No Meteors Here, Just Tsunamis of Happiness and Pizza


A funny thing happened on the way to the apocalypse. There I was goofing off one morning at my favorite bakery when an astrophysicist looked my way.

And this is what he said: “Oh people say we’re watching the meteor hurtling toward earth from our base in Antarctica.” And I say, “And is it?”

“No,” says he. And I’m like, “so it’s not going to hit Earth?” And he’s like, “there is no meteor.” (leaving off the dufus part)

So despite the anti-clamatic non-climax of life as we know it, life continues on the way it should, merrily, doing what makes me happy with some of those things in moderation, and keeping in touch with friends, family, and strangers appreciating life’s little synchronicities that happen when you connect the dots as I am wont to do.

(Did you ever notice how the word wont implies doing and won’t implies not doing?)

cheeseboard pizza with friends

What I’d be doing if a meteor were about to hit Earth. Pretty much the same thing I’d be doing every day – hanging with friends, couch surfers, strangers, enjoying life. Living fat, dying young.

How to Print Gmail Email Messages


Why keep tech support advice to my parents to myself? Here are instructions on how to print email messages from Gmail.

There are two options: Print one message (most economical) or print all the messages that have been traded back and forth in a “conversation.”

These instructions relate to Firefox on a Mac. Not sure if Gmail differs with other browsers.

How to print all messages

print all mail in a Gmail conversationYou can print all of the back and forth messages in one “conversation” using the little “printer” icon.

However ALL of the text that has  been “quoted” in each message will print so that gets very long. It is better to just print the last message which will also have the quoted text from the previous emails.

How to print one message

print one gmail mail messageTo print one message which I recommend,

  1. Click the backwards arrow.
  2. Click Print.
  3. The page to print will open in a new tab. See below for how to get back to the message after you print.
  4. If it doesn’t print the wrong printer may be selected. Try again and click the name of the printer to pick the correct one, if it was not already selected.

How to get back to Gmail after printing

get back to a gmail message after printingGmail opens the message to print in a new tab.

After printing:

  1. Click the x on the tab to close the “printable” message.
  2. You will see the tab with the email subject. Click that tab to get back to the message.
  3. Click Inbox at the left if you want to see all the messages

Google Spreadsheet or Google Doc ? The Ongoing Conundrum


I’m writing out loud here as it seems every time I set up a Google Doc (MS Word equivalent, but online) I wish I’d set up a spreadsheet instead and vice versa.

Memo to self: When does A DOC VS. SPREADSHEET make sense?

When Docs are good:

  • Hyperlink intensive tables. Why? In spreadsheets linking text  requires a sort of coding format: =hyperlink(“www.google.com”;”search the web”) Whereas in a Google doc it’s a menu-driven option to link text (ala Word).
  • Tables within a largely text document
  • When you want a document to be a quick reference for someone who is more familiar with Word than Excel (for which adding links as mentioned above would require them to ping you for tech support)

When Spreadsheets are good:

  • Easy column resorting is desirable.
  • You’re calculating totals.
  • You want to drag and drop rows to rearrange data.
  • The data entails serious crunching and organizing.
  • You’re not hyperlinking much of the text.

My latest experiment is going to be using a spreadsheet to flowchart processes –> which I anticipate will result in a blog post called “Using Visio / Omnigraffle versus Powerpoint / Keynote for flow charting.” (But wait, there’s more…having just discovered some Google apps that might be the ticket.)

UNDOING YOUR MISTAKES

When you accidentally set up a Google spreadsheet and want to get the info into a Google Doc:

I found copy and paste didn’t work…no matter how many times I tried.

  1. File > Download As the Google spreadsheet to Excel
  2. Copy the cells from Excel
  3. Paste into the Google Doc
  4. Enjoy reformatting over coffee

When you accidentally do the reverse the same process only different is a good approach: Download the Google Doc to Word, then copy and table and paste it into the Google Spreadsheet.

How to Post iPhone Photos of Moleskine Pages to Evernote


It’s been yeeeears since I posted in this blog, and I was driven to start again by one thing: My new Evernote Smart Notebook made by Moleskine.

Why post now? I bought the notebook mainly to write notes and draw pictures, then shoot them and have them stored, digitized and searchable in Evernote. Alas the searching seemed to be falling short. So I started thinking I was doing something wrong.

The little card that ships with the Moleskine notebook tells you to simply shoot photos.

That is simply not right.

Check out this page on the Evernote site to see the 3-step process to shoot iPhone photos of your Moleskine pages. Or read my summary:

  1. Start a new note
  2. Hit the photo button
  3. Tap the OFF button in the middle at the top of the screen.
  4. It becomes ON OFF. Now tap ON.

NOW you’re ready to shoot photos.

Would love to hear your experiences of how your writing gets digitized! I find myself writing in lots of blocky text – which is a good thing since my handwriting sucks – but I have yet to try more scribbly writing. Now that I figured out how to actually shoot the photos perhaps it’ll be a miracle!

evernote smart notebook photo

Corporate Compliance Recorder – Annual Minutes Disclosure


Sometimes I love the Internet!

Had I not been furious about “Los Angeles” wanting me to pay $150 for a corporation fee as well as requesting corporate minutes – when the company is not in LA – I may not have seen numerous posts about the Corporate Compliance Recorder being nothing more than a black hole for $150 (or 175 if I pay past the due date).

It may not technically be a scam but the severe wording about penalties definitely makes this out to be a governmental requirement and not a “useful service” being provided by a private party.

But wait, I did have some clues that this was not an official government office of Los Angeles.

Deconstructing the Mail

1. Address is a PO Box
2. No phone number or LA county information
3. Typo on Line 3 of the back (they owe me $150 for editorial service)
4. Checks payable to Corporation Compliance

I hope this helps you and I thank all those who have brought the mystery of 0orporate Compliance Recorder to light before!

Update: I cannot confirm this is a scam and cannot confirm that you don’t have to pay it. I’m just reporting what I believe after reviewing it and looking at other websites. Overall this does not appear to be something that is required by the city or state. I’m closing comments on this post…please refer to the many other websites that discuss this company.

SYMSsational Bargain Clothing Shopping Experience


When was the last time you felt warm and fuzzy while bargain hunting?

SYMS at 42 Trinity Place in New York densely packs in a huge selection mens, womens, and children’s clothing in well organized racks at fantastic prices. On some items they have those timed mark downs you just don’t see often, that I first experienced at Filene’s many years ago.

Why the Warm Fuzzies?

  • 100% of the staff was friendly. Perhaps this is because they’re called “in-store educators.”
  • Every so often on the P.A. system, the owners make a warm announcement such as:  “The best customer is an educated customer!”  It made me feel good to be there. This slogan appears on the bags as well.

    After learning they have stores in several states, I’m almost embarrassed that I’d asked an “educator” if  the owners were making those announcements live, as if it were a mom and pop store. Oops. But good for them.

  • They also provide tips as you shop such as: “Did you know the price tags are color coded by size?” That idea right there is great. If others stores do this, I’m not aware of it.

On their website you can fill out a survey about your in-store experience and they encourage you to give additional feedback. Of course the bottomline is they paid off: I found great things at excellent prices.

In comparison, we found our old haunt, Century 21, a crazy crowded madhouse with mostly ephemeral  fashions.

Both stores – as with most retailers – have a long way to go in dressing room lighting. But for now I’ll call that the saving grace for limiting my purchases.

Tellme Instead of POPCORN


“At the tone the time will be…”

Only today did I learn that POP-CORN had been discontinued. OK maybe I don’t use it that often anymore.

I’m happy to see in Wikipedia that it’s still possible to find out the time by telephone: “The time as provided by TellMe voice portal is available by dialing toll-free 1-800-555-TELL (1-800-555-8355, say time when prompted).”

Still I’d love to find a recording of the old operator voice for posterity, if you know of one!