowderfest this Saturday.

  3. #3 "GrrlScientist"
    January 28, 2009

    ooooo, what sort of chowder are you making (corn, clam, … ?)? you have to report back to let me know how your chowder did in this little competition!

  4. #4 Lilian Nattel
    January 28, 2009

    Great pic! I am on chapter fifteen of Draft 7 of my new novel.

  5. #5 Pierce R. Butler
    January 29, 2009

    Pages 08 has an “Export…” command (File menu) that will render its docs in PDF, WOrd, rtf, and plain-text formats.

    Was Apple stupid enough to remove that feature in Pages 09?

  6. #6 Jeff Knapp
    January 30, 2009

    How to save Pages files as Word documents (this is for Pages ’09):
    1) Do a “Save As…” [shift]+[command]-S
    2) At the bottom are two check boxes. The bottom of the two is labeled “Save copy as:” and a pop-up. Check it
    3) Select “Word Document” from the list in the pop-up.


  7. #7 chezjake
    February 1, 2009

    Chowderfest report: We ended up serving 30 gallons worth of 3 oz. chowder samples. It was a long day, but I had lots of good help and we all had a great time. I was cooking for Caffé Lena (the oldest continuously operating folk coffehouse in the US) which is a vegetarian place, so I invented a Five Alium Chowder with Cheddar Cheese (leeks, onions, shallots, garliic, and a garnish of chopped scallions over a background of red potatoes and celery). I got lots of favorable comments.

    Official results of the competition won’t be out until Monday, but at least 42 restaurants were competing, and there were many varieties and lots of originality.

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