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, 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!



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!