1. Task For Today: Download The Turboscan app.
Technology does not come easy for me, so when a scanner-less client said I'd "saved the day" after creating PDF images with my phone in a matter of minutes, I must confess: I did a happy dance in my head.
As advertised, "TurboScan turns your iPhone, iPad, Android into a multipage scanner for documents, receipts, notes, whiteboards, and any other text. You can quickly scan documents, and store or email them as multipage PDF or JPEG files." All you do is hold up your iPhone/iPad/Android as you would to take a photo. The app has document edge detection and perspective correction and it processes under 4 seconds a page. There a number of scan apps out there; be sure it's TurboScan by Piksoft.
2. I Created Two Websites And Lived To Tell About It.
Take THAT Computer Support People Who Mock Me. (I'm talking to you Marcus at the Genius Bar!) One of my clients is a retreat leader and she was having a difficult time communicating and sharing with her community. As her program had grown, it was no longer efficient to work through email, much less the U.S Post Office."How about I make you a website? You can just send out an email to your community with a link that will take them there? I can put your entire packet on it, complete with a registration page". And I even said it without breaking into a sweat. Or hysterical laughter.
I had heard about the website builder, Wix.com, and thought I'd give it a whirl. I picked out a template and started to build. There was some trial and error for sure, but it was completely user-friendly. (I love myself a button link.) And I triple checked: "The Wix design platform, including the templates, is totally free, for any user..., as much as you like" as long as you don't mind having their name in your URL address.
3. Surround Yourself With People Who Make You Look Smart.
The German philosopher Karl Marx suggested that we surround ourselves with people who make us happy. Good editors make me happy, so I'm absolutely ecstatic to be friends with Heidi, Editor Extraordinaire, who recently shared her thoughts on common grammar mistakes.
a. Using "it's" versus "its".
"It's" is a contraction; "its" is possessive.This is confusing because an apostrophe often means possessive (Kate's villa). But in the case of "it's," the apostrophe signals a contraction of "it is."
So: it's a long way to Tipperary, and my champagne has lost its fizz.
b. Dangling modifiers are a no-no.
Don't separate a descriptive phrase from the thing it's describing.
Wrong: As a child, my house was at 6th & Vine Streets.
(This doesn't work unless your house was a child.)
Right: As a child, I lived at 6th & Vine Streets.
c. People love to misuse the word "literally." Literally.
Just use it to describe something that actually happened. So can you say "I literally died laughing"? Not if you're still here to talk about it.
4. June Is DADS & GRADS Month.
Father's Day is June 15th. Looking for gift ideas? (Or just a photo of David Beckham? You're welcome.)
a. Forget the grilling apron, let Dad pretend he's James Bond at the grill with the Barbeque Briefcase, $83 at uncommongoods.com
b. Or let's get him one step closer to D.B. with a pair of Ray-Ban Aviators, $150 at nordstrom.com (free shipping)
c. No? How about a Personalized Saddle Leather Dopp Kit, $59 at potterybarn.com (free shipping)
d. Those graduation announcements are about to start coming in. For $10 a book, you can pick up a supply of this humorous guide to adulthood,
"Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book", barnesand noble.com