The Crack in Space (aka Cantata-140) - "The question is: Are chimps things without interests, or persons with interests?"
The Man In The High Castle - "We don't want to be associated with something as symbolic and hateful as a swastika."
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch - "...I asked this humanoid stack of square discs what Korea had to with the strike."
The Unteleported Man (aka Lies, Inc.) - "The drug also has history as a sort of truth serum administered in interrogation environments..."
Galactic Pot-Healer - "The device, currently on show only in Japan, can scan a printed sheet of Japanese text from a newspaper or magazine and churn out a translation of it in Chinese, English or Korean while retaining the original layout. Flip a switch and the linguistic parsing works in the opposite direction too."
The Simulacra - "His supporters believe he can beat his reputation as a gaffe-prone maverick."
The Days of Perky Pat - "Females want to shoot guns, but they want them to look pretty, too."
The Man Who Japed - "Check out the argument on what differentiates an activist over a terrorist here."
Pay For The Printer - "Currently they are optimizing the jetting process in preparation for engineering a three-dimensional plotter-like device that can construct the tissues needed for complete organs."
The Transmigration of Timothy Archer - "We all talk about freedom of choice, but there's something very attractive about freedom from choice."
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep ? - "His film should feature non-stop robot sex."
Stability - "zero tolerance"
The Infinites - "Among other things, he will determine whether they still have the capacity to reproduce, and whether there has been any damage to their genes."
The World Jones Made - "I saw men enter blind drunk and leave stone-cold sober."
A Scanner Darkly - "Something is deeply screwy with this scheme. "
Faith of our Fathers - "Think of the super quality. the price is quite reasonable."
Clans of the Alphane Moon - "I am campaigning for the use of anti-schizophrenia drugs in paedophilia, as these act on a similar part of the brain and may be useful."
Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said - “The bullet would be designed to decelerate the sensor on impact [by crushing], and leave the camera stuck to a wall, say, by a spike. It’s kind of mind-boggling to imagine setting up a sensor net by machine gun.”
The Crack in Space (aka Cantata-140) - "This work will go down as one of the most important developments in the history of science."
Sales Pitch (with overtones of A Scanner Darkly and Ubik) - “The trade-off of getting personalized content versus privacy is a concept that is accepted in the world.” [Thanks to Lewis Francis]
Shell Game - "A protection system features a flexible packaged net with perimeter weighting housed in a deployment box releasably attached to a vehicle."
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch - "The size of the bio-briefcase makes it far more portable – it can even be carried as hand luggage aboard a plane."
We Can Build You - "Using a silicon tongue, which is supported by three aluminum scaffolds and wired to eight pneumatic muscles, and a lower jaw which pivots on an axle, researchers are able to program the "mouth" with data based on magnetic resonance imaging."
Sent: 24 September 2007 09:25
To: Palmer Eldritch
Do you know if there is a way to turn a table that’s in Word into an Access database, without re-typing everything? I need to do a mail merge letter and I’ve only got contact info in Word.
Please say there is!!!
From: Palmer Eldritch
Sent: 24 September 2007 09:50
Subject: RE: Help?
Yes, there is. The following should do it;
1. Copy the table into Notepad (it'll appear as text with gaps where the table lines were.
2. Copy it back from Notepad into a blank Word document. You're going to do a find/replace next and Word's is better than Notepad's.
3. Do a find/replace on any blank space, replacing it with a comma
4. You should now have your data in lines of comma-separated values
5. Add a new line at the top with suitable column headings
6. Save it as a .txt file (not a .doc)
7. Open Access
8. Click File > Get external data > import
9. Select .txt from the drop-down 'Files of Type' list
10. Find your text file from step 6.
11. Click Import
12. The 'wizard' then walks you through creating a new table from your text file. Check 'first line has column headings' and make sure it has comma set as the field separator.
Looks more complicated than it is. Honest.
Sent: 24 September 2007 10:05
To: Palmer Eldritch
Subject: RE: Help?
I will give it a go! Just one quick question – what’s Notepad?
Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said - "A spokesman for the Cambridge police, James DeFrancesco, said that no crime was committed and no arrests were made. " AND "The Bundesrat pushed aside criticism from consumer protection groups and passed the law, which makes it illegal for anyone to store DVDs and CDs without permission."
War Game - "Officials say it will teach kids to understand the "new reality"..."
Vulcan's Hammer - "The CIA's entomopter dragonfly's power supply and actuation system for its wings are still highly classified subjects."
Martian Time-Slip - "Odyssey's infrared camera then checked the daytime and nighttime temperatures of the circles and suggested they were, in fact, openings to subsurface spaces." AND "The future looks bright, humans."
Dr. Futurity - "To top things off, the robot surgeon in the sky will be remotely controlled from the ground..."
A Maze of Death - "Within the next three decades, Russia wants to be the first to send humans to the red planet."
A Scanner Darkly - "We have estimated that CCTV cameras have cost the taxpayer in the region of £200million in the last 10 years but it's not entirely clear if some of that money would not have been better spent on police officers."
The Simulacra - "Shepherd today said she knows that the earth is round, but had a 'senior brain-poopy moment' yesterday."
The Variable Man - "The proposed technology enables the production of thrust at high efficiency, hopefully allowing drastic reduction of interplanetary travel time."
The Unreconstructed M - "Apparently, robot designers are worried that they're not creating automatons that are creepy enough..."
Ubik, A Maze of Death (again), Colony, We Can Build You, Autofac, The Trouble With Bubbles, The Owl in Daylight, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep ? - And probably most of his other stories as well...
Trips off the tongue, doesn't it? ' SG '61 Reissue Antique Satin Walnut '. Surely they could've shoehorned the word 'Vintage' in there somewhere. Or perhaps 'Relic'. Anyway, another beautiful instrument, no doubt made to the very highest standards of workmanship and materials. And if you're a full-on Angus fan with a couple of grand to spare you will be after one, of course. But somehow, yet again, I can't imagine anyone playing it. At least, not regularly, as an instrument should be played. Ah well. 5 out of 10.
Thanks to the Black Iron Prison of my workplace, today's post is a little late. Perhaps someone can explain to me why it is that when people reach a certain level of remuneration, their brains are sucked out and replaced by dogshit. Firefox upgrading itself to version 188.8.131.52 and promptly losing all its extensions also did not help. In the meantime...
A Scanner Darkly - "Zooming in on a sunbather in a bikini as a demonstration is not likely to allay fears about how intrusive this technology might be."
Radio Free Albemuth - "The institute has for years served as the center of an obscure field of human behavior study -- dubbed psychoecology -- that traces it roots back to Soviet-era mind control research." [ Cheers once again, plotinus ]
The World Jones Made - "The gist of it is, members pay a hefty fee at the door to be allowed to... have sex with the animal of their choice - which is subsequently killed, cooked and served to the violator and his party for dinner!"
Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said - "Everyone was very supportive and compliant."
The Minority Report - "They are noting people's race and they are writing down what people read."
Sales Pitch - "Oh lordy, whenever they say "new paradigm," you know you're in for something fun."
The Divine Invasion - "The suit is Chambers v. God."
The Unteleported Man (aka Lies, Inc.) - "Conan! What is best in life?...Setting a paving stone on fire, bending over backwards and having it sledgehammered in half — ON MY COCK!”
A Scanner Darkly - "...every time, every theoretically possible image can appear."
We Can Build You - "...the goal is to "improve the ability of robots to grasp objects in unstructured human environments." "
Faith of Our Fathers - "Cosmologists are afraid – very afraid."