Sunday, July 29, 2007

Posting to Blogger from Word

Hi Imma,

Posting to Blogger from Word has been a challenge. I really love writing in Word, especially the 2007 version. It sure beats Blogger’s online editor.

There are three things I do a lot, and only one of them works:

1. Write a new post. This one works. The best I can do to answer your question is to show you a screen clip of the settings I use to connect to Blogger. I didn’t have to do anything special beyond this.

2. Post pictures. This fails. I can’t tell if it’s because of a bug between Word and Blogger or because of my ftp site or settings.

3. Edit an existing post. Doesn’t work. This was what my original blog post was about.

Since the Word->Blogger posting has been so inconsistent, I usually post to my blog via email. One of the settings in blogger is to create a special email address to which you can send posts, and they will automatically be posted to your blog. I usually send from gmail in the web browser, but to get the full functionality of Microsoft Office Word editing, you could write the email in Outlook, which is what I’m doing now. I’ll try to post this email to my blog as well to see how well it shows up. My guess is that it will look fine, except the picture will be too large.

Good luck,

[edit: The original post of this image (from email) failed. I had to go back in through Blogger's online editor to re-upload it.]

Picture Posted from Word?

I remember from some past posts that I had trouble with inline pictures when posting to Blogger from Word 2007. If you see Jennifer below, it works.

For those of you not on Facebook, this picture is from yesterday's lovely Saturday afternoon.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Musical Scavenger Hunt

A few weeks ago, I happened upon an outdoor concert at Volunteer Park.  Between bands, they played some classic rock, including The Door's song L.A. Woman.  Even though I was concentrating on reading my book, I had one ear tuned to the paino solo, which I have probably heard forty six times before.   
On this Sunday, hearing this solo was like finding the prize on the bottom of the cereal box.  This little gem is hidden at the 21-second mark of the clip (2:55 if you have the full song), and is only two measures long.  Do you know what that's from?
Probably not.  If you do, let me know so I can shower you with accolades.  If you're curious to know, click for the answer
After I came home and listened to both songs, I still needed to confirm that this was a really a quote and not just a coincidence.  A quick search for both song titles returned a second opinion, so I'm glad to know I'm not alone in noticing this. 
Looking at the Pandora music genome project's features of this song (not L.A. Woman, the song whcih is quoted), it's no wonder it is one of favorites:
great musicianship
acoustic sonority
demanding instrumental part writing
a busy horn section
a vocal-centric aesthetic
a clear focus on recording studio production
electric rhythm guitars
prominent percussion
humorous lyrics
vocal harmonies
intricate arranging
Any song with all of these qualities is guaranteed to be awesome.