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Blogs, how do they work?

It’s been almost 2 years since I posted on this blog. Despite the fact that a lot has been going on in my life lately, I actually have MORE free time than ever. I have a couple of motives for picking up ye olde blog again, which you, dear (probably) departed readers will be learning about soon.

Vic and I packed up the farm and moved to Los Angeles! We were pretty miserable in the Chicago suburbs (destructive level miserable). We put our house on the market, intending to move back into the Chicago city limits. Earlier this year I spent about 2 months in LA for work because my counterpart in that office had a child, then quit a few months later. We didn’t jump at the chance to move to LA at first, but when the first round of candidate interviews didn’t go so well, I sort of felt like I had been given a second chance to go for it.

So I went for it. The week I announced that I was interested in the position, someone put an offer on our house and the rest, as they say, is history.

Putting the house on the market after a long stretch of misery and then moving across the country was probably the hardest, longest process Vic and I have been through at this point. We’re still here and having a great time, so we must be doing something right. While you’re waiting for me to post more words words words, enjoy a picture of my kitty.

Excel 2007 Wrangling: Single Window Fail

This also applies to Excel 2010.

Out of the box, Excel 2007 opens multiple spreadsheets in one window. In past versions, this was always resolved by going to Tools -> Options -> General, and checking the box labeled “Windows in Taskbar.” Excel 2007 also has this checkbox (Office button -> Excel Options -> Advanced -> Display, check ”Show all windows in the Taskbar”), but the windows in the taskbar are pretty much a mirage, because your spreadsheets are definitely not in different windows. This is a pretty big pain if you use dual monitors, or like to cascade your windows without maximizing Excel. Sorry Microsoft, sometimes we want email, media players, a browser, or any number of other applications in the background rather than a dull grey screen. It would also be nice if you experience a document crash and it doesn’t take the rest of your documents with it!

One workaround: Open a new instance of Excel every time you want to open a document. This is not the best solution because opening documents from email or a document management system will still open the documents in your first instance of Excel.

One possible solution: Office button -> Excel Options -> Advanced -> General, check the box labeled “Ignore other applications that use Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE).” This works, but if you ever need to open documents from an email application or a document management system, well, you’re SOL.

If you’re still using XP, you’re in luck. There is a way to fix this without editing the registry.

  • Open Windows Explorer, go to Tools, click Folder Options
  • Go to File Types and find your Excel file extensions, (most frequently used extensions are .xls, .xlsx, .xlsm)
  • You will have to do this for each extension. Click on the extension, click Advanced, click Open, then click Edit.
  • Where it says “Application used to perform action,” add /e “%1″ to the end of the file path
  • Uncheck “Use DDE.”
  • Click OK, click OK, find your next extension, and repeat the process.

If you’re using Vista or Win7, unfortunately, you have to edit the registry. If you’ve never edited your registry before, this is a task best left to the experts. If you rename, delete, or modify the wrong key, you can seriously damage your Windows installation. Back your registry up before you change ANYTHING. The registry edits necessary to fix this Excel “functionality” are listed below. These are for .xls, .xlsx, and .xlsm.

  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT/Excel.Sheet.8/shell/Open/command:
    Double Click on (Default), add “%1″ to the end of the string so it displays “C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\EXCEL.EXE” /e “%1″

    • Right Click on Command – choose “rename” and add something to the name  – for example 2 (command2)
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT/Excel.Sheet.8/shell/Open/ddeexec:
    Right Click on the folder ddeexec and choose “rename” and add something to the name  – for example 2 (ddeexec2)
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT/Excel.Sheet.12/shell/Open/command:
    Double Click on (Default), add “%1″ to the end of the string so it displays “C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\EXCEL.EXE” /e “%1″

    • Right Click on Command – choose “rename” and add something to the name  – for example 2 (command2).
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT/Excel.Sheet.12/shell/Open/ddeexec:
    Right Click on the folder ddeexec and choose “rename” and add something to the name  – for example 2 (ddeexec2)
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT/Excel.sheetMacroEnabled.12/shell/Open/command:
    Double Click on (Default), add “%1″ to the end of the string so it displays “C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\EXCEL.EXE” /e “%1″

    • Right Click on Command – choose “rename” and add something to the name  – for example 2 (command2).
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT/Excel.sheetMacroEnabled.12/shell/Open/ddeexec:
    Right Click on the folder ddeexec and choose “rename” and add something to the name  – for example 2 (ddeexec2)

Source: http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w7files/thread/f7588d9a-3c41-466f-8f01-3b6ab9661ae3

Disclaimer: I have done this on my machine and it works. If this is your work PC I would advise bringing it up to your IT staff members before you carry out these registry edits. I am not responsible for you screwing up any of your PCs in any fashion! :)

It’s ALIIIIEEEVE! (again)

Yeah yeah yeah. This time it went down because I was pissed off at my host for some extended down time. Well, I gave it some super extended downtime when I was too lazy to figure out my DB on the new host. I never canceled 1and1, so, here we are again….

Bizarre World: Neither Bizarre, Nor Worldly

I should just change my tagline to “The Travel Channel Bitch Blog.”

Recently I’ve mentioned my growing ire for Andrew Zimmern. At first his show, Bizarre Foods, was mildly entertaining. He went to different countries I can’t afford to go to, and ate things that I wouldn’t even dare to put on my plate. It was mindless escape on a weeknight. The theme music was pretty irritating, but that’s why we have a DVR and watch things on a delay (seriously, there’s no need to sit through commercials and bad jingles anymore, friends!).

I’ve always thought Andrew Zimmern was a little oafish and culturally clumsy. Well, maybe not culturally clumsy. He handles his reactions and such correctly, according to the culture of the area he’s in, but… He’s just not smooth. Andrew Zimmern is that kid next door that everyone dared to eat ants or worms or <insert gross item here>. “Hey, it’s not so bad, HA HA!” His food critiques never really helped me at all. If I wanted to watch a fat person eat food and go “MMMMM,” I’d eat in front of a mirror. If you really want to tell me how something is or how it tastes, fucking use some adjectives!

Since Bizarre Foods was such a successful show, I guess Travel Channel decided they needed to inflate Andrew Zimmern’s ego even more and give him a “new” show. Titled Bizarre World. Where he goes… to other places… and does weird things… Sure, there’s less of a spotlight on the food, but, on Bizarre Foods he didn’t just sample foods. He was doing/seeing other things in the places he visited. I guess this is just an overdue name change, maybe?

I just can’t take him anymore. It’s like the show’s name change caused his persona to grow from Bumbling American to Smug Douchebag! I can’t stand watching him go hang out and be a token American in some obscure cultural ceremony and try to stammer out some poor excuse for an intelligent sociological comparison.

Well, yesterday evening I pretty much wrote off the Travel Channel. We were channel surfing around 10PM or so, and the encore of the latest Bizarre World was playing. Yesterday’s exotic destination was Milwaukee. Figuring it had to be so bad it was entertaining, I begrudgingly turned it on. Andrew Zimmern was at some Mexican restaurant/grocery store with a bunch of white people, eating things like tongue, tripe, stomach, etc. All he kept saying was how difficult it was to get a good taste out of these organ meats, and blah blah blah.

WHAT?! Now, I love me some organ meat. Gamey, chewy, sometimes oddly crunchy, and likely plenty for me because no one else is eating it. Seriously though, organ meat really requires no sort of flair or skill to cook. These pieces each have their own flavors, and since they’ve basically been soaking in the animal’s gut juices for their entire existence, it’s really hard to change the flavor. You almost literally CAN’T change the flavor of some offal/organ meats; you place the flavor within a dish that has other, complementing flavors. But first, you boil or roast the ever living shit out of the meat. For hours. Seriously.

If you’re just putting organ meat on a tortilla with some onions and cilantro, how is that skill? Answer: it’s not, you’re just making a god damn taco!

I had to rant about that a bit. But the fact remains that Milwaukee is just not “bizarre.” It’s a sleepy Midwestern city, and most of the inhabitants probably drive down to Chicago if they actually want to have an exciting time (sorry cheeseheads, it’s true). Andrew Zimmern should have just driven down to Chicago, because Milwaukee is watered down Chicago.

Of course I can’t really give an unbiased answer because I turned it off after Andrew started yammering on about the huge Polish population in Milwaukee (uh, hello, CHICAGO?). I’m boycotting the Travel Channel until they put Madventures back on the air… Or Bourdain starts again. I can’t help it, I’m a sucker.