Slide Templates

I am looking for a Keynote Theme or PowerPoint template on which I can build an entire semester of presentations to my Louisiana folklore class and that will good used as a basis for viewable lecturecasts or as printable PDFs. I think I want something that feels like old-time letterpress printing. That’s just my impulse for now.

Here are some possible candidates:

[Canto][1] by KeynotePro is 24.95 for the standard definition version.

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[Transinfinite][2] by Keynote Theme Park is okay. It’s 19.95 and would require some re-working.

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Decent PowerPoint templates are harder to find: there’s a myriad out there, but finding something, well, not ugly is difficult. Here are some ideas that I like from [Powered Templates][3]:

Wavy Branches

B 1

B 4

Yellow Tree is available [here][4]. $12 for three slides. $24 for 17.


Island Wars

My friend Michael Evans is writing a novel as a series of blog posts in DownEast Magazine. [Check it out.](

Backwoods Home Security System

Another bit of email-lore. Some of these are interesting because they are clearly not transcriptions from the oral, but entirely new creations of their own kind.

> How to Install a Backwoods Home Security System

> 1. Go to a second-hand store and buy a pair of men’s used size 15 or 16 work boots.

> 2. Place them on your front porch, along with a copy of Guns & Ammo Magazine.

> 3. Put four giant dog dishes next to the boots and magazine.

> 4. Leave a note on your door that reads:

> Bertha, Duke, Slim & I went for more beer. We’ll be right back. Don’t mess with thuh pit bulls. They attacked thuh mailman yesterday and messed him up real bad. I don’t think Killer took part, but it was hard to tell from all thuh blood. Anyway, I locked all four of ’em in thuh house. Better wait outside, my friend, and don’t look in thuh winder, ’cause they get riled when thars sumbody lookin in thuh winder. I don’t wanna replace the door again.

> Be right back-

> Cooter

Cleaning Up Lion’s Launchpad

I confess that the application launcher I use most is [Quicksilver][qs]. Some of Quicksilver’s functionality has been available through Spotlight for years now, but if you have recently upgraded to Lion, then you know that Apple has also introduced a graphical app launcher, [LaunchPad][lp]. LaunchPad is very nice: it is accessible from the Dock and it has readily recognizable functionality precisely because it looks and acts just like iOS. The downside is that, also like iOS, it can get cluttered.

By default, Apple has placed all your installed applications in LaunchPad. One way to clean things up a bit is to pursue the iOS model of stuffing things into the iOS equivalent of folders. Another way is to wipe the slate clean and put exactly those apps you want in the LaunchPad.

**Warning**: *Command line goodness ahead.*

To proceed with the latter course, you will need to open a terminal window in your terminal app of choice — I use the built in — and enter the following on one line:

sqlite3 ~/Library/Application\ Support/Dock/*.db “DELETE from apps; \
DELETE from groups WHERE title<>”; DELETE from items WHERE rowid>2;” \
&& killall Dock

The backslash `\` above simple denotes a line wrap.


The Motley Fool

Given higher education’s future in Louisiana, there are only three ways we are going to be able to do any of the things we would like to do in the future — send our daughter to college, vacation in Europe, and retire. Those three things are:

  1. Win the lottery.
  2. Write a commercial novel that has moderate success
  3. Pick the right stocks
When it comes to picking stocks, I like The Motley Fool. Now I just need to screw up my courage and try it.

Emory Gets It

Notice the high production values of this piece from Emory University’s Youtube channel: the faculty member is well-lit and the sound is good. Now imagine how little effort the actual piece took, once the infrastructure is in place. It’s getting the infrastructure in place that is the work. But Emory clearly gets that promoting their faculty as content producers, as knowledge creators, is key to everything else they do and that it can be done using the same infrastructure that is already in place for university public relations and, probably, for distance learning.

One Last Dream Before He Goes

No hollowed out haunch, no alligatored spine
No faltering limbs plunging his face to the floor
No failing appetite staring at the water
No, in his dream, he is muscular and sure
His front paws twitch because somewhere he has caught a bird
His back legs pulse because somewhere they push him hard
like a runner coming out of the blocks.
His whiskers flutter as he responds one last time
to orphic blue jays that dive and scream.

Spaulding sleeps now. His breaths, so small, rise and fall
above the mound that is the growth in his abdomen.

Sleep, Spauld, sleep. We pray to God your soul to keep.
If you die before you wake, then that is a great gift He has made.