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Things that don’t have a home anywhere else

…The Stone Gods

Wow, Jeanette Winterson takes us on a roller coaster ride with The Stone Gods. Three interlinked stories that left me wanting just a little bit more, and keeps us guessing.

Winterson The Stone Gods

Dystopian sci-fi at it’s best, written in 2007, there is a fair amount of foreshadowing of our current detached political environment. There is also a stark warning of the effects of ignoring the environment.

“Human beings aren’t just in a mess, we are a mess. We have made every mistake, justified ourselves, and made the same mistakes again and again. It’s as though we are doomed to repetition.”

Sure there are awkward passages, and the transition between the three sections is a little difficult but the final tie-up makes it all worthwhile.

Say Something

Just a little note of something that I need to remember:

“If people are choosing between saying something and saying nothing, they’re almost always better off saying something.”
Emily McDowell via The Art of Non-Conformity.

Emily has created around 2,000 cards that aren’t full of platitudes, and realise that there isn’t always a good way to say hard things.

No good card

Resume Excel 2013 Open Workspace

Okay, so the last post about partially regaining the Save Workspace function in Excel 2013 didn’t set the world on fire.

There was one thing missing though. In order to get your collection of Excel files open again you had to have a file open, even if it was just a blank workbook. I found this a little annoying once I got over the jubilation of getting the Save Workspace function back.

A solution was found in the form of a bit of VB Script, in effect a Windows batch file (.vbs rather than .bat).

set objExcel = CreateObject(“Excel.Application”)
objExcel.visible = true
objExcel.Application.DisplayAlerts = true
myStartUp = objExcel.Application.StartupPath
objExcel.workbooks.Open myStartup & “\PERSONAL.XLS”
objExcel.Run “personal.xls!OpenWorkSpace2013
set objExcel = nothing

Open Notepad and paste in the code above. Then save the file with a “.vbs” extension somewhere easy to get to, like your Desktop. When you click on the file Excel will open with your saved workbooks. You may need to update the name that you gave the macro that Opens the Workspace file; “OpenWorkSpace2013” in this case

Excel 2013 – Save Workspace

With the leap up to MS Office 2013 at work I have discovered the “joys” of the ribbon. After a while I have decided that I can live with it, everything just takes more time – where was that; and, where can they have hidden it now.

One thing that did stick out though was that Microsoft had discontinued the Save Workspace function in the Office 2013. Save Workspace would create a file (*.xlw) based on the currently open workbooks and their layout. This is useful if you are in the middle of something and are interrupted. When you get back just click of the workspace file and everything is back to the way it was. (more…)


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