Fall Semester Books

As if either one isn’t dif­fi­cult enough to deal with by itself:
Obe­si­ty, depres­sion pro­vide dou­ble-wham­my to heart

I’ve decid­ed that all pro­fes­sors should be required to print, right there on the syl­labus next to the name of the required texts, the price of said texts. Every sin­gle damned one. Because if they actu­al­ly paid atten­tion to what they’re ask­ing every stu­dent to buy, per­haps they’d stop and think, “Is this nec­es­sary?” Or I’d hope so, anyway.

  • Med­ical ter­mi­nol­o­gy: A short course, 3rd edi­tion. Chab­n­er, D. (1999) — $19.95.*
  • The lan­guage of med­i­cine, 7th edi­tion. Chab­n­er, D. (2004) — $46.95? I can’t even FIND this ver­sion an Ama­zon. Oh, wait—I found the pub­lish­er’s site. List is $48 and it isn’t even sched­uled for release until 1/30/04.*
  • Health writer’s hand­book, Gas­tel, B. (1998) — $32.99*
  • The Non-Design­er’s Design Book, 2nd edi­tion. Robin Williams. $19.99*
  • The Non-Design­er’s Type Book, Robin Williams. $24.99
  • The Non-Design­er’s Scan and Print Book, Robin Williams. $24.99
  • The Non-Design­er’s Web Book, Robin Williams. $34.99**
  • The Prac­tice of Tech­ni­cal and Sci­en­tif­ic Com­mu­ni­ca­tion: Writ­ing in Pro­fes­sion­al Con­texts. Jean A. Lutz and C. Gilbert Storms (eds). (1998). $31.95
  • Writ­ing a Pro­fes­sion­al Life: Sto­ries of Tech­ni­cal Com­mu­ni­ca­tors on and off the Job. Ger­ald J. Sav­age and Dale L. Sul­li­van (eds.) (2001). $30.00
  • Tam­ing Microsoft Word 2002. Jean Hol­lis Weber. $8. ***
  • Prin­ci­ples of Web Deis­gn, Farkas & Farks (2001). $47.33
  • Don’t Make Me Think: A Com­mon-Sense Approach to Web Usabil­i­ty. Steve Krug. $35.00*
  • Infor­ma­tion Archi­tex­ture: Blue­prints for the Web. Christi­na Wodtke (2003). $29.99*

*New to SPSU, at least, so no used ones available.
**I am seri­ous­ly hop­ing that Robin Williams does not decide to pub­lish some­thing like The Non-Design­er’s Pot­ty Train­ing Book, because I fear it would end up on the required read­ing list for this course.
***I’m still using Office 2000. No, it isn’t good enough. Add that to Page­mak­er 7, Pho­to­shop 6, and Adobe Acro­bat 5 (writer, not the read­er) as required soft­ware. Learn­ing Framemak­er is just “strong­ly sug­gest­ed.” I know that the edu­ca­tion­al ver­sions of these pro­grams cost WAY less than the retail prices, but they’re still damned expensive.

I real­ize that I could prob­a­bly find cheap­er prices on many of these online, and I will be search­ing. Any­one who has any of these books and does­n’t want them, feel free to send them my way!

Total: $388.17

I also found it amus­ing that one pro­fes­sor said that we must have, “A com­put­er with pro­cess­ing speed ade­quate for grad­u­ate-lev­el tasks.” Huh? That isn’t exact­ly a tech­ni­cal spec, doc.

We’re also sup­posed to use Zip disks to trans­port our work to and from school. Not flop­pies, nope, not allowed. I don’t hap­pen to own a Zip dri­ve, although I came across three old zip disks while clean­ing the office. I don’t remem­ber where they came from or why I have them, but they would be reusable—if I had a Zip dri­ve. And I don’t.

One of the class­rooms I was in today had no Zip dri­ves in the PCs. When I asked about that, I was told, “I don’t know why, but they’re sup­posed to.” Well, that makes it all bet­ter! If they’re SUPPOSED to be there, I’m sure they’ll mag­i­cal­ly appear!

I’m glad we already have a scan­ner, as we need one. We aren’t allowed to use ANY clip art for the graph­ics course, peri­od. So I’m think­ing a dig­i­tal cam­era would be damned handy. But we don’t have a work­ing one.

Cur­rent Mood: 😡cranky
Cyn is a proud Mommy & Mémé, professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
Posts created 4241

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Related Posts

Begin typing your search term above and press enter to search. Press ESC to cancel.

Back To Top