Tuesday, July 29, 2008

In which your author makes a difference

I received this e-mail yesterday from one of the graduate students I taught this summer:

Just wanted to let you know that I started an internship at (a classical-music magazine) last week, and they hit the roof when I told them that I knew Quark. They were really impressed to have a writer who also knew layout, and I've since become one of the main guys at the magazine. I want to say thanks for the painful, yet very useful Quark lesson, and sorry for busting your balls over making us learn it.

Before this last term, I strongly considered tossing desktop publishing and QuarkXpress from my syllabus in favour of some basic HTML/CSS or maybe more emphasis on number-crunching, spreadsheets, and databases. I'm glad it worked out for at least one student.

Bonus fantasy-baseball morass:

My hitting has yet to return from the All-Star break and I'm treading water in fourth place after losing my leads in the RBI and batting average categories. I won't drop any further, but it's starting to look like third place will be the best I can do.

.278 batting average (2nd)
171 HR (3rd)
658 RBI (3rd)
97 SB (4th)
4.01 ERA (3rd)
1.27 WHIP (2nd)
44 wins (10th)
21 saves (8th)


Blogger Naila J. said...

Don't ditch Quark! It's a great base, even if most people use InDesign now...

Wish there was an Adobe course: Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects and InDesign.

I'd even pay for that.

July 29, 2008 10:52 PM  
Blogger Webs said...

I'm sure you could find a course for that somewhere.

July 30, 2008 12:54 AM  
Blogger liz said...

Just so you know, people have been impressed, very impressed that I am familiar with Quark... I know I took the class with Leo, but even over here people are using it... and it DOES look good on a CV... as does most of the programs I learned at ConU...

July 30, 2008 1:08 PM  

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