Move Over, Boy Scouts Badge

There is a new idiocy movement sweeping the “sitting-behind-a-desk” world: achievement badges. Companies, including many educational technology companies, are eager to bestow digital images, which they call badges, on people who complete online courses and in-person seminars. Winners of these digital badge images can attach them to their email signatures, their Linked-in profiles, etc. The more badges a person has, the more *fill-in-the-blank* they are/get.

Does this remind you of boy/girl scout badges? Does it remind you of the days when distinguished members of the ivied walls of academia would add letters and abbreviations after their names in recognition of their numerous academic degrees?

Do you feel the need to list images all the college courses you passed during your college career? Do you think that it would make you smarter or more capable because you sat through a class and passed the final exam?

Here are several of Microsoft’s innumerable badges. I earned one of them…I cannot remember which one though.

 

MS badges

MS badges

MS badges

Cordially,

Charle Bender, HSD FS, NYC; BA, Soc./Anth, Carl. Col, MN; MID, PI, NYC.

 

 

 

Invisible Dots

When using Microsoft Word, I like to reveal the invisibles, you know, see the behind-the-scenes formatting on the page. I recently discovered some mysterious items that I cannot figure out.

When  working on a table, I found these invisible dots in the table cells.

Do you have any idea what they are for? They are not placeholders for text, as they are still there even when text is entered into the cell.

I FOUND A MICROSOFT WORD BUG!

There are only a bajillion software developers and editors who work for Microsoft and all of them missed this!

 

Look closer:

 

Yes, it does read:

“Change the wy text wraps around the selected object”

 

This bug appears in MS Word for Mac 2011 documents, when saving files in compatibillity mode (i.e., .doc file types, not .docx).

 

You’re welcome.

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