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Yanno, sometimes, white is good.

Like when we send out brochures that have application forms on them.  Very few people know they can adjust for background color when they fax these forms back.  

Because they don't know they can adjust for color, when they fax them in, all we receive is a nice black rectangle where the form is supposed to be.

And since they want to "save money", they don't use a cover sheet, so I have no way to track them down.

In a month, when they are supposed to be receiving notification of their application status, they are going to contact me wanting to know what their status is, and I will have to inform them that they screwed up sending in their application and they are out of luck as the deadline has passed and we've already accepted this season's applicants.

They'll have to re-apply next year.

They won't be happy with me, and there's not a thing I can do about it.

And we're not dealing with illiterate people here - the people we send the applications out to have at least a Master's Degree, so they have some modicum of reading comprehension.

I've asked our printing department for years if we could just send the applications out on white paper.  Their response, every time, is "it looks trashy and cheap".

I'm sorry, and dark emerald green background with black font looks classy? How about navy blue background with black font? Or that hot pink number with the orange font?

Really? Those are "classy" and a nice white background with black font is "cheap" and "trashy"?

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  •  Tip Jar (15+ / 0-)

    All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

    by Noddy on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 09:44:08 PM PDT

  •  I'll put my comment in the message (11+ / 0-)

    anything but white paper for an application is tacky. And I've worked in New York.

    Thursday Classical Music posted, US since 1865 and Okiciyap diaries to write tomorrow. Echt spring break.

    -7.75, -8.10; . . . Seneca Falls, Selma and Stonewall (h/t cooper888)

    by Dave in Northridge on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 09:50:56 PM PDT

  •  I Always Thought I Was Invincible (12+ / 0-)

    Could run into a brick wall and there was a 50% chance I'd win. Well at 43 my eye sight has started to fail me. Happened pretty fast. I can see the computer screen here no problem. Or the TV across the room. But stuff up close, well I can't see it so well.

    I guess everybody gets old. Or older. They do make "hip" glasses now don't they?

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 09:58:33 PM PDT

    •  first sign is your eyes slow down in adjusting (11+ / 0-)

      to changing light so driving at night becomes more difficult when you have oncoming traffic

    •  You need either bifocals, or (9+ / 0-)

      if you're lucky, reading glasses.

      I just need a new prescription, period.  Can't put it off anymore.  And am afraid I'm looking at trifocals (gah!).

      Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

      by Youffraita on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 11:32:03 PM PDT

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    •  PS: Reading glasses are cheap (8+ / 0-)

      and you can get them at your local pharmacy.  They come in different strengths.  Take a newspaper or book you have trouble reading and try some on.  It could be as simple as that.

      My problem is more severe: I've been wearing glasses since third grade and one eye is much worse than the other.  Also, I can see whatever's close up -- I can read without my glasses -- but can't see very far away.

      Why I'm afraid I need trifocals: I'm having trouble reading the NYT through my bifocals, but am using the bifocals to make dkos come into focus.  (Terrible strain on my neck muscles, btw.  The things we do for love of this place...)

      Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

      by Youffraita on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 11:41:43 PM PDT

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      •  Yup. Dr. Walgreen was my dad's (7+ / 0-)

        favorite.  He went through reading glasses like crazy.  Now, you can pick them up everywhere, including the grocery store and dollar stores.  Most of my choir members have a cheap pair in their music drawers, another at work, in their pocket or purse, etc.

        I agree about the light.  As much as I like a bright, sunny day, going outdoors can be almost painful.  I'm sure staring at this screen isn't exactly great for my eyes, either.  :-)

        -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

        by luckylizard on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 04:22:37 AM PDT

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      •  After my eyeglasses self-destructed in '11 (0+ / 0-)

        I got a pair of reading glasses at a Flying J/Pilot store -- $10. With a nice little metal case to keep them in!

        Being me, what I want is a pair of safety glasses that wrap-around and incorporate my Rx lenses.

        LBJ, Lady Bird, Van Cliburn, Ike, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

        by BlackSheep1 on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 11:47:40 AM PDT

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    •  There are special (4+ / 0-)
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      old wobbly, cactusgal, weck, BlackSheep1

      vitamins that keep the eyes "younger" - as you age, the lens thickens, causing presbyopia - a natural aging of the eye that usually starts around age 40. Conductive keratoplasty (NearVision CK) can thin the lens and restore your near vision for a few years.  Lasik surgery can fix it for longer. There's an experimental gel injection that looks to work better than either the NearVision CK or the Lasik.

      If you develop cataracts, they will often fix the near vision problem - everyone with cataracts has presbyopia.

      Of course, the cheapest way to treat it is with reading glasses from the Dollar Store or pharmacy.

      All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

      by Noddy on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 05:55:19 AM PDT

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    •  its not yer hips what need glassez (2+ / 0-)
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      it's yr eyes, silly.
      (hey there's lots of good info for you in them other comments, ya dun need me ta make good suggestions)

    •  On the bright side, we still look pretty darn (2+ / 0-)
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      good when we get up close and peer into a mirror.  

      As far as I can make out, I still look about the same as I did when I was 22.

      And if people are laughing at me behind my back, I can't hear it, which is good, because I'm too feeble to kick their asses. :)

    •  they do. Of course, you have to understand (0+ / 0-)

      "hip" might mean Harry Potter frames, these days.
      The classy aviator frames of my younger days aren't available anymore.

      LBJ, Lady Bird, Van Cliburn, Ike, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

      by BlackSheep1 on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 11:46:15 AM PDT

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  •  OMG Noddy, as a graphic designer with a strong (9+ / 0-)

    interest in typography - I feel your pain!!!! ;)

    Speaking of pain - so I got my bills paid, nearly emptying my savings account to do so, and went about my merry way doing errands today. I went to the friendly local US Post Office to mail out bigjac's order, put some gas in my car (actually was able to afford two whole gallons, yay!), picked up my kitty's insulin syringes, and bought a few essentials at Walgreens (which btw is one of the corporations that supports marriage quality).

    However - the whole time I was out, my brakes were grunting and groaning so bad, I know I can't put that brake job off any longer. And guess what - the money I'd put aside to get a brake job went to pay my heating bill :(

    So, I'm going to have to go further into debt, I guess. For someone who managed to live debt-free for over 5 years or so, this is horrible. I wasn't even sure if I have a credit card hanging around. But, I got an Amazon credit card last year when I bought a new vacuum cleaner - because they gave me $40 off the vacuum for opening the cc. So I have this Amazon card that I've never activated, but apparently I can make a cash transfer from it into my checking account and pay Brakemasters from there. Lordy.

    The good news is, I'm going to start this new project with an established client that should be - interesting if nothing else. I'm writing up the terms of agreement for this job and will send it to him shortly. He's going to pay me $250 in advance and hopefully that will land in my PayPal account before the weekend. Or at least by Monday.

    I've skated on a lot of thin ice in my self-employment, but this is about the thinnest it's ever been.

    Hope everyone has a better day tomorrow!

    End of Winter SALE at my Handmade Gallery on Zibbet - 25%off winter scarves, afghans, holiday items!

    by jan4insight on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 10:05:10 PM PDT

  •  g'day all; passing through and will try to get a (7+ / 0-)

    few more hours sleep

  •  OMG, why don't they just (6+ / 0-)

    design the thing to be in bright orange with bright green type (or vice versa)?  It would scream to all concerned:  "We don't know anything about design, but we like bright colors!"


    I assume your company doesn't want to hire anyone who actually knows about design and, y'know, when not to get all artsy?

    Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

    by Youffraita on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 11:36:02 PM PDT

  •  good grief, Noddy! who even uses faxes these (8+ / 0-)

    days! you scan the form, make your adjustments and e-mail it! aren't faxes considered obsolete? we do still have software at home here that will send documents as faxes, but we'd have to delve deep into the files to find the instructions!

    umm, plain white is "trashy & cheap"? -- sounds like your graphics dept really wants to be designing cheerleaders' or pole-dancers' outfits, 8-0!! Has anyone suggested a creamy parchment color, if not plain white? maybe that would up the "ritzy" factor of a whitish color enough for these rubes?

    do you think it might do any good if YOU (anonymously?) filled out one of these black-on-dark brochure applications and faxed it TO THE PRINTING DEPT?? maybe they're just so tech-blind they don't know the black thing happens?

    Although I must say, your Masters Degree applicants must be pretty unsophisticated if they're trying to "save money" by NOT using cover sheets, and/or if they don't already have SOME understanding of what's gonna' happen with the black-on-black faxing...

    OOH! teh DH just popped up with... wait until someone dings them with ADA violation for insisting on such low-contrast color combinations, deliberately making the forms hard to use for anyone with visual issues!

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 12:55:41 AM PDT

  •  I need to post a comment here, to see if my (4+ / 0-)
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    sig line change is working.

    Apparently it is.

    I see it in the preview.

    I hope I don't get too much angry comments over it.

    We'll see.

    Bringing a child into the world at this point in history is a crime, the crime of child endangerment.

    by bigjacbigjacbigjac on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 01:58:15 AM PDT

  •  Holy Week: one down, two to go. (6+ / 0-)

    Got Holy Thursday over with.  It was almost smooth, despite the lack of a list from our sub priest.  Tonight should be easy if he just lays off the incense a little bit.  I've got folks with asthma and COPD and things would be dire without inhalers.

    Saturday will be the biggie.  Seven psalms for seven readings is a LOT of work for three cantors.  I had to compose two new psalm settings and we're still short one.  I've looked for good settings of these things but it seems that no one has bothered to do things that only get used once a year.  Imagine that.... Sigh.

    Anyway, if I don't check in, it's because I'm friggin' exhausted.  It will all be fine, but I'm a worrier. :-)

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 04:28:19 AM PDT

  •  Good morning everyone! (5+ / 0-)

    Sunny and 72 today.

    Gonna take the pups for a walk now.

    Have a good one.

    I am a work in progress. Still.

    by broths on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 05:16:26 AM PDT

  •  Hi everybody--love and good wishes to all! (3+ / 0-)
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  •  I'm here. (1+ / 0-)
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    It's been a long day. My shoulder and neck swelled up again over night, I probably aggravated it during the seizures of the past two days. So I've been on the good pain meds today, and even that's not helping much. Hopefully it eases off soon.
    Luckily there's a Dr. Who marathon on BBC America, so I haven't been bored at least.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 11:42:36 AM PDT

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