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#1756 StephanieL

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Posted 27 February 2018 - 10:41 PM

Brings back fun memories of working an advisory board meeting in Phoenix in Scottsdale during my birthday weekend, where it was nearly 100 degrees in October and I had to wear full business gear.  I came down with a couple of migraines, I got admonished by a higher-up for having to quit slide review because I literally could not see the computer thanks to said migraine, and one of our clients had to go to the hospital thanks to alcohol poisoning from his partying the night before.  My actual 33rd birthday was spent being treated to margaritas at Sky Harbor Airport by one of the advisors--a gay urologist from LSU who gave me a purple Tigers cap--and his pals.


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#1757 Wilfrid

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Posted 27 February 2018 - 11:23 PM

I fear my special occasion may be less colorful.

#1758 Sneakeater

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Posted 27 February 2018 - 11:36 PM

That sounds like a 1930s movie:  The Gay Urologist.


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#1759 Wilfrid

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Posted 13 March 2018 - 05:28 AM

Asked today if I can go to Charlotte, Minneapolis, Los Angeles and Seattle between now and mid-June.

I already have two (more) trips to Las Vegas, a Nashville, a Salt Lake City, and another San Francisco in the same period.

I wish I was 27, with no responsibilities. Some of this is going to get delegated, or I will be dead and/or unknown to my wife.

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Posted 13 March 2018 - 05:30 AM

Is this for the complaining/boasting thread? I don't know, I half like the idea of being forever on the road, but half know it's not the best idea.

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Posted 13 March 2018 - 03:55 PM

If you can escape your colleagues, I would highly suggest leaving the Strip and trying some of our other options. Not only are the prices less egregious, but the experience and the food are better than most Strip restaurants.



#1762 Suzanne F

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Posted 26 March 2018 - 09:21 PM

Back to work in full force:

  • Americanizing a book on botanicals that serve medical functions (not only cannibis!). Book was already published in the UK; publisher here asked me to just proof it. Um, no. it needs a full Americanization to bring it into consistency with US publisher's house style. So more $ for me. And it's actually not such a crackpot book; lots of serious scientific papers as research.
  • Writing the index for a book by a blogger originally from Utah who now lives and cooks for her family in Norway. Good production values, tasty-looking recipes.
  • Also writing the index for a book by the owner of Citarella. An insane rush job, so I'm charging a big premium. More good production values, good advice, very personal voice:

"Do you want to hear
what happened to the couple
in Milano who sprinkled
cheese on their spaghetti
alle vongole? THEY’RE
STILL IN JAIL!"

 

And the cookbook by/about the Syrian refugee home cook is just about ready to go to the printer. They got José Andrés to write the foreword, and a lot of pretty famous immigrants in the food biz to blurb it. Another great-looking book.


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#1763 Suzanne F

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Posted 30 March 2018 - 04:20 AM

I'm now indexing a book with recipes titled in English and Norwegian, and the Norwegian titles are in all uppercase in the PDF. Unlike Orik, who knows everything and speaks every language in the world, I do not speak Norwegian, other than knowing that med = with. Thank goodness for Google, which turned up a Norwegian-to-English tool so that I could check words I thought might be prepositions or conjunctions; those s/b lowercase when converting to UC/lc English. Converting the titles took mere minutes, and I didn't have to search for letters like æ or Ø (Øl = beer).

 

And and = duck. This could become part of an alternative to Who's on First?


I don't actually know what a handbasket is -- but whatever they are, singer-songwriters are in the first ones going to hell. -- Sneakeater, 29 March 2018 - 12:06 AM

 

notorious stickler -- NY Times
deeply annoying and nitpicking -- Molly O'Neill, One Big Table


#1764 Orik

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Posted 30 March 2018 - 04:36 AM

Written Scandinavian isn't too hard, it's their bloody wealth of vowels that gets you. Speaking of ø - a Norwegian engineer asked me what it meant in a Spanish context and I told her "nada", which led to great confusion because meaning nothing and meaning nothing just isn't the same.

I'm happy I don't have to deal with case issues.
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#1765 Suzanne F

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Posted 30 March 2018 - 02:11 PM

Yeah. I was surprised that Word managed to convert uppercase vowels with marks to lowercase vowels with the same marks: for example, BLÅBÆRSAFT became Blåbærsaft. Word is not as annoyingly stupid as it often seems.

 

But aren't you mixing up the letter ø with the numeral zero written with a slash? That's how my French teacher always wrote the number, and iirc that's how I had to write it in COBOL. Unless it's the other way around, and the letter o has the slash (ø) and the numeral 0 does not? (It's 40 years since I last programmed in COBOL.)


I don't actually know what a handbasket is -- but whatever they are, singer-songwriters are in the first ones going to hell. -- Sneakeater, 29 March 2018 - 12:06 AM

 

notorious stickler -- NY Times
deeply annoying and nitpicking -- Molly O'Neill, One Big Table


#1766 Suzanne F

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Posted 11 April 2018 - 04:37 PM

Now copyediting another blogger's book. But this blogger actually knows what she writes about (Italian food), and afaik is a highly trusted source of information about places to eat in Italy. She has a real voice, and writes well. She formats her MS like a blogger, though. Ah well, that means extra hours for me to strip out most of that formatting.


I don't actually know what a handbasket is -- but whatever they are, singer-songwriters are in the first ones going to hell. -- Sneakeater, 29 March 2018 - 12:06 AM

 

notorious stickler -- NY Times
deeply annoying and nitpicking -- Molly O'Neill, One Big Table