Chicago ASI Convention

Another inspiring ASI convention in Chicago! ASI members know about the Order of the Kohlrabi–our service recognition, but what about the actual vegetable? Well, if you were at the convention you heard that there is a kohlrabi cookbook in the making. We’ll be looking for member volunteers to submit recipes, and to test recipes using kohlrabi.

Given the frequency with which just saying kohlrabi in reference to the vegetable elicits puzzled looks, I’m going to post a couple pictures of this weird, but wonderful, vegetable for reference.

Despite all the photographs I’ve taken for http://www.a-single-serving.com, I find that I’ve not a single one of kohlrabi, so I’m taking these from my favorite source of seed for both common and esoteric vegetables and herbs: Johnny’s Select Seeds . (These images don’t constitute an endorsement of these particular varieties–that has to depend on where, and for what purpose, it will be grown–but will give you an idea of what this weird thing is when you encounter it.)

 

You’ll see both the purple and the white (probably most common) varieties in the markets, and it may well be seasonal as it is a crop most often seen in cool weather.

The New Year. . .

After a very pleasant, quiet holiday season, the New Year is off to a good start. The cataract extractions were wonderfully successful–foresight and hindsight are most likely the same–but present sight is probably better than it’s ever been in my entire life.

This morning I’m starting to write the index for Regulatory Intelligence 101, second edition. A good start to the New Year!

Holiday wishes

I just started work on revising an index in a book with new information added–that’s my afternoon work–and it will be tomorrow’s work as well.  It’s a repeat client who does a yearly Compendium on OB/GYN reports et cetera from the ACOG. The earlier index is still embedded, so I only have to add the new materials.

A Christmas job is a good present.

I hope all of you have holidays filled with good food, good conversation with your friends, and for good measure, a little bit of good wine.  Happy holidays–or merry Christmas if that’s what you celebrate!

 

Hiatus

Laurus nobilis/sweet bay and turmericAfter finishing the index for the European Fundamentals of Regulatory Affairs, I’ve had a hiatus–though two small projects did not materialize–but I’ve used the time to (try to) tidy up the office, write about kohlrabi, and continue playing with TExtract, enjoying fall (though there have been a lot of damp, grey days that make it good to be indoors).

Since the weather has finally gotten cooler, my office is now home to my sweet bay (Laurus noblis) and the turmeric (Curcuma longa) plants. Frankie has not yet decided that they are munchies provided just for him.  The culinary ginger  (Zingiber officinale) has to take its chances on the deck since it’s much too large to bring inside.

young kohlrabi plantSince kohlrabi is a cool weather crop, I’ve planted some on my deck, even though it is probably late in the season for that. This is the first year I’ve seen it available in the garden stores that I usually haunt, so that’s inspiring. I’m continuing to search for recipes for this under-appreciated vegetable.

While searching for recipes, I found a book entitled Cream of Kohlrabi. To my surprise that is not a cookbook. The author is Floyd Skloot, novelist, poet, and memoirist. This is a collection of short stories–and I’m reading with bated breath to find the origin of the title. I’m sure it will be obvious–since kohlrabi is not a common vegetable. More to follow on kohlrabi–growing, eating, and the ongoing search for recipes.

…and more on TExtract to follow, as well.

 

 

TExtract, continued

Despite insomnia last night which gave me a late start this morning, I started working with TExtract again this morning and now I’m wondering why I’m tired. I’ve  used it on different document types. Some very cut and dried with well-outlined sections, but littered with acronyms, numbers;  another was that more prose like, but dealing with similar material.  These are books for which I’ve written indexes, so I’m getting a  feel for what the software picks up.  (You don’t need to worry about it replacing you as an indexer.) I’ve also looked at how TExtract handled a book on genetics/inheritance that was written for a very broad audience–essentially a technical trade book–concept-oriented, but with lots of the jargon–er, specialized terminology–associated with inheritance and genetics.

Some things I could do with Adobe Acrobat Pro with functions like proximity search–and I should say here and now that I’m not about to give up by Creative Cloud subscription, but it would take me a lot longer to do the searching than it does TExtract. and results would not be presented in need tabular form of “co-occurrence” of terms that I was able to buzz through  writing sub-entries quickly. This also is NOT going to replace SKY& for me either since there will be “tidy-up” editing to be done.Frankie orange tabby on lap with head in the way of the monitor

Next, I am going to try TExtract on something much more prose-like–a manuscript on Karezza and/or maybe organizational change/development–a collection of papers that is really almost a scholarly work.

Other things I want to look at will be importing the TExtract files into SKY7 and see how editing goes from there.  Given the editing power of SKY7 this should be interesting. TExtract is not cheap if you purchase a permanent license, so I want to give it a good trial, maybe even trying some heavy-duty neurology/neuroanatomy to see what comes out.

But that’s not for today. My break-time “software” is telling me my workday is over!

TExtract play day

What does an indexer do over a break from writing indexes?

I’ve been fortunate to have a hiatus in indexing.  My schedule that I thought was reasonable turned into something  very hectic and almost heroic.  I’ve more incoming, but I’ve used the time between work to research kohlrabi, to hive and tend the bees, write, and today to play with software.

from Goodreads.com After the excellent ASI webinar by Connie Binder on using Adobe products from the free Reader to the Pro version of Acrobat (which I cannot imagine being without), I thought about how much I use the search/find functions on it. Thinking about using the proximity search lead me to thinking about the presentations that I’ve heard Harry Begos do at the ASI conventions on his software–TExtract.

(The Someecards is from the Goodreads FB page. Just had to share this.)

I browsed the TExtract site and found a 30-day trial license that is functional, but only shows page numbers through H entries. I thought that I’d take the manuscripts from books that i have indexed, run them through TExtract and see what came out–a sort of controlled experiment.  My trial runs were done on a broad-audience book on inheritance and genetics that was filled with disease names, gene and protein designations, and names. My second choice was a 500+-page book on US regulations for drugs (prescription and generic), medical devices, veterinary drugs, dietary supplements, and foods to mention a few topics.

When I ran the first book (about 250 pages) I had not really worked out all the parameters that I needed to set–so I think, after more exploration, I try that one again.  I wasn’t exactly dissatisfied, but I wasn’t thrilled, either.

The US drug regulation book, given that I was better versed in setting parameters, looks to be a different matter. I’m about half way through the term selection from the TExtract run.  I got a little squirrely and decided that I would work on this some more over the next few days. But as I’m going through so far, it looks as if it has done a very good job.  Once I finish the selection in TExtract, I will be comparing it with the index that I wrote for this book.

More to come. . . .