Blind editing, anyone? Every once in a while, a client needs you to tackle a project that is completely off the wall. This is a great client and I’m not too proud to do annoying grunt work, so I spent a wild few weeks editing books (FrameMaker source) in 18 different languages. Don’t worry, I wasn’t trying to rewrite anything in languages I don’t understand, but I did have to find and remove a few things, fix references to GUI elements that had changed, etc. When the Korean version got completely corrupted and all the fonts turned into question marks, I spent a nerve-wracking day updating tags to the correct fonts. Product manager across the hall said, “I like it when you are here, because I learn so many new swear words in English!” Yup. Nothing like having FrameMaker crash after a sweaty, hair-raising edit session, to make you really stretch your naughty vocabulary.
More attack cats: Terri and I had two more run-ins with feral kitties this week. One we managed to get past (although Terri got scratched), but the other was so completely psycho that we turned around and made a huge detour to avoid it. It is astonishing that a little thing like that, probably barely three kilos, could hold off a dog and an adult human. Scary kitty! There was no way to assure her that we weren’t going to harm her kittens.
Hot, hot, hot: The heat wave of last week finally broke, but it is still hot and abnormally humid. If you turn the AC off, the room instantly turns into a sauna. The heat has also brought out the bugs, so each morning I have to look around the house for all the various gate-crashers who showed up during the night. So far, we’ve had a few giant spiders (don’t ask me what kind), a scorpion, two lizards, and several giant mutant cockroaches. Terri has been pretty useless at patrolling the apartment for these critters, but after our run-in with the scorpion, I decided that was a good thing!