Friday, March 16, 2012

Presentation Skills

You have the script, you have finished the PowerPoint, all you have to do now is give the presentation. Here is an excellent website with loads of useful hints and tips about doing just that. I found the How to use Transitions Effectively, 4 Common Ways to Remember Material and How to Handle the Dreaded Q+A Session sections particularly interesting! Check out the site the info is really useful.  Best of luck.

File Format Conversion - Online

Zamzar is a website where you can convert a wide variety of file formats online. Zamazar  supports conversion between a wide variety of different file formats.I used it recently to convert an mp4 file to Windows Media Player format. It is free. Try at

Word 2002 Endnote Numbering Problem

If you are a skinflint like me and refuse to upgrade to the latest version of Windows Office you may find this workaround for a notorious Word 2002 bug helpful.

If you add Footnotes or Endnotes to a document and then delete one or more you will probably find the numbering goes bananas. I have tried every fix on the internet to sort it but only one works for me. 

Make your Endnote changes and save the document. use Ctrl+A to select the whole document, then Ctrl+C to copy. Open a NEW document (the page layout is not important) Ctrl+V to paste the document. You should note that the Endnote numbering is now correct. Ctrl+A to select this modified document. Go back to the original document which should still show that it is Selected, if not Ctrl+A again and then Ctrl+C to past in the modified document. Check that your modification has worked, if so Save. Best of luck!

Monday, March 12, 2012

How to Embed Fonts in Powerpoint 2010

I gave my rehearsal presentation today using  Powerpoint 2010. This is my first time using this version and I ran into a number of problems both in the preparation and in the presentation. Today my problem was a missing font HORSEPUKE, how irritating is that. All those hours of hard work blown out of the water before you start. Well if I had paid attention or even attended the PowerPoint class I may have known there is an easy solution, if only you know where to look. Like so much in this version of the programme the info is buried in the bowels of the menus. I found the answer here on Slideblog.

For more links to Slideblog PowerPoint info click here.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Zotero Update

Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. 

Zotero version 3 has just been released together with a standalone version. Formally only available as a Firefox Add-in the standalone version means you can use Zotero whatever your browser preference. To find out more about the standalone version visit this thread on the Zotero Forum.

WARNING: After many years happily using Office XP  and Word 2002. I upgraded to Office 2010 and obviously Word 2010. Zotero installed ok and appeared in the Add-In tool-bar, however when I tried to insert a citation in my document I received an error message, see below. I searched the Forum for a solution without success. As I am in the middle of a dissertation I do not have the time to resolve the problem so I have reverted back to Word 2002, with which version 3 works fine.

See my previous posts relating to Zotero, the original post, update and Zotero v Endnote.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Many Artworks for the Adoration of the Magi

The biblical story of the Adoration of the Magi began about two thousand years ago when it was included in the Book of Mathew. It would be hard to name a story depicted in art more than this one. Hundreds of painters, sculptors and other artists have created their version of this iconic tableau. more.... Published by Kosmo on Hubpages The Many Artworks for the Adoration of the Magi

Monday, November 07, 2011

Zotero v EndNote web

At Uni today we had a a tutorial about using EndNote Web for organising and inserting citations in a dissertation or thesis. I have been using Zotero a freeware piece of software that performs a similar task. I have to say I was not exactly blown away by my first experience with EndNote Web. Compared with Zotero the interface is very clunky. I would make the point that the web version of Endnote is free but you have to subscribe to it from a Uni computer or when logged on at Uni, you can not subscribe from home. There is a standalone version of Endnote but this costs nearly £200.

I thought I would have a look on the net to check out the various opinions regarding Zotero v Endnotes. These postings at Ideophone and Speechless may be worth a look. I have to say both are very much pro Zotero.

An important difference between Zotero and Endnote Web is, Zotero allows you to annotate your citations with snapshots of web pages, notes, images, tags and related citations. Something you can not do in Endnote Web.

See my previous posts relating to Zotero, the original post and update.

Friday, October 07, 2011

Layers of History - Video

During year 3 my enquiry was concerned with the aesthetic experience of urban decay. My work explores the layers of history as represented by torn posters or peeling paint and the notion of nostalgia. Torn and peeling posters present a challenge to visual perception, the video explores the complex perceptual relationship between a fixed and moving image.