August 27th, 2003

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Rotten buggers

So after the "normal" was all dished out last night, two co-workers and I set out to tackle a set of jobs using our spiffy new (read "unproven") typesetting tools using Microsoft Word. In addition to the normal struggles we've had with these tools, which I've described before, the type of job was different than we normally deal with. This was from our "funds" group which we recently integrated with our "financial" group; their ideas of style and ours are quite different. If, for example, we see a heading is set centered and bold, that's all the further we look and set it that way. They, however, will change the head to all caps if that's what the style shows even if the client's provided data is in normal titling case. A valid way to do things, but different than we're used to.

So the result has been to have these jobs going through extra sets of proofreading because we just can't catch all the things in the style without slowing down the process terribly. (Oh, those colons are supposed to be changed to em dashes? OK.) It also doesn't help any that the style reference had little to do with the actual jobs and so the whole thing got set before we had a decent style reference.

As of last night, though, we had a good start on things. One of the four jobs was ready to final and send to the sales office. Another was complete and in proofreading. Two others were well started.

I find out now that, in the face of another slow night, we still have these jobs in the shop. Virtually nothing has been done with them on the first two shifts today. So we could very likely be stuck with working on these crappy jobs again!

Lazy daytime bastages!

The only remaining hope is that there are a couple of rush jobs that we're working on, but those are going a bit too quickly and we'll probably get them out of here in our typical efficiency. Damn us and our work habits!
  • Current Music
    6th Avenue Heartache--The Wallflowers--BDtH
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Surprising one's self

Killing time during the slow work night while keeping an eye on the rush jobs on the board, waiting for proofreaders to get through the mountain of paperwork we've cranked through. So I figured I'd go pay my water bill. The Minneapolis utility billing office's web site wouldn't work for me at home for reasons that seem to be browser related. Here at work we use the Windows so I thought I'd give it a try.

Sure enough, the site worked fine this OS and browser. It wouldn't take my credit cards which I don't understand, but that's a separate issue.

Then I decided that I hadn't heard from my Discover card in a while, so I'd go check out how that debt was doing. I'd been paying bills earlier today and came across the form they'd sent me to request a lower rate on my card. (Trickily, they won't let you ask for a "lower" rate, you have to ask for a specific one which they will approve or deny. If you're denied, you have to make the request again. Meanwhile, you get charged the higher rate. Bastages.)

I fretted myself a bit for carrying a few thousand dollars on that card, particularly at an obnoxious interest rate. I was paying bills earlier and so feeling a bit flush with the cash; I decided I'd check in an make a payment ahead of schedule (or just in time if I'd somehow missed a bill).

Upon logging in I was a bit confused to see that I had thousands of dollars of available credit. Then, upon looking at the transactions, I remembered that I'd sent them a large check from my house refinancing! Oh, yeah!

So this means that I currently have less than $600 of credit card debt (and less than that, if you figure in the over-payment made to my U of M Credit Union Visa card).

Rock on!
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    Carolina Blues--Blues Traveler--Straight On 'Til Morning
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Hiding out

Ended up having to work on the silly Word job after all. Drat!

I could tell I was grumpy about working on it because where edits had been marked that I would normally find some way to do I would gleefully mark "STET!" if the solution wasn't immediately obvious. Passing the buck on to the next person. Bad me.

Now that I've finished my assigned job and turned it into proofreading, I'm hiding out back in the area where the four computers that have these tools on them are situated. I'm only here for another hour or so and am in no mood to do more work so I figure I'll just hide out and do my nightly surfing away from the prying eyes of my lead and manager who would find something for me to do.
  • Current Music
    Celtic Night--Dust Rhinos--Sociable